And When She Was Good Unknown Binding – 6 Jun 2013
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"AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD is a steady, surprising tale... Ms. Lippman's nominal subject may be prostitution, but her book is not about a woman who takes care of clients. It's about a woman who can take care of herself."--New York Times
"Shifting smoothly from Heloise's past to her present, Lippman delivers an intense character study about a strong, complex woman whose love for her son compels her to make some desperate choices."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
" [Lippman] slowly ratchets up the tension until the final, blood-drenched showdown . . . It's page-turner..."--Library Journal (starred review)
AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD is a steady, surprising tale Ms. Lippman s nominal subject may be prostitution, but her book is not about a woman who takes care of clients. It s about a woman who can take care of herself. --New York Times"
Shifting smoothly from Heloise s past to her present, Lippman delivers an intense character study about a strong, complex woman whose love for her son compels her to make some desperate choices. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
[Lippman] slowly ratchets up the tension until the final, blood-drenched showdown . . . It s page-turner... --Library Journal (starred review)" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman is the gripping new psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I'm a long time fan of author Laura Lippman and her Tess Monaghan series. But Lippman has written a number of stand alone novels that I've really enjoyed as well. Every book is an adventure as you're never quite sure what to expect from this award winning author.
When I read the opening chapters of And When She Was Good, I felt like I had already met the protagonist - Heloise. On further investigation I found I had. Lippman contributed a story to an anthology called Death Do Us Part in 2006 that featured Heloise - a high end prostitute.
Heloise is now a madam - running her own service. She's a single mom to twelve year old Scott. To everyone in her suburban neighbourhood, she's a widow who works as a lobbyist for wage parity. But in her basement office, she runs a successful and elite escort service. And she's very, very careful to keep the parts of her life separated. But the past has a way of catching up.....
Lippman has written a book that has mystery, crime and suspense elements to it. And they're good, but not edge of your seat stuff. (Who the bad guy is is fairly obvious) The basic premise of the book has been done before, but Lippman's exploration of prostitution does generate lots of food for thought.
Instead, it was Heloise's story that was the big draw. We follow her life from a teen in a dysfunctional family, to a young woman falling in with the wrong man, to working for a really wrong man and to the birth of her son. And the desire to protect him at all costs. Heloise intrigued me - her instinct to survive, her strength and her drive were admirable. I applauded her 'do what you have to do attitude', but unfortunately, I just found I never really liked her. But I did enjoy her story, although I found the ending a little too neatly tied up.
I'm still a big fan of Lippman, but this latest offering was not the best of the bunch for this reader.
Helen/Heloise is a woman with a past, a present that is pretty good, but her future is uncertain. She runs a serviice for men, that requires women of a certain nature. That is all well and good, but this service is illegal, no matter how she has covered it. Scott, her son, has no idea what mom does, he is a sweet natured kid taking his mom for granted, just loving her. Helen's past is about to catch up with her, and she needs to protect Scott, her business and her life. To the outside eye she is a single mom, working hard and has no time for friends. But, we all get to uncover the real Helen, and we get to love her more.
Laura Lippmann is a superb writer, we all read her books. Her characters are first rate, like you and me, meant to be real people. However, they all have such wretched problems. But, these women are bright, intelligent, beautiful and have a sense of humor. They will get by, and even though it looks dicey at times, we all learn from them. Lippmann researches all of her characters and their businesses, and their lives. She imparts that wisdom, we are the lucky ones who get to learn from her.
Recommended. prisrob 04-25-13
The setting is suburban Maryland, a residential area called Turner's Grove, which is a far cry from where Heloise grew up. The daughter of an abusive father and a mother who did nothing to protect her she believed the first person who showed her any kindness.. At the age of 16 she met Billy and thought they were in love, eventually she ran away with him thinking he would take care of her. But he was an addict, deeply in debt. "She got a job dancing" bringing all the money home, "and Billy, instead of paying the debts he owed, put it up his nose." She had no place to go. When she had called home to tell her father she was in Maryland and planning to marry, "..her father had called her a whore and slammed down the phone."
It was a long way from the room in a broken-down motel with Billy and the road was rough - from working for a pimp, Val Deluca, who is also the father of her son, Scott, to running her own call-girl service. A very profitable one. Her neighbors in Turner's Grove believed she was a young widow who kept very much to herself but never missed one of Scott's soccer games or picking him up at school. Heloise files taxes as a lobbyist, fighting for income parity with an agency called Women's Full Employment Network.
Val, not knowing he is Scott's father is in jail, given away by Heloise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Currently reading this novel, very exciting so far, would recommend.Published 21 months ago by Vonnie Evans
I didn't like the characters or their story so felt none of the tension that the author intended Haven't finished it - very rare for mePublished on 11 Jan. 2014 by Pal
A book not easy to put down although I was constantly annoyed and frustrated at the argument that prostitution is the common role for abused single women. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2013 by Metermaid
It was a bit 'preachy' for me. The story didn't move fast enough. An undercurrent was created through narrative, but there was a lot of narrative, which meant too little action -... Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2013 by Cardiff Reader
Heloise appears to be an affluent, widowed, working mother. However, she not only has a past that she keeps secret, but her true occupation is also kept from her neighbours, other... Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by DebbieB
I was not sure about the subject content of this book as I started to read it. However the main character is well thought out and sympathetically portrayed and soon I was getting... Read morePublished on 23 July 2013 by Mrs. Susan Masterton
Grabs the reader. A real page turner! Recommended for adult readers. I've added this author to my new favourites list.Published on 21 July 2013 by Malachy O'rourke