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'Bradstreet Gate' by Robin Kirman: EW review

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Bradstreet Gate

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
76692
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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