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Sunburn: A Novel Hardcover – February 20, 2018
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“Suspenseful as hell, and she writes like a dream [...] Lippman’s always good, but this is a cut above.” (Stephen King)
“A masterful mix from a total pro.” (People)
“Cool and twisty.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now, and Sunburn is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it.” (Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl)
“Laura Lippman continues to push the envelope of modern crime-writing. Sunburn, her take on noir, may be her nerviest novel yet, an unsparing look at how lovers can betray one another.” (Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
“Modern noir at its best, it will delight old-movie lovers, satisfy suspense readers, and reward Lippman’s legion of fans.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“You can tell how much fun the author had updating the classic noir tropes, and it’s contagious. Plotty, page-turning pleasure.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“This is Lippman at her observant, fiercest best, a force to be reckoned with in crime fiction.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Ingeniously constructed and extremely suspenseful, the novel keeps us guessing right up until its final moments. Lippman is a popular and dependable writer, and this homage to classic noir showcases a writer at the height of her powers.” (Booklist (starred review))
“I feel like it creates a whole new category, which I’m thinking of as ‘femme noir’ [...] She’s taken this traditional noir structure of a man sweeping in to save a woman who then turns around and eats his heart out—she’s turned that notion on its head.” (Wall Street Journal)
From the Back Cover
New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals—and cold-blooded murder.
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also just passing through. Yet she stays. And he stays—drawn to the mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets.
Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?
Something—or someone—has to give.
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I love Laura Lippman’s books, although for whatever reason I haven’t read her in a few years. Sunburn is such a delight, such a wonderful series of puzzles only solved at the end, that it actually completely took my mind off the truly dismal state of the world. I loved it! And I will go back now and read the books she wrote that I have missed.
Their love, while true, is complicated by the lies and secrets it is based on. Each make sacrifices for each other and for their relationship, but they never make the sacrifice that could save it. They never share the truth.
SUNBURN is a stand-alone novel by Laura Lippman, author of the series featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan.
I particularly enjoyed the complexity that was Polly. Among her secrets and lies, there was hope that there was something good in her. Was she created by circumstance, a victim of abuse who learned to adapt to survive? Or was she born cold, ruthless, diabolical?
Or perhaps I was rooting for Polly because those that surrounded her were worse--sadistic, abusive, greedy, selfish, envious.
Sometimes I find myself liking least people who are neither good or bad, but painfully indifferent to anything but their own needs. SUNBURN is a novel that demonstrates that sometimes those are people that finish last. And that sometimes love can conquer all, but perhaps not the love readers will expect.