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3.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 5 3.10 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9780062099617
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Some secrets can’t be kept. . . .

Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. And then the revelations start. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Each one of these old friends has to wonder if their secret has been discovered—and if someone within the circle is out to destroy them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Laura Lippman’s rich, multigenerational tale explores how relationships between friends, spouses, neighbors, parents, and children wound and sustain us.” 

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Lippman delivers an emotionally complex drama that cements her reputation as one of the smartest crime writers around.”  

    People

  • “A creepy, genre-bending stand-alone novel.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Her most ambitious piece of fiction yet—and her most personal…Intricate and compelling, this novel takes multiple risks.” 

    Baltimore Sun

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Indie Next List
  • O Magazine’s Reading Room Selection for the Fall Reading List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sholeen | 2/20/2014

    " I thought I had it pegged but had a nice not black and white ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri Jacobson | 2/14/2014

    " Pretty good book about 5 childhood friends who share a traumatic episode and how this affects their lives as adults. Plot flows nicely and characters are believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/6/2014

    " Most of the Lippman books I read were mysteries, but this one was more suspense than mystery. It took me a long while to figure out what the book was actually going to be about. Once everything became clear, it did pull me in, but it took a while. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen | 1/21/2014

    " I had never read this author. It was not a true mystery. More accurately, it was a tale of interweaving melodramatic character exposes, held loosely to a murder in the woods. I really did not care for any of the characters in the book. It was a waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeaneen Kindschuh | 1/16/2014

    " I liked the story. Five kids growing up and growing apart, but one death draws them all back together again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrea Wirta | 1/11/2014

    " Just OK - took too long to get interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jody | 1/11/2014

    " Really disappointing. The plot is paper thin and patchy, while the resolution is weak at best, unbelievable at worst. The entire novel is really just a series of character sketches revolving around a group of kids and their parents in the 80s and in the present day. I typically like character-driven novels, but these characters had nowhere to go, and at least two of the characters seemed superfluous, although if the plot had been stronger I might have been able to overlook it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Garner | 12/30/2013

    " Well written with good character studies, but it never really grabbed me. The ending was a big "so what" for me. I've loved previous Lippman stand-alones so I certainly won't write her off, but this is no "Power of Three." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanna | 12/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. Subject matter was hard and I did have a hard time connecting to / liking the characters but I think that was part of the plot. Interesting twist at the end and great character study as well as a great look at group psychology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayme Nelson | 12/6/2013

    " I liked this book - a compelling summer mystery, which I found hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryellen Woodside | 12/6/2013

    " Lippman's Tess Monaghan has a cameo role in this book. Years ago, five children were friends who grew apart as time past. But they still shared a deep secret. Now one of them, Gordon, has died and there is the possibility the secret may be exposed. What is the most dangerous thing? The truth? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britt, Book Habitue | 12/4/2013

    " Struggled with this one. Not what I thought it would be, but also struggled with it because I hate moral gray areas. Kind of feeling like I did when I finished Girl In Translation.... the decisions the characters made are so foreign I can't wrap my head around it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 6/11/2013

    " I absolutely love this author. Her writing style is amazing, so real. I can't put these books down once I've started. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah N. | 5/13/2013

    " Well written and quite gripping, but super-predicatbale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janna | 12/1/2012

    " Such a good book, I luv Laura Lippman ~ she never dissappoints!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danette | 10/1/2012

    " Not in love with it. Sounds better than it was. Half way through thought about giving up, but wanted to know how it ended. Hate those kind of books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/8/2012

    " This was really good, couldn't put it down, and couldn't tell how it was to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Broekstra | 3/14/2012

    " The story was okay, nothing exceptional though. It is about a group of childhood friends who come together later in life to deal with a tragedy that happened in their past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 11/27/2011

    " I enjoy Lippman's writing style and this book was my favorite so far. Good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 11/6/2011

    " Last Laura Lippman book I will pick up - too many words with too little action and extremely predictable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/3/2011

    " an interesting look at three families and a childhood secret that continues to impact lives many years after the facts "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 11/1/2011

    " I love Laura Lippman novels but this one was slower than most. Still worth the read.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/1/2011

    " Started a little slow and a liitle strange at times but I ended up liking it. Not an easy read.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 10/25/2011

    " Not one of my favorite books by Lippman. Just not that interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 10/24/2011

    " This book was well written. However, this may be a book that I will not think deeply about or even remember much about in the future. However I am glad I read the book--a pleasure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 10/24/2011

    " I enjoyed this book very much. I was unfamiliar with this particular author, but I will definitely take a look at her previous works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayla | 10/23/2011

    " Engagingly written, but the story wasn't all that interesting to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 10/23/2011

    " Interesting and perceptive look at friends growing up amid a transforming event they experience. I am not sure, though, that childhood friends really understand each other to the depth that this author depicts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley FL | 10/21/2011

    " I liked the book better, frankly, until the end. The back story, once fully explained, didn't hold true to the characters. And neither did their reactions to learning the truth. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linnea | 10/19/2011

    " This was a tough one to get through for me, very slow moving storyline and in the end not all that interesting. A lot of build up for a less than exciting reveal. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working full time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers, and her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards. She has also been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Baltimore Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Lippman lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.