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Publisher's Summary

One of mystery writing's most acclaimed novelists for her brilliant Tess Monaghan series, Laura Lippman won the Anthony and Barry Awards for this riveting stand-alone.

Kicked out of a birthday party, 11-year-olds Alice and Ronnie walk home and encounter a baby left in a carriage. Their earnest desire to do a good deed ends tragically, however, and seven years later they are released from "kid prison" to start their lives anew.

©2003 Laura Lippmann; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Lippman has won just about every mystery writing award there is - the Edgar, the Agatha, the Anthony, the Shamus, and the Nero Wolfe - for her Tess Monaghan series. This is her first stand-alone mystery, one in which the detectives are consigned to bit parts....Lippman doesn't write a standard whodunit here but plays with reader expectations of what should happen next. A startling page-turner." (Booklist)

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  • Lauren
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 01-15-13

Couldn't Make It

I love what I've read of Laura Lippman but just couldn't get into this one. As a matter of fact I'm pretty underwhelmed by the one Tess Monahan book I've downloaded as well. Sad to think Lippman is not consistent because all her books are intriguing to me but I've steered away from any of her titles since failing to make it through this one.

My biggest complaint is that the beginning is fairly difficult to follow and with audiobook that is bad news for these ears. I felt like that with the other Lippman books that I've finished but for some reason those titles hooked me before it was too late...this one did not and I moved on.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This Was Torture Listening

This was the slowest Laura Lippman book I've listened to yet. It was torture getting to the end. There was so much non-essential talking and took forever to get to one point. I like Lippman and will still listen to her, but this one is not on my list of favorites.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Horrible narration

Any additional comments?

It sounds like a Kindergarten teacher reading to her students. The themes, dialogue, and content just sounded wrong in such a whimsical voice. The story was pretty good. I imagine it would be a good book to read on a plane or at the beach. Terrible listen, however...<br/>

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I was hooked on the story . . .

. . . from the very beginning, but the narrator was horrible. She has this sort of chipper voice that's not at all in keeping with the tenor of the story and the character delineation was so subtle that it was almost non-existent; with a more suitable narrator, this would have been a 5 star listen, in my opinion.

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  • Kate
  • Berkeley Springs, WV, United States
  • 02-27-10

I just don't get it.

Ok, the first problem was that I thought this was in the Tess Monaghan series. It isn't. I even went to Amazon and read the reviews, which were favorable talking about the great character development. Well, I'll agree that the characters are well developed, but I didn't LIKE any of them. The story is told from at least six points of view and I had a hard time through the first half trying to remember who this person was that was now the central character. I suppose that I could most like the detective, but she's fairly bland, insecure and a little whiney. Yeah, she has things to be insecure about, but there isn't a lot more to her. Then there's the manipulative black (and that's why everybody's against me) mother with the rich powerful father. The two girls, Ronnie and Alice, anything I say about them would constitute spoiler. Alice's public defender is another viewpoint. She seems weak and unprofessional. Alice's mother, who struck me as self-centered. A nasty newspaper reporter and her superiors. I finished it because I wanted to understand what happend, but I could have done without the middle six hours. Everything is wrapped up, explained and you understand why a couple of characters acted as they did only in the last 20 minutes or so.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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good until the end

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was compelling and kept me wondering until the end. It felt like the author ran out of steam though and the ending felt rushed and not as well developed or interesting as the first 90% of the book
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The movie was better.

Would you try another book from Laura Lippman and/or Celeste Ciulla?

Laura Lippman ... yes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nancy ... she seemed to be the only character that had honest, empathetic emotions.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Celeste Ciulla?

Diane Lane

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I saw it prior to reading the book. The movie DISTURBED me. Presuming the book would provide more details, I immediately purchased it. The movie, by far, was SO MUCH BETTER!

Any additional comments?

WATCH THE MOVIE ... it follows the book and tells the story in a far more entertaining, but dark way.

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  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 03-29-16

loved the story did not like the narration

I loved this story so much that despite the fact that the narrator sounded like she was in an echo chamber I listened till the very end. very good book.

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Average storyline. Narration was annoying.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It helped pass time on a long drive.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The basic story of the young girls kidnapping a baby was interesting.<br/>The female police officer story line was not interesting -- the dialogue was between the police seemed stilted and unrealistic. The character of Helen Manning was not believable -- mainly because she was undeveloped.

Would you be willing to try another one of Celeste Ciulla’s performances?

No.

Was Every Secret Thing worth the listening time?

No.

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Meh

Hated the narration and the quality of the recording was bad. Story dragged on and on and there was just not enough continuity between various plot lines. I doubt I'll read another one of this author's books again.