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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad, 27 Feb. 2014
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I have been left a little unsatisfied by this novel. It's not as good as The Secret History, but miles better than The Little Friend. I found it hard going at first because Tartt has an unattractive tendency to prolixity; but after a bit, I grew more accustomed to her style and the characters, and in the end I enjoyed it. But the end left me unhappy. SPOILER: She wrote an impressive section about Theo's crazy love for Pippa, and we see a lot of their closeness, culminating in his writing a note in which he tells her he loves her. Then that story is dropped. Nor do we hear anything more about Kitsey, the woman Theo is engaged to. These were two major strands in the novel, but Tartt dumps them without consideration. And she leaves Theo's relationship with Hobie unfinished. Nor do we hear more about his closest friend, Boris. We can make guesses about all of these, but it's not an author's job to leave you with too m,any guesses. Stories demand their own confinement, and this she does not provide. So, it's a fun book with some very good writing throughout, but the end is inadequate.
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