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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Book Review - And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words. But now, Heloise considers it a blessing to know how to avoid attention. At home, she's merely a mom and a lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record.

But in discreet hotel rooms, she's the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee.
For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. Only now her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it?
And then she learns that her son's father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn't know he has a son. He also doesn't realize that he's serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him.
Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.

"And When She Was Good" was one rip-roaring story, and I don't say that lightly.  The action started off at page one and was intense, intriguing and captivating through to the very end.

This novel is very much a departure from Laura Lippman's "Tess Monaghan" series. The story, which is obviously inspired from recent headlines regarding women who worked as "madams" and also led "normal" lives, is empathic, emotional and entertaining. Lippman employs her brilliant storytelling skills to bring to life Heloise, a woman just trying to get by the best she can and do the best she can for her son. The violent and unpredictable world she finds herself caught up in is dangerous and unstable, and Lippman brings that sensation to light for her readers through this amazing tale.

I highly recommend "And When She Was Good" for anyone who likes a fast-moving, mesmerizing story that has you flipping the pages as fast as you can to find out what happens next!

Laura Lippman is the author of eleven novels featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan, seven stand-alone novels, and a short story collection. Her six most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers. Lippman has won numerous literary prizes for her work, including the Edgar®, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity Awards. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor's Prize, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, David Simon; their daughter; and her stepson.

Check out her website at www.lauralippman.net for more information on her books and upcoming projects.

My thanks to William Morrow for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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