• Title: Every Secret Thing
  • Author: Laura Lippman
  • ISBN: 9780060506681
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Every Secret Thing This is a standout Orlando Sentinel One of those books that publishers like to say transcends the genre but in this case it s true Chicago Sun TimesEvery Secret Thing is a riveting story of love and
    This is a standout Orlando Sentinel One of those books that publishers like to say transcends the genre, but in this case it s true Chicago Sun TimesEvery Secret Thing is a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and innocence, adult sins and childhood darkness that the New York Times Book Review hailed as, powerful disturbing Stepping away from her acclaimed, This is a standout Orlando Sentinel One of those books that publishers like to say transcends the genre, but in this case it s true Chicago Sun TimesEvery Secret Thing is a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and innocence, adult sins and childhood darkness that the New York Times Book Review hailed as, powerful disturbing Stepping away from her acclaimed, award winning mystery series featuring Balti private investigator Tess Monaghan, author Laura Lippman has delivered a novel of psychological suspense that will shock and mesmerize readers, gripping them to the page while breaking their hearts The tale of a terrible event that devastates three families, after two young girls discover by of an unsupervised baby on an empty street, Every Secret Thing is a bravura demonstration of the extraordinary storytelling skill that has won Laura Lippman every major literary prize bestowed upon mystery writers, including the Edgar , the Anthony, the Shamus, and the Agatha Awards.

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    1. A big disappointment for me. The beginning of the book promises an offbeat, unique, psychological mystery. We are told that two fifth-grade girls murder a baby. However, the promise, the tension, and the mystery slowly dissolve in a flood of lengthy and completely irrelevant characterizations of marginal characters. The book would be much better if it were cut by about 60% in volume. Out of the four main characters, Helen, Alice, and Ronnie are quite skillfully drawn and psychologically believab [...]

    2. “The past was worth remembering and knowing in its own right. It was not behind us, never truly behind us, but under us, holding us up, a foundation for all that was to come and everything that had ever been.”----Laura LippmanLaura Lippman, an American award-winning NY Times best-selling author, has penned an incredibly nail-biting as well as edgy thriller, Every Secret Thing , that was published in the year 2004 and that has won quite a lot of literary awards. The story revolves around two [...]

    3. This is a hard book to read, but not because it isn't written superbly. The difficulty is that there isn't a pleasant character, deed, or thought from page one to the end. No joy. The complex story unfolds bit by bit, grudgingly revealed under Lippman's very capable control. I guess you have to decide, at the end when all is known, who you feel the most sorry for. But as soon as you start to feel bad for someone, you have second thoughts. Nobody deserves sympathy. At least nobody who's still ali [...]

    4. Laura Lippman is another author recommended to me after my recent Gillian Flynn binge. She has a weighty volume of work to choose from, but I was drawn to the description of Every Secret Thing for my first . 11 year olds Ronnie and Alice are neighborhood friends unexpectedly -- and perhaps unjustly -- banished from a classmate's birthday party at the community pool. In their short walk home, a shocking crime will change both girls' lives forever. The story picks up seven years later, when both R [...]

    5. I was in the mood for a good mystery, but this book didn't do the trick. The last 50 or so pages were like "Oh, and I forgot to mention THIS" and "I left out this part." Sort of like listening to a friend tell a story and then patching on the details after it ended. Too bad, because Laura Lippman has written a lot of books, but after my first read, I don't think I'll pick up another one. Oh, I forgot to mention that I left out this one part

    6. Review contains spoilers.Oh this bookwhere to start. I do think Laura Lippman is a great writer, but there were things about this book that annoyed me. One was the whole Alice is fat thing. Okay, we get that she is overweight. Does it need to be mentioned almost every time she appears. "Oh, Alice is fat!" "There's fat Alice again." Even when she is thinking about herself, it was included more often than not how fat she is. The one time her weight is mentioned it was something like, "She looked l [...]

    7. Reading this felt sort of like getting a root canal. No, getting a root canal was easier. There were so many random details thrown in about irrelevant characters that I literally got a headache. And they weren't interesting details either, just minutia, like where they ate lunch, where they shopped, or what type of books the usually checked out at the library. And the details weren't related to the mystery either, just random. The mystery involves the murder of a baby by two twelve year old girl [...]

    8. DNF @40%. No, I couldn't finish this. It was painful to read. It bored me and there were so many unnecessary details in this book. I didn't like anything about this book. If I did finish it, I would probably have given it a 1 star rating. I did read a recap of the whole novel and I pretty much predicted the ending anyway. I wouldn't recommend it and I don't think I will read anything else by Laura Lippman anytime soon.

    9. Another enjoyably twisty Lippman. Troublemaker Ronnie and goody-goody Alice, both 11, find an unattended infant. Several days later, Olivia Barnes is found dead, and both girls are sentenced to 7 years in juvenile detention. Soon after they are released at 18, a toddler goes missing, and Olivia's mother--still angry and watchful-- believes (because of a strong resemblance between the missing girl and her own 3-year-old) that the girls must be responsible. A second mystery runs beneath the search [...]

    10. wo little girls are banished from a birthday party after one of them uses the "n" word. As they wander home, they come across a baby in a coach seemingly abandoned on a city street. They take the baby back to their own "secret place" and one of them kills the baby. Seven years later they are both 18 and released from juvenile detention. Not long after baby girls disappear and reappear all over the area - until one disappears and is not returned. This was probably the most chilling book by Lippma [...]

    11. I love how Lippman toys with your perceptions as the novel winds on - just when you think you've decided how you feel about a character, she feeds you another piece of information that forces you to reevaluate. That she can do this without the new events and circumstances seeming out of place or manipulative is a testament to her skill and talent. This one would make a great book club pick for the challenges Lippman makes to the reader.

    12. One summer day, two eleven-year-old girls are "kicked out" of a pool party because of something one of them did. "Good girl" Alice Manning and "bad girl" Ronnie Fuller start off for home, but along the way, they see an unattended baby carriage. Somehow they end up taking the carriage, to "save" the child, but something goes horribly wrong. A few days later, the baby is found dead. Both girls, as juveniles, are given seven years in detention facilities. Upon their eighteenth birthdays, they are r [...]

    13. I recently saw the film adaptation of this book, a wonderfully subtle socially aware crime film that suffers with a terrible postscript that nevertheless I rated as my favourite film of 2015 so far, without that movie I would never have dipped my toes in to the populist thriller waters that Laura Lippman's fiction resides in, in my mind at least. Whilst I respect her subtle way of writing a popular novel with a cast of characters that doesn't include one white male the subtlety ends there unlike [...]

    14. As an audiobook this was very slow going but then the shocking reveals at the end made it worth the investment. There are some twisted people out there. Yes, this was fiction but you know there are unbalanced people out there who would do things like kill a child and then cover it up.

    15. This was my first Laura Lippman book, and even though I only gave it a rating of 2 stars, I would still give another book a chance. This was just ok, though. Writing was good but I thought there was a lot of unnecessary information about some of the characters, which put me off a little.

    16. Початок цього роману цілком симпатичний, бо хто ж із нас не любить напряжних психологічних трилерів про дитячу жорстокість? Зав'язка така: двоє одинадцятирічних дівчаток викрадають немовля (бо воно було в ту мить саме, тож взяли, коротше, ляльку погратися, виправдовуючись [...]

    17. I was really in the mood for a mystery, and the synopsis of this one really appealed to me.This book is about two girls, Ronnie and Alice, who committed an unspeakable crime when they were 11 years old. Their actions resulted in the death of a toddler and they were both sentenced to time in juvie. Seven years have passed and they have been released from their respective juvenile detention centers at the start of the novel. A short time later, a 3-year-old girl goes missing.To say much more would [...]

    18. Anyway, Laura Lippman, aside from writing the Tess Monaghan series, writes standalone crime novels. Good ones. More "novels about crime" than "crime novels," because they're not just straight police procedurals (not that there's anything wrong with that). They contain realistic, fully developed characters as well as incredibly well constructed plots. "Every Secret Thing" is about two girls who get out of juvie after spending seven years there for killing a baby when they were 11 -- what can they [...]

    19. First time reading Laura Lippman but won't be the last. Every Secret Thing was excellent; I couldn't put it down and finished late into the morning. She steps outside her Tess Monaghan series to deliver a haunting mystery of two childhood friends who through a freak coincidence are stigmatized for life.The setting is Baltimore on a hot July afternoon at a children's birthday party. Ronnie, the one who was only invited because she lived near Alice, was the last girl to have her present opened. Th [...]

    20. Shocking and well put together would best describe Every Secret Thing. Once I started I could not put it down. When Alice and Ronnie were 11 years old, a baby was taken from a front porch and four days later that baby was found dead. Seven years have past and the girls are released from their juvenile facilities and are meant to get on with their lives, but not everyone wants that for them and not everything is quiet what it appears. Then another little girl is taken and the quick assumption is [...]

    21. This was Laura Lippman’s first stand-alone mystery, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a slow-building, sneaky mystery. We know from the start that something terrible happens to baby Olivia Barnes and that Alice and Ronnie were responsible, but the details leak out slowly, drip by drip. The best part of the book is that you’re never quite sure whose side you should be on. Is Alice as innocent as she seemed? Is Ronnie the sociopath she first seemed to be? What did Alice’s mother have to do [...]

    22. totally underwhelming. there was way to much "crap" to sift though - unnecessary story lines (Mira the reporter) that dragged the story down, and bizarre details that didn't move the story forward (Do i care that Alice is wearing a pink sweater? no, i do not). the "twist" at the end wasn't what i would consider to be a twist at all, but rather a sort of rushed idea of how it should end. Overall, i felt like i didn't get a satisfactory explanation for either the historical murder or the current k [...]

    23. The story line for this book was great - an old murder of a child, the 2 adolescent perpetrators finally released from prison, and now a child goes missing again in the small town. Unfortunately I was disappointed by the speed of the book and missed any connection with the characters.To me, the book felt slow to build characters out, and I never really felt anything towards them, whether good or bad. It didn't matter to me what happened to either of the two girls or anyone else at the end. The e [...]

    24. I can't believe it took me so long to read something by Laura Lippmann. Reading many of the other reviews of this novel, you either love her writing or hate the characters. I think her ability to drive a plot and write great characters (none of which are likable - and I honestly didn't care - her pacing is that good) is phenomenal. I couldn't put it down.

    25. It was entertaining enoughbut I wanted a bigger twist. The format of the book is confusing because it goes back and forth with several characters so it's hard to keep track. I kept reading for the big reveal and then once i finished the book I was left feeling like. "that's it?!"

    26. I first discovered Laura Lippman’s novels by coming across the (stand alone) Every Secret Thing. Excellent storytelling and good writing are not, as the litcriterati might tell you, mutually exclusive; plot and prose get along very well together, if you let them. The literati are fixated on character these last thirty years or so, to the extent that some of them will tell you that plot is a four letter word. So I’m always really pleased to find a new author who writes beautifully and can tel [...]

    27. Book club questions:Who did you think killed Olivia?Who did you think kidnapped the toddler?Did you believe that Alice was the good one?Who did you think was the most like able character? Do any of the characters make you feel sympathetic toward them? Did you enjoy how in depth each character was described or did you which she would have focused on one character?Was the mom at the party at fault for letting the girls leave?Did you agree with the Maryland law that children could not be charged as [...]

    28. I quite enjoy Lippman's mysteries - the entire community perspective, the rotating points of view, the lack of one entirely sympathetic viewpoint. I came to her books on the heels of Eileen Dreyer's books, which I adore madly but can only read a couple in a row. They're kind of like candy. Lippman's books also fall into the candy factory, as they're easily devoured and not particularly earth-shattering, but they're more like chocolate candy, as opposed to the sugar-spun confections of Dreyer. Hm [...]

    29. Two eleven year old girls are shunned from a birthday party. While walking home, they spy a baby left in a stroller on the front porch of a house. They decide to take the baby, and what follows destroys the lives of everyone involved. Now eighteen, the girls have served their time and have been released to return home. And children are starting to go missing again This story held my interest and kept me guessing until the end.

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