Advance reader reviews of And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman.

And When She Was Good

A Novel

By Laura Lippman

And When She Was Good
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2012,
    384 pages.

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  • Aleksandra E. (Alpharetta, GA)


    An absolutely riveting read!
    I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of this book. It grips you from the very beginning & is a bonafide page-turner that I could not manage to put down. A thrilling and compelling read that'll hook you until the final pages. A definitely must read for anyone who enjoys a well done thriller.
  • Cathy W. (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)


    Great Summer Read
    Laura Lippman’s intricately plotted crime stories delve into the psychological motivations of the characters. My favorite is What the Dead Know, but And When She Was Good is right up there with a menacing storyline that presents such flawed characters that you sometimes want to shake them to make them understand how foolishly they are behaving. This is another page-turner that will keep you up way past your bedtime.
  • Marylou C. (Winfield, IL)


    Pretty much the same
    Looked forward to reading this book and was pretty much disappointed. Same story, different characters and an ending that was less than satisfying. Story was pretty much what was expected with just a minor twist here and there. Sorry, can't really recommend this one.
  • Kate T. (Cedarville, MI)


    And When She Was Good
    I must admit that I had a hard time connecting with Heloise, in fact I had to make myself finish the book. The story seemed rather predictable and difficult to follow. In the past I have enjoyed Laura Lippman's books but this one just didn't resonate with me.
  • Jeanne W. (COLUMBIA, MD)


    Better Luck Next Time
    I'm a huge fan, but this was my least favorite Laura Lippman book ever. It bounced back and forth in time so much that I never felt I was spending enough time in one era. I never got into the flow of the story. Heloise was not a very likable character. I felt that she painted herself as a victim and didn't really take responsibility for her own actions which resulted in people dying. I never understood what the point of the book was supposed to be. I hope she gets back on track the next time.
  • Wendy H.


    And When She Was Good
    A thought-provoking stand alone from Laura Lippman. Helen/Heloise is a Starbucks swilling, Maryland suburban “Madam” who wants nothing more than for her young son to wake up every day knowing he is loved and safe, something she never had. The storyline jumps back and forth in time which builds the suspense of the novel, and Lippman does a good job of keeping the transitions smooth. The character of Helen/Heloise is very well drawn and quite complex.

    This is a perfect book mystery club selection, especially with the very polarizing topics of should we decriminalize prostitution and is prostitution a victimless crime?
  • Carol G. (Little Egg Harbor, NJ)


    And When She Was Good
    I love Laura L's books and this does not disapoint!

    The book is well written and explores a subject that is often avoided.

    I immediately bonded with the character which is important to me when reading a book; I was unable to put the book down and read it in 2 sittings.

    I have read most of Laura's books and I highly recommend them to my book club and friends.

    I look forward to her next book and am very grateful that I was chosen to read this book for review.

    I hope the author comes to southern NJ in the near future as I would love to meet her.
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