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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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!

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Two men, more added on, one woman, many lies and a lot of deceit.

    SUNBURN has your brain burning to find out what is really going on.

    Polly has just left her husband, Gregg, and her daughter, Jani, while they were at the beach. She had it planned, but we don't know why.

    Gregg was ready to leave the marriage, but Polly took off first.

    Adam is also mysterious because we don't know what he is up to since he showed up at the same time Polly did and decided to hang around and work at the same place Poll

    Two men, more added on, one woman, many lies and a lot of deceit.

    SUNBURN has your brain burning to find out what is really going on.

    Polly has just left her husband, Gregg, and her daughter, Jani, while they were at the beach. She had it planned, but we don't know why.

    Gregg was ready to leave the marriage, but Polly took off first.

    Adam is also mysterious because we don't know what he is up to since he showed up at the same time Polly did and decided to hang around and work at the same place Polly found a job.

    The suspense continues non-stop as secrets come out and Polly keeps manipulating and planning. She has a secret she won’t tell and things she needs to take care of.

    Surprises continue to pop up, and the intrigue intensifies as Polly continues to secretly and mysteriously do what she does best.

    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.

  • paulie

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    seem to be less eau de toilette, more eww de toilette since i constantly wake up alone. and that's not even getting into my secrets. imagine what i

    share. i also imagine i'm willing to bet

    display depravity, much of it to an audience of you. meanwhile, in search for love... (

    .

    seem to be less eau de toilette, more eww de toilette since i constantly wake up alone. and that's not even getting into my secrets. imagine what i

    share. i also imagine i'm willing to bet

    display depravity, much of it to an audience of you. meanwhile, in search for love... (

    ). if we only

    to constantly have the upper hand while remaining underhanded.

    cast doubt by its sixth word. it's a long game. how long you ask? depends on where you measure. it also depends on whose measure you trust most, as you certainly will not know anyone in any real capacity - you will not be certain of much. putting yr chips on polly means you can justify her many misdeeds, but just how far can you reason? doubling down on adam means y're in on the bluff, but who ends up going for the kill?

    in a world where real recognise real, game recognise game,

    raises cain (as in james m), and while it has shades of a hard boil, at the end of the day it's adam & eve on a raft, whiskey down - trust me, if y're looking for love y'll crave to see this order placed onto the rack. y'll rack yr brain hunting down the true racket. between the smoke and mirrors, you may not smell the smoke in time, if at all. but, baby, y'll feel the fire. everyone with their mind on edge, noticing the subtle shifts in demeanor, (inner) dialogue, duplicity. what is love? does it matter? you know the stove burns, yet there's yr hand. the one with the upper hand is the one who submits to the

    , the only pain being its completion.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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