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It seems crimes just come naturally to this place, which is unfortunate because Balti is a place full of deep culture and history Of course this is a fiction novel, but it had me thinking of Leakin Park and those people who just get killed for no reason Will their murders ever be solved Every Secret Thing is a standard crime thriller, but although the story is interesting, it s very weighed down by irrelevant stuff and disturbing to the point where it seems unnecessary It was also very d It seems crimes just come naturally to this place, which is unfortunate because Balti is a place full of deep culture and history Of course this is a fiction novel, but it had me thinking of Leakin Park and those people who just get killed for no reason Will their murders ever be solved Every Secret Thing is a standard crime thriller, but although the story is interesting, it s very weighed down by irrelevant stuff and disturbing to the point where it seems unnecessary It was also very difficult to sympathize with the characters or relate to them Both girls had obnoxious personalities and I didn t like either of them.Still, the surprise ending was worth all that, and I wasn t expecting it to go the way it did It was well written at that point for what it was and definitely engaging enough to be memorable, although I almost didn t finish reading the book because it was really dry and repetitive for much of its duration I think it would beeffective if the rest of it were written as well as the ending Laura Lippman is another author recommended to me after my recent Gillian Flynn binge She has a weighty volume of work to choose from, but I was drawn to the description of Every Secret Thing for my first 11 year olds Ronnie and Alice are neighborhood friends unexpectedly and perhaps unjustly banished from a classmate s birthday party at the community pool In their short walk home, a shocking crime will change both girls lives forever The story picks up seven years later, when both R Laura Lippman is another author recommended to me after my recent Gillian Flynn binge She has a weighty volume of work to choose from, but I was drawn to the description of Every Secret Thing for my first 11 year olds Ronnie and Alice are neighborhood friends unexpectedly and perhaps unjustly banished from a classmate s birthday party at the community pool In their short walk home, a shocking crime will change both girls lives forever The story picks up seven years later, when both Ronnie and Alice are released from the juvenile justice system for their parts in the death of a baby girl that fateful day back in sixth grade Both girls are deeply damaged by their experience, but trying to adjust to a new adult life and move on However, just days after the girls move back to the neighborhood, another child disappears under ominous circumstances, and everyone involved in the old case immediately considers them suspects To solve the new missing child case, however, they first must unravel the real story of what happened seven years ago I enjoyed the story, which contained some genuine surprises, but no huge mind blowing twists Like many books of this genre, there is a serious shortage of likeable characters, but Lippman still manages to make them interesting However, I wish the story had not been framed within the police procedural structure If there had been a bit less focus on the detective team, I would have beenenthusiastic, I think I would have liked to seethrough the lens of teenaged Ronnie and Alice, and maybe evenflashbacks of what happened the afternoon after the girls left the birthday party.This book isn t among my favorite in the genre, but I m interesting in readingby Lippman This is a hard book to read, but not because it isn t written superbly The difficulty is that there isn t a pleasant character, deed, or thought from page one to the end No joy The complex story unfolds bit by bit, grudgingly revealed under Lippman s very capable control I guess you have to decide, at the end when all is known, who you feel the most sorry for But as soon as you start to feel bad for someone, you have second thoughts Nobody deserves sympathy At least nobody who s still ali This is a hard book to read, but not because it isn t written superbly The difficulty is that there isn t a pleasant character, deed, or thought from page one to the end No joy The complex story unfolds bit by bit, grudgingly revealed under Lippman s very capable control I guess you have to decide, at the end when all is known, who you feel the most sorry for But as soon as you start to feel bad for someone, you have second thoughts Nobody deserves sympathy At least nobody who s still alive The past was worth remembering and knowing in its own right It was not behind us, never truly behind us, but under us, holding us up, a foundation for all that was to come and everything that had ever beenLaura LippmanLaura Lippman, an American award winning NY Times best selling author, has penned an incredibly nail biting as well as edgy thriller, Every Secret Thing , that was published in the year 2004 and that has won quite a lot of literary awards The story revolves around two lThe past was worth remembering and knowing in its own right It was not behind us, never truly behind us, but under us, holding us up, a foundation for all that was to come and everything that had ever beenLaura LippmanLaura Lippman, an American award winning NY Times best selling author, has penned an incredibly nail biting as well as edgy thriller, Every Secret Thing , that was published in the year 2004 and that has won quite a lot of literary awards The story revolves around two little girls who unfortunately became a part of a horrific and sad murder of a little baby who was left abandoned by a sitter, seven years later, the disappearance of yet another child speculates and brings back the same memory of that child and will life ever be same for those two little girls who have just served seven years in juvenile prison.Synopsis From critically acclaimed, multiple award winner Laura Lippman comes a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and innocenceTwo little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party find an abandoned stroller with an infant inside on an unfamiliar Balti street What happens next is shocking and terrible, causing the irreparable devastation of three separate families.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, and all the adults in Alice and Ronnie s lives And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller two eleven year old girls are kicked out of a friend s pool party early because of their misbehavior On their way to home, they come across an abandoned baby, named, Olivia Barnes, across a porch, whom they steal away thus resulting on their imprisonment in a juvenile prison and the case led by county detective Nancy Porter, everyone gets the justice for the baby s lucky fate of getting murdered by two little children Seven years later, Alice and Ronnie, promised of a fresh and new life, is once again pulled down the same horrifying memory lane of trials and everything when another baby disappears in the same fashion So it is now Nancy s duty to find out the real source and the real killer of the crime Honestly, why haven t I heard of this author before the movie adaption of the book, bad publicity maybeI will definitely have to buy all her books after today, since this thriller not only left me thrilled to the very core but the book never once failed to challenge me with it s complexities, questions, innocence and twists Yeah there is a movie and after watching it, I was completely bowled over by the nicely woven plot and that led me to look up the author and ordering the very book online.This story is woven with so many layers, firstly from the premise as well as from the initial chapters it feels very obvious that a bad and vulnerable as well as outspoken white girl like Ronnie and her only friend, Alice who is quite the opposite of Ronnie, together might have killed the African American baby, Olivia, and all through out the plot, the author poses a question onto her readers minds about which girl was the one to kill Olivia and that too occurring in a racially charged up neighborhood in Balti.The writing is fantastic and I ve rarely came across anything so brilliant yet challenging at the same time The prose is evocative since the story sways to and fro seven years before prison and seven years after prison life for both Alica and Ronnie The author s eye and keen to tiniest details are very evident while sketching out two young girls in the prologue of the story The story revolves on what actually happened to Olivia and to the other disappeared kid in the neighborhood through Alice and Ronnie s testimony through variously distinct characters, that are sketched with lots of depth So the only thing that connects the readers through the point of revelation of the actual happening of the events are through testimony of various people from parents to teachers to police officers to etc Yes, that means the plot is loosely a character driven one, as the author takes her readers on a joy ride to let us see through the loves of these human beings and how they have accepted a crime in their lives.The characters are all thoroughly psychologically flawed as well as they all harbor secrets deep into their souls The adults, like Nancy, the detective who went at great lengths to bring justice to Olivia s murder, Cynthia, mother of Olivia, still seven years later yearning for vengeance while conceiving a child right after Olivia s death, Sharon Kepelmen, who can t get over the case when she was Alice s public defender, and Alice s single mother, Helen, who is also a school teacher and is still holding back her past, are vividly painted in the novel and how they are still obsessed to the very core.The protagonists are a brilliant example of character portrayal in a character driven crime novel, where both Alice and Ronnie are a stark contrast to each other s demeanor and which also questions us the upbringing of a child in a dysfunctional to a single motherhood kind of families They are bound to remain as being imprinted upon the readers minds long after reading the book.The best thing of this crime thriller is that there is no motive, no anger no reason no agenda to take revenge or anything that will lead to a horrifying murder of a baby, so only by depending solely on the cast of characters, the mystery cannot unfold on it s own Surprisingly there are no main male characters in the book thus making it a women centric story This is a book which questions our society and the way it poses the questions feels like a cold hard slap on the face about the way we are raising our children monsters.There was not a moment when the book disappointed me with it s unrealistic take of the story, at every point, the author instilled a belief into my heart through this story and the climax is one of a kind and is quite alarming In a nutshell, this book is a page turner and like any other literary novel, enlightens a human mind as well as leaves the reader unraveled with the extent of the suspense Do watch the movie adaption with the same title, that is directed by Amy J Berg, featuring, Dakota Fanning, Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Danielle Macdonald, which released on 15th May Stepping Away From Her Acclaimed, Award Winning Mystery Series Featuring Balti 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. I was in the mood for a good mystery, but this book didn t do the trick The last 50 or so pages were like Oh, and I forgot to mention THIS and I left out this part Sort of like listening to a friend tell a story and then patching on the details after it ended Too bad, because Laura Lippman has written a lot of books, but after my first read, I don t think I ll pick up another one Oh, I forgot to mention that I left out this one part Review contains spoilers.Oh this bookwhere to start I do think Laura Lippman is a great writer, but there were things about this book that annoyed me One was the whole Alice is fat thing Okay, we get that she is overweight Does it need to be mentioned almost every time she appears Oh, Alice is fat There s fat Alice again Even when she is thinking about herself, it was includedoften than not how fat she is The one time her weight is mentioned it was something like, She looke Review contains spoilers.Oh this bookwhere to start I do think Laura Lippman is a great writer, but there were things about this book that annoyed me One was the whole Alice is fat thing Okay, we get that she is overweight Does it need to be mentioned almost every time she appears Oh, Alice is fat There s fat Alice again Even when she is thinking about herself, it was includedoften than not how fat she is The one time her weight is mentioned it was something like, She looked like she was about 200 pounds Now, the way it had been spoken of, like she was this rotund whale, I was thinking she must be about 250 300 pounds Granted, I m not sure her height mentioned Regardless, it grew tired after awhile, Alice constantly being mentioned as fat Fat, hulking, rotund, it got old quick.And Ronniethe portrayal of her character changed halfway through the book I m not sure if it wasn t supposed to be that way all along, but it threw me for a loop She is written to be one way and there is not even a hint of the way it actually was.The Cynthia character I found to be so unlikeable I had a hard time feeling sympathy for her She was so judgmental about everyone She is quick to look down on people and she came across as very holier than thou Sharon was beyond rude in her interactions, and I didn t find it to make much sense I don t know, it was frustrating to me, because I did think it was well written, but I found a lot of things in this book annoying Also, I really thought that Nancy was going to beinvolved in the first crime than she was The way the early hints were given it made it sound like there was muchthan just her being the one who found the body Also, I was confused about what happened when she was a police officer in Balti and why she had to leave I read through the passage several times and still couldn t quite understand exactly what happened.Bottom line, I liked the book, but found it frustrating However, it was quite a page turner and I finished it quickly I will readby Lippman, but if there s another one like this, I m not sure I ll continue reading her novels Reading this felt sort of like getting a root canal No, getting a root canal was easier There were so many random details thrown in about irrelevant characters that I literally got a headache And they weren t interesting details either, just minutia, like where they ate lunch, where they shopped, or what type of books the usually checked out at the library And the details weren t related to the mystery either, just random The mystery involves the murder of a baby by two twelve year old girl Reading this felt sort of like getting a root canal No, getting a root canal was easier There were so many random details thrown in about irrelevant characters that I literally got a headache And they weren t interesting details either, just minutia, like where they ate lunch, where they shopped, or what type of books the usually checked out at the library And the details weren t related to the mystery either, just random The mystery involves the murder of a baby by two twelve year old girls The girls were kicked out of a party for saying something racist This was later used as evidence to help convict them of the murder of this baby The baby was black Besides the desire to see a train wreck type response, the rubber necking that goes with traffic accident type thing, I can t imagine being able to hold any interest or desire to finish this book I suppose there were aspects to the murder that one might be curious about Perhaps there were mitigating circumstances to allow some compassion for the twelve year olds, one of whom was presumably guilty only because she was there but had nothing to do with it but I ll never know because the reading of it made me sea sick and dizzy and I had to put it down or risk a mild case of bad writing induced bedspins wo little girls are banished from a birthday party after one of them uses the n word As they wander home, they come across a baby in a coach seemingly abandoned on a city street They take the baby back to their own secret place and one of them kills the baby Seven years later they are both 18 and released from juvenile detention Not long after baby girls disappear and reappear all over the area until one disappears and is not returned This was probably the most chilling book by Lippma wo little girls are banished from a birthday party after one of them uses the n word As they wander home, they come across a baby in a coach seemingly abandoned on a city street They take the baby back to their own secret place and one of them kills the baby Seven years later they are both 18 and released from juvenile detention Not long after baby girls disappear and reappear all over the area until one disappears and is not returned This was probably the most chilling book by Lippman, I ve read I ve always been a fan of Lippman s books She started with her Tess series, but quickly branched out to a stand alone every other year This book explores childhood how children think, how elemental their thoughts and ideas are We meet Alice sweet, compliant, always wanting to be part of the gang and Ronnie, difficult, a slower learner, wanting desperately to be loved The adults in their lives don t seem to want to be adults at all and the results, in this case, are horrendous Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies That s what this book explores the secrets, the lies and their consequences I love how Lippman toys with your perceptions as the novel winds on just when you think you ve decided how you feel about a character, she feeds you another piece of information that forces you to reevaluate That she can do this without the new events and circumstances seeming out of place or manipulative is a testament to her skill and talent This one would make a great book club pick for the challenges Lippman makes to the reader. Every Secret Thing


About the Author: Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has wonthan twenty awards for her fiction, including the Edgar Award and been nominated for thirtySince her debut in 1997, she has published twenty one novels, a novella, a children s book, and a collection of short stories Her books have been translated into over twenty languages LitHub named her one of the essential female crime writers of the last hundred years She also has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Vulture, Real Simple, and T magazine The film of her novel Every Secret Thing was produced by Frances McDormand and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, and Dakota Fanning Laura lives in Balti with her husband, David Simon, and their daughter.


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