Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman
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“This is a standout.”
Orlando Sentinel
“One of those books that publishers like to say ‘transcends the genre,’ but in this case it’s true.”
Chicago Sun-Times

Every Secret Thing is a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and innocence, adult sins and childhood darkness that the New York Times Book Review hailed as, “powerful…disturbing.” Stepping away from her acclaimed, award-winning mystery series featuring Baltimore 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.


About Laura Lippman

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Laura Lippman has lived in Baltimore most of her life and she would have spent even more time here if the editors of the Sun had agreed to hire her earlier. She attended public schools and has lived in several of the city's distinctive neighborhoods, including Dickeyville, Tuscany-Canterbury, Evergreen, and South Federal Hill.
Published October 13, 2009 by William Morrow. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Some days Ronnie was Good Ronnie, some days she was Bad Ronnie.

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Publishers Weekly

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With this engrossing mystery/suspense stand-alone novel, Lippman, winner of the Edgar, Shamus and Agatha awards for her series featuring likable heroine Tess Monaghan (Baltimore Blues;

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BC Books

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Every Secret Thing is a novel of suspense by author Laura Lippman, and has just been released in paperback this month.

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Book Reporter

EVERY SECRET THING is that rare creation, a book with a title that's a perfect fit --- not only for its subject matter, but also for the extraordinary skill with which the author Laura Lippman unfolds her tale.

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Entertainment Weekly

After a darkly nostalgic prologue in which two white 11-year-old girls in Baltimore kidnap a black baby, we flash forward seven years, when the teen perps have lost touch after being released from the custody of the state of Maryland.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Narration wanders between Alice, Ronnie, Alice's mother Helen, attorney Sharon Kerpelman, detective Nancy Porter, reporter Mira Jenkins and Cynthia Barnes (mother of Olivia, the baby abducted by Alice and Ronnie) -- and I can't guarantee I haven't forgotten someone else who just happened to be pa...

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With a deep cast and a powerful plot, EVERY SECRET THING will not remain secret to the reading public that will seek other fine (but not as dark) works by Ms.

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