Book Review for LADY IN THE LAKE by Laura Lippman

LADY IN THE LAKE by Laura Lippman
William Morrow
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A multi-perspective mystery dealing with race, love, family drama, and societal pressures all set in 1960s Baltimore. 

LADY IN THE LAKE is an exceptionally written and deeply compelling read. Each page that flips by carefully adds another layer to the mystery and the uncovering of the truth.

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Here is what I loved about this book. It was more than one perspective. Lippman gives her readers a glimpse into the lives of all those touched by the crime which has occurred within the story. Not only do you have the ghost of Cleo and Maddie, but you get the thoughts of everyone who makes an appearance. They all play a part in setting the stage for the time period and the overall vibe of Baltimore in the 1960s.

Also, the author manages to understand the era she set her book in. She touches upon racial tensions, pressures from religion, societal norms, and sexuality in a way that makes it all feel authentic. However, there is a modern and fresh approach to it. What I mean by this is that Lippman is telling a story in the past, but still can shed light on things going on in today’s world as well. Though we have come far, we have not broken through all the barriers yet.  

From beginning to end, I loved this book. There are just enough twists and turns to keep you dangling at the edge, wanting to find out what the truth behind the Lady in the Lake is. And when you get to the end…trust me…you will be all sorts of satisfied. 

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman.

In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know—everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life.

Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl—assistance that leads to a job at the city’s afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake.

Cleo Sherwood was a young black woman who liked to have a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie—and the dead woman herself. Maddie’s going to find the truth about Cleo’s life and death. Cleo’s ghost, privy to Maddie’s poking and prying, wants to be left alone.

Maddie’s investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life—a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people—including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows.

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About the Author: Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has been recognized as a distinctive voice in mystery fiction and named one of the "essential" crime writers of the last 100 years. Her books have won most of the major awards in her field and been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.


Book Details:

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (July 23, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062390015
ISBN-13: 978-0062390011 

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