4.0 out of 5 stars
Don't miss the point, June 30 2004
The point of this novel isn't 'Who killed Robin.' This novel highlights the turning point between Harriet's childhood and adulthood. A child's view of life is that everything has a reason. Everything ends neatly in a package tied with a bow. "The Little Friend" shows that this idea isn't true. The truth is that a child can not solve a murder that happened when she was an infant. It is rather odd that one goes into the novel with this idea. Everything in Harriet's life changed the summer she decided to solve her brother's murder. This quest is simply a backdrop to the events happening around her; it is not the main theme of the story.
While I do agree that the ending left me feeling cheated; it seemed to just end, as if her editor told her it must be 'this long.'