Sunburn

Sunburn

One is playing a long game. But which one?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 steam...

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Title:Sunburn
Author:Laura Lippman
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Edition Language:English

Sunburn Reviews

  • JanB

    4.5 stars, rounded up

    If you enjoy ‘modern noir’ with deeply flawed characters, as I do, you will love Sunburn. What a terrific read! I recommend picking this book up without knowing a lot of details of the plot. (No spoilers in this review!) I listened to the entire book on a long car trip last Sunday and was riveted. It’s a slow burn in the beginning, but the tension and atmosphere kept me interested throughout.

    When Polly and Adam meet, they both have secrets. Polly is on the run from a compli

    4.5 stars, rounded up

    If you enjoy ‘modern noir’ with deeply flawed characters, as I do, you will love Sunburn. What a terrific read! I recommend picking this book up without knowing a lot of details of the plot. (No spoilers in this review!) I listened to the entire book on a long car trip last Sunday and was riveted. It’s a slow burn in the beginning, but the tension and atmosphere kept me interested throughout.

    When Polly and Adam meet, they both have secrets. Polly is on the run from a complicated past. We are told from the start that she has left her husband and 3-year-old daughter. What kind of mother leaves her young child? Her past is much more complicated than it appears, and pieces of that past are slowly revealed to us.

    Meanwhile, Adam has his own secrets. We are told in the beginning that, unknown to Polly, he is a PI who was hired to find her, but we don’t know why or by whom. Neither knows the whole story about the other and they intend to keep it that way. Both are deeply flawed and you just know the attraction they feel for one another is ill-fated.

    I didn't know who to believe or trust and was kept guessing right up to the end. And what an ending it was! It was a surprising development that I had to sit and think about for a while. This is a slim book but in between its covers is quite a layered and complex tale. Highly recommended!

  • Diane S ☔

    Ten years ago or so, I had the fortune of meeting this author when she was at ALA in Chicago. She was just becoming an author to watch, was gracious and kind. We were given a copy of her newest book, one I went home and read. Loved it and have read her ever since.

    Polly and Adam meet in a little town restaurant, she a waitress, he the cook. They both have many secrets, are not who they appear to be, both fooling the other. Actually the less said, the better. Let the author take you where she wil

    Ten years ago or so, I had the fortune of meeting this author when she was at ALA in Chicago. She was just becoming an author to watch, was gracious and kind. We were given a copy of her newest book, one I went home and read. Loved it and have read her ever since.

    Polly and Adam meet in a little town restaurant, she a waitress, he the cook. They both have many secrets, are not who they appear to be, both fooling the other. Actually the less said, the better. Let the author take you where she will. I think here, Lippman is at the top of her game. The tightly constructed plot, the control she shows in unveiling things when she want to, the suspense that ramps up after each new revelation. Can't say I liked these characters but one does understand their motives by books end, which by the way did not end the way I expected.

    If Hitchcock was alive I think this is one he would have snapped up in order to make a movie. Can just see this played out black and white. A interesting and well done stand alone from this author who seems to get better and better with each book.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • Tucker

    Laura Lippman’s new stand-alone “Sunburn” is different from anything she’s previously written but don’t let that scare you off. It’s equally as good as her other novels, but this time she follows the inspiration of James M. Cain’s psychological crime noir novels. As the character’s history and motives are slowly revealed (or are they?) it becomes increasingly difficult to determine who is manipulating whom and what outcome they are pursuing. Lies, lust, betrayal, revenge, blackmail, murder, and

    Laura Lippman’s new stand-alone “Sunburn” is different from anything she’s previously written but don’t let that scare you off. It’s equally as good as her other novels, but this time she follows the inspiration of James M. Cain’s psychological crime noir novels. As the character’s history and motives are slowly revealed (or are they?) it becomes increasingly difficult to determine who is manipulating whom and what outcome they are pursuing. Lies, lust, betrayal, revenge, blackmail, murder, and money propel this twisty, thrilling, carefully plotted novel. It would seem that Lippman enjoyed updating the crime noir genre and I certainly enjoyed reading it!

  • karen

    OOH, my review went up on L.A. review of books today!!

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    super excited to be reading and reviewing this for l.a. review of books!!! review is scheduled for 3/5

  • Deanna

    4.5 Stars!

    My reviews can also be found at:

    The cover of “

    ” caught my eye right away. And after reading the book description, I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this new novel from Laura Lippman.

    The novel opens in Belleville, Delaware in 1995.

    When Polly and Adam meet at the High-Ho restaurant in Belleville, they’re both just passing through. Polly, a redhead with a two-day-old sunburn catches Adam’s eye. They aren't sure what to ma

    4.5 Stars!

    My reviews can also be found at:

    The cover of “

    ” caught my eye right away. And after reading the book description, I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this new novel from Laura Lippman.

    The novel opens in Belleville, Delaware in 1995.

    When Polly and Adam meet at the High-Ho restaurant in Belleville, they’re both just passing through. Polly, a redhead with a two-day-old sunburn catches Adam’s eye. They aren't sure what to make of each other. It isn't love at first sight but there is a definite attraction.

    Polly has a past but she’s planning for a brighter future. She has no intention of changing those plans or letting anyone stand in her way. But sometimes people with the best intentions have the worst luck.

    It’s not long before Adam and Polly are completely wrapped up in each other. Somehow these two strangers who are supposed to just be passing through end up staying in Belleville that summer.

    Although Adam knows some of Polly’s past he realizes there’s so much more that he doesn’t know.

    He’s been warned about Polly. He’s been told that she’s only out for herself.

    But Adam can’t reconcile these warnings with the woman he’s getting to know. But he does wonder where she goes on those days that she borrows his truck.

    Polly also wonders if she can trust Adam. Is it really just a coincidence that they ended up in the same small town, at the same time? Polly’s track record with men…well, it’s muddy, to say the least. But for some reason, she feels safe with Adam, like she can finally be herself. But her past continues to haunt her, and not everyone is happy for Polly and Adam.

    Though they both have some reservations, Polly and Adam start to make plans for the future. But then something happens that throws a wrench into those plans. Will what they have together survive what comes next?

    I really enjoyed this novel. It was a bit of a slow burn at first, but the pace picked up and it wasn’t long before I was caught up in the story. Polly and Adam were both very complex characters, with secrets that left me unsure of who I should trust. Polly especially intrigued me. I wanted to know the reasons for some of her actions.

    There were quite a few points of view, though the majority of the story was told from Polly and Adam’s perspective.

    ” was an entertaining psychological suspense novel with an intriguing storyline that kept me flipping pages well past my bedtime. However, it was worth it as I loved how everything came together in an unexpected but extremely satisfying way.

    Thank you to William Morrow for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Roxane

    Great book. Well paced. Beautifully observed details. Interesting characters and nuance in the right places. The overall mystery sustains itself well for quite a lot of the time. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the protagonist who is flawed and brilliant and ruthless and unapologetic.

  • Elyse Walters

    Dangerously seductive!!!

    ....lustful puzzling steam

    ....compelling & alluring

    ....unsympathetic characters

    ....secrets, lies, love, betrayal, manipulation...

    ....crime, murder, mystery

    ....The ending wasn’t predictable to me ( perhaps part of it), surprisingly satisfying.

    I had mixed feelings for awhile with this book - but I kept returning - glad I didn’t give up ( a few slow parts)...but overall I definitely liked it enough to be interested in reading more books by Laura Lippman.

  • Jennifer Masterson

    3.5 Stars. I loved the book until about the 75% mark. Then I found myself surfing Instagram and fast forwarding. It was just a little too slow of a burn for me. Please note that I don’t have the best attention span for books like these unless I love the subject or the characters.

    I did enjoy the fact that it took place in 1995. I have fond memories of my early 20’s so references to songs, pay phones, calling cards and OJ I enjoyed! 🤗

    I listened to the audiobook. Susan Bennett’s narration was a 5!

    3.5 Stars. I loved the book until about the 75% mark. Then I found myself surfing Instagram and fast forwarding. It was just a little too slow of a burn for me. Please note that I don’t have the best attention span for books like these unless I love the subject or the characters.

    I did enjoy the fact that it took place in 1995. I have fond memories of my early 20’s so references to songs, pay phones, calling cards and OJ I enjoyed! 🤗

    I listened to the audiobook. Susan Bennett’s narration was a 5!

    If you enjoy dark mysteries that unravel slowly then take a chance on this book.

    Trigger warning ⚠️ Domestic abuse!

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    What happened, Laura Lippman? This could have been a 5 STAR book! I’ve never read any of your books and as I began this psychological thriller, I was hysterically delighted to have discovered my new favorite author! But, then, wait. Oh, never mind.

    I’m truly at a loss to explain the downward spiral this book unexpectedly went on. The first half completely sucked me in with villainous, questionable characters involved in….murder? insurance fraud? arson? The reader is not sure what, but you

    What happened, Laura Lippman? This could have been a 5 STAR book! I’ve never read any of your books and as I began this psychological thriller, I was hysterically delighted to have discovered my new favorite author! But, then, wait. Oh, never mind.

    I’m truly at a loss to explain the downward spiral this book unexpectedly went on. The first half completely sucked me in with villainous, questionable characters involved in….murder? insurance fraud? arson? The reader is not sure what, but you can bet it’s not on the up and up! We’ve got two strangers that both begin working in a road side diner. The cook, Adam, is actually a private eye, hired to investigate Polly, a runaway wife and mother, now working as a waitress.

    Instead of an adversarial relationship, our two main characters fall in love and as the tension ratchets up, we are not quite sure which one is the “bad guy”. The perfect setup to a great story, right?

    Wrong. It’s like the second half completely fell apart, or more accurately, stagnated in place and went nowhere. Can you hear my tears hitting the pavement as I listened? (I’m one of those weirdos that walks and listens to books, not music. )

    I’ve had the ARC for months, but ended up using an Audible credit for the audiobook. And, yes, I really want that credit back, thank you.

    I followed the audiobook along sometimes from my Kindle ARC. I never realized how many changes there are from ARC to finished product. Is that unusual? Not just a few different words, but sometimes whole passages were changed. It was interesting to compare the two and the finished product was greatly improved over the ARC. Hmmmm. Maybe the editors got so bored they fell asleep during the last half of the book and forgot to

    Puhleeeze.

    The uneven pacing, sadly, did not improve in the end. Why, why, why? I feel like too many plot angles and character narratives were revealed so early in the story that the reader is just left hanging around for the second half of the book, waiting for the other shoe to fall. I usually will stick with a novel, especially one that had such a fantastic beginning. That’s me, always hoping for a big payoff with a twisty ending. I was decisively disappointed in the end with SUNBURN, that other shoe never did drop.

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