Sunburn

Sunburn

Book - 2018 | First edition
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When 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 they stay-- and over 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. 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-- even if they want to. Will the truth ultimately destroy them? -- adapted from jacket blurb.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062389923
0062389920
Branch Call Number: MYS LIPPM-L
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 24 cm

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I enjoyed the pacing of this novel, revealing just enough at a time to keep a reader curious and slightly unnerved by every single character. I hate the unreliable narrator route so I appreciate this being written in third person. I also loathe any book described as "for fans of Girl on a Train!", but this felt different, a tad less predictable and with more complex characters that don't fit so neatly into 'good' and 'evil' categories. My only nitpick is Adam's character...I don't quite buy how he behaves at the very end. Still, this is a worthwhile thriller for the commute and an easy choice for vacation reading.

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ellenmargaret1953
Feb 13, 2019

This was an interesting detective story. I could imagine Kathleen Turner and William Hurt playing in it. Laura Lippman is easy to read. The black widow spider, Polly, is intriguing. A few cheers for an author from St Pete.

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ellenmargaret1953
Feb 08, 2019

Hmmm. This was an interesting detective story. I could imagine Kathleen Turner and William Hurt playing the lead roles. Laura Lipman is easy to read and her black widow spider, Polly, is intriguing. A few cheer for an author from St Pete.

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SLSeaver
Jan 31, 2019

The story is riveting, but I did not like any of the characters. If find this in many of Laura Lippman's books. You keep reading because you want to find out what happens not because you care about any of the people it's happening too.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

The perfect slow burn of a novel, with excellent characters and pitch-perfect pacing. Lippman perfectly captures the feeling of wistfulness in summer as it starts the march to fall and the satisfaction in waiting, and the languorous feel of novel is one of its best features.

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aafleming
Oct 13, 2018

My concise review of Sunburn is this: So what?

Expanded review: Two unpleasant people fall in love. The woman has a dark past. So what? Unlikable characters can still be interesting, but these people weren't, at least to me. I usually like this writer, but this book didn't work for me. I think that she came up with an outline for a plot, then filled in the characters, but the plot was not much more interesting than the two main characters. I really didn't care about Polly's dark past. I thought Adam was a moron. And so was I for finishing this book, though I paged hastily through the last third just to see what happened. The only character I found either interesting or sympathetic was the crooked insurance agent who hired Adam to spy on Polly.

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thetempguy
Sep 15, 2018

Great read. I loved how each chapter is from a different character's perspective, sometimes of the same event or scene.

JCLHeatherB May 14, 2018

Can a relationship between a woman on the run from her past and the private investigator hired to find her ever work out? This solid mystery benefits from having the tension coming from both outside AND inside of the relationship. Well-written and engrossing as the layers of revelations keep rolling out.

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athena14
Apr 29, 2018

The book opens with a man's point of view. He's stalking a woman. I can't stomach this.

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NedSu
Apr 17, 2018

I am a fan of Laura Lippman's work, and have been reading her since her first novel came out. I especially like this book, for its homage to the noir detective style. Sure, there is an element of Gone Girl, but that style, too, has been around for years. The characters may or not be telling the truth, they may be acting on misinformation or only a partial view of the way their world is. But they act and react in a logical and understandable way.

Lippman keeps up her Baltimore references and she continues to explore the love or lack thereof of a mother and child. This story is set in the 1990's, and touches tangentially on songs an news stories to add that easy sense of verisimilitude. I look forward to her next novel.

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FoxLarkin
Mar 10, 2018

A true page turner: loved the complex characters, the motives and definitely the surprise at the end: a perfect cloudy day book

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