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
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' rating:

  • Published in USA  Aug 2012,
    384 pages.

    Publication Information

  • Rate this book


Buy This Book


Page 2 of 5
There are currently 33 member reviews
for And When She Was Good
Order Reviews by:
  • 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.
Member Benefits

Join Now!

Check the advantages!
Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year

    •  
    • FREE
    • MEMBER
    • Range of media reviews for each book
    • Excerpts of all featured books
    • Author bios, interviews and pronunciations
    • Browse by genre
    • Book club discussions
    • Book club advice and reading guides
    • BookBrowse reviews and "beyond the book" back-stories
    •  
    • Reviews of notable books ahead of publication
    •  
    • Free books to read and review (US Only)
    •  
    • Browse for the best books by time period, setting & theme
    •  
    • Read-alike suggestions for thousands of books and authors
    •  
    • 'My Reading List" to keep track of your books
    •  

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: The Promise
    The Promise
    by Ann Weisgarber
    Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery of Anne of Green Gables fame, once wrote that "...all things ...
  • Book Jacket: Black Moon
    Black Moon
    by Kenneth Calhoun
    The popularity of book-turned-movie World War Z and television series The Walking Dead points to a ...
  • Book Jacket: Hyde
    Hyde
    by Daniel Levine
    In Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the story ends ...

First Impressions

Members read and review books ahead
of publication. See what they think
in First Impressions!

Books that
expand your
horizons.

Visitors can view a lot of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only

Find out more.

Book Discussions
Book Jacket

Sailor Twain
by Mark Siegel

Published Mar. 2014

Join the discussion!

Win this book!
Win The Steady Running of the Hour

The Steady Running of the Hour

"Exciting, emotionally engaging and amibtious. I loved it!" - Kate Mosse

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

I T T O A Eye

and be entered to win..

Books thatinspire you.Handpicked.

Books you'll stay up all night reading; books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, books that will expand your mind and inspire you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.