Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Most Dangerous Thing (2011)

The Most Dangerous ThingThe Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In The Most Dangerous Thing author Laura Lippman describes a childhood that resembled mine. Seemingly carefree days of playing with friends in the woods unencumbered by the safety concerns and over-scheduled days kids encounter today.

Lippman's writing is graceful, as always, but the structure of the novel was disorienting. Five friends went into the woods in 1979 and a terrible thing happened. What is the truth of the secret that so many have kept close for so many years? When one of the five friends dies, more questions arise. Was it an accident or suicide? Circling closer and closer to the truth through the voices of those remaining, the truth is ultimately revealed.

Although this is a stand alone story, Tess Monaghan, Lippman's reporter turned PI from her very popular series makes a cameo appearance.

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