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Lady in the Lake The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Balti that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman In 1966, Balti is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know everyone, that is, except Madeline Maddie Schwartz Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife This year, she s bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life.Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Balti police find a murdered girl assistance that leads to a job at the city s afternoon newspaper, the Star Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake.Cleo Sherwood was a young African American woman who liked to have a good time No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie and the dead woman herself Maddie s going to find the truth about Cleo s life and death Cleo s ghost, privy to Maddie s poking and prying, wants to be left alone.Maddie s investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life a jewelery store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Balti Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddiethan she knows. Read Lady in the Lake – wildweaves.co.uk

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  1. I ve been wanting to read a book by this author for awhile now and the synopsis for this one sounded good so I finally took the plunge While this book can be classified as historical fiction, it also fits in the mystery and women s fiction genres I ended up really enjoying this novel and look forward to reading other books by Laura Lippman.It s 1966 and Madeline Maddie Schwartz lives in Balti with her husband and teenage son It might seem like she has it all but she wantsthan ju I ve been wanting to read a book by this author for awhile now and the synopsis for this one sounded good so I finally took the plunge While this book can be classified as historical fiction, it also fits in the mystery and women s fiction genres I ended up really enjoying this novel and look forward to reading other books by Laura Lippman.It s 1966 and Madeline Maddie Schwartz lives in Balti with her husband and teenage son It might seem like she has it all but she wantsthan just playing the role of dutiful housewife In search of living ameaningful life, she leaves her husband and eventually finds work at a local newspaper She is on the low end of t...

  2. Maddie Schwartz has been a housewife for almost twenty years She thought she d resigned herself to this life as soon as she married Milton and became a mother to their son Seth It s a guest from her past at a small dinner party that reminds Maddie of her ambitions and she leaves Milton to begin a life of her own She assumed Seth would want to live with her and she s hurt when he decides to stay and finish high school at home with his father.When young Tessie Fine goes missing near Maddie s Maddie Schwartz has been a housewife for almost twenty years She thought she d resigned herself to this life as soon as she married Milton and became a mother to their son Seth It s a guest from her past at a small dinner party that reminds Maddie of her ambitions and she leaves Milton to begin a life of her own She assumed Seth would want to live with her and she s hurt when he decides to stay and finish high school at home with his father.When young Tessie Fine goes missing near Maddie s new Balti neighborhood, Maddie and another young woman form their own search party and as she follows streets that remind her of her past, she finds the body of the young girl This leads to a job at the afternoon newspaper the Star, where Maddie ...

  3. The world kept telling her to look away, to pay no attention to an age old system, in which men thrived and inconvenient women disappeared One of my holy grails of off duty reading is the book that is engrossing without being silly, and packed with good storytelling without looking over its shoulder to make sure we understand how literary it is Lippman pulls it off There are two murders but this is not really a crime novel, however interesting the solutions are Instead it s a compelling rThe world kept telling her to look away, to pay no attention to an age old system, in which men thrived and inconvenient women disappeared One of my holy grails of off duty reading is the book that is engrossing without being silly, and packed with good storytelling without looking over its shoulder to make sure we understand how literary it is Lippman pulls it off There are two murders but this is not really a crime novel, however interesting the solutions are Instead it s a compelling recreation of mid 1960s Balti, a time when race was fraught as segregation was being dismantled but when mixed race relationships were still troubled, whether they involved black, white or Jewish participants Maddie leaves her wealthy, conventional Jewish husband and comfortable lifestyle, wanting something , wanting a career as a reporter, wanting to be a woman in her own right rather than an appendage to her husband Her involvement in two m...

  4. Whew, Lady in the Lake was a dizzying ride The basics of the plot do have a lot of potential the lady in the lake and her killer have to be identified, and recently separated Maddie Schwartz is on the case However, the rotating cast of narrators made my head spin Nearly every minor character Maddie meets ends up narrating a chapter These narrators are often one dimensional, and they tend to ramble, sending the storyline off on tangents that aren t central to the narrative It s 1966, and M Whew, Lady in the Lake was a dizzying ride The basics of the plot do have a lot of potential the lady in the lake and her killer have to be identified, and recently separated Maddie Schwartz is on the case However, the rotating cast of narrators made my head spin Nearly every minor character Maddie meets ends up narrating a chapter These narrators are often one dimensional, and they tend to ramble, sending the storyline off on tangents that aren t central to the narrative It s 1966, and Maddie is a white Jewish woman who is regularly sleeping with a black police officer Why don t we hear a lotfrom him I d love to cut most of the minor narrators in exchange forinsight into his perspective.Lady in the Lake would be a lotcohesive with fewer n...

  5. Unfortunately, I didn t like this It started off promising, the voice of the Lady in the Lake beginning the story Then we get the voice of Maddie, the housewife who has ambitions beyond being a married woman Then we have another voice, then another, then another, then another..get the picture My interest was waning There were two murders but I couldn t have cared less about how or who or what happened I read the whole book but I didn t like the story nor the characters, definitely Unfortunately, I didn t like this It started off promising, the voice of the Lady in the Lake beginning the story Then we get the voice of Maddie, the housewife who has ambitions beyond being a married woman Then we have another voice, then another, then another, then another..get the picture My interest was waning There were two murders but I couldn t have cared less about how or who or what happened I read the whole book but I didn t like the s...

  6. There are many different ways an author can grab readers from the very first page Sometimes it s an intriguing first line that draws you in, sometimes it s a stark incident or piece of action that tractor beams you straight into a propulsive narrative And sometimes its something subtler but evenpowerful in the right hands just the pure, mesmerising quality of the writing, the voice LADY IN THE LAKE, the latest standalone from the superb Laura Lippman, is a pretty great example of the There are many different ways an author can grab readers from the very first page Sometimes it s an intriguing first line that draws you in, sometimes it s a stark incident or piece of action that tractor beams you straight into a propulsive narrative And sometimes its something subtler but evenpowerful in the right hands just the pure, mesmerising quality of the writing, the voice LADY IN THE LAKE, the latest standalone from the superb Laura Lippman, is a pretty great example of the latter From the first lines we know we re in the hands of a master storyteller as we re enticed deep into 1960s Balti by the voice of Cleo Sherwood, a poor young black woman who s recalling the first time time she saw Maddie ...

  7. It s 1964 when Cleo Sherwood disappears It s been eight months and no one is looking for her Cleo was out to find a better life for her and her sons Cleo wishes Maddie would stop looking for her There was a voice for every character I wasn t sure at first if Cleo was the Lady in the Lake New characters kept showing up and got their own chapters It was confusing.The story centers around Cleo s voice and Maddie s voice Maddie is married to a rich man She has a lot of secrets and while she It s 1964 when Cleo Sherwood disappears It s been eight months and no one is looking for her Cleo was out to find a better life for her and her sons Cleo wishes Maddie would stop looking for her There was a voice for every character I wasn t sure at first if Cleo was the Lady in the Lake New characters kept showing up and got their own chapters It was confusing.The story centers around Cleo s voice and Maddie s voice Maddie is married to a rich man She has a lot o...

  8. Married for nearly twenty years, Maddie Schwartz up and leaves her husband Milton to pursue a different path in life No longer content with being a housewife, Maddie s ambitions lead her to work for The Star, an afternoon newspaper in Balti, Maryland It isn t long before she finds herself working as a reporter tackling the case of a murdered black woman, Cleo Sherwood, who had been found decomposing in a lake Because of her ethnicity, her death isn t seen as worthy of a story, but Maddie Married for nearly twenty years, Maddie Schwartz up and leaves her husband Milton to pursue a different path in life No longer content with being a housewife, Maddie s ambitions lead her to work for The Star, an afternoon newspaper in Balti, Maryland It isn t long before she finds herself working as a reporter tackling the case of a murdered black woman, Cleo Sherwood, who had been found decomposing in a lake Because of her ethnicity, her death isn t seen as worthy of a story, but Maddie feels a personal connection with Cleo and vows to find her killer.I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for review.This is my second Laura Lippman experience after reading her 2017 novel, Sunburn I loved that one and when I was done with it, I promptly kicked myself for not taking the time to speak with her at Bouchercon a few years back outside of the very brief meeting we shared amidst the chaos of a Harper Collins boo...

  9. Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman opens with an unusual narrative that sets up the story in a compelling way 1964 God knows, my death has changed me Alive, I was Cleo Sherwood Dead, I became the Lady in the Lake, a nasty broken thing, dragged from the fountain after steeping there for months, This book is not really the story of The lady in the lake, but of Maddie Schwartz, the woman who found her and gave her that name Maddie lived in Balti, embracing the Jewish family traditions a Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman opens with an unusual narrative that sets up the story in a compelling way 1964 God knows, my death has changed me Alive, I was Cleo Sherwood Dead, I became the Lady in the Lake, a nasty broken thing, dragged from the fountain after steeping there for months, This book is not really the story of The lady in the lake, but of Maddie Schwartz, the woman who found her and gave her that name Maddie lived in Balti, embracing the Jewish family traditions and cultural norms of the time She was good at entertaining and took particular pride in her ability to throw together a dinner party with almost no warning Every day, Maddie was a little less beautiful than she had been the day before Every moment she lived, she also was dying Maddie was a woman in search of an identity She had a brain, but it had almost atrophied from lack of use, and she wanted to use it Readers follow her struggle for identity, growth, and self assurance for just over one year, ...

  10. Thank you to NetGalley and Farber Farber Publishing for gifting me with an ARC of Laura Lippman s newest novel In exchange I offer my unbiased review.This was my first time reading Laura Lippman and I was instantly captivated Her writing is strong and effortless and I was easily transported to 1960s Balti I enjoyed the skilled weaving of multiple characters and the way their viewpoints were seamlessly blended into the story While not quite a thriller, I would categorize this book Thank you to NetGalley and Farber Farber Publishing for gifting me with an ARC of Laura Lippman s newest novel In exchange I offer my unbiased review.This was my first time reading Laura Lippman and I was instantly captivated Her writing is strong and effortless and I was easily transported to 1960s Balti I enjoyed the skilled weaving of multiple characters and the way their viewpoints were seamlessly blended into the story While not quite a thriller, I would categorize this book as literary crime noir The story centers around two missing bodies One is Cleo Sherwood, an African American single mother and Tessie Fine, an eleven year old Jewish girl from a wealthy prominent family Tessie s disappear...

  11. Interesting narrative structure and a lot of historical texture I ve been a Laura Lippman fan for a very long time and I always enjoy her books To me the strength of this was the historical fiction aspect it s the story of a married white woman in the 1960s who leaves her marriage because she wants somethinga career, a challenge, the right to make her own decisions It is a mystery, but for me the mystery elements sort of took a backseat, and that was okay with me as a reader While Interesting narrative structure and a lot of historical texture I ve been a Laura Lippman fan for a very long time and I always enjoy her books To me the strength of this was the historical fiction aspect it s the story of a married white woman in the 1960s who leaves her marriage because she wants somethinga career, a challenge, the right to make her own decisions It is a mystery, but for me the mystery elements sort of took a backseat, and that was okay with me as a reader While this was mostly Maddie s story, every character, from major to minor, got a POV if you ve read The Sun is Also a Star, it was structured much like that Entwined with Maddie s story is the unraveling of a murder, the murder victim a black woman also gets a POV, which was a little bit Lovely Bones, and I liked it This kind of narrative structure won t be for every mystery reader I do love thelinear structure and limited PO...

  12. Each chapter represents a different perspective from a new character as introduced in the previous chapter This made for a clever and fresh take on the classic murder mystery where the heroine is a plucky late in life reporter who becomes obsessed with finding out about the Lady in ...

  13. I love Laura Lippmann, never miss any of her books, but even I was shocked by the power of this novel It is the story of Maddie Schwartz who walks out of her conventional life and remakes herself into a sleuth and well respected reporter During the daring turnaround of her life, Maddie becomes a sly and innovative crime solver She parlays this into a job as a reporter, no mean feat for a woman in 1966 Her relationship, well before it was even legal, with a black policeman is connected to her I love Laura Lippmann, never miss any of her books, but even I was shocked by the power of this novel It is the story of Maddie Schwartz who walks out of her conventional life and remakes herself into a sleuth and well respected reporter During the daring turnaround of her life, Maddie becomes a sly and innovative crime solver She parlays this into a job as a reporter, no mean feat for a woman in 1966 Her relationship, well before it was even legal, with a black policeman is connected to her new self This sets a course for the unconvention...

  14. This is probably my new favorite Laura Lippman book I don t know how each book gets better but they do This is a stunning achievement there are multiple narrators although two of them are the main ones and then various secondary characters show up for a chapter to give their own perspectives I can t even imagine how difficult it was to do, but it seems effortless here.It s impossible to discuss without spoilers, so I just want to add that Laura Lippman s recent tendency of updating noir i This is probably my new favorite Laura Lippman book I don t know how each book gets better but they do This is a stunning achievement there are multiple narrators although two of them are the main ones and then various secondary characters show up for a chapter to give their own perspectives I can t even imagine how difficu...