Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book Review: Hush Hush by Laura Lippman

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from William Morrow Publishing, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it



We love Laura! Ans since she lives in NOLA part time, we get to claim her as a Louisiana Author!

Her next book comes out next week, and it's a MUST read!



Synopsis:

The award-winning New York Times bestselling author of After I'm GoneThe Most Dangerous ThingI'd Know You Anywhere, and When She Was Good brings back private detective Tess Monaghan, introduced in the classic Baltimore Blues, in an absorbing mystery that plunges the new parent into a disturbing case involving murder and a manipulative mother

"I'm every woman's worst nightmare. . . . Because whenever a woman kills her child every other mother—at least every one who's honest with herself—has a flash of sympathy. Not empathy. They don't want to have done it, cannot imagine doing it. But they know."

On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: she left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Freed, she left the country, her husband, and her two surviving children, determined to start over.

But now Melisandre has returned to Baltimore to meet with her estranged teenage daughters and film the reunion for a documentary. The problem is, she relinquished custody and her ex isn't sure he approves.

Now that she's a mother herself—short on time and patience—Tess Monaghan wants nothing to do with a woman crazy enough to have killed her own child. But her mentor and close friend Tyner Gray, Melisandre's lawyer, has asked Tess and her new partner, retired Baltimore PD homicide detective Sandy Sanchez, to assess Melisandre's security needs.

Tess has always felt that her curiosity about others is her greatest strength. Yet the imperious Melisandre is someone she cannot begin to understand, much less empathize with. A decade ago, a judge ruled that Melisandre was beyond rational thought. But was she? Tess tries to keep her distance from her mercurial yet confident client. This strategy gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder.

And as her doubts about Melisandre grow, Tess realizes that she's under scrutiny as well, followed by a judgmental stalker with an ax to grind . . .


Review:

This is a book that will have you second guessing what you think you know about the characters, as Lippman weaves a spider web of lies and misdeeds, and slowly unravels the thread, like bread crumbs to the reader. Good luck putting this book down once you start! I finished it in 2 sittings, only because I had to! Otherwise it would have been one! Tess is back in full force with this novel (her 12th in the series), only now she has a child, and a mother' instincts working for and against her. The added dimension to her character adds more depth to the story, and allows for a great contrast between her and Melisandre.At it's heart, this book is a tale of a mother's love, and how our pasts are not always done reaching out to us. Even if you've never read any of the Tess books, you'll find this a lively read, that is hard to put down, so make sure it's on your 'to buy' list for next week!


About the Author:

Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has won multiple awards and critical acclaim for thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. Now a perennial New York Timesbestselling author, she lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family. Check out her website for more info.

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