In this seventh novel from Lippman's acclaimed series, Baltimore investigator Tess Monaghan has her hands full with five murder cases that have gone cold. Each has a domestic violence angle, and the cases also share a disturbing connection - one that points to Tess herself.
©2002 Laura Lippman; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Favors for friends don't always turn out as expected, Tess Monagham learns in this harrowing encounter with obsession involving her own past. At the urging of best friend Whitney Talbot, Tess agrees to research how police inexperienced with murder cases handle domestic-violence-related investigations. Delving into the specifics of the five deaths she's been assigned, Tess begins to sense that a simple review of the facts won't suffice and that these aren't isolated incidents. [Lippman] contrasts the methods of the privileged with the ways ordinary folk must cope and how disastrous the results can be when the monstrous invades their lives." (Booklist)
I really enjoy genre fiction, mostly fantasy and mysteries but enjoy discovering new authors.
My only problem with this book is that, unlike the others, you need to have read/heard the first one for it to make sence. That said, I think the narrator is top-notch and the book is suspensful, full of vivid characters and it takes Tess away from Baltimore which is different and interesting.
I thought the plot was worthy of a more serious treatment by both the author and the reader. Considering that the detective is supposed to be operating her own successful agency, some of her behaviors are extremely unprofessional, and even the former police officer with whom she partnered seemed unrealistically careless in his concluding actions. The treatment was just too frivolous to amount to a really satisfying crime novel. I just hate to see a good plot go to waste.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. Barbara Rosenblat did a fantastic job reading it. Although there was a great deal of suspense, I have to say it was one of those books that you don't actually want to finish because the journey was so enjoyable. I have since listened to two more Laura Lippman books, which I have also enjoyed. This one is well worth the time and cost.
I bought this because I had heard Lippman was a good writer and it was on sale here for $4.25 so I couldn't resist trying her out. I will surely avoid Barbara Rosenblat as a narrator again. She turned all the cast, especially Tess, into very flippant, shallow characters.
I really couldn't say if the book was any good or not; either it wasn't very good, or Rosenblat's narration was bad enough to bring the book down with it. If you are interested in this book my recommendation is to go buy it and read it yourself--otherwise I can't recommend it at all.
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
I am thoroughly enjoying this series. The characters are likable, and the plots are unusual. The books definitely entertain me. I save my four and five star reviews for the can't put them down, page turners. So, the three stars is good in my opinion. The narrator does an outstanding job.
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