My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A bit of a so-so novel for me. Nothing like the awesomeness of The Secret History. If you’re looking to read some Donna Tartt I would recommend you start somewhere else as this one may put you off.
Not much happens. It’s a big ole’ book with a lack in action. Needless to say I did enjoy some of the plot – it just took a long time to get to the exciting bits! We follow a young girl named Harriet, we learn that when Harriet was a child her older brother Robin was found hung from a tree. In their suburban neighbourhood the question of whether the death was intentional has always been at the edge of everyone’s mind. Robin was only a boy, could he of hung himself – or was it someone else? We come back to the story years later when Harriet is in her teens and she makes the decision to try and find her brother’s killer. Along with her peppy young friend and a plan that may involve car chases, snakes and gun fights it makes for a novel that sounds pretty action-packed and appealing, right? It was slow, very slow. Plus the font in my edition was ridiculously small – I’m kind of surprised that I read it all to be honest!
If you’re a die-hard Tartt fan I would say that you would probably like to read this one but if you haven’t read anything from her yet I would steer clear of this one! I don’t regret reading it but know that I won’t be revisiting it in the future.