Saturday, September 3, 2011

Review: The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061706515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061706516

Product Description


Some secrets can’t be kept . . . .

Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared.

But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years.

And then the revelations start.

Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Each one of these old friends has to wonder if their secret has been discovered—and if someone within the circle is out to destroy them.

About The Author

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.

Ms. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., Ms. Lippman attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light.

Ms. Lippman returned to Baltimore in 1989 and has lived there since. She is the daughter of Theo Lippman Jr., a Sun editorial writer who retired in 1995 but continues to freelance for several newspapers, and Madeline Mabry Lippman, a former Baltimore City school librarian. Her sister, Susan, is a local bookseller. 

My Review

Great new book from Laura Lippman that examines the dynamics within families and friendships.  Five childhood friends are all haunted by a secret from their past.  A secret that affected not only them but their immediate families.  Lippman utilizes first person plural instead of having one narrator for this book which I am not sure I really liked.  It was helpful as it allowed to see inside of everyone's head and heart.  The last 10% of the book was the most exciting.  I loved the surprise ending.  Not my favorite Lippman book but all in all a great read. I loved that Tess had a cameo (looking forward to the next Tess book).

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