Wednesday, April 01, 2015
First Wednesday Book Review Club: HUSH HUSH
A welcome return of Tess Monaghan in a fine addition to the series. Tess is now a mother and that role makes her both suited and ill-suited to looking into security issues for a woman, Melisandre Dawes, who murdered her infant daughter on a hot day one August.
Dawes got off, suffering from PPD, but her return to Baltimore more than a decade later stirs up trouble for her two surviving daughters (now teens) her former husband, now remarried, and his new wife and son. Throw into the mix an attempt of Melisandre to tell her story via a documentary film maker and someone who seems to have it in for Tess. This is a well-populated tale but Lippman is skillful in keeping it sorted out for the reader.
I enjoyed seeing Tess cope with motherhood in a palpably loving yet very human way. I love Lippman's standalones, but this novel functioned as both. We had a nice mix of Tess and her gang along with the gaggle of girls who occupied this case. A very fine novel indeed.
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