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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 she stays, and he stays--drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of 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. Was it an 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--or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Something--or someone--has to give. Which one will it be?
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780062389923
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,24 cm.


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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.

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.

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.

Apr 29, 2018

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

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.

Apr 16, 2018

Just enough going on to engage to the end. The plot is about a women's quest to escape her past and then form a love relationship with a man hired to track her for ill gotten gains is part and parcel to her overall striving for parental rights and survival after abuse and murder.

Mar 22, 2018

I did not like any of the characters and read to p.118 and quit. I like this author's other books, though with detective Tess M. and have read most of that series. I enjoy reading in order of publication, as you get a better understanding of the character.

Mar 18, 2018

** review of Sunburn.
As a fellow Baltimorian who has watched Laura 's rise from a Baltimore Sun reporter to great crime writer, I was very disappointed with SUNBURN. It was a long slog until the last chapter.
I put it down several times wondering why I was wasting my time reading this - Lippman's Tess Monahan series are fast paced and intriguing while Sunburn was just boring.

I finished the book out of respect for this writer but would not recommend it.

Mar 17, 2018

Polly Costello, or whatever her name is today, is a study in abused women trying to get their own back. She seems to go from one victim, abuser, rescuer triangle to another. Polly is a very good manipulator. She does know where she wants to end up, but none of the men in her life can figure it out--until it's too late. It's also questionable whether Polly is sure whether she's going to get where she wants to be. Until the end, I couldn't figure out where that was, and Lippman wasn't giving any hints. We see the thoughts of the major characters from their viewpoints and their view of the other characters; but, until the end, all we can figure out is where they're going to intersect and maybe crash. If you like puzzles, this is a great read.

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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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