Sunburn

Sunburn

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals—and cold-blooded murder. . .One is play...

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Title:Sunburn
Author:Laura Lippman
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Sunburn Reviews

  • Stephanie

    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.

  • Shannon

    This is my first Laura Lippman book and I really enjoyed it! I did a buddy read with Dennis and Jamie and while I’m writing this review they are still finishing up and I can’t wait to hear their thoughts!

    So, at first I was a little confused because I had no idea this was set in 1995 but once I realized that the story read smoothly. Sunburn is told in many points of view, which if you follow any of my reviews I love that!

    Polly or Pauline was a straight hard ass and I wasn’t sure if I was going t

    This is my first Laura Lippman book and I really enjoyed it! I did a buddy read with Dennis and Jamie and while I’m writing this review they are still finishing up and I can’t wait to hear their thoughts!

    So, at first I was a little confused because I had no idea this was set in 1995 but once I realized that the story read smoothly. Sunburn is told in many points of view, which if you follow any of my reviews I love that!

    Polly or Pauline was a straight hard ass and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like her at all. She is mysterious, sexy, wild but also quiet. I’d say she was an unlikeable female character. The story opens up to Adam noticing Polly with sunburned shoulders sitting at a bar alone. He knows she isn’t from around here just by the looks of it. Once they end up talking they both say they are just passing through the city of Belleville, Delaware. That doesn’t end up happening though, Adam and Polly both end up saying in Belleville. Both working at the same bar, and becoming infatuated with each other. Adam and Polly each have a goal of their own. They both have secrets they aren’t willing to tell. Can they trust each other?

    During their stay in Belleville there is an explosion at Polly’s apartment. Thankfully, Polly was at Adam’s motel room during the incident but her coworker was not so lucky. Adam starts to question himself about Polly, he loves her but he himself has secrets that need to come out.

    This is definitely a layered story which I really enjoyed. Sex, lies, secrets, murders, betrayal, blackmail... oooo juicy! In the end, I ended up loving Polly. Like I said at first, i wasn’t sure I’d like her. I am a single mom who is only without the kiddo while she is at school. Also, I gotta say the last page had me smiling. It was perfect. Once you read the story you’ll understand. I recommend Sunburn! 4.5 Stars. Thank you very much to William Morrow for sending me a copy!

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON FEBRUARY 14, 2018.

    "Wow...Ms. Lippman has outdone herself with this book.

    Absolutely loved it...the entire storyline and ending were great!!

    Ms. Lippman has written another psychological page turner which is going to be a favorite.

    SUNBURN is truly a masterpiece of suspense!! One of her best. 5/5

    This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher, Bookperk, PageTurners, and Edelweiss in return for an honest review."

  • Jessica Woodbury

    I have read at least 10 Laura Lippman novels (this is the 6th since I started using this Goodreads account 6 years ago) and while there are a couple I like a lot, most of the time I read them and just want a little bit more. Still, she's usually reliable to write something readable (especially her standalones) and I recommend her a lot.

    But from the beginning I could tell this was going to be my favorite Lippman book. It felt different from the first page. (So did AFTER I'M GONE, which is probab

    I have read at least 10 Laura Lippman novels (this is the 6th since I started using this Goodreads account 6 years ago) and while there are a couple I like a lot, most of the time I read them and just want a little bit more. Still, she's usually reliable to write something readable (especially her standalones) and I recommend her a lot.

    But from the beginning I could tell this was going to be my favorite Lippman book. It felt different from the first page. (So did AFTER I'M GONE, which is probably my second favorite.) Around 10% in there was a casual but crucial reveal and I went from pretty interested to totally hooked.

    When I read the Acknowledgements it all clicked. This is Lippman writing in the style of James M. Cain, one of my favorite writers, and one of the godfathers of Noir-style crime fiction. This is my personal sweet spot. It is why I gravitate to crime writers like Megan Abbott who take that noir style and focus it on mysterious and intriguing female characters. This kind of book is all about people not being what they seem, not to the other characters or even to you. A noir novel should have at least two kinds of puzzles: the first being who are these characters really, and the second being what will they do.

    I tore through SUNBURN and I suspect many other readers will, too, even if they're not typically readers of Noir. Polly fits squarely into the "unlikable female protagonist" that I am so interested in exploring, and Lippman lets us slowly discover her, to have our impression of her constantly changed, to gradually uncover more and more of her past, and ultimately her true self. The reveals here are rewarding both in terms of the plot and to tell us more about the character, it's masterfully done. It's also rare that I encounter a love story in a crime novel that doesn't feel tacked on, there's one here where we get to see both characters fall for each other, follow them through it, and feel it pay off.

    The ending is too quick and tied up for my liking, even if I approve of the final destination itself. It's a bit of a departure from the slow burn the rest of the book does so nicely.

    Be aware there are several plot points here around domestic abuse, with several acts described in detail.

  • Maggie

    Having never read Laura Lippman before, I had no idea what to expect from this novel. As stated in the blurb, this is an unusual style for her written in modern noir after James M. Cain. That being said, I'm am not the person to tell you how this compares to Lippman's other novels.

    This is the first ARC I've ever read, and it was given to me by Bookstagrammer Emily Gardner (@emilyreadsbooks). This was so exciting to read a book that won't be on shelves until February!!! What!? Thanks, Emily, for

    Having never read Laura Lippman before, I had no idea what to expect from this novel. As stated in the blurb, this is an unusual style for her written in modern noir after James M. Cain. That being said, I'm am not the person to tell you how this compares to Lippman's other novels.

    
This is the first ARC I've ever read, and it was given to me by Bookstagrammer Emily Gardner (@emilyreadsbooks). This was so exciting to read a book that won't be on shelves until February!!! What!? Thanks, Emily, for making me feel like book rockstar.

    
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am a tough critic on crime thrillers. More often than not, I'm unwilling to suspend my disbelief and follow some far-fetched roller coaster. It's just not the way the legal system works, people!

    
Do I think Sunburn is similarly implausible? Yes. But there's something to say about this noir style and how it did this book a world of favors. The novel becomes something totally different. Suddenly, I was reading this through a black and white lens of the 1940's films like The Maltese Falcon. You know, trench coats and cigarettes, curvy red-heads, the whole bit. Because that feeling is so iconic, and I think Laura Lippman did a great job of mimicking that familiar style, I was able to follow pretty seamlessly through the tangled web of murder and deceit without pausing to think "Could this really happen?"

    
This book was so much fun to read! I flew through it and found myself being surprised more than once. Lippman helps us get inside the head of our main characters enough to know them, and know them well, but without being able to predict their next move. It's got intrigue, forbidden romance, and plenty of crime. If you're into that, give it a try in February! Four stars.


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  • Latkins

    I've read a few novels by Laura Lippman, and this is one of the best. Told from many points of view, it's set in 1995, as Polly appears in the small town of Belleville, Delaware, at the start of the summer. She gets a flat and starts waitressing at the local cafe, where her sunburned shoulders catch the eye of Adam, also new in town. Adam is actually a private investigation and is being paid by someone in Polly's past to track her down, but who is it? Polly, or Pauline, recently walked away and

    I've read a few novels by Laura Lippman, and this is one of the best. Told from many points of view, it's set in 1995, as Polly appears in the small town of Belleville, Delaware, at the start of the summer. She gets a flat and starts waitressing at the local cafe, where her sunburned shoulders catch the eye of Adam, also new in town. Adam is actually a private investigation and is being paid by someone in Polly's past to track her down, but who is it? Polly, or Pauline, recently walked away and abandoned her husband Gregg, and her little daughter Jani, but it's not Gregg who has hired Adam. Just what happened before she met Gregg - who or what was she running from then? And can Adam keep from falling in love with her? The strength of this novel is in its characterisation. We hear things from Polly's and Adam's point of view, as well as from lots of other ones - even minor ones like a man who owns a video shop in Baltimore, and the sister of Polly's colleague Cath. This makes the world Lippman has created ever more real, and as the twists and turns of the plot play out, you really want to know what happens next. Brilliant stuff!

  • karen

    review to come!

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    super excited to be reading and reviewing this for l.a. review of books!!!

  • Dennis

    Laura Lippman's

    is quite possibly one of the most original mystery novels I've read since I've started my Goodreads account. It's a complex, well-written mystery that not only hooks you into the story, it doesn't let you know who in fact you want to root for! This is one of those mystery novels that you need to go in blind to get the full effect, but let's see what I can provide for you before I give you my overall thoughts. Set in Belleville, Delaware, Polly is enjoying a cocktail at

    Laura Lippman's

    is quite possibly one of the most original mystery novels I've read since I've started my Goodreads account. It's a complex, well-written mystery that not only hooks you into the story, it doesn't let you know who in fact you want to root for! This is one of those mystery novels that you need to go in blind to get the full effect, but let's see what I can provide for you before I give you my overall thoughts. Set in Belleville, Delaware, Polly is enjoying a cocktail at the townie bar, the High-Ho. Also in the High-Ho tavern is mysterious Adam. Adam and Polly both are crossing paths but their introduction leads to a lustful relationship—they are both intoxicated with each other, but they are a deadly combination. Both Adam and Polly decide to stay in Belleville after engaging in this lubricious affair. Both are hiding secrets, both are holding back their true reasons for passing through Belleville, and both have everything to lose if the other one finds out. As time goes on, a mysterious death sends shockwaves through the town, providing little-to-no evidence as to what or who was the culprit. Adam and Polly can't get enough of each other, but how can they continue if they both can't trust each other, and why can't either of the two seem to run away from each other?

    is so original in its storytelling and I was seriously in shock as how the story was panning out. Yes, I did have some issues with the story, but let's start with the positive, shall we?

    The way this story is written, not only are the cast of characters in this story unable to trust each other, but as a reader, I had a seriously hard time knowing who or what to trust. It's a very difficult task to be able to stump an avid reader such as myself. I hated some of the characters, but then grew to sympathize with them; I was enamored by others and grew to despise them. It reminds me of how real life tends to provide people first impressions of people that may or may not be an actual depiction of a person's inner core of who they are. By the end of the story, there were definitely lines drawn in the sand for me, but Ms. Lippman was able to provide a perfect narrative for me to decide who on my own, rather than her forcing a suggestive narrative. Oh and let's just talk about that ending—talk about a satisfying conclusion.

    This story has a lot of POVs, which tends to confuse me at times. The perfect trifecta of POVs usually works best for me, but as the POVs grow, so does my confusion. I lost count at how many POVs we get in this story, and some of them were not really important to the progression of the story. This can be argued positively as I did a buddy read with two friends of mine on this one (hey Shannon and Jamie!) and I'm sure they had different opinions on this critic.

    I also wished there was more of a dialogue in the beginning of the story as well. This novel reads very similarly to

    by ASA Harrison in the initial first half of the story, which you can take or leave it. For me, I would love to have more of a discussion between the characters instead of just reading how they were thinking the entire time. I do believe once I hit the halfway mark, I ended up getting used to this writing style.

    is a quick, sexy, dramatic, and dark read that I would totally suggest picking up if you are looking for something different. Something that won't be the next

    . Seriously, this book is a good deterrent for that, promise. I'm intrigued by how Laura Lippman paints a mystery story, and am curious to pick up one of her other reads.

  • Jamie

    Sadly, not a hit for me. I have enjoyed many of Lippman's books in the past, but this one felt like I was waiting for something big to happen that never really did. I didn't truly care about any of the characters or their outcome, so I couldn't get into this like I would have hoped. Since I have enjoyed some of her other books in the past, this will definitely not deter me from picking up what comes next from Lippman.

    The best part about this for me was buddy reading alongside my friends Dennis &

    Sadly, not a hit for me. I have enjoyed many of Lippman's books in the past, but this one felt like I was waiting for something big to happen that never really did. I didn't truly care about any of the characters or their outcome, so I couldn't get into this like I would have hoped. Since I have enjoyed some of her other books in the past, this will definitely not deter me from picking up what comes next from Lippman.

    The best part about this for me was buddy reading alongside my friends Dennis & Shannon!

    Thank you to William Morrow for an advance copy. All opinions are my own.

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