- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (February 20, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062389920
- ISBN-13: 978-0062389923
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 208 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sunburn: A Novel Hardcover – February 20, 2018
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“Fast-paced and unpredictable, Sunburn is a smart, sly riff on love in a world of trouble that’s puzzling until the very last piece falls into place.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)
“Cool and twisty.” (New York Times Book Review)
“A masterful mix from a total pro.” (People)
“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)
“Suspenseful as hell, and she writes like a dream [...] Lippman’s always good, but this is a cut above.” (Stephen King)
“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))
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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Polly has a past that slowly comes to light in snippets here and snippets there. Sometimes I was begging for the pieces to just all be on the table, so the story could progress. Though this book comes in at under 300 pages, I felt the pace was a little slower at times than it needed to be.
Both characters were not really that likable, but that is something I can deal with if the plot moves fast enough.
Though I gave this book 3 stars I enjoyed it, but not as much as I do most suspense novels. However, I enjoyed the author's writing and would lend this book out for those who want a shorter summer read for upcoming vacations!
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.
Sunburn starts of very, very slowly (which is why I almost put it down) and only gains momentum after page 70. The problem is that the main characters aren't particularly interesting and the author tries to gain suspense by slowly -- oh, so slowly -- revealing their background stories. I know the old Zane Gray technique of having a dead body on page one is no longer in favor but still having a handsome Fred Macmurray type notice a sun tanned redhead . . .
Bottom line: wait for the movie or limited series on tv.