The Little Friend

Tartt, Donna

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Little Friend
One Mother's Day, a little boy is found hanging from a tree in his parent's yard. Twelve years later his sister is determined to find the killer.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, 2003, c2002
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
ISBN: 1400031699
Branch Call Number: FICTION TARTT 2003
Characteristics: 624 p. ;,21 cm


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Harriett Cleve Dulfresnes never knew her older brother because he was found hanging dead in their back yard when she was just an infant. Now, at 12 years old, Harriet sets out to discover and unmask the killer.

One Mother's Day, a little boy is found hanging from a tree in his parent's yard. Twelve years later his sister is determined to find the killer.

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While I enjoyed the book, I was completely dissatisfied and surprised by the weak ending. I felt cheated. I enjoyed her writing enough to try The Goldfinch, but haven't completed it yet--so far, so good!

AWFUL. Plot goes nowhere. Ms Tartt rambles on forever then suddenly, the book just ends. The editor should have said cut a lot of the irrelevant writing that has nothing to do with the storyline or add an epilogue to tie it all together and give a sense of closure (Maybe she was considering a sequel). I've read a lot of books and this is the worst one I've read!

I too did not finish it. I had to return it on its due date, but had no regret, since the story seemed at a point where it could well end -- at the end of chapter five.

The author is an excellent writer no doubt, I just can't finish her books..yet. I'm waiting on the "Goldfinch".
It seems to me the main story gets lost in the endless details, and some readers like that, others do not.

Dec 11, 2013
  • Terre9 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I can see why some readers say they couldn't finish it and why some may be disappointed when they do. That said Donna Tartt is a readers writer and this story is a period piece and a satisfying slice of life from a young girl's perspective.

Jul 18, 2013
  • lolo1 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I loved The Secret History but I couldn't finish this book. However, that won't stop me from borrowing Goldfinch when it's released. She can write, no doubt about that. I just couldn't get into The Little Friend.

Apr 21, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Set in the 1970s in Mississippi, this story contains racial stereotypes and is cliched. At 555 pages, the author takes too long to tell her story. I felt no motivation to finish it.

Sep 20, 2012
  • rabbiejones rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very good book, well written and funny. I really liked "The Secret History" and so tried this one. The author really manages to evoke a sense of plac and time and i absolutely adored the main character. Be prepared to finish the book with some central questions left unanswered.

May 30, 2011
  • sueysurf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was anticipating this book and loved the Southern setting and the plot of this book. Again, Tartt's words kept me captivated the whole time.


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