StoryGraph Saturday: These Violent Delights

StoryGraph Saturday is a weekly thing where I randomly choose a book from my To Read pile on StoryGraph and show it off to remind me that it’s there and to show it to you in case you find it interesting, too.


These Violent Delights
by Micah Nemerever
Fiction/Thriller/Dark Academia
480 pages
Published in September 2020

From The StoryGraph:

When Paul enters university in early 1970s Pittsburgh, it’s with the hope of moving past the recent death of his father. Sensitive, insecure, and incomprehensible to his grieving family, Paul feels isolated and alone. When he meets the worldly Julian in his freshman ethics class, Paul is immediately drawn to his classmate’s effortless charm.

Paul sees Julian as his sole intellectual equal–an ally against the conventional world he finds so suffocating. Paul will stop at nothing to prove himself worthy of their friendship, because with Julian life is more invigorating than Paul could ever have imagined. But as charismatic as he can choose to be, Julian is also volatile and capriciously cruel, and Paul becomes increasingly afraid that he can never live up to what Julian expects of him.

As their friendship spirals into all-consuming intimacy, they each learn the lengths to which the other will go in order to stay together, their obsession ultimately hurtling them toward an act of irrevocable violence.

Unfolding with a propulsive ferocity, These Violent Delights is an exquisitely plotted excavation of the depths of human desire and the darkness it can bring forth in us.


I don’t remember where I found out about this, but given my history with dark academia books this year, it seems a good bet that I will enjoy this as much as much as I enjoyed M.L. Rio’s If We Were Villains. I don’t know if it will live up to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, but I’m trying not to raise my expectations for it that high. If it’s as good as, or even not quite as good as If We Were Villains, I think I’ll be hooked on this book from the first page.

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