The Little Friend

  • by Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by Karen White
  • 25 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Secret History comes a dark, suspenseful novel of lost childhood. Harriet Dusfresnes is a child in Mississippi, haunted by the murder of her brother when she was just a baby. He was found hanging from a tree in their backyard; his killer was never identified, nor did the family ever recover. Only Harriet's teenage sister might have seen what happened that day, and she has blocked it out from her memory. Harriet grows up immured by the family's lasting grief, living mostly in a world of her own imagination. But her dead brother Robin is a link to lost happier times. Therefore, in the summer of her twelfth year, she decides to find his murderer and exact her revenge....


What the Critics Say

"It is an exceptionally suspenseful, flawlessly written story." (Booklist)
"Tartt's second novel confirms her talent as a superb storyteller, sophisticated observer of human nature, and keen appraiser of ethics and morality." (Publishers Weekly)
"A terrific story...Tartt etches each of these characters with indelible assurance." (Newsweek)
"Languidly atmospheric...psychologically acute...A rich novel that takes you somewhere worth going." (The New Yorker)


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Customer Reviews

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But I invested 22 hours!

After Donna Tart skillfully pulled me into this fascinating and well-constructed drama, got me to understand and feel for the vivid characters (Go, Harriet!), and wove an intriguingly tangled yet believable web between them, she just CUT OFF the story! I thought there must have been a Part 4 I'd forgotten to download. While some stories end this way on purpose (real life often has loose ends, right?) they usually let you know in some way that it's been done on purpose, that you're supposed to ponder something because of it, etc. This one just ended with NOTHING. All the loose ends were still loose, and more was unresolved than at the beginning. Which would have been ok, really, if Ms. Tart had just communicated in some way that this was the point of the whole thing. The way she left it, however, was very disappointing. Especially since I didn't want to put it down! I feel so cheated.
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- Jenny C.

bad ending, bad narrator

As others have pointed out, this book ended incredibly abruptly. It really was a shock that it ended as it did, I've never been so disappointed. I also felt the cadences of the reader were annoying, and I will avoid books read by her in the future...seemed like she was barking the story.
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- A. Ware

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-26-2003
  • Publisher: Books on Tape