Thursday, August 9, 2012

Little Night

Clare Burke’s life took a devastating turn when she tried to protect her sister, Anne, from an abusive and controlling husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. The verdict largely hinged on Anne’s defense of her spouse—all lies—and the sisters have been estranged ever since. Nearly twenty years later, Clare is living a quiet life in Manhattan as an urban birder and nature blogger, when her niece, Grit, turns up on her doorstep.

The two long for a relationship with each other, but they’ll have to dig deep into their family’s difficult past in order to build one. Together they face the wounds inflicted by Anne and find in their new connection a place of healing. When Clare begins to suspect her sister might be in New York, she and her niece hold out hope for a long-awaited reunion with her. (from Goodreads)
My Thoughts

I thought this book was a good representation of the power of an abusive relationship and the life long impact it can have on those involved. I also felt it told a nice story regarding the power of love and forgiveness.
That being said, I have to tell you I struggled with this book, especially that last quarter. To me, it became disjointed and somewhat repetitive. I had many unanswered questions at the end, to the extent I thought maybe there would be a sequel.
I know Ms. Rice is a prolific author and I think maybe I just ended up with the wrong book as my first read.
Thank you to Penguin Group, via Netgalley, for allowing me to reaf this for an unbiased review.
Publish date: June 5, 2012

My Rating: Please see my comment under "My Rating System".


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  3. I reviewed this book on my blog yesterday. I agree that it became repetitive and left some things up in the air. I'm glad I read it, though some parts were a struggle for me.

    1. We seem to agree on this book Diana!

  4. Too bad this is not one of the books I'll look for to read. Sorry it was disappointing.

    1. I'm interested in trying a different book by this author. Thanks for the comment!