Book Reviews of To the Power of Three

To the Power of Three
To the Power of Three
Author: Laura Lippman
ISBN-13: 9780060506728
ISBN-10: 0060506725
Publication Date: 7/1/2005
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
Although I love all of Lippman's Tess Monaghan mysteries and have read all of her books, I have to say I think this was her best book ever, by far! It was really unexpected for me, to see this kind of story from her. It wasn't even so much about "the secret" or the mystery element of it, but just her writing was really, really well-done. Each of the characters - even those who had minor parts - had developed personalities and characteristics. Even if a character only spoke once or twice, you knew about them from the perspective of one or more of the other characters, and I was able to visualize them even. And boy does it ever grab hold of the angst of going to high school - without being overly melodramatic - and the true power of friendship.

I highly recommend it!!
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Helpful Score: 3
This was the best suspense I've read in quite a while! I was glued to this book from page one, and I read it every spare chance I had within the past week.

The book reminded me a lot of the Columbine Massacre and the movie "Homeroom", which was about another school shooting.

I really appreciated the pop-culture references throughout the book because it made for a fun read in addition to the suspense.

I was only slightly disappointed in the ending because I had expected something a little more clever to come out of it, however it was still an unexpected surprise.

I can't wait to share this book with others! Excellent read. :)
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Helpful Score: 2
A really well-written book -- it is not your standard mystery or thriller. It is more of a NOVEL in the literary sense. The story had me mezmerized from the beginning - and I was 20 pages from the end and *still* didn't know what had happened in the "locked room" murder that the book revolves around. Seemingly unrelated incidents are neatly tied together, and while I would like to have seen the punishment aspect of the crime (or was it really a crime?) handled a little differently, this book did not disappoint. It is one to savor as you read; it's not a "fast read." Maybe a little *too* neatly tied up at the end with a minor character suddenly being too critical to the outcome for my taste, but it does all come together and makes sense. The author is true to the different aspects of the various personalities of her characters all the way through. Highly recommended. A-
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Helpful Score: 1
Very suspenseful and keeps you guessing!
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great book!!
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A great thriller with a surprise twist! Lippman makes a strong case for responsible gun control.
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Helpful Score: 1
Well written - not my usual taste in books but an engrossing, if sometimes disturbing, read.
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Excellent thriller about 3 teenage friends. They are involved in an elaborate shooting.
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Outstanding!! I could not put it down.
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I rate this book 2 and 1/2 stars out of 5. It was a decent story but it was quite long-winded. Also, the ending was pretty anti-climactic. I was disappointed in how it all ended. I was hoping for something a little more exotic and exciting. Overall, it wasn't horrible but I probly won't recommend it.
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Excellent book!! Great twists and turns, with a really good ending. A book I could not put down.
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At times, this book is a tough read. It is a story of 3 best friends in high school...and a school shooting by one of them that leaves one of the girls dead, one in ICU in critical condition, and the third injured but alive to tell the story. Full of unexpected twists.
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Good Read
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This is the first Laura Lippman book I have read that was not part of the Tess Monaghan series. It was a pretty entertaining work of suspense; Lippman spends a lot of time creating her characters.
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Three girls are in a school bathroom. Only one lives to tell about it. What happened between these girls who were once the best of friends? Is there more to the story than the survivor is saying?

A really good mystery that will have you questioning the motive as well as the characters involved.
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Unexpected ending
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a great read
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Good book. Surprise ending.
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So far I am in the minority after reading this book. Perhaps having read Nineteen Minutes and The Pact by Jodi Picoult already makes me reaction to this book subjective, rather than objective. The latter books were riveting compared to "To the Power of Three" which I was in no hurry to finish (but I did).

Lippman writes well as far as plot and character development, but I felt this story wandered back and forth in time and between characters without accomplishing much. This is the same technique Picoult uses with ease.

Sorry, there just wasn't enough suspense for me and adding several subplots were more of a distraction than an improvement of the story.
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As usual the book has a twist, and the wonders of youth still prevails.
Laura Lippman at her best
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I listened to the audio version of the book and the reader was so boring I didn't think I could get throught the book. As far as the story itself, IMHO, I kept thinking that she was trying to write like Jodi Picoult and didn't come anywhere near it. Boring, boring and boring.
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good book, a bit long but good.
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I forced my way through this book. I wanted to find out what happened to the girls but the author introduced too many characters that weren't even necessary to the story. I tried a second book of hers but gave up. Once again too much unnecessary info.
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Josie, Perri and Kat are three inseperable best friends since third grade. On the final day of school one of them brings a gun with her. When the police break down the high school bathroom door, locked from the inside, they find two of the friends wounded. One critically...and the third is dead.
Emotional, riveting, powerful. provacative and consistently surprising tale of secrets, friendship and betrayal.
More than a whodunnitt! This will keep you glued. I could honestly not put it down. A gripping mystery novel, very strong characters.
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An interesting psychological thriller.
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Josie, Perri, and Kat have been inseparable best friends since third grade - the athlete, the brilliant, acerbic drama queen, and the popular beauty with a heart that is open to all around her. They live in an affluent suburb of Baltimore and enjoy privileges many teenagers are denied. But on the final day of school one of them brings a gun with her. And when the police break down the door of the high school girls' bathroom, locked from the inside, they find two of the friends wounded, one of them critically - and the third girl is dead.
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I found it hard to put this book down once I started reading it. Three girls, friend since third grade, then something goes horribly awry. But you don't know until the end what exactly went wrong and when. Great read.
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Three high school girls, who are best friends, are found shot in their school bathroom. The popular one is dead, the athletic one was shot in the foot, and the brooding dramatic one has an apparent self-inflicted bullet in the face. The question is how did it happen and why?
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It was a little challenging to read because there were so many characters to keep track of and the story went back and forth between the past and present. But the story was very engaging and I stayed up late at night to read just one more chapter and one more chapter and...
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Josie, Perri, and Kat have been inseparable best friends since third grade - the athlete, the brilliant, acerbic drama queen, and the popular beauty with a heart that is open to all around her. They live in an affluent suburb of Baltimore and enjoy privileges many teenagers are denied. But on the final day of school one of them brings a gun with her. And when the police break down the door of the high school girls' bathroom, locked from the inside, they find two of the friends wounded, one of them critically - and the third girl is dead.

From one of the most acclaimed authors of crime fiction writing today comes a novel breathtaking in its emotional depth - a riveting, powerful, provocative, and consistently surprising tale of secrets, friendship, and betrayal that brilliantly illuminates a dark and chilling event with startling clarity and unique empathy.
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Intricate mystery story of three highschool girls, friends since third grade. What is underneath that caused two of them to die?
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This was a good book, I am not sure what happened to my copy, but I remember enjoying it. A good and different suspense.
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THIS BOOK TELLS OF THREE GIRLS IN SCHOOL WHO BECAME FRIENDS AND THEN ONE DAY IN THE GIRLS BATHROOM AT SCHOOL THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED,TWO WERE WOUNDED,AND THE THIRD GIRL DEAD.VERY INTERESTING BOOK,THINGS CAN GO WRONG SO QUICKLY.
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According to the Baltimore Sun, "'To the Power of Three' is no simple whodunit...An addicting and chilling page-turner."
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Josie, Perri, and Kat have been best friends since third grade. They live in an affluent suburb and enjoy privileges many teenagers are denied. But on the final day of school one of them brings a gun with her. And when the police break down the door of the girls' bathroom, locked from the inside, they find two of the friends wounded and the third girl is dead.
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From the back of the book: Josie, Perri, and Kat have been inseparable best friends since third grade...the athlete, the brilliant, acerbic drama queen, and the popular beauty with a heart that is open to all around her. They live in an affluent suburb of Baltimore and enjoy privileges many teenagers are denied. But on the final day of school one of them brings a gun with her. And when the police break down the door of the high school girls' bathroom, locked from the inside, they find two of the friends wounded, one of them critically...and the third girl is dead.
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josie, perri, and kat have been inseparable best friends since third grade- the athlete, the brilliant, acerbic drama queen, and the popular bueaty with a heart that is open to all arund her. they live in an affluent suburb of baltimore and enjoy priveleges many teens are denied. but on the final day of school, one of them brings a gun. and when the police break down the door of the girls bathroom, locked from the inside, they find two of the friends wounded and one dead.