Anita P. (Lutherville, MD)
Lippman's writing propels this story at top speed
In my mind, this book is perfect for summer reading - - suspenseful, fast paced, and a real page turner. I also love how Lippman (who I have not read before) weaves in all sorts of details about Baltimore. Not merely about the geography, but details about life here that are uniquely native to the area. My only qualm about the book is that it really touches on a sensitive subject, yet not in a way that really made me feel sympathetic for the victims. Curious about what happened to them, yes. Caring about them, not so much. I also agree with the reviewer who mentioned the odd choice of narrative voice . . .when the story discusses the group of five friends, the narration uses "We", but clearly no individual in the group is the narrator . . .and that struck me as sort of odd. But all in all, if you are just looking for a read that kind of grabs you and doesn't let go - - I think this does just that.
Patricia D. (Woodland Hills, CA)
Is Growing Up Dangerous?
In Laura Lippman's most recent novel, she introduces five children to the reader and follows their lives into adulthood. This might appear to be a fairly common theme, but Lippman throws in a "secret" that happened to these children and traces its affects and conflicts along into their adult lives. The pace of the story is slow, but the reader is constantly reminded that something in the story is "not quite right" and the need to finish the story is compelling. Through the lives of the parents and children, two generations of attitudes, customs, and mores are followed and the changes analyzed, accounting for the dangers that could/would happen to children in their youth. An adult will definitely see the connection with their own childhood and how times have changed from then to now. There will be many questions for discussions that will be brought forth from this book.
Beth P. (Chester, VA)
Another Laura Lippmann Winner
Laura Lippmann continues to write amazing stand alone books, in addition to her Tess Monaghan series. Her latest book, The Most Dangerous Thing, had me hooked in the first chapter. Her characters are so alive, they jump off the page. In this book she goes back in forth in time, dealing with adolescents and their secrets and their parents, with secrets of their own. In order to like a book I need to like the characters and I loved each one. The book is part mystery, part coming of age, and just one darn good novel. I would recommend it very highly.
Aprile G. (Florence, MA)
There are many sides to every story
a fast enjoyable read, The Most Dangerous things sweeps the reader along from the first chapter. Told by many different narrators, I particularly liked hearing each different voice--and all of the rationalizations and inner narratives really helped flesh out the characters. There were a few times, however, when the story was being told by an omniscient narrator, which didn't work as well--although it moved the plot forward, it was hard to tell who was meant to be speaking, but this is a minor complaint. The central "mystery" moved things forward, but I was more taken by the flawed individuals in the story and how they defined their lives and the lives of others around them. A good summer read that I would certainly recommend.
David L. (San Antonio, TX)
The Most Dangerous Thing
This is another of Laura Lippman's stand-alone novels -- that is, novels outside the terrific "Tess Monaghan" series. "The Most Dangerous Thing" is intriguing, inventive and offers an array of believable characters. It's certainly head-and-shoulders above what passes for suspense novels these days. "The Most Dangerous Thing" is as good as "What the Dead Know", and almost in the same class as "I'd Know You Anywhere" -- my favorite stand-alone Laura Lippman.