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Lady in the Lake: A Novel af Laura Lippman
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Lady in the Lake: A Novel (original 2019; udgave 2019)

af Laura Lippman (Forfatter)

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A New York Times Bestseller! The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman. In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know--everyone, that is, except Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she's bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life. Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl--assistance that leads to a job at the city's afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake. Cleo Sherwood was a young black woman who liked to have a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie--and the dead woman herself. Maddie's going to find the truth about Cleo's life and death. Cleo's ghost, privy to Maddie's poking and prying, wants to be left alone. Maddie's investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life--a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people--including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows.… (mere)
Medlem:jerryc
Titel:Lady in the Lake: A Novel
Forfattere:Laura Lippman (Forfatter)
Info:William Morrow (2019), Edition: 1st Edition, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Lady in the Lake af Laura Lippman (2019)

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Is it always a good thing to investigate, to find out what really happened? Seems simple on the surface but the reality can be quite complicated. Laura Lippman is simply a master. The writing in this book is fantastic for the first 85% or so of the book and then she manages to top herself with the final section of the book. Her plot is intricate and unfurls at a wonderful pace, it is never hurried and it takes you along where you need to go as a reader. The majority of the book is told from the point of view of Maddie but Ms. Lippman has a plethora of interstitial chapters from the point of view of characters Maddie has encountered. This means she has to master the "voice" of many more characters but she does it with easy. I loved the differing viewpoints on incidents we had just seen through Maddie's eyes. The story ends up being in many ways a journalism story and the chapters are all short and punchy, totally in keeping with Ms. Lippman's background as a reporter, and that really helps move the book along. I was fascinated with the depiction of life in 1960's Baltimore for a jewish woman, that would be Maddie, and found myself nodding a lot at things that I understood or that were familiar to me as a resident of the DC area during the time (the ads with the sing song "more Park's sausages Mom...please?" for instance). When someone can combine a great thriller plot with deep and convincing character development that pretty much makes a total "Mark Book" and LADY IN THE LAKE totally hits that. She also completely finishes the story which is something I really appreciate. And finally, her Author's Note at the end is wonderful, poignant, and important. Make sure you read it. This should be made into an HBO series. I heartily recommend this book for anyone who likes journalistic mysteries, or mysteries of any type really. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
I know I shouldn't have to like a protagonist to think a book is good, but Maddie Schwartz? It was difficult for me to hang in there for 337 pages with her. And then there's the fact that Lady in the Lake is the first Laura Lippman book I've read, and that many people have effusively recommended her writing to me. Truthfully, though, I didn't think the story was especially well done, and found the use of a relay-style change in narrators annoying. It's not her, it's me? Maybe. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
With Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o signed on to star as Maddie and Cleo in an adaptation of this book, I wrongly went into this expecting the focus would be split evenly between those two characters.

Cleo is barely featured, her POV is lightly sprinkled through the book, necessarily brief I guess for plot reasons still it’s disappointing that she ultimately plays such a small role considering her connection to the title.

Maddie is the most prominent character in the book however the story is told from several points of view beyond hers. I don’t have a problem with multiple points of view when it feels like there’s a legitimate reason for them and if they’re moving the plot forward but far too often these POV’s (including Maddie’s) veered into territory that didn’t seem particularly relevant to the mystery of the lady in the lake.

The newspaper aspect of this as well as gender and race in the sixties held my interest, but for the most part the deep dives into (sometimes random) characters got in the way of this being the suspenseful page-turner I’d hoped to read. ( )
  SJGirl | Apr 6, 2021 |
This book did not work for me. I’ve had to really think about this review and I am honestly at a loss and I had to go back and make sure it really was written by Laura Lippman. I’ve always enjoyed her work and I’m not exactly sure why it didn’t work. I realize the story takes place in the 1960s, but I don’t feel That many of the characters actions were typical of that time and they were not really explained. Maddie, the main character, left her family to be a reporter. Maybe I missed it, but I I don’t recall reading if this was a lifelong dream of hers or what her reasoning behind this was. I’m sure that were many women in the past who did things not typical of the time, but like I said this just didn’t work for me.
On top of this, this the suspense was completely lacking. Even in a basic fiction book there are moments that are suspenseful - not necessarily scary but still have you sitting on the edge of your seat. I did not come close to the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. Even the “scary” moments were odd to me. Nothing really seem to fit. I guess that’s my bottom line. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
I listened to part of the book, narrator was excellent, highly recommend audio book. I enjoyed the story/mystery and the 1960's era in which it was set ( )
  almin | Jan 23, 2021 |
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A New York Times Bestseller! The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman. In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know--everyone, that is, except Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she's bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life. Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl--assistance that leads to a job at the city's afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake. Cleo Sherwood was a young black woman who liked to have a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie--and the dead woman herself. Maddie's going to find the truth about Cleo's life and death. Cleo's ghost, privy to Maddie's poking and prying, wants to be left alone. Maddie's investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life--a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people--including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows.

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