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review 2018-03-13 15:35
Sunburn: A Novel - Laura Lippman

Polly has walked out on her husband and three year old daughter. What made her slip away? And why is it not the first time she has disappeared?


This is the third novel I’ve read this year that deals with women disappearing and I’m pleased to say it dealt with the topic in it’s own unique way.


The reader follows Polly to a new town, where she tries to create a new life, without her past becoming common knowledge. There is more to Polly than meets the eye. The nature of Polly’s character and background meant she kept herself at a distance from everyone. This is expressed to good effect in the prose. The present tense lends a remoteness to the story, though at times I felt a little too removed from the characters. However she is a very distinct character, one that could easily be imagined. This is also the case for the rest of the characters. I could envisage the town Polly moves to, her ex Gregg, Adam and all of the other characters. This is a novel I could see adapted for the screen.


None of the characters are particularly likeable. Polly is standoffish, for many reasons. Gregg comes across as an jerk, his mother as the one who made him so. Adam is perhaps the character most easy to get on with, but even he is under Polly’s spell.

This book is set in the 1990s, when it was easier to disappear, when people couldn’t be traced with the click of a mouse, and when certain crimes were easier to get away with. The narrative felt like the reader took a step back in time, transported to a small American town.


There were parts of the novel where I felt my attention wane, in part I think due to my ditacchment from the characters. This is not a fast paced novel, not that the story warrents a fast pace. The story unfolds at a pace that is right for the narrative and wraps things up nicely.


An interesting novel. I’ll be looking out for Laura Lippman’s other novels.

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review 2018-03-02 23:05
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Sunburn: A Novel - Laura Lippman

What to say first about this book? Ah! Lippman came into my life, way back when I was a new blogger, when I ended up with the 11th book in her Tess Monaghan series for review. I remember being a little worried that I wouldn't be able to pick things up so late in the story line, but there was Lippman's exceptional writing picking me up and taking me on a journey anyway. I ended up loving that book, and I've been a fan of Lippman ever since! So imagine my excitement when I was asked to be on the tour for Sunburn. It's been long enough since I read one of her books that I was eager to see if her writing was what I remembered from before. Oh, it was. You'd best prepare for some gushing.

It's so impressive to me when a book can completely command your attention from the first few sentences, and Sunburnaccomplishes that easily. Polly's story, while you don't know who she is just yet, pulls you into its web. I found myself utterly invested in this woman, and unable to look away as everything she'd planned slowly fell into place. I know that I'm being vague, and you can understand that it's a purposeful vagueness. There are just too many things that I can't give away, without ruining your enjoyment of this spiderweb of a book. Just trust me when I say that Polly's story is extremely layered, and totally worth taking the time to uncover.

Plus, while the whole plot thread is just deliciously mysterious, it's really the characters themselves who steal the show. Polly is the perfect unreliable narrator. She's easy to love and hate in equal measures, depending on what is newly being revealed to the reader about her. She's shrouded in doubt, yet with enough humanness to make her likable. Adam, on the other hand, is this rock in shifting sands. He's strong, reliable, and yet slowly being eroded by our dear Polly. As the book reaches a climax, and Adam's real plight comes to light, I'm sure you'll find yourself just as stunned as I was. There's a lot to love about how well laid out this book really is.

So why the four star rating, rather than five? I can easily pin that on the fact that the ending, while completely plausible, didn't really suit my tastes. That doesn't mean that it won't be perfect for most readers. That doesn't mean it isn't an excellent ending overall. That's just me, being my nitpicky reader self, being completely transparent with you. I didn't love the ending of this. Still, it's a totally solid and enjoyable read. The twists and turns are wonderful, and I'm still impressed. Lippman hasn't lost her edge, and I hope she never does.

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text 2018-02-28 18:18
Just Excellent!
Sunburn: A Novel - Laura Lippman

I don't have a full review for this yet, because I just finished it on the train ride this morning, but it was an excellent read! The ending wasn't my favorite, thus the missing star, but overall I felt like Lippman did amazingly well at this standalone!


I recommend this.

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text 2018-02-28 00:15
Reading progress update: I've read 185 out of 304 pages.
Sunburn: A Novel - Laura Lippman

Oh look, I have something good to say about a book I'm reading!


I mean... it's Laura Lippman so I don't think anyone is surprised, but this book is GOOD.


Really good.


Read it on my lunch break and missed my mouth multiple times with my food good.


Mad that work isn't over and I haven't finished it yet good.


More rambling to come.

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review 2017-10-02 13:48
Wilde Lake ★★★★★
Wilde Lake - Kathleen Mcinerney,Laura Lippman,Nicole Poole

The books I enjoy best are those that work on several levels, and Wilde Lake met that standard for me. As a mystery, it kept me interested and engaged, dribbling out the clues for the reader to grasp at for guessing at the ending, and with a satisfying ending that tied all the threads together. The main characters – and even some of the peripheral characters – were realistically nuanced, with none being truly likeable. But a significant part of the fun was the sense of place. I was fascinated by the origins and evolution of Columbia, Maryland, which was so strongly evoked by the author that it seemed almost its own character.


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Excellent performance by Kathleen McInerney, who created two consistent narrator voices and personas, which made following the unusual storytelling device of main character (1st person) past and (3rd person) present much less confusing to follow on audio than it might have been.

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