Every Secret Thing: A Novel (Anglais) Broché – 16 août 2011
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“...a chilling study of mothers, daughters, love, and murder....Lucid, tight, and compelling.” (Kirkus Reviews on Every Secret Thing)
“This is a standout. And the story of children in jeopardy and innocence lost is sadly all too timely.” (Orlando Sentinel)
Présentation de l'éditeur
From critically acclaimed, multiple-award winner Laura Lippman comes a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and innocence.
Two little girls banished from a neighborhood birthday party find an abandoned stroller with an infant inside on an unfamiliar Baltimore street. What happens next is shocking and terrible, causing the irreparable devastation of three separate families.
Seven years later, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller, now eighteen, are released from “kid prison” to begin their lives over again. But the secrets swirling around the original crime continue to haunt the parents, the lawyers, the police, and all the adults in Alice and Ronnie’s lives. And now another child has disappeared, under freakishly similar circumstances.
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Je suis un peu partagée quant à ce qu'il y a à dire sur ce roman, dans la mesure où le fond est intéressant, que ce soit le sujet traité ou la façon dont un éclairage nouveau nous est finalement donné sur les événements anciens, avec un cynisme qui donne froid dans le dos, mais où la forme laisse un peu à désirer. Le début m'a captivée, la fin valait le détour, mais je me suis surprise à un peu "décrocher" au milieu du livre, comme si le récit s'égarait.
Dans l'ensemble, je l'ai lu avec plaisir sinon passion, tout en me disant que cette intrigue et ces personnages auraient pu donner une oeuvre bien plus marquante sous la plume d'une Elizabeth George par exemple.
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Every Secret Thing is a really good mystery with lots of twists. Some of the twists I anticipated in advance, but others took me by surprise. It is told through a variety of the characters’ views, sometimes switching from one to another too fast for my taste, but it does add more detail to the story. I hate to say it, but I didn’t really like any of the characters in Every Secret Thing, but I’m not sure Lippman wants the reader to like them. I did kind of like the detective, Nancy, but she wasn’t really well-developed enough to gain much investment from me. I didn’t trust either of the two girls, and I really didn’t like the mother of the baby that was killed in the beginning. She just seemed self-important, judgmental, and bossy. Alice’s mother seemed odd, and I wasn’t sure what to think about Alice’s lawyer, but I didn’t really like her either. The reporter obviously didn’t care about anyone other than herself and I never understood what had caused her to become stuck at such a low-level position to begin with. Despite the character issues, Every Secret Thing keeps you guessing, making you question what you think you already know. It had me racing to the end to find out if my suspicions were accurate or not. It was a thrilling ride and I was itching to know what the truth really was.
I recommend this one, with just a little complaint that the character POV change was too abrupt at times. You can read more of my reviews at http://bookwormbookreviews.com
I don't want to include anything in this review that might spoil the readers' pleasure in letting the story unravel on its own, slowly revealing every secret, every new development in the plot as well as in the personalities of the novel's memorable characters. I'll just say that this book offers profound psychological insights while nevero becoming preachy. Many authors who write about crimes perpetrated by children cannot resist the temptation of relying heavily on reductive and unintelligent pop psychology. Laura Lippman, however, is too smart to do something like this. She spares her readers the trivialities that populate novels dealing with similar subject matter. EVERY SECRET THING never becomes either predictable or boring.
I hope that Laura Lippman keeps writing stand-alone novels, as well as developing her great Tess Monaghan series. She is one of the most fascinating author of urban mystery novels around today.
I was very disappointed in this book. I had read another Lippman book that I thought was good, so was expecting more from this one. It was painstakingly long. She seems to want to give absurdly long back stories, side stories, adjacent stories, before ever moving the plot along. I read on a Kindle so I can't say what page I was on, but it was not until the last 5% of the book that things finally started moving along. I would say about at least 3/4 of the book wasn't needed. She attempted to try to lead you down one path so you would be shocked when she revealed the "true" perpetrator. And I guess I sort of was, but then everything she said to trick you seemed pointless. She attempts to wrap that up in a scene at a cemetery, but it just left me thinking "What? That's it? What was the point of that?". I wouldn't recommend this book. It's not worth the time you could be spending reading something else.