Josephine J. (Goshen, CT)
Good in spite of flaws
I love Laura Lippman, having discovered her a few years ago, and have since been working my way through her books. This one is very different, even from her other so-called stand-alones (the ones I've read have the same police officers, so there's some continuity). And while her series detective makes an appearance, it's definitely not a Tess book. I found the story well-written and compelling, but was confused in the 1st part by the authorial "we" - I found the device distancing. Lippman raises many ethical questions that really don't get resolved. But that would make it a really good book club pick - I can imagine great conversations about lies and responsibilities.
Barbara F. (Saint Louis, MO)
Beware... playhouses can stir up lots of trouble, especially if the playhouse is in the woods. I am a bit weary of this genre; that being adults looking back at wayward mistakes during their youth. This book has plenty of potential but for this reader it is disjointed, a tad melodramatic without reason and somewhat disappointing. I would like to read one of her other books, so all was not lost.
Linda S. (Tucker, GA)
A Dangerous Game
While I wanted to love The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman, in the end, I found it to be somewhat less than satisfying. Afraid of spoilers, I don’t want to say too much - you can get a synopsis of the storyline from the book jacket - but it involves five friends, their parents, and the power of a lie in which all are complicit.
Lippman is a good writer and in keeping with the literary aspect of the book, the characters are well-developed and change over the course of the story, which is told from various POV, but I found the mysterious “we” voice, wherein the reader is one of the characters, confusing and misleading. In the end, I found I just didn’t care about the mystery; Lippman worked too hard to keep it a secret.
Deborah D. (Old Forge, NY)
Not one of the authors best. I thought the story
slow paced. Having looked forward to this book
I felt let down.
Joanne V. (Towanda, PA)
Interesting characters, but.....
I have never read Laura Lippman's books before this one and I must admit that I wasn't all that impressed. The characters were interesting, the plot could have been interesting, but somehow I just didn't care much about the characters or what the "mystery" was. It was a fast read, but just didn't hold my interest. The ending didn't work for me, either---too contrived. Maybe a good editing would help, but in the end, not a very satisfying read. I don't think I would recommend this to my book group.
Mary Ellen L. (Canfield, OH)
A most interesting read
This was an intriguing book, starting which the quote from my favorite Whittier poem. I anticipated a plot following the poem's story line, which I did not find. What developed was a skillfully written and absorbing story with its mystery aspect subordinated to the development of the characters and the effects of their childhood relationships upon their lives. Perhaps the author intended to leave her readers to ponder "what might have been."
Cheryl S. (brockport, new york)
the most dangerous thing
After having many friends suggest this author, I was pleased to be chosen to review her new book. I very much enjoyed her writing. The characters reminded me somewhat of my own teenage years, the things we did, the secrets that we kept. I feel that it would make great book club conversation, with the ending that was a complete surprise.