But this weekend, I found a book that really, really reminded me of "TSH." It comes apart a little in the end, and I don't think it will hold up to re-readings like "Secret History," but I still highly, highly recommend "In the Woods" by Tana French (only $8 for the paperback!)
Like TSH, it's a first-person tale told by a likable but haunted man (but written by a woman, and both first-time novelists) with a tragic past. Like TSH, there's a murder involved. Like TSH, it has engaging characters with distinct personalities and a fascinating setting.
It's not set at a Vermont college, but thousands of miles away, in Ireland, after a body is found on an archeological dig. Our narrator is a policeman with a secret, and as he digs into the case, his own past and present swirl and collide. It's a little hard to explain why I feel the books are so similar. but as I read it, scenes, descriptions, bits of characterization -- if I were sitting down with you and copies of both books I could physically point to the scenes that are similar (but don't feel ripped off).
And thankfully, French has two other books I can move on to next -- the brand-new "Faithful Place" and "The Likeness."
In short, not the same book. Not a sequel. But pleasing, in the same wonderful literary way.