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Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
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Jul 20, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010-reads, bookclub-books, mystery-thrillers

This book was about a writer who decides her next book is going to be about her childhood friends with the focus on Callie who was accused of killing her infant son. The setting is Baltimore. I find it very frustrating when an author makes it difficult to figure out where you are and who you are reading about when they transition from one chapter to another. This novel was choppy and somewhat disorganized. I found I was often trying to figure out which character she was writing about and where we were in time. Present? Past? The ending was OK. It did tie up loose ends, however, it was anticlimactic. The author revealed pieces of the story bit by bit which builds suspense, however, I felt like she placed these revelations in inappropriate places. It became confusing. This is the second book I’ve read by this author. I really liked What the Dead Know. This one was not her best.

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