The Death of Bees

Editorial reviews

The Death of Bees

I thought The Death Of Bees was going to be a dark book, focusing mainly on the death and burial of Izzy and Gene, but it was a much more touching tale of three lost people clinging to one another to create their own unique family unit.

Wild, witty and as funny as it is unsettling, "The Death of Bees" is really about both the strength of sisters, the sparkle of imagination and how even the most motley of half lives can somehow coalesce into a shining whole.

The Death of Bees will and should shock you, but it should also make you question who exactly should be reviled and how we can live in a world where children would rather bury their own parents in the dark of night than face the alternative.

Those who experienced neglect or abuse may find screenwriter Lisa O’Donnell’s brilliant debut novel painful. Or perhaps learn from it how to bury the ghosts that have haunted them.

Perhaps O’Donnell was aiming for a bit of black humor here, and too much detail would have spoiled the effect. But I feel she is really more concerned with the plight of people who make terribly bad, spur-of-the-moment choices that change their lives forever.