Stephan Lee
July 02, 2015 AT 08:06 PM EDT

Bradstreet Gate

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Robin Kirman
publisher
Crown
genre
Novel

We gave it a B+

You can’t help but make comparisons to Donna Tartt’s 1992 classic The Secret History while reading Bradstreet Gate, which tracks the lives of a group of Harvard students over the decade following the unsolved murder of a classmate, Julie Patel. The key players fit certain archetypes, but each is keenly observed: Georgia, the ethereal, flighty beauty; Charlie, the unctuous social climber; Alice, the seething outsider; and Rufus Storrow, the charismatic professor-turned-prime suspect. The friends’ unpredictable evolution over time is actually more interesting than the murder mystery itself. Bradstreet Gate won’t stick with you like The Secret History, but the breezy read does deliver. B+

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