Book Review: Wilde Lake

wilde-lake-by-laura-lippman-0062083473The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I frequently lament mysteries, thrillers, or suspense novels that I figure out ahead of time.  It’s not that I am so smart, but that many of the plots are formulaic in nature — therefore it is easy to come to a conclusion before it is revealed in the narrative.  Wilde Lake is not easy to figure out.  Laura Lippman has one plot twist after another, and before you know it you’ve been reading and the novel took a turn you didn’t expect.  It was easy to give this book a four-heart rating.

Wilde Lake weaves back and forth between two different time periods and does this effortlessly.  One part of the story is Lu Brant’s personal account of her childhood in Columbia (planned as an inclusive utopian community), where she and her brother AJ grew up and attended Wilde Lake High School.  The story opens with her memories of AJ’s attendance at a graduation party which was marred by a suspicious death.

The other half of the story is contemporary and recounts Lu’s life as a single parent and prosecutor.  Lu’s first case is the murder of a local woman, Mary McNally, who didn’t report to work after a week-long vacation.  It is quickly determined that the murderer is Rudy Drysdale, a local misfit and former classmate of Lu’s brother AJ.

Wilde Lake is an engrossing read — hard to put down.  Just when you think you have it all figured out, Lippman throws in another plot twist.  The end wraps up nicely though, and the book keeps you guessing.  My only fault with the novel is that some of the story just doesn’t seem entirely plausible, but I wouldn’t let that get in the way of an entertaining read.

Book Details:  Published by William Morrow (May 3, 2016), 368 Pages, ISBN: 978-0062083456.

 

 

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Best Books this August

Business Insider just posted an article about Amazon’s best books for August 2016.  The best books according to Amazon are:

  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • I’m Supposed to Protect You From all This by Nadja Spiegelman
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  • Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller
  • Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
  • To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
  • The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
  • The Last days of Night by Graham Moore
  • Good As Gone by Amy Gentry
  • Christodora by Tim Murphy
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Check out the book covers and descriptions at Business Insider!

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Penguin Drop Caps

If you are a fan of Penguin’s collaboration with Coralie Bickford-Smith, then you are going to love their newest collaboration with type superstar Jessica Hische.  Ms. Hische’s work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany & Co. to Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin’s own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility.

Penguin Drop Caps is a new series of twenty-six collectible and gift-worthy hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet.  Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley have created a series design that encompasses foil-stamped paper-over-board cases in a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six book spines and a decorative stain on all three paper edges. The series debuts with an “A” for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a “B” for Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and a “C” for Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, and continues with more classics from Penguin. Of course, there are 26 books in the series.

You can buy the entire set from Amazon for $379.24.912z4lts5l-1024x890

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Ancient and Beautiful Libraries

Tech Insider shared an article today with photographs of the inside of ten of the world’s most beautiful old libraries.  The majority of the libraries were in England and France making it somewhat easier to visit them all.  Take a look at the libraries here.

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Are you running out of space for your books?

Julia Seales, of Bustle, has written a great article on 10 Things That Happen When You Run Out of Space to Put All Your Books.  Read all the way to the end!  Her final paragraph is my favorite.  You can read it here.

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Buttercup

Buttercup

Source: Musing

A few years ago I wrote about Beauregard, the library cat at the H. B. Stamps Public Library in Hawkins County, Tennessee.  Well, it seems that Parnassus Books of Nashville, Tennessee has done H. B. Stamps Public Library one better.  Parnassus Books has a shop sheep!

Last summer I had the pleasure of visiting Parnassus Books and found the staff to be helpful and kind.  The book selection was wonderful and I really liked the way book picks were displayed at the front.  Parnassus also has an amazing First Editions Club, if you are interested.

To see more pictures of Buttercup, the shop sheep at Parnassus Books, check out Musing, their literary blog.

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Dogs and Books

Followers of this blog know that I love animals!  In fact, one of my Pinterest boards is made-up of cats and books.  Now the Chronicle Books Blog has posted 12 Dogs Mesmerized by the Magic of Reading.  Make sure to check it out!

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