Just as stunning and absorbing as all of Laura Lippman's stand-alone books, AFTER I'M GONE is both a look into family relationships, and a mystery. Th...moreJust as stunning and absorbing as all of Laura Lippman's stand-alone books, AFTER I'M GONE is both a look into family relationships, and a mystery. The characters come alive through Linda Emond's narration in the audiobook version, especially the three daughters in the family - practical Linda, intelligent Rachel, and petulant Michelle. All three daughters are left alone with their mother when their shady father flees the country rather than face time in prison. Felix, the father, also leaves behind his long-time mistress, Julie. Ten years after his disappearance, Julie also vanishes and her body is found in a wooded park. In 2012, retired detective "Sandy" Sanchez begins investigating Julie's cold case. The relationships between the mother and the three sisters are more fascinating than the mystery of who killed Julie. I enjoy all of Lippman's books, and this one was no exception.(less)
This is an atmospheric read that felt very timely to me. At the same time, Abbott's teenage girl characters could have come from any era. When first o...moreThis is an atmospheric read that felt very timely to me. At the same time, Abbott's teenage girl characters could have come from any era. When first one girl, then another, falls ill from a mysterious sickness, the small community where they lives begins to panic. Is it something toxic from the polluted lake in their town? Is it some kind of new superbug? And why is it only affecting girls? Abbott combines family secrets, gender politics, and mass hysteria for chilling and claustrophobic results in this fascinating book, told from several perspectives. I wished that there had been some more closure regarding the mystery illness at the end of the book, but other than that, it was perfect. I received a free advance copy of this eBook for review from NetGalley.(less)
I received a complimentary eBook copy of this title for review from NetGalley. Grace is a couples therapist in New York City, and the book opens as sh...moreI received a complimentary eBook copy of this title for review from NetGalley. Grace is a couples therapist in New York City, and the book opens as she's being interviewed about her hot new book, "You Should Have Known," a wake-up call for women who ignored the warning signs of problems in their relationships. As Grace is juggling her busy life of PR for the book, her patients, and a fancy fundraiser for the expensive private school her son Henry attends, she begins to realize something is going terribly wrong...Grace learns that a murder has been committed: a fellow mom from the private school is dead. Then, she can't seem to reach her husband, Johnathan, a busy pediatric oncologist. She thought he was flying out to a conference in Cleveland, but now he seems to have disappeared completely. This addictive read follows Grace as she must deal with one shocking, sudden realization after another, and is finally able to move on to the next stage of her life. YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN is a great read for anyone who loves suspense, books about marriage, or books set in New York City.(less)
LOST LAKE is not my usual type of book, but it was nice to make a departure from my usual, "grittier" choices and visit the bygone world of a lakeside...moreLOST LAKE is not my usual type of book, but it was nice to make a departure from my usual, "grittier" choices and visit the bygone world of a lakeside resort in Georgia, populated by quirky people. We received a free MP3 audiobook for LOST LAKE from Brilliance Audio at work, so thought I would give it a listen. The author creates a world that is infused with magic, which makes this book stand out from other domestic fiction books set in the South.
One year after the death of her husband, Kate and her daughter find a postcard from Kate's great-aunt Eby, addressed to Kate from the summer when she was 12 years old, her favorite summer from her youth. With her mother-in-law attempting to control every aspect of Kate and her daughter, Devon's lives, the two decide to escape Atlanta and drive down to Eby's old resort to see if it is still in operation. They arrive at Lost Lake to find Eby planning to sell the property and the regulars are all staying in the cabins for one last summer. While the plot is very predictable, there's something really comforting about this book and Allen has an addictive quality to her writing; I immediately wanted to pick up another audiobook from this author. Great for anyone who likes sweet and whimsical stories.(less)