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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Mary Culpepper is a strong woman, fearless and independent to a fault. But when she discovers the body of a child in her small northern Michigan town, she suffers a breakdown that has her family and friends treating her like "sulfuric acid about to spatter". In the following months, Mary does all she can to keep her mind off the upcoming trial, in which she will have to te ...more
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Aimee Massey
I love this book! The characters reminded me of people I know; not literal specific people, but they, and their small Michigan town, were as familiar to me as my own small Delaware town and the people who share it with me. The good, the bad, the ugly, they're all here.
Mary is a woman in her thirties who seems like a no-nonsense, independent kind of person. She has been amicably divorced for years and lives by herself in a cute little house in the country. She drives a school bus, plays softball,
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Reardon follows what Alice Munro called a "brave, heart-wrenching debut" with another extraordinary tale of pent-up violence, trespass, and redemption."Blameless" -- that's all Mary Culpepper longs to be. Free of the tug of human need. Mary's a big woman, a strong woman: drives the local school bus, hurls a mean softball, likes a cold beer and knows how to make her beloved '75 Mercury run. But she hides a wounded soul behind her capable, even prickly exterior. It is only when she discovers ...more
Al Sevcik
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Mary drives a school bus. At least she did until she found one of her riders, a young girl, dead in a closet, with a head wound. Haunted by her discovery, Mary has a breakdown and is put on probation. The novel covers the few days before she is to testify in court. The fate of the girl’s mother depends on Mary’s testimony – and Mary isn’t at all sure about the “facts” surrounding her discovery. She is under pressure to testify that she noticed signs of mistreatment before the event. She doesn’t ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. Book started out slow but then the locomotive picked up speed and I couldn’t put Mary and her train wreck of a life down.
Apr 03, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
yikes. like reading bad teen fiction. overly present author, limp dialogue, amateur plot maneuvers. i put it to rest after two chapters.
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wirklich überzeugend! schon mit billy hat die frau sich mein herz erschrieben, auch dieser roman ist große klasse!!
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Not a bad read but a little too much like made-for-TV movie plot. Still, it was pretty entertaining.
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