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And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman
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Although it felt that nothing happened for long stretches of this novel, when things did happen they were executed perfectly. You may think this would lead to a boring read, but And When She Was Good is far from boring.

The main character, Helen/Heloise (Hel?) seems so sure of herself for the majority of this book, and i'd be lying if I didn't admit that the ending was the best part - but that's because Hel stopped being so superior and aloof and putting everyone down. It took her being out-smarted - seriously out-smarted - to seemingly get a grip.

When it comes to other characters, they seem a little like an afterthought. Hel's father made my blood boil and I guess that's why she is how she is. He is a nasty and selfish man who quickly engendered feelings of hatred from me, as I am sure he was meant to. Hel's mother seemed quite timid and unsure - she was so in love, but with that monster? It didn't seem to fit that she could be that naive for her whole life.

Overall I thought it a good enough read. It's not one of my favourites and for being a mystery there isn't much mystery at all, but it was nevertheless enjoyable and interesting.

Drink a really expensive coffee while you read this - you know, the ones from pretentious coffee shops.

I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.
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Reading Progress

April 17, 2013 – Started Reading
April 17, 2013 – Shelved
April 17, 2013 –
April 18, 2013 –
April 18, 2013 –
35.0% "I can't really stand Helen/Heloise, she's so up herself, better than everyone else. But the story's interesting. Not one hint of mystery yet though."
April 19, 2013 –
52.0% "Do I detect some mystery finally creeping in? It's been a long wait!"
April 19, 2013 –
66.0% "A bit more mystery, but I don't think there's enough to classify this book as a "mystery". A little over 100 pages to go and nothing's really happened."
April 19, 2013 –
92.0% "It's nearing the end and I know something's going to happen. The tension is building and building well."
April 20, 2013 – Finished Reading

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