I was intrigued by the inside cover of Little Bee. The publishers wrote:
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 yars 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 happens. The magic is in how the story unfolds.
Doesn’t that sound fantastic?!!?!! I was very excited to read the book after reading the inside cover, but, sadly, the inside cover is the best part of the book.
In Little Bee there are 100 pages of build up to explaining the ‘fateful day’ and when you get to it, you think, “hmm, that’s pretty much what I thought.” It’s horrible and tragic but anticlimatic at the same time.
Don’t give up! Another twist is coming up 90 pages later. And once you get past that one, the last five pages contain another one.
It’s well written, and it addresses an important and current subject. I’m just not sure if it lives up to the inside cover, but, then again, what could?