Wilde Lake (2020)

Wilde Lake The bestselling author of the acclaimed standalones After I m Gone I d Know You Anywhere and What the Dead Know challenges our notions of memory loyalty responsibility and justice in this evocat
  • Title: Wilde Lake
  • Author: Laura Lippman
  • ISBN: 9780062083456
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wilde Lake
    The bestselling author of the acclaimed standalones After I m Gone, I d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, challenges our notions of memory, loyalty, responsibility, and justice in this evocative and psychologically complex story about a long ago death that still haunts a family.Luisa Lu Brant is the newly elected and first female state s attorney of Howard CountThe bestselling author of the acclaimed standalones After I m Gone, I d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, challenges our notions of memory, loyalty, responsibility, and justice in this evocative and psychologically complex story about a long ago death that still haunts a family.Luisa Lu Brant is the newly elected and first female state s attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home It s not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard county doesn t see many homicides.As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man s life Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child The she learns about the case, the questions arise What does it mean to be a man or woman of one s times Why do we ask our heroes of the past to conform to the present s standards Is that fair Is it right Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers Lu realizes that even if she could learn the whole truth, she probably wouldn t want to.
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    1. Bottom Line Some things are just inescapable Like the glaze of childhood upon our bones Fraught, sometimes difficult times that revisit us Plummeting deeper into the waters of wavering denial.Luisa Brant possesses a determined, tenacious spirit This serves her well as the newly elected state attorney of Howard County, Maryland Those bones have been well formed as she has cut a path in the same vision as her famous attorney father Newly widowed and a mother of twins, Lu takes residence with this [...]

    2. Of the three stand alone novels I ve read i.e those unrelated to the Tess Monaghan series of Laura Lippman s prolific career,Wilde Lake is probably my favorite As I mentioned in reviews of herThe Most Dangerous Thing andI d Know You Anywhere, Ms Lippman s greatest asset is her ability of conveying sense of place I don t know Balti at all, but I feel like I do after reading her stuff This ability is rivaled only by Dennis Lehane s gritty you are there Boston portraits and a few of Thomas Pynchon [...]

    3. The last and only Laura Lippman book I ve read previous to Wilde Lake was The Girl in the Green Raincoat in 2013 I had to look up the summary of the book to remember what the book was about and why I gave it 2 stars Even after reading the blurb, I still can t remember many details so I was a bit leery about investing my time in another lackluster book by this author I m so glad I did This was a well crafted, engaging mystery that was not the least bit predictable 5 stars for a book that I highly [...]

    4. The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery There is always mystery Ana s NinLaura Lippman, an American bestselling author, pens an intriguing thriller in her new book, Wilde Lake that unfolds the story of the first female attorney of her county, who earns her first murder case, that looks like an easy win to her, but underneath the simple mystery lies a mind blowing truth that will take this woman back to her childhood days when her only friend was her elder broth [...]

    5. 3.5 sLuisa Brant s mother died a week after Lu was born her brother AJ was eight so was lucky to have had his mother for those first years of his life Lu and AJ s father was a highly respected member of the community in which they lived State Attorney of Howard County in Maryland The three of them lived together in their big home with housekeeper carer nanny Teensy working days Lu s father wasn t a demonstrative man, but cared for them just the same.When AJ was eighteen there was an altercation [...]

    6. Laura Lippman has been described as one of the best crime novelists writing today and I have to say from a purely readers point of view that I would absolutely agree with that.Wilde Lake is perhaps my favourite of hers so far multi layered, intensely engaging, a story about family secrets, community, perception and reality, with some intriguing and brilliantly drawn characters and an atmospheric and authentic setting.The story uses the past present narrative in a slightly different way, as Lu en [...]

    7. This book contains one of the most unlikeable protagonists that I have ever met.Luisa Lu Brant is the first female states attorney of Howard County As her first murder case comes up a woman beaten and choked to death in her bedroom she takes it, a seemingly open and shut case the perpetrator being a homeless drifter with a history of violence But as she starts to look into the case it seems to be to it than she initially thought, and ties back to memories she has as a young child.The book jumps [...]

    8. DiffuseForget the dark and stormy night implications of the garish cover Far from wild, Wilde Lake is the man made centerpiece of a manicured subdivision in a new town arising out of the idealism of the later sixties Columbia, Maryland Laura Lippman makes no bones about this one of the most interesting things about her new book especially for a reader who came to America at about this time and lives close by is the time capsule it offers of its place and period The novel proceeds in at first alt [...]

    9. Wilde Lake is a neighborhood in the town of Columbia, MD Lippmann seems to agree with most of the common criticisms of this planned community founded in the late 60 s by developer James Rouse Not only was it designed to create a small city with a village feel, but has the lofty aims to eliminate racism and religious and class intolerance Lippman mentions than once the fact that Columbia has an interfaith center rather than places of worship for various faiths This has been often critiqued It is [...]

    10. Most readers seemed to like this book I thought there were some good moments but not enough, and the ending was not satisfying Lippman s handling of two different time frames is well done and the tantalizing juxtaposition of past and present creates the best moments of the story However, the resolution of the converging stories is much weaker than I expected, and left too much unexplained.

    11. Fans of Laura Lippman s detective series and stand alone novels may be surprised that this is less a mystery than it is the story of family and community, and the narratives that shape our lives It is also an exploration of memory, the mineshaft between facts and truth, and the precarious tunnel between parental and self protection The truth is not a finite commodity that can be contained within identifiable borders The truth is messy, riotous, overrunning everything You can never know the whole [...]

    12. I read this book over a month ago, and I had to ponder exactly how I felt about the characters, the storyline, and give a final determination about how I felt after reading the book I m still simmering over it, but here s a quick snapshot of my thoughtsLuisa Lu Brant is from a Family yes, capital letter in a relatively small town Her older brother is Mr BMOC but always treats Lu kindly Her father was the state s attorney for Howard County when she was young, and now it is an office she serves Ba [...]

    13. This new novel by Laura Lippman is a great disappointment The story started with a memory from 1980 and then moved right into the current 1 1 15 time frame giving us the basis for the plot After fewer than 10 pages we had another flashback, to another time period And then another chapter in the current time and then another flashback to a still different time period.The flashbacks seemed to get and frequent, disregarding the actual plot completely Also the flashbacks droned on and on being fil [...]

    14. WILDE LAKEWritten by Laura LippmanMAY 3, 2016 368 PagesGenre fiction, historical, mystery I received an ARC from the EDELWEISS in exchange for an honest review In Lippman s newest standalone novel she weaves the 1960s, 70s, 80s and present day to tell us about the Brant family Lu Brant is following her father s footsteps when she is the newly appointed state s attorney of Howard County, Maryland The first murder case that comes to her brings backs memories of her past, or rather her brother s co [...]

    15. Some authors blur the line between mystery thriller and literary fiction No one, IMHO, blurs it than Laura Lippman Whenever I read her, I feel as if I could be reading a novel written by a Sue Miller or a Christina Schwartz I find it ironically amusing that this book is sorted in the Mystery section, while many of the mysteries that I have read Girl on a Train, e.g being sorted in the Fiction section This novel is as much a coming of age story as it is a mystery, though there are certainly elem [...]

    16. The truth is messy, riotous, overrunning everything You can never know the whole truth of anything And if you could, you would wish you didn t So what is the truth that state s attorney Luisa Lu Brant is pursuing She is getting ready to prosecute the case of a mentally disturbed homeless man who savagely beat a woman to death in her own apartment There appears to be no connection between victim and perpetrator.As the truth of what happened that night gradually comes out, Lu begins to reflect on [...]

    17. The famous Brandt familyuld they do anything wrong or were they not able to because of their status Ordid they do it anyway The Brandt family was made up of attorneys and secrets Lu and her brother AJ were eight years apart with Lu admiring AJ and his friends The secrets kept all of those years of the night AJ saved someone s life along with another secret and how it affected their lives became apparent as the book continued Wilde Lake tells the story through flashbacks The flashbacks allowed us [...]

    18. I gave it 100 pages but just can t get into it Too much back story, slow forward movement, and I can t connect with the characters.

    19. Talented storyteller, Laura Lippmanreturns following 2015 Hush Hush with her latest standalone, WILDE LAKE emotionally charged, complex rich in character and dark family secrets Wilde Lakerevolves around a family relationship between a daughter, father, and brother Where the truth may not always set you free Family loyalty, secrets, deceptions, and mysteries of the past connect with the present Should we leave the past, in the past A family journey from Balti to the community of Columbia, Maryla [...]

    20. Has to be me this was a struggle for me to get through I d ignore my rating and read other reviews and maybe decide for yourself

    21. I have read and enjoyed several of Lippman s standalone novels This one is eminently readable but because of its many echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird, I found myself focusing on finding comparisons than enjoying the narrative.Luisa Lu Brant, the daughter of a former state s attorney in Maryland, has moved back into her childhood home with her father after the death of her husband She has become the new state s prosecutor for the county There are two timelines Lu in first person narration recoll [...]

    22. What is wrong with me Anxious to read this as I think Lippmann is a great author 40% into it and it s just drudgery Blah

    23. We always want our heroes to be better than their times, to hold the enlightened views we have achieved one hundred, fifty, ten years later Luisa Lu Brandt s childhood is one of both tragedy and triumph Her mother died one day after giving birth to Lu, leaving Andrew Jackson Brandt to raise her and her older brother AJ Mr Brandt never adapted to the domesticity that being a single father demands, but he did fiercely love his children Never having a true female role model, other than the family h [...]

    24. Sometimes there can be so much backstory that the reader loses sight of the plot in the present Such is the case in Wilde Lake when we spend a majority of the novel learning about the childhood of Luisa and AJ and their once famous states attorney father Lu is a newly minted and elected states attorney following in her father s footsteps When a local down on his luck drifter is accused of beating a woman to death in her home, Lu decides to try the man in court as her first case Events in the pre [...]

    25. A To Kill a Mockingbird Go Set a Watchman homage that smartly integrates the concerns of those two books and creates a genuine sense of personal and historical uncertainty as layer after layer of lies open up But the emotional heat never rises above tepid, and some of the TKM nods are distracting than evocative Teensy, the family s maid, never becomes anything than a stereotype, and a less complex one than Calpurnia, for one thing It s thoughtful, but its questions are better than its answers. [...]

    26. I normally don t enjoy novels with the past and present told in alternating storylines, as one always seems to be stronger than the other, and I find myself skimming the inferior storyline just to get to the good one Wilde Lake does not have this problem I was captivated by both the adult Lu as state s attorney, and Lu as an awkward child growing up in the seventies She may not be what you would call a likeable character, wanting to be one of the boys, being super judgemental of women having lon [...]

    27. I read a digital review copy provided by publisher HarperCollins in Edelweiss A solid 4.5 probably the only reason it doesn t get 5 stars from me is because I don t like back and forth timelines Laura Lippman is a great writer telling a compelling story I did think of To Kill A Mockingbird while reading the book but didn t know until reading the Afterword that she drew on that book for inspiration I think this story will stay with me for quite a while, and I look forward to recommending it to li [...]

    28. Stephen King recommended book He tweeted Laura Lippman s latest novel, WILDE LAKE, is a knockout You should get right on that 11 7 17 This book was well written and compelling I couldn t stop turning the pages, even though they weren t action packed I was pleased that it wasn t entirely predictable, although I ve read other books with the same basic premise I was entertained I would think most mystery thriller readers would enjoy this.

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