Format: Audio CD, 10 disks
Genre: General Fiction
Published: September 2010 (audio)
Setting: Washington DC area
Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Back of the Book Blurb:
The acclaimed “New York Times” bestselling author returns with a new stand-alone novel–a powerful and utterly riveting tale that skillfully moves between past and present to explore the lasting effects of crime on a victim’s life.
It was an interesting enough book, but I honestly could not stand any of the characters. Every single one had some trait that made me want to punch them between the eyes, including the main character. Elizabeth/Eliza was so ridiculously bland, so easily manipulated by others, and ultimately so infuriatingly weak that I could not stand her, and she was the one that was supposed to be likable. I am sure that Laura Lippman meant to create a story where the truth and the right thing were not always straightforward, where the reasons & motivations behind Walter Bowman’s actions would somehow mitigate how evil they were, and where Elizabeth/Eliza’s actions were understandable and sympathetic. Unfortunately, what she did instead was to create a bunch of characters too flawed to like. I wanted someone to root for, and even in the end when Elizabeth/Eliza actually did do the right thing, I was relieved not because of my investment in the story, but rather because I was thankful I didn’t feel like throwing the book against the wall and screaming.
I don’t know if this means I will read something else by Lippman or not, but I can say without reservation that this one was not for me, and I hope it is not representative of her work, because that would just make me sad for her.