This is a huge book, dense, complex and compelling. Great characters ... I loved Theo and was willing to forgive him his actions as was needed several times throughout the book after all he had good reason for being like he was. And all those other slightly flawed people he lived with, loved and didn't love provided a cast that set up the story and underlying moral conceit and concerns.
Tartt doesn't flit about with the narrative apart from the beginning which has just enough of the end to keep us interested -so a nice change from the current trend of moving from one time period to another. I liked the way she saves the best bits until last and resists the fairy tale ending.
Clearly a well researched book, it has genuine dialogue and authentic contexts... a very good read and one to read again.