To the Power of Three
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this is a stand alone about three girls and a small community outside of baltimore. i think that the community is a character here, with its expectations of the girls, their families, its landscape even. the soon-to-be movie star is drawn back...more
To the Power of Three tells the story of Kat, Perri and Josie, childhood best friends. One June morning, one of the three brings a gun to school, shoots two of the girls (one fatally) and then herself. The novel then begins to unravel the story of what would have caused this horrible act of violence.
Lippman is an accomplished writer....more
We follow the friend...more
I thought the writing style odd at times-- even though it's in the 3rd person, the tone would change dramatically depending on which character it was following (gruff cop, ditzy teenager, etc).
The plot trods along dully, when a murder mystery should have an exciting pace... the big reveal at the end left me feeling like "OK, so that's what happened", not "OH SNAP! THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED!...more
I remarked to a friend as I was reading this t...more
No spoiler alert needed, you find all this out in the...more
Just finished the book...there are lots of things I love about Laura Lippman's writing, and I will definitely read more of her books, but as I have seen in many of the reviews, this is not her best work. The story started out like gangbusters, and I was very intrigued for about the first 1/3rd of the book, but then the story started to meand...more
The award-winning author of the Tess Monaghan mysteries has written an independent crime thriller and coming-of-age mystery. The 1999 Columbine High School massacre received great media attention; here, Lippman shows that girls possess the same capacity for violence. Critics agree that Lippman writes with great empathy and insight into the ups-and-downs of teenage friendship, high school peer pressures, and the ways in which violence affects the community. But the novel is too long, contains ina...more
TO THE POWER OF THREE is humdrum and forgettable. I read it to the end and found that I would have pretty much gotten everything out of the book by just reading the fir...more
Second, it reminded me of The Life Before Her Eyes by Laura Kasischke. It too is the story of a school shooting that takes place in a bathroom.
I give it two stars because some of the police that work with Tess Monaghan appear here. Those char...more