” We don’t want to tell you WHAT HAPPENS in this book.
It is a truly SPECIAL STORY and we don’t want to spoil it.
NEVERTHELESS, you need to know enough to buy it, so we will just say this.
This is the story of two women. Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope you never have to face. Two years later, they meet again- the story starts there….
Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don’t tell them what happened. The magic is in how the story unfolds.”
With that description on the book jacket I really wanted to like Little Bee.
But unfortunately it just didn’t live up to its back cover AT ALL.
First, the story is not magical. Its gritty at times, harsh at others. Overall its simply depressing. There is not a lot of magic or hope to be found.
The characters are inconsistent, the plot gets sloppy at the end.
It goes from an interesting story to a mundane middle to a ridiculous ending. Its almost as if Chris Cleave just wanted to end the book- its hasty and very sudden.
The incident on the beach is horrific but its drawn out and you read half the book waiting for the big mystery of it, which takes away any power the scene would have. Its not surprising because you can piece together the gist of what happened early on. Cleave could have simply told the story instead of slamming it in your face every few pages that THE INCIDENT IS VERY AWFUL AND YOU’D BE VERY UPSET IF ONLY YOU KNEW WHAT IT WAS. I just didn’t get the point of that.
The British couple on the beach that meet Little Bee are hardly sympathetic- in fact, their arrogance leads them straight into this situation so its hard to feel bad for them.
Overall, I would not tell my friends about it. Its a decent story with a bad ending and at the end of the day nothing to write home about.
Anyone out there who loved it who could tell me what I’m missing?!