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The Little Friend
The Little Friend
Author: Donna Tartt
The hugely anticipated new novel by the author of The Secret History—a best-seller nationwide and around the world, and one of the most astonishing debuts in recent times—The Little Friend is even more transfixing and resonant. — In a small Mississippi town, Harriet Cleve Dusfresnes grows up in the shadow of her brother,...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679439387
ISBN-10: 0679439382
Publication Date: 10/22/2002
Pages: 576
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 77 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Leigh avatar reviewed The Little Friend on + 378 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Although Tartt has a gift for writing and a gift for creating likeable and intelligent characters (Harriet, Ida Rhew, etc.), the plot didn't grab me until about 400 pages in. The climax occurred, but there was no resolution of which to speak. This novel was a disappointment in many ways.
earthgirl avatar reviewed The Little Friend on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Really? A novel based on an unsolved crime, that after 600 pages never tells who did it? If you're looking to be really pissed of at the end of a long book, search no more,this is it. On the other hand it's very well written. Total waste of superb skills.
reviewed The Little Friend on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I have to be honest, I could not finish this book. The characters were interesting, but nothing happened in the plot! After about 250 pages, I gave up. You might enjoy her first book, "A Secret History" more.
missjenamae avatar reviewed The Little Friend on
Helpful Score: 5
Could not get into this book, it seemed to drag on forever. Other people in my office book club loved it, though.
reviewed The Little Friend on + 60 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Good book but bad ending....I liked this book until the end as it did not resolve the whole basis of the story....too bad as it is a long book.
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reviewed The Little Friend on + 4 more book reviews
Very well written
Rozzie avatar reviewed The Little Friend on + 21 more book reviews
Excellent read.
reviewed The Little Friend on + 628 more book reviews
Though this book is well written, it is very hard to follow. I've tried to read it twice, and only made it as far as 130 pgs. According to other reviewers, the big mystery is still not solved after 611 pages, so I have abandoned my effort.
MsJenniferK avatar reviewed The Little Friend on + 28 more book reviews
Donna Tartt is one of the most unique and talented writers I have had the pleasure of reading! Her words are complexed and nuanced without feeling unapproachable.
While The Goldfinch is still one of my all-time favorite novels, and my favorite novel by Donna Tartt, The Little Friend does not disappoint!
She elegantly weaves her words to paint a vivid story of a young girl, in a small southern town, who is trying to solve the mystery surrounding the murder of her little brother.
The supporting characters (including a family of meth dealers, her grief-stricken and barely functioning mother, her stern grandmother, her wacky aunts, and her sidekick best friend) come to life in such a way that you can not only picture them in your mind but you feel like you personally know them.
It is a slower-paced and lengthly novel that is to be savored by just allowing it to flow at its own pace!
reviewed The Little Friend on + 2 more book reviews
Haunting and beautiful. Transports you to a distant Southern summer full of boredom and adventure. Although not as enthralling as Tartt's other novels The Little Friend is still worth the read.
acope avatar reviewed The Little Friend on + 3 more book reviews
A little slow reading for me. Too much insignificant details. Not sure I would buy another Donna Tartt book.
reviewed The Little Friend on
Loved her first book The Secret History but struggled with this one. HAs had great reviews by the professionals though.

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