Thursday, August 23, 2012

On Tour and a Giveaway: And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words and harsher deeds. But twenty years later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who knows how to avoid attention. In the comfortable suburb where she lives, she's just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. In the state capitol, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record.

But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee.

For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her secret life, a life she was forced to build after the legitimate world turned its back on her, is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can't be trusted. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it?

Nothing is as it seems as Heloise faces a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know.

And then she learns that her son's father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn't know he has a son. The killer and former pimp also doesn't realize that he's serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him. But he's clearly beginning to suspect that Heloise has been holding something back all these years.

With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. She's done it before and she can do it again. A new name and a new place aren't hard to come by if you know the right people. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life. ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about And When She Was Good ~~

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved how Lippman made Heloise so very likable. On the one hand she's an awesome mom and an upstanding citizen and on the other, she is living a life as a prostitute and madam. And she is a good person in both parts of her life. But she works hard to make sure her two lives do not intersect ~~

'Compartmentalize, compartmentalize, compartmentalize. Sometimes she felt that her entire live was about creating boxes and storing pieces of herself in each one. She never got the boxes mixed up, but it required ferocious concentration on her part, an eternal vigilance. How could she trust anyone else to keep it straight. No one else had as much to lose.'

There are a lot of twists and turns in the story to keep you on the edge of your seat; there are people dying and worry about who is going to be next, then there's some blackmail and deceit thrown in for good measure. When She Was Good is a very well written story with interesting characters and a wonderful, flowing plot. It kept me entranced and it's a book that I didn't want to put down. I loved being a part of Heloise's world, even when things were not going the greatest for her.

I have to admit that this is the first book by Laura that I have read, and she has written quite a few. There are several books in her Tess Monaghan series as well as four standalone novels. I really am going to have to check them out!

About the author

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Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.

Ms. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., Ms. Lippman attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light.

Ms. Lippman returned to Baltimore in 1989 and has lived there since. She is the daughter of Theo Lippman Jr., a Sun editorial writer who retired in 1995 but continues to freelance for several newspapers, and Madeline Mabry Lippman, a former Baltimore City school librarian. Her sister, Susan, is a local bookseller.

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  1. I haven't read any of Lippman's books yet either (in spite of having many on my TBR list) but this definitely sounds like a good place to start!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    I've read one of Lippman's books, TO THE POWER OF THREE, and own several others. This one sounds great. I enjoy books with twists and turns.

  3. I've been wanting to read her books for awhile. They always sound interesting and suspenseful! I'm glad you liked it!

  4. Great. How about linking in to Books You Loved: August Edition? Have a great week!

  5. I love stories with twists and turns!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  6. this book sounds great, I'm ready to give it a try.

  7. THANK YOU...I love Laura Lippman's books.


    Silver's Reviews

  8. The cover caught my attention! The sinopsis reminded me of a movie I saw recently, "The List" which talks about a mother who has a lovely family but also is a prostitute and gets a lot of money out of it.


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