This author has no clue how to write from a woman's pov, I also wonder if he has spent much time around small children because some of the things that went on with his character Charlie seemed absurd. I did like Little Bee in the beginning toward the end I felt like he screwed her up as well. Once he started on the affair of Sarah and Lawrence it just went straight down hill for me....so unbelievably stupid and unrealistic! and annoying as hell! I literally forced myself to finish the book.