Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Book Review: Life Sentences

Title: Life Sentences: A Novel
Author: Laura Lippman
Rating: ***1/2
Tags: mysstery, laura lippman, baltimore, fiction, stand alone

I've read and enjoyed some of Lippman's other books, but this one just didn't gel for me. I didn't particularly like the main charadcters, and there was one plot point I never did understand.

The book is set in Baltimore like most of Lippman's work. The main character is Cassandra, who is, as might be guessed from the name, the daughter of a professor. She was a daddy's girl, but Daddy left when she was 10. As an adult, Cassandra has written best-selling volumes of memoirs, and thinks there might be another book in the story of her and her classmates, one of whom later spent sever years in prison after her baby son disappeared.

Lippman is a good writer, but even good writers can occasionally produce a lesser work.

Publication William Morrow (2009), Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date 2009
ISBN 0061128899 / 9780061128899

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