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Every Secret Thing: A Novel of Suspenseby Laura Lippman
Winner of the 2004 Anthony Award for Best Novel
Synopses & Reviews
Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party take a wrong turn down an unfamiliar Baltimore street — and encounter an abandoned stroller with an infant inside. What happens next is shocking and terrible, and three families are irreparably destroyed.
Seven years later, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, now eighteen, are released from "kid prison" to begin their lives over again. But the secrets swirling around the original crime continue to haunt the parents, the lawyers, the police — all the adults in Alice and Ronnie's lives. And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances...
"[A] chilling study of mothers, daughters, love, and murder....Lucid, tight, and compelling. It's Lippman's gift to show the Good Ronnie and Bad Ronnie in every one of her characters, leaving no one unscathed and no one unredeemed." Kirkus Reviews
"With this engrossing mystery/suspense stand-alone novel, Lippman...solidifies her position in the upper tier of today's suspense novelists....Her deft handling of this disturbing material is sure to increase the breadth of her readership." Publishers Weekly
"Lippman doesn't write a standard whodunit here but plays with reader expectations of what should happen next. A startling page-turner." Booklist
"Lippman's tale is superbly paced, weaving story and building suspense to the series of shocks that lead to the novel's finale....[A] grimly satisfying read that illumines one of our deepest fears as a modern society: that children may not be innocents after all." Baltimore Sun
"[D]ark and powerful — a quantum leap forward in emotional wallop....Every Secret Thing is equal parts heartbreaking and commanding — you can't bear to watch, and you can't tear your eyes away." Seattle Times
A terrible crime committed by two ten-year-old girls seven years ago continues to haunt everyone involved — especially now that the girls are about to be released. "A spine-tingler that resonates with torn-from-the-headlines immediacy." — Washington Post
“This is a standout.”
“One of those books that publishers like to say ‘transcends the genre, but in this case its true.”
Every Secret Thing is a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and innocence, adult sins and childhood darkness that the New York Times Book Review hailed as, “powerful…disturbing.” Stepping away from her acclaimed, award-winning mystery series featuring Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan, author Laura Lippman has delivered a novel of psychological suspense that will shock and mesmerize readers, gripping them to the page while breaking their hearts. The tale of a terrible event that devastates three families, after two young girls discover by of an unsupervised baby on an empty street, Every Secret Thing is a bravura demonstration of the extraordinary storytelling skill that has won Laura Lippman every major literary prize bestowed upon mystery writers, including the Edgar®, the Anthony, the Shamus, and the Agatha Awards.
About the Author
Laura Lippman was a newspaper reporter at the Baltimore Sun for twelve years. Her Tess Monaghan novels — The Last Place, The Sugar House, Baltimore Blues, Charm City, Butchers Hill, and In Big Trouble — have won the Edgar, Agatha, Shamus, Anthony, and Nero Wolfe Awards, and In a Strange City was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Lippman lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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