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The Innocents by [Lippman, Laura]
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2.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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‘Lippman delivers an emotionally complex drama that cements her reputation as one of the smartest crime writers around.’ People Magazine

Lippman has long excelled at believable psychological suspense.’ The Guardian

‘One of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction…Lippman has once more challenged, realigned and ultimately transcended the boundaries of genre.’ New York Observer

‘Succeeds brilliantly…Lippman is in total command of her material…a mystery so taut the reader is nearly afraid to keep going―and simultaneously powerless to stop.’ People Magazine

‘Exquisite as fine jewellery.’ Lee Child

‘A corker… engrossing.’ The Observer

‘What a knock-out she is.’ The Daily Mail

‘Lippman is a writing powerhouse.’ USA Today

‘Truly a one-of-a-kind talent.’ Chicago Sun-Times

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‘The Innocents is compelling, suspenseful – everything a great thriller should be – but it is SO much more than that. That rarest of books – a nuanced and beautifully literate page-turner – this confirms what many of us have known for some time. Laura Lippman is not just the author of top-notch psychological thrillers, she is one of the finest writers in America. Simple as that.’ Mark Billingham

‘A story that ripples with menace, sorrow and the dark churn of adolescence—the prices families pay for secrets, the things we can’t look at in ourselves.’ Megan Abbott, bestselling author of The End of Everything

‘Lippman delivers an emotionally complex drama that cements her reputation as one of the smartest crime writers around.’ People Magazine

Lippman has long excelled at believable psychological suspense.’ Guardian

‘Exquisite as fine jewellery.’ Lee Child

‘A corker… engrossing.’ Observer


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 801 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847561950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847561954
  • ASIN: B006UN3TRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Is it a fact of life that no matter how old we get we always hear our parents voices echoing back to us as we make our feeble attempt to guide our own children?

Laura Lippman must have been listening to a combination of voices from her past as well as channeling "old blue eyes" singing MY WAY when she embarked on her latest offering A MOST DANGEROUS THING. How does that line go? "Regrets, I've had a few but then again too few to mention". Well when you take the sum total of regrets in the lives of the characters envisioned by Ms. Lippman in this latest offering you just might be buried under the avalanche of regrets being voiced.

While the story is ostensibly about five playmates growing up in the town of Dickeyville and a secret that all, except one of them, has chosen to bury in the past, it is in fact a story of three families. Told from the perspective of ten different people each individual segment adds yet another piece of fabric to this patchwork quilt of a novel.

Both the parents and their off-spring seem to be suffering from a combination of depression and guilt as they individually lament the irrevocable choices they have made. Having gone their separate ways for many years, the untimely death of one of the five friends has reunited them together once again (ala The Big Chill). Each begins to mentally examine the "what if's" and the "what might have beens".

Liipmann has given us a relatively coherent and cohesive portrait of three families with each character's perspective adding layers to this paradoxical tale. The "secret" at the crux of the story is really no secret, but more a matter of each person's denial of personal responsibility.
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By ACB(swansea) TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 July 2012
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Laura Lippman has written a novel centred around five children within three families. Doris and Tim Halloran have three sons, 'crass Tim, Serious Sean and wild Go-Go'. Clem and Tally Robinson have three children, son Miller, and daughters Fiona (Fee), and 7 years their junior Gwen. Rita has a daughter Mickey and a younger son Joey. The author focuses on 5 of the children, Mickey, Gwen,Sean, Tim and the youngest Go-Go (Gordon) and their parents. The chapters swing between the late 1970's to the present day and are delivered in the first person plural by the children or a parent.

Mickey and Gwen become friends in their early teens and later force themselves into the Halloran boys' set to become close, solid friends (on the surface), likening themselves to the arms of a starfish. They are gregarious, explorers of the nearby sweeping extensive Leaken Park that holds secrets and potential dangers, seemingly oblivious to these and equally diregardful of their parents' declaring it a no-go area. Mickey knows the woods best and her tomboy cavalier attitude to life at this stage inevitably has a profound effect on the narrative. They stumble upon a shack occupied by by a blackman, surrounded by chickens whose prize possession is a guitar. They are all teenagers except Go-Go, and befriend the man they call Chicken George. On a fateful night when a hurricane hits the area, mysterious George is found dead outside his dwelling. The circumstances surrounding this become central to the story. The 5 drift apart after a few summers and go their own way. They are re-united at the funeral of the zany but likeable Go-Go. He had lapsed after 2 years sobriety, got drunk and died in his car after hitting a wall at speed. Accident or suicide? Another conundrum.
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Had high expectations for this based on reviews but felt it a bit slow to get going and ultimately didn't live up to expectations. All the main characters will very unlikeable and quite annoying and I very easily guessed the ending and was hoping for one final twist that would make getting it through it worthwhile. Sadly disappointing.
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Unfortunately the story doesn't go further than what is in the blurb. The characters are flat and there are too many of them to hold your interest. We are supposed to believe the 5 children are "5 points of a star" in their friendship but I could see no indication that they were ever very good friends or that they even liked each other. I think this book disappointed me all the more because I read it after discovering the fantastic Tana French- now there's tension and excellent writing.
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By jb on 16 Dec. 2012
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I'm still reading this as it took a while to get into it. A novel in the vein of Donna Tartt's "A Secret History", but with a mysterious narrator... written in the first-person plural but doesn't seem to be one of the 5 principal characters...
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