This is the first non-Tess book worth reading. The others were awful; this one is okay. It is true that she has stuck by her new criteria of writing only unlikable characters, but she has finally made Lenhardt human enough that he is interesting. The bullying is timely, and the tragedy is far to common in today's high schools, but this is neither good literature nor a good read.
I know it is wrong to ascribe reality to fiction, but at this point, I just have to say there are better ways to come to grips with the abuse one has suffered as a teen than to try to destroy one's literary reputation while wreaking vengeance on those who were mean to you in junior high. From now on, I read only Tess novels and skip Lippman's self-therapy.
The book is a good read- Laura Lippman has a way of sucking you in with her rambling style and before you know it hours pass by without you even realizing it.
However, the downside is that the stories are almost too long, by about 100 pages. This is the second stand alone book I've read and each time I felt like skipping towards the end to find out what the truth is.
The second downside is that the mystery, when revealed, is quite disappointing. It was that way with Every Secret Thing and it was the same with To The Power of Three. I felt let down when I got to the end.
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