2007: 173. Every Secret Thing

“They were barefoot when they were sent home, their dripping feet leaving prints that evaporated almost instantly, as if they had never been there at all.”

Every Secret Thing, Laura Lippman

This has certainly been a year of mystery reading for me, and even better, a year of discovering new writers whose works I enjoy.  I mean, I have read all of Christie, and P.D. James is getting old, so it’s nice to know about someone new, and it’s even more fun to find some American authors who write the kind of mysteries I like.  Also, to digress a bit, isn’t the library the greatest place on earth? What waste it would be for me to buy all these books, particularly mysteries which I usually read in about, oh, a day.  The only annoyance is, since my library burnt down, it is a huge pain to go over to the Palisades and get my books, and I am always returning them at the last possible second because I haven’t been able to get over there. Ugh. 

Oh, right, Every Secret Thing.  This is a cracker jack mystery - very Ruth Rendell like, in that it is less about the mystery (a kidnapped child) and more about the past and how it haunts us.  Eight years ago two little girls (merely eleven) kidnapped the child of a prominent judge and killed her.  Now they are out of prison, and just as they are released another child goes missing.  The mother of the first child wants vengeance and is certain these girls had something to do with it; the girls and their families just want to rebuild their lives as best they can, and Detective Nancy Porter needs to sort it all out quickly and try to find the missing girl.  The aspect of the story about Alice and Ronnie, the child murderers was extremely well done - sad, believable, horrifying, interesting, and that, along with the other extremely credible characters made this rise above your typical “who dunnit” into something better.  I will definitely read more Lippman.


Recommended for: People who like Ruth Rendell and other mystery authors whose books are as much about why dunnit than who dunnit.


Date/Place Completed: 11/06/07; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Library Book

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