I just really adore this book. It was the first time in a while for me that I was actually this interested in a book, and my attention didn't flag at any point. The atmosphere grabbed me from the very first page (all crackling fires, high ceilings and Shakespeare) and I love the central friend group. I understand the comparisons to The Secret History, but I honestly liked this book more--the characters were actually likable! I love Shakespeare as well, so this book was just pandering completely to my interests. (That's a good thing.) All in all: five stars!