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Every Secret Thing

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  5,451 ratings  ·  509 reviews
From critically acclaimed, multiple-award winner Laura Lippman comes a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and innocence

Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party find an abandoned stroller with an infant inside on an unfamiliar Baltimore street. What happens next is shocking and terrible, causing the irreparable devastation of three separate familie
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published September 2nd 2003)
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Lukasz Pruski
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Lewis Weinstein
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 ...more
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
Anthea Carson
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
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...
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Oh this book...where 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 looke
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.
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 ...more
Cathryn Ferrara
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Rosina Lippi
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 tell a
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 with it? W ...more
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 ...more
Jean Godwin Carroll
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.
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.
A promising psychological suspense novel that never takes off. Too many irrelevant detours and too little character development. I expected an exploration of the 2 protagonists and their mothers relative to the central crime, but Lippman lets tension wane and keeps every one at arm's length. I got 2/3 through the book and put it down.
Jordanna East
Though I'm a fan of Laura Lippman's work, this wasn't my favorite novel of hers so far. I found there were a lot of dragging sections and moving parts that didn't seem necessary to the overall plot. The detectives were just kind of there, the reporter felt superfluous, and the racial tension was only cautiously flirted with instead of taking a more dominant role, which would have been more probable for the area.

The twists and turns at the end, though impressively unexpected, we're underwhelming
Two white girls, Ronnie and Alice, came across a black baby abandoned in a stroller in a upscale neighborhood of Baltimore. It was a decision. Four days later the infant was found dead in a secluded shack in Leakin Park. The girls were sent away to juvenile facilities, the mother of the infant (a Judge's daughter) never forgot and never forgave, and time went on.
That is until seven years later and they were released. Ronnie's parents now living in a new home and Alice back in the same with her s
Kim Griffin
Sep 12, 2014 Kim Griffin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Myster and suspense fans
Recommended to Kim by: LibraryThing
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Two eleven year old girls are asked to leave a birthday party after one of them gets angry and accidentally hits the birthday girl’s mother. They are allowed to leave without a ride home and without any adult supervision. On their way home, they spot a baby in a carriage, unsupervised, outside the closed door of a house. The girls take the baby and later say that they took the baby to protect it and keep it safe. The problem is that the baby is dead. Did one of the girls kill it, or both, or did ...more
I love to read Laura Lippman novels because I like a good mystery story, and because I love that they are set in Baltimore (for the most part) and I recognize all the neighborhoods, streets, shopping centers etc. I end up feeling connected to stories and characters because I can imagine being there, walking those streets and driving those roads. The biggest problem I tend to have with her novels is almost always the characters. The fact that this story used the perspective of so many characters, ...more
I have mixed feelings about Every Secret Thing. I love Laura Lippman's writing style. She starts her stories with some horrific/tragic event in the past, and then spends the entire book examining the relevant characters until bit by bit the truth of what really happened is revealed.

In this case, two 11 year old girls are banished from another girl's birthday party one spring afternoon. As they are walking home, they find a baby in a baby carriage, and 4 days later that baby is found dead. Both g
This might be a strange book to review on Mother's Day, but then again, it just might be a perfect book to review today because this book revolves around mother/daughter relationships, as important, frustrating, and complicated as those relationships can be. "Good Girl" Alice Manning and "Bad Girl" Ronnie Fuller are kicked out of a birthday party when they are 11 years old for an incident in which Ronnie is involved. Walking home, they come across a baby carriage with an unattended baby inside a ...more
I read this book about 8 years ago, and I remembered it again when I read another by the author. I wanted to re-read it, simply because it was a mystery and I didn't remember the ending, like usual. Turns out, the ending was good, and for the most part the book was good as well. However, I do not like the amount of detail used to give background to some characters. It just wasn't necessary for the supporting characters, and could have been put to better use with the main characters. Sometimes it ...more
This was a pretty good psychological thriller. Didn't paricularly sing for me (probably because I didn't particularly care about any of the chatacerts), but I could appreciate it all the same. Technically it was well done, the psychological aspects were nicely plotted and the characters were subtly developed. Baltimore is described to be as racially torn as Philadelphia. Despite my own reticence, this book was very well received and was nominated for and won awards. I do have to give Laura Lippm ...more
Slight spoilers. Ok, maybe not so much, as I read the first 34 pages and then skipped to the end. Not my genre, again. I used to think I read everything, but this experiment to read stuff I don't normally is showing me why I don't read this stuff.
The entire premise is completely unbelievable to me. The characters are not sympathetic at all, except the one character who is apparently the evil mastermind at 11 years old. I don't buy it, as she wasn't built that way in the beginning. I don't appre
during: audiobook w terrible terrible reader. morbid fascination with just how badly she will do the next character has me hanging in.

after: meh.
I think Elizabeth George and other gifted crafters of psychological murder mysteries have spoiled me.
Heavy-handed resolutions to the lives of barely self-aware people who do feel and do brutal things with words and deeds.

All things considered, the horrible reader with her mangled and badly stereotyped interpretations of both black and white Baltimore a
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Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for othe ...more
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