Sunburn: A Novel by Laura LippmanSunburn: A Novel by Laura Lippman

Sunburn: A Novel

byLaura Lippman

Hardcover | February 20, 2018

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Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Bustle, Popsugar, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Seattle Times, Book Riot, LitHub, BookPage, and Paperback Paris.

"Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now, and Sunburn is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it." -Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals—and cold-blooded murder.

One is playing a long game. But which one?

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets.

Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?

Something—or someone—has to give.

Which one will it be?

Inspired by James M. Cain’s masterpieces The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, Sunburn is a tantalizing modern noir from the incomparable Laura Lippman.

Laura Lippman grew up in Baltimore and returned to her home town in 1989 to work as a journalist. After writing seven books while still a full-time reporter, she left the Baltimore Sun to focus on fiction. Laura is the author of What the Dead Know, 2016 New York Times Bestseller, Another Thing to Fall, After I'm Gone, and Wilde Lake. S...
Title:Sunburn: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062389920

ISBN - 13:9780062389923

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent cocktail of crime and love SUNBURN by Laura Lippman Surprisingly - to me at elast - this is the very first novel by Laura Lippman I have "actually" completed reading the whole story. "Surprising," because my wife and I have purchased a number of used, paper-format books in a local library, as well as in a bookstore. I even dipped into "Baltimore Blues," the first of "Tess Monaghan" series, then somehow let it go unfinished, not because it was - or looked like - a bad story or writing, rather because I needed to focus on something else at the time (not reading a different crime novel or anything, but a work-related perhaps). Probably I should start reading it again. What's important to me, however, was that there was no love (or yearning to read) lost with Ms. Lippman's novels. They have long been listed as one of "must-reads" in my reading list. Ms. Lippman's repuation in good writing and story-telling was too strong and universal to be missed or ignored. I am glad to stick to this book from start to finish (well, once you start reading a few pages of this book, it's not easy to stop or abandon reading it through). It was a few weeks back when I finished reading this, so my memory is not strong enough to recall all the key names. Let me just say that it is a story of a meeting of a man and a women of complex background and hidden agendas, then the initial ploy and intention of taking advantage of each other seems being gradually pused behind farther and farther, and question (or mysterious feeling, may I say) of "love" slowly emerges. What was most impressive was Ms. Lippman's ability to create and present very life-like characters with a range of good and not so good (not always a perfect protagonist), and yet successul in getting readers' sympathy and urge to cheer for their happy ending. The novel deftly weave the storyline from a number of different characters's perspectives, which seems making the story more dynamic and suspenseful. And more sympathetic in the end. Five stars out of five.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wanted to love it. I wanted to love it but couldn't stand any of the characters. Some of them you're not supposed to like, I get that, but I didn't like a single one. The story dragged in spots. I did finish it but didn't find the ending satisfactory for my liking. Just... meh.
Date published: 2018-05-12

Editorial Reviews

“Laura Lippman’s diamond-hard prose and quirky characterisation epitomises the best in American crime writing...we are mesmerised by her combustible cocktail of the erotic and the malign.”