Audie Award Nominee, Mystery, 2013
Perennial New York Times and national best-selling author and acclaimed, multiple prizewinner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.
Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, 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 the hourly fee.
For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide. As 40 looms and her son enters adolescence, Heloise is facing a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know. With no formal education, no real family or friends, Heloise has to remake her life - again. Disappearing will be the easy part. The trick is living long enough to start a new life.
©2012 Laura Lippman (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
I did mix up this book and I`d Know you anywhere but they were equally as good!
The narrator hammed it up a bit too much for me. Good story, keep me interested all along. More of a thriller than a mystery. You can see how it can happen.
A story about a woman with a troubled past - an exciting occupation - lots of issues that was boring. The main character worried about her issues and whined about her past from beginning to end. .
No, it was not a good time investment.
Yes, differentiating the characters she did well BUT, she sounded very tired throughout.
The story jumps around from the past to the present.... I got the feeling that the author had an idea, wrote it down and then declared it "finished". Sometimes I just felt that I must have missed something... what/who were they talking about??? I never cared for the characters and was listening because I had seen it marked with FIVE STARS. Really??? I think I am generous with my 2 star rating.
Wife to one, mom to six, lifelong lover of books.
The story was multi-layered
The juxtaposition between good and evil. The protaganist has sex with men for money but yet we like her.
Didn't have a fave.
One of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in awhile.
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