Synopses & Reviews
Bestselling author Donna Tartt returns with a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil.
The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother's Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents' yard. Twelve years later Robin's murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated. So it is that Robin's sister Harriet--unnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson--sets out to unmask his killer. Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her town's rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her family's history of loss. Filled with hairpin turns of plot and a bustling, ridiculous humanity worthy of Dickens (The New York Times Book Review), The Little Friend is a work of myriad enchantments by a writer of prodigious talent.
On Mother's Day twelve years ago, Robin Cleves was found hanging by the
neck from a rope slung over a tree in his own garden. The mystery of his
death has never been solved, and the family is still in deep shock - the
father is absent, the mother is permanently on medication, and the elder
sister is numb. Robin's youngest sister Harriet is steeped in the adventurous
daring of favourite writers such as Stevenson, Kipling and Conan Doyle,
and Harriet is eager to find and punish her brother's killer. Her closest
friend Hely has sworn allegiance to her call for revenge. But the world
these plucky children are to encounter has nothing to do with child's play:
it is dark, adult and all too menacing.