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And When She Was Good: A Novel - Laura Lippman
And When She Was Good: A Novel
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Perennial New York Times and nationally bestselling author and acclaimed multiple–prize winner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself. When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a... show more
Perennial New York Times and nationally bestselling author and acclaimed multiple–prize winner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself. When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words and harsher deeds. But twenty years later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who knows how to avoid attention. In the comfortable suburb where she lives, she's just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. In the state capitol, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her secret life, a life she was forced to build after the legitimate world turned its back on her, is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can't be trusted. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it? Nothing is as it seems as Heloise faces a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know. And then she learns that her son's father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn't know he has a son. The killer and former pimp also doesn't realize that he's serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him. But he's clearly beginning to suspect that Heloise has been holding something back all these years. With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. She's done it before and she can do it again. A new name and a new place aren't hard to come by if you know the right people. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061706875 (0061706876)
ASIN: 0061706876
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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janetfurnee
janetfurnee rated it
4.0 And When She Was Good: A Novel
This is my first novel written by Laura Lippman. Heady stuff. I cannot believe she made me sympathetic to her main character. This book is also one of the few I've read that made me think long after I finished. Now I must get the rest of her books.
Blood Rose Books
Blood Rose Books rated it
3.0 And When She Was Good: A Novel
In one of her stand alone novels (that started out as a short story) Lippman explores that some decision will shape people and some will come back to haunt them:Helen Lewis grew up in a abusive household, her father wanted to make sure that she did not have any advantage in the world and forces her ...
Constantly Moving the Bookmark
Constantly Moving the Bookmark rated it
3.0 And When She Was Good: A Novel
Heloise is a single mom living in a nice suburban neighbourhood. Smart and good looking her neighbours have no problem believing that she is a lobbyist. How else could she afford the lifestyle she is living? The truth is Heloise had a rough start to her life and was introduced very early on to th...
sandin954
sandin954 rated it
A really good and quick read for me. Written in a brisk and competent style that really set the tone for the main character, a suburban single mother running a successful small business that is not without complications.
I'm A Book Shark
I'm A Book Shark rated it
4.0
See full review here!Laura Lippman's Tess series is one I've read in the past. I've never tried her stand-alone work, and I'm always game for a good stand-alone. Especially an adult one. I read a lot of YA fiction, but this is a GREAT adult novel to pick up! I might say that this would make a great ...
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