The shocking events in the first few pages and faced paced writing had me instantly intrigued with “The Death of Bees.” The idea of two sisters, Marnie and Nelly, burying their parents in the backyard to escape social services was a new spin on courage and familial duty that appealed to me. Marnie was a strong character but I felt that much of her actions and language choice was in an obvious attempt by the author to shock the reader. Nelly was a kind and smart character I sympathized with and instantly liked when her love of Bette Davis was revealed. But the plot slowed not too far in, and I began to lose interest as the story plateaued. Despite a few visits from social services, not much was happening. Not even the resurrection of their parents could save this doomed book.