Every Secret Thing: A Novel

Every Secret Thing: A Novel

by Laura Lippman
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Every Secret Thing 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Kellie Herrmann More than 1 year ago
This book kept me guessing! The ending was much different than expected; I definitely recommend this book!
jezebel_nj More than 1 year ago
This book is so good that I slowed down my reading because I don't want it to end... I've already purchased more of her books... enjoy it and savor it !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Laura Lippman's books and have yet to be disappointed. She has the 'double-whammy' of good plots and well-drawn characters. I have never found her books slow moving - on the contrary - I can hardly turn the pages fast enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throuhout the novel I felt the characters were to self absorbed and lacking any emotion, because of this the novel was very hard to get through. The chapters were so overly specific and crazy analytical that it became annoying to read. By the end I didnt really care what happened and I couldnt root for any of the characters because I just felt bad for all of them. Not my best book choice.
SusieQDean More than 1 year ago
I agree w/another reviewer. I also slowed my reading pace to keep this gem of a book from ending. I was locked in from page one. The pace was positively dizzying. I agree that Cynthia does come off completely unsympathetic but that is my only gripe. I found Ronnie & Alice both engaging, interesting, & surprising. I enjoyed the way Ms. Lippman slowly fleshed out their individual personalities. My mind automatically assumed so many things & I was pleasantly surprised on more than occasion. I enjoy what I call a "twisty" book, and baby, this book is twisty. Try it. You'll be glad you did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Laura Lippman novel I've read, and on the whole it's an intriguing, well-thought out mystery/drama with some surprising twists and turns. That being said, there is one flaw that I simply could not overlook or ignore...the completey self-absorbed, unlikeable characters, especially Cynthia Barnes, the mother of the murdered baby Olivia. I wanted to feel sympathy for her for her loss, because what a terrible loss it was, but I just could not. The character of Cynthia was a cold, haughty, nasty woman who believed the world should revolve around her, and she was portrayed this way in flashbacks of her life even before her child was killed! There was nothing, NOTHING even remotely redeeming about her, and it numbs the story somewhat and hardens the readers to her plight, which is central to the story. And the rest of the characters aren't much better...they all seem to want to use the old tragedy and the new case solely to their advantage. All in all, Every Secret Thing is a unique story with plenty of suspense but regrettably awful characters. It's a flaw that can't be overlooked.
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????????? Great book that keeps you guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel grabbed my attention from the very beginning, I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a loyal reader of Laura Lippman's books…that said, I have to say also that this book just didn't do well for me. I felt at times I needed a "scorecard" to keep track of all the characters and their ulterior movies. There was a lot of this and that in the book, I thought the ending was the worst. Sad, sad situation made worse by others meddling for their own gain. Nope - this is not a read of Lippman's which I would recommend.
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While I love good characterization, this story became so entrenched in unlikeable people, I arrived at a point where I not only didn't care about who did, what happened or why it happened; I simply wanted it to end. So tedious and dull that 300+ pages felt like 800.
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I had high expectations for Lipmann and I am so glad she exceeded them! I was surprised by the ending and her writing style is superb. So excited to read more by her and suggest this to everyone!
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