From the first chapter I found myself unable to put this fast-paced novel down. Perfect for a weekend distraction from your academic reading, Tartt’s The Little Friend is the story of 12 year-old Harriet, a child coming to terms with the irrevocable knowledge of what evil is.
The story begins with the unravelling of Harriet’s family in small town Mississippi after the unsolved murder of her older brother. The story jumps ahead several years and follows Harriet and her best friend Hely as they decide to track down her brother’s killer, who they believe is a degenerate meth dealer. The novel reaches the suspense level of a thriller as Harriet and Hely find themselves in mortal danger on their path to uncover the truth.
The characters in this novel are quirky and fully realized with sharp detail and precision. If you enjoy a thriller with substance, The Little Friend will be truly enjoyable.
You can find this novel in the browsing section on the 1st floor, call number PS3570.A657 L58 2002
– Recommended by Samantha Tanner, McCain Library Reference Student Assistant