First Line: They throw him out when he falls off the barstool.
Something happened one summer in Baltimore that made five best friends go their separate ways throughout the rest of school and on into their adult lives. When one of them dies and the rest slowly come together for the funeral, they begin to learn that the past never stays buried. It must be dealt with or there will be unwelcome consequences.
Once again Lippman does an excellent job at building suspense (just what happened that summer???) and diving into character and motivation. Those remembered days of childhood are every bit as clearly delineated as the present day trials the characters all have as grownups.
This book is a bit of a rarity for me-- and it's all due to Laura Lippman's skill as a writer. You see, I really didn't give a rap for any of the characters. There's not one single person in that book that I liked. If this leads to you believe that I hated this book, I wouldn't be surprised. But I did like it. Lippman makes that mysterious thing that happened on that long ago summer so compelling that I couldn't stop reading. I had to find out what happened and which of the characters were responsible.
Normally this character-driven reader prefers to have at least one character to like, respect, or admire. In the case of The Most Dangerous Thing, I kept thinking to myself, "You're all one big batch of messed-up people. What did you do to get that way?" Lippman answered my question in one beautifully written page after another.
What a different read - friends who were impacted by a significant occurrence in their past, they are just finding out what really happened and how it changes the past. With three boys and two girls as best friends, you know there will be plenty of drama. Two will hook up and two will find themselves mixed up in major trouble, what can you expect when a group with girls and boys tries to maintain a friendship through the high school years.
I loved the switch between telling the story through the past and the present, but the chapters of the past didn't give enough away to spoil the truly juicy ending. I always love a story that spends some time in the past, so you feel as though you are getting the full story. Although I was a little confused by the whole us and them, so I am conveniently skipping it.
An interesting take on the suspense novel with only one death and a lot of relationships. I kept reading wanting to know what these friends had experienced and who knew the whole truth and who knew only the partial truth.
Compared to Lippman's other books this one was very disappointing! Really had to force my way thru this book.
I'm giving this a rare five stars for two reasons. First, the mystery, Lippman seamlessly weaves the mystery in one direction. It is so believable, that it was a big surprise when the actual story made sense. Secondly, I would agree with others, I did not necessarily like any of the characters, so was pleased that the story is told from multiple views, therefore the reader doesn't need to like the main character. Lippman's characterization is spot-on, I've known these people.
I enjoyed this book. It revealed the weaknesses and sheer humanity of people and how secrets kept often impact more than actual events. There were weaknesses in the story though- uneven narratives and I am not sure that all the characters were fully drawn enough to really pull out their impact on the story- for example, the priest was obviously drawn in in a way to set him up as a villain, but he was actually irrelevant- sometimes I felt that characters were there only to play the role of red herring.
It was a good read though and one that I would recommend to others.
This was okay, but I just don't enjoy Lippman's stand alone books as much as her Tess Monaghan series.
This a great read from start to finish. The story focuses on five childhood friends ( 2 girls and 3 brothers) who are inseparable until a horrible event tears them apart. Each child's story is told before, during and after and focuses on how differently they react to the same experience. This book was hard to put down - I look forward to reading more of Lippman's work!
This appears to be the same as her book published on the Most Dangerous Thing
Another Lippman suspense novel that kept me reading into the late night!! I love the way Laura Lippman writes her chapters in alternating time, giving background and substance to her characters. Altho this novel had many, many characters that one had to really keep track, her writing style makes it easier to do so than some writers.
Our story is about five neighborhood kids who have the freedom of the 70's to roam the wooded park near their homes. (Something parents wouldn't allow today.) They play and explore deeper and deeper into the woods, until an event occurs that changes their lives, and those of their parents, forever. When they come together again as adults due to the death of one of their 'pack', the secrets of youth come forward. No spoiler here, you'll have to read, and enjoy, this mystery.