I have a great read to tell you about today...Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman. This is the perfect book to curl up with on a frigid March day! Here is the scoop...
Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney representing suburban Maryland—including the famous planned community of Columbia, created to be a utopia of racial and economic equality. Prosecuting a controversial case involving a disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death, the fiercely ambitious Lu is determined to avoid the traps that have destroyed other competitive, successful women. She’s going to play it smart to win this case—and win big—cementing her political future.
But her intensive preparation for trial unexpectedly dredges up painful recollections of another crime—the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Justice was done. Or was it? Did the events of 1980 happen as she remembers them? She was only a child then. What details didn’t she know?
As she plunges deeper into the past, Lu is forced to face a troubling reality. The legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. But what happens when she realizes that, for the first time, she doesn’t want to know the whole truth?
I am a big fan of the crime fiction genre and Laura Lippman is a real pro in the arena. I have read her other books as well and she never fails to disappoint. I liked the past and present plot threads and Lippman is a master at weaving it all together. The character, Lu, was one I really enjoyed and I think she was very well developed. Her present day persona and that of her as a younger girl are both relatable and engaging. Watching her experience what she "knows" unravel was both fascinating and riveting.
This book will appeal to those who enjoy a well thought out mystery with lots of twists and turns as well as those who enjoy a good family drama. Additionally, I think you could pull lots of similarities between Wilde Lake and To Kill a Mockingbird. I am curious to see if you all feel the same so be sure to pick this one up...
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