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Wilde Lake Audiobook

Wilde Lake: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed standalones After I'm Gone, I'd Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know challenges our notions of memory, loyalty, responsibility, and justice in this evocative and psychologically complex story about a long-ago death that still haunts a family.

Luisa "Lu" Brant is the newly elected - and first female - state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It's not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard County doesn't see many homicides.

As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man's life. Only 18, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?

The more she learns about the case, the more questions arise. What does it mean to be a man or woman of one's times? Why do we ask our heroes of the past to conform to the present's standards? Is that fair? Is it right? Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. Lu realizes that even if she could learn the whole truth, she probably wouldn't want to.

©2016 Laura Lippman (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Karen Stokes 05-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "My Least Favorite..."

    I found Wilde disappointing. I have listened to many Laura Lippman's audibles. This was my least favorite.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Silver Spring, MD 05-12-16
    Rena Silver Spring, MD 05-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "In a word saccharine and boring"

    I am or was a big Laura Lippmann fan and so I kept waiting for this book to get better. It never did. Narrators cooed and clucked, plot line dragged along the bottom of the lake and heroine made me dream of sending her to a Nancy Drew book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Beth 08-19-16
    Beth 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic book"

    I have never read one of her books. I loved every minute of it. Fantastic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barb 07-30-16
    Barb 07-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story"

    This is an excellent story. I enjoyed the twists and turns. This was my first time using audible and I really liked it and will be using it again

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    Bobbie 06-15-16
    Bobbie 06-15-16
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    "confusing"

    too much back and forth but yet too many comparisons. who's lying who's real. could have been a good book if write a bit better

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    Amazon Customer Herndon, VA United States 05-10-16
    Amazon Customer Herndon, VA United States 05-10-16 Member Since 2014

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    "This is why I love Laura Lippman."

    Laura Lippman is one of my favorite contemporary authors and this story is a perfect example as to why. My only complaint is that while I prefer stories told in the first person, this story bounces back and forth between first and third person narrative. At first, I thought it was to differentiate between the timelines of Lu as a child and Lu as an adult, but as the book progressed, that didn't hold up. All in all, I still enjoyed the story. I might even say that this is the best one yet.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alecia 08-09-16
    Alecia 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this story!"
    If you could sum up Wilde Lake in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, entertaining, thought provoking


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was very engaging and drew me in from the first chapter. The interweaving of the past and present day led to a very powerful story.


    What about Kathleen McInerney and Nicole Poole ’s performance did you like?

    The contrast between Lu in the past (1st person) and Lu in the present (3rd person) was stark and helped me keep up with the flow up the book as I was listening. I thought both performers were easy to understand and added a lot to the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Secrets of the past have a way of catching up with you


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    paintcan 08-07-16
    paintcan 08-07-16
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    "Is this Harper Lee's second book ?"
    If you could sum up Wilde Lake in three words, what would they be?

    Formulaic. Long.OK.


    What other book might you compare Wilde Lake to and why?

    To Kill a Mockingbird. Well there was big brother,precocious little sister, and the neighbor kid in the bushes.And of course they had a widowed lawyer father that knew everything,for a while..( Several more similarities.) And they went forward living.
    Scout had way more early grit than Little Lu but I suspect their lives were not all that different over time.


    What does Kathleen McInerney and Nicole Poole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 08-05-16
    Rachel 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "boring"

    struggled to finish. nothing really exciting. the "big reveal" was ehhh ... I usually love Laura Lippmann books this story was disappointing

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    Jewelry Lover Baltimore, MD United States 06-15-16
    Jewelry Lover Baltimore, MD United States 06-15-16 Member Since 2001

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    "Very Unique and EXCELLENTLY Written"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me on the edge of my seat because of how it was written. It lulls you into thinking it's just a sort of memoir or, but all the pieces come together to reveal mystery upon mystery...secret upon secret, lies upon lies.


    Any additional comments?

    As a MD resident, I always love listening to Lippmans books because she includes so many local references. The narrator must not be from the area, though, because many names were mispronounced. Such as Catonsville...(Long A sound)....but it wasn't too distracting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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