William Morrow, 2009 (2009)
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Reviewed by Bob Walch
est known for her Tess Monaghan crime series, Laura Lippman has shown she's more than a
illustrates, the Baltimore author's stand-alone novels are very good and well worth reading.
his latest story combines a riveting plot, complex relationships, and memorable characters in a story set on the writer's home turf. Cassandra Fallows has already penned two
memoirs, and she's about to go to the well again for another book that involves someone she once knew.
eturning to her hometown, Baltimore, the writer plans to do a story on a classmate who was accused, but not convicted, of killing her own child years before.
hile digging into the event that happened two decades ago, Cassandra finds herself reevaluating her own past. Encountering three childhood friends and traipsing down Memory Lane with them, Cassandra comes to understand racial tensions she had not fully grasped as a young girl growing up in the city. And, more to the point, she also digs up some material that exposes the defining moment in her own family's history.
eaders who enjoy psychological novels will find this tale that touches upon the blurry line that separates memory from myth and self-delusion a delight. Laura Lippman has already won all the major prizes in the mystery field (the Edgar, Shamus, Agatha, Anthony and Nero Wolfe awards), but books like
show she'd intends to add to her collection!
have to admit that I am not a huge fan of Laura Lippman but, that being said, I'd have to give this book a thumb's up for entertainment value. She did keep me in the story from start to finish.
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