Sunday, May 25, 2008

'Every Secret Thing'

by Laura Lippman

Fiction, 2003
Avon Books (Harper Collins), mm pb, 283 p.
Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel, 2004
Two little girls banished from a neighbourhood birthday party take a wrong turn down an unfamiliar Baltimore street – and encounter an abandoned stroller with an infant inside. What happens next is shocking and terrible, and three families are irreparably destroyed.

Seven years later, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, now eighteen, are released from “kid prison” to begin their lives over again. But the secrets swirling around the original crime continue to haunt the parents, the lawyers, the police – all the adults in Alice and Ronnie’s lives. And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances…
Another book that started out well but lost momentum along the way, for me at least. The narration is shared by several of the characters and I thought Lippman did a great job of keeping me sympathetic but slightly suspicious of all of them. It was clear that everyone had secrets they were hiding. The ending wasn’t particularly surprising though and the pace, especially toward the end, was just too slow to be suspenseful. As a psychological drama it wasn’t too bad but I don’t think it lives up to it’s billing on the cover as “a novel of suspense”. Overall it was OK but not the page-turner that I’d been hoping for. This was a stand-alone novel and the first I’ve read from this author, but I’m a little curious what her Tess Monaghan series is like. Has anyone read any of those?

My Rating: 3/5
(#20 for 2008, Book Awards Challenge #7)

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  1. H Nat :)

    Aye!! I haven't put my reviews down yet, it has been a crazy week, I am going to take time this coming week to do just that and write to you.

    My week-end snapshot os up, the buds you liked in deep green are in flower now and i am really stupid when it comes to flowers...I have no isea what they are? I thought lily, but I do not think so.

    Will put up my sunday salon later today

  2. Ah, nuts. Usually 'shocking and terrible' and 'irreparably destroyed' is a sure recipe for success.

  3. I liked the one book by Laura Lippman that I have read, which happened to be a Tess Monaghan book, and really enjoyed it. I have this one in my TBR room. I'm sorry it didn't quite live up to your expectations.

  4. Madeleine- I never got around to doing the Salon this week. Oh well, there's always next week. I'll come see your weekend snapshot.

    raych- LOL. True. But then maybe it was me as there were lots of 5 star reviews on Amazon.

    Literary Feline- It wasn't bad, just not as suspenseful as I was hoping for I guess. Maybe you'll love it. I may have to try one of the Tess Monaghan books sometime.


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