“The author's stand alone works are a nice opportunity to see her spread her wings. I think she's capable of better than her 'bread and butter' heroine, Tess Monaghan. When She Was Good is the tale of a high class hooker and her life full of secrets and lies. Determined to throw off the shackles...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The author's stand alone works are a nice opportunity to see her spread her wings. I think she's capable of better than her 'bread and butter' heroine, Tess Monaghan. When She Was Good is the tale of a high class hooker and her life full of secrets and lies. Determined to throw off the shackles of her lover and pimp she tells the truth for once and in so doing, sends him to prison. Despite subsequently elevating herself to the status of Madame (albeit with player/manager duties!) events and threats lead her to seek a new life.
Lippman has a gorgeous fluid style and a rare knack for finding the kind of phrases which escape mere mortals. The plot evolves in a non-linear fashion and it's sometimes tricky remembering who's who and who has met whom but it's a smart and satisfying read.
“This is my second book by this author and I finder her a solid writer. Her book, while not literary, certainly held my attention. A suburban Mom who is actually running an escort service doesn't sound like an original premise but the character was fully developed and has interesting layers of detail that a lazier author would never have bothered to write. I plan to read more of Ms. Lippman. ”Christine Law wrote this review Saturday, July 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“not as good as prev novels, about a present day madam. Not as much character development.”Kathy wrote this review Saturday, March 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good read. Tales of a modern day suburban madam. Gets a little far-fetched nearer the end, but I still enjoyed it. Great characters and a thriller format.”Bewicks W wrote this review Sunday, February 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting concept but seemed to drag on. Not much substance.”Jeanna McKee wrote this review Wednesday, January 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting story about a young girl hoping to escape a cruel home life, but makes some awful mistakes. She falls for the first man that pays attention to her. He's no good. She moves on to another no good - and becomes a prostitute.
She has a child she must keep hidden from her boss,the father, and starts her own escort service. Interesting look at that side of life.”
“ Best-selling mystery author Laura Lippmann of the Tess Monaghan series takes us in a new journey and a darker side in her first thriller. We're introduced to Helen Lewis, someone who have lived an ordinary life with some bad shady secrets, and then to Heloise Lewis, a grown-up Helen with a son and caught up with her past. We see how Helen becomes present day Heloise and her shaky lifestyle, while she protects her son and keeps everything in check and a distance from others, as when there's a murder or two in her secret new life. And someone has in it for her. They're after her for blood with a shocking twist of its own in the ending that really shakes things up. What a bold transition from mystery to thrillers in a heartbeat, like Nevada Barr a decade ago with her own thriller titled 13 1/2. ”Kristen H wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kept me reading. I wanted to find out how this would end...”Susan B wrote this review Wednesday, December 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Perennial New York Times and nationally bestselling author and acclaimed multiple–prize winner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.
When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words and harsher deeds. But twenty years later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who knows how to avoid attention. In the comfortable suburb where she lives, she's just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. In the state capitol, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record.
But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee.
For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her secret life, a life she was forced to build after the legitimate world turned its back on her, is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can't be trusted. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it?
Nothing is as it seems as Heloise faces a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know.
And then she learns that her son's father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn't know he has a son. The killer and former pimp also doesn't realize that he's serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him. But he's clearly beginning to suspect that Heloise has been holding something back all these years.
With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. She's done it before and she can do it again. A new name and a new place aren't hard to come by if you know the right people. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.