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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

And When She Was GoodAbout And When She Was Good

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 4, 2013)

In the comfortable suburb where Heloise Lewis lives, she’s just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. In the state capitol, she’s the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record.

But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she’s the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee.

But now, after a decade, her secret life is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new dangers. Her employees can’t be trusted. 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, a killer and former pimp, might be released from prison. With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, 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.

My Thoughts:

"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 lippmanAbout Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman grew up in Baltimore and returned to her hometown in 1989 to work as a journalist. After writing seven books while still a full-time reporter, she left the Baltimore Sun to focus on fiction. The author of two New York Times bestsellers, What the Dead Knowand Another Thing to Fall, she has won numerous awards for her work, including the Edgar, Quill, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity.

To learn more about Laura’s work, visit her website or connect with her on Facebook.

Laura’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, June 4th: Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, June 5th: Book Reviews by Elizabeth White
Monday, June 10th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, June 11th: A Book Geek
Wednesday, June 12th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, June 13th: Literary Feline
Monday, June 17th: What She Read – joint review
Wednesday, June 19th: Tina’s Book Reviews
Thursday, June 20th: she treads softly
Tuesday, June 25th: Drey’s Library

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to William Morrow for supplying the review copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Oohoo this sounds like QUITE the page-turner! Lippman is a local (to me) writer but I have to admit that I haven't read her yet. Must remedy that soon!

Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.