The Power Of Three
Josie, Perri, and Kat have been inseparable best friends since third grade -- the athlete, the brilliant, acerbic drama queen, and the popular beauty with a heart that is open to all around her. They live in an affluent suburb of Baltimore and enjoy privileges many teenagers are denied. But on the final day of school one of them brings a gun with her. And when the police...more
I think that's because her books really hold your interest--I always find myself invested in the characters and looking forward to picking up where I left off. But the climaxes always seem a bit disappointing. After caring so much about the characters, and really enjoying what's going on, t ...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
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
With competition for college path and access being what they are, and with the emotive ...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
I remarked to a friend as I was reading this t ...more
This one was a standalone. She does use a couple of recurring characters, that I know I have seen in other standalones of hers, and possibly in her Tess Monaghan series.
This involves a close friendship of three girls since at least third grade. Two of them had been friends since they were five. And as they get close to graduating high school ...more
Decent little story about a school shooting, and the mysterious way things went down inside of a girls bathroom. The survivors testimony just not line up with clues. The rest of the book gradually details the way 3 young ladies (hence the title) developed a great friendship from the age of 8, and then flipping back and forth to add new characters, dimensions and unravel the mystery.
This boo ...more
The story grabbed me from the beginning. The idea of a school shooting hits close to home as a teacher. I was interested to see how the teen-girl drama lead to the shooting. However, while I feel it had so much potential, the story dragged on a little too long. The clues and hints to what really happened were revealed in a way that became frustrating. It was leading to what we were meant to believe was a huge twist, but it fizzled, in my opinion. The ending didn't seem true ...more
And not, in any way, a typical police procedural, thriller or cozy, which is probably why other reviewers didn't particularly care for this stand-alone.
Here's what I absolutely loved about this book: Lippman gets three things absolutely right-- young/teenage girls, schools and the way they work, and what life is like in a community of privilege, like the fictional Glendale. The things the girls say to each other, what they worry about, ...more
About halfway through the book I couldn't take it anymore. The reader was so monotone and with already slowly developing plot I could barely stay awake. I switched to reading the actual book and it didn't get much better.
I found the idea of the plot to be v ...more
Laura Lippman does a good job of stringing the reader along with just enough information to make you want to keep ...more
Stories like this just get me...I love the drama of it all. But I do not like the melancholy feelings that pester me at the end.
That's when I know a book is good: when that hint of grief is still curled up in my stomach long after I've read the last word.
I preferred What the Dead Know, as that book has similar themes but meanders less. But this one definitely held my attention, and I enjoyed the way I got to see different sides of the characters as the book progressed.
This book got me back into reading fiction, and for that I am grateful. My attention span for reading has decreased considerably in the past two years but this is something I am actively working on. It's coming back slowly. Laura Lippman helped. I understand she's on Goodreads so ...more