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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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Back & forth

Would you consider the audio edition of And When She Was Good to be better than the print version?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What three words best describe Linda Emond’s voice?

Great Women's Characters

If you could take any character from And When She Was Good out to dinner, who would it be and why?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Jen eppley
  • haverhill, ma, United States
  • 08-27-12

awesome!

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

Good read

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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  • Marie
  • RAMONA, CA, United States
  • 04-17-15

Entertaining

I had a hard time focusing and would fall asleep, though I did like the book.

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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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Great listen

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

Any additional comments?

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

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