Reading Challenge: Book #3 Review

I just finished book #3 out of 52 for the reading challenge I've decided to take on. Book #3 fills the category: A book you own but have never read.  I have quite a few books that I've purchased over the years that have just been collecting dust so I had a decent selection to choose from.  I decided to go with, Little Bee by Chris Cleave.  The reviews for this book were excellent & used words like "magical".    I have to say, I wasn't really a fan of the ending. I felt like it just sort of ended & I wanted to know more.  I would still recommend reading this book, though it took me way longer to get thru than book #2. There is no summary included with the book as the author/publisher/whoever would prefer you just read the book. Well, I won't do that to you guys so once again, stealing the summary from goodreads.  If you've read this book, I'd love to know your thoughts!

Little Bee, a young Nigerian refugee, has just been released from the British immigration detention center where she has been held under horrific conditions for the past two years, after narrowly escaping a traumatic fate in her homeland of Nigeria. Alone in a foreign country, without a family member, friend, or pound to call her own, she seeks out the only English person she knows. Sarah is a posh young mother and magazine editor with whom Little Bee shares a dark and tumultuous past.

They first met on a beach in Nigeria, where Sarah was vacationing with her husband, Andrew, in an effort to save their marriage after an affair, and their brief encounter has haunted each woman for two years. Now together, they face a disturbing past and an uncertain future with the help of Sarah’s four-year-old son, Charlie, who refuses to take off his Batman costume. A sense of humor and an unflinching moral compass allow each woman, and the reader, to believe that even in the face of unspeakable odds, humanity can prevail.


  1. It's been awhile since I read this book but I remember finding it just so heartbreaking. Generally I read to be lifted up at some point (even if it takes until the very last page for that to happen) and this book just did not do that for me. I hang on to most of my paperbacks but I donated this one when I was finished with it.

    1. Thank you for your thoughts! I wasn't really sure what to make of the book once I finished it. I didn't love it...didn't hate it...just couldn't decide!