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And When She Was Good | [Laura Lippman]

And When She Was Good

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jen eppley haverhill, ma, United States 08-27-12
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    If you could sum up And When She Was Good in three words, what would they be?

    I did mix up this book and I`d Know you anywhere but they were equally as good!


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    Susan Salt Lake City, UT United States 08-19-12
    Susan Salt Lake City, UT United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2005

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    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.

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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 10-26-12
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    What did you like best about And When She Was Good? What did you like least?

    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. .


    Would you recommend And When She Was Good to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, it was not a good time investment.


    Did Linda Emond do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, differentiating the characters she did well BUT, she sounded very tired throughout.


    Did And When She Was Good inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christie Bronxville, NY, United States 10-01-12
    Christie Bronxville, NY, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2009

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    "I want my credit back!!"

    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.

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    Tina Fleetwood 08-30-12

    Wife to one, mom to six, lifelong lover of books.

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    What did you love best about And When She Was Good?

    The story was multi-layered


    What did you like best about this story?

    The juxtaposition between good and evil. The protaganist has sex with men for money but yet we like her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't have a fave.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


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    One of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in awhile.

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