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
yes, I would recommend it. it is the story of a woman who through a series of circumstances, some of her making, finds herself a well paid suburban madam. When the book begins a woman with the same occupation a few towns over has been found dead, Is it murder? Is there a connection? And how did the main cgaracter, Heloise, get to where she is in life?
I never quite knew where it was going. It was very simplistic yet it really held me. I could put it down but enjoyed picking it up again.
Heloise, the main character dominated the book and was in every scene, so if had to be her.
A different kind of story not really a mystery or romance but more of a "why this happened this way." It is a sympathetic portrait of a suburban madam with many interesting curves along the way to the not very surprising yet satisfying conclusion.
You are the sum of what you read!
As much as I wanted to like the book and its main character...I could not. I found her uninteresting and could only listen for about 2 hours. I finally gave up
One of the ways I judge books is by how long I'll remember and be contemplating them. There have been a handful of books that have fallen into this category - ones that at the end of the book I wish for more, wish it hadn't ended and just can't get it out of my mind. This story won't be one of them. It's not bad..... and it's not great. Just mediocre. The book jumps back and forth between the past and present. At times, the jump was a bit subtle and I wasn't sure which I was hearing (after a couple of paragraphs though, you figure it out - probably would have been more evident in an actual book).
Yes. I recommended this audiobook to my husband and he enjoyed it as much as I did.
The character development and the way the story goes back and forth in time, rolling out slowly.
The characters were all very compelling and the reader did a great job defining them.
The way it was laid out kept me interested.
I would read others books by this author.
I did not read the print version so I don't know which would have been better. I would guess that for me, this time, the print version would have been better.
My favorite character was Scott. I think the innocence of him, in the midst of all this carnage and these self destructive adults gave me hope that Heloise could attain her goals.
Great Women's Characters
Heloise's mother would be my supper companion. I would want to know how she reconciled her life choices with the pain it caused her daughter. I think it would help me understand some of my own extended family better.
Male characters all sounded much the same, with the same blunt pauses. Not all guys are gorillas, and some change in accent and cadence would have helped with that a lot. I loved that Heloise chose the high road and did the right thing by her employees. While I don't agree with her position on prostitution, I did like that she would only hire those who knew what they were getting into and then treated them as professionals. It gave me respect for a character I thought I would only pity or dislike.
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.
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