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Publisher's Summary

Some secrets can’t be kept. . . .

Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. And then the revelations start. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Each one of these old friends has to wonder if their secret has been discovered—and if someone within the circle is out to destroy them.

©2011 Laura Lippman (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Good Listen

The story moved fast and I really had no trouble keeping up with the characters. The book was above average but had some serious flaws with narration at times. There was a bit of a mystery element which made it fun and kept it moving. Some plot points never came to a resolution which is a bit frustrating but all in all worth a credit.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Don't waste 10 hours!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I listened to 10 hours of this book waiting for something to happen and nothing ever did. I quite listening so maybe something did happen but I felt cheated. I can't imagine what that title refers to. Most dangerous thing is that the characters were all crazy or dysfunctional.

What was most disappointing about Laura Lippman’s story?

Nothing ever happened.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Most Dangerous Thing?

chapters 1-40

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The Most Dangerous Thing

I have to admit that I am disappointed by this novel. Sometimes, Laura Lippman can be right on, and most of her novels I have listened to on audio book, are great but honestly, this was a let down. I got into the whole thing about it kind of being like "The Big Chill" with friends getting together after the death of a friend in their circle. It could have been a great story line but it was just so boring. The narrator however was very good and the only reason I didn't just delete it from my iPod and move on to something else. It just falls flat there is no suspense and no thrill. If you must pick a book by her, I suggest "What the dead know" that was really good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Needs a Cast of Characters

Very good listen, just overcrowded with characters without context and with those random figures who seem to appear out of nowhere. Well, it's not really "nowhere" but I listen while doing other things, so that may explain my need to consciously sort out all these figures. If I am not vigilant, the rogue person or two may suddenly start walking across the novel's "stage", and I'll have to rewind.

Excellent work, though, and I recommend using a photographic memory to track those occasional random character placements.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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First rate Laura Lippman

Not a Tess Monaghan novel, but I think that this is one of Lippman's best. Plot, narration were all well done.

My one complaint was listening to the book, I sometimes got confused by who was telling which part of the narrative. There was an omniscient fifth child who kept appearing, as though she were narrating the film of the events.

Lippman does a wonderful job of capturing mid-70's Baltimore and Linda Emond is a true gem of a a narrator and actress. I hope that she doesn't get so popular that she no longer has time to narrate Lippman's books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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How did this get published?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I cannot imagine how this book was published or is on anyone's best seller list. Must be people buying it like I did, because it was on the list. Worst book ever. I'm more than half thru it and still nothing is happening. What was this book supposed to be about?

Has The Most Dangerous Thing turned you off from other books in this genre?

It has no point or story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Linda Emond’s performances?

no

Could you see The Most Dangerous Thing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I cannot imagine any producer being interested in this as a book. Maybe a tv movie for Fox.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Go, Go-Go, Go

This is why I love Laura Lippman and Linda Emond together. Descriptive story with some of the strongest narration narration around. My favorite, and for some reason most lasting image is the preparation for the Priest's arrival to tea. I could literally picture every hair, the cake, the kitchen and the smell of the place.
This one was outstanding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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oddly disturbing book

the characters in this book are well portrayed for their self-centered interests. a bothersome book that leaves you feeling tainted by the events

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Catholic/Baltimore Move OVER fiction novel

Laura Lippman - thought this was going to be a Tess Monahan who done it - not- but once I gave it a second chance and just listened - realized - harsh reality - ethic truths ended up loving it and well do not want to ruin the story.

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But the ending ....

Really enjoyed this story except for one part of the ending where I didn't agree with the way something was resolved - but that's ok since it really isn't a perfect world after all. :)