Book Review: The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

Years ago, growing up in Dickeyville, Maryland – a small community within Baltimore City – two girls, Gwen and Mickey, and three brothers, Tim, Sean and Go-Go (short for Gordon) struck up an indelible friendship. But as time went on, circumstances changed and they grew apart, growing into adults and living life separately with their respective families. Quietly, they began to forget about each other.

One day, the old friends are thrust violently back together again when Go-Go, the wild, ne’er fo well member of the group, dies unexpectedly in a mysterious car crash.  Admist this sudden tragedy, things start to unravel as one secret they share begins to come to light.  Could they have been betrayed by one of their own. 

I thought it was fitting for my first blog post as a bookette focused around a group of friends as I look forward to making friends with all of my fellow bookettes and my readers.

This was the first novel I have read from Laura Lippman and I thought it was fantastic.  I’m a sucker for a time travel books, with chapters that alternate from past to present.  Lippman does a fantastic job of providing the reader with snippets of each characters story, which propelled me to keep turning the pages.  As a commuter in Chicago, there were days where I wish the train ride was longer so I had the chance to read more about the adult characters struggle with protecting their children, now adults and about each characters struggle with the past.

As I followed the journey of Gwen, Tim, Sean, Go-Go and Mickey (later known as McKey), I was pleased with the insights provided to each character and surprised with the reasons for the decisions that each made.  More appalling, are the reasons for the decisions of the adults, but given the time period of the novel, it isn’t surprising. As for the end, well I won’t ruin it for you, I was absolutely stunned; it came from left field.  I closed the book and stopped and thought about it for a good hour.

Mark your calendars, because The Most Dangerous Thing, isn’t on sale until August 23, 2011. It is a must read for those who love suspense.  It’ll keep you thinking, even after you finish the book.

Pre-order the book here.

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