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Sunburn

von Laura Lippman

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Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Bustle, Popsugar, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Seattle Times, Book Riot, LitHub, BookPage, and Paperback Paris. "Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now, and Sunburn is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it." -Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl 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 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 steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other--dangerous, even lethal, secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away--or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Something--or someone--has to give. Which one will it be? Inspired by James M. Cain's masterpieces The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, Sunburn is a tantalizing modern noir from the incomparable Laura Lippman.… (mehr)
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A Pack of Lies

In a time when lying about anything and everything sometimes makes discerning the truth, even wondering if there is anything like real truth, hard, Laura Lippman comes along with a suspense novel built on a foundation of lies two people tell each other. Who is the real bad person here? Adam Bosk, private eye, hired by an unscrupulous insurance broker to suss out Polly/Pauline Costello/Ditmars/Smith/Hansen? Or Polly, to use one of her names, cunning and apparently on the run from something or someone?

Adam gets an assignment from Irving Lowenstein to find Polly. He’s sure she has absconded with a big pot of insurance money of which he believes he deserves a share. Adam finds her in a small Delaware ocean town that has seen better days, Belleville, working in a tired bar and fry joint called the High-Lo. She’s fair skinned, a redhead and her sunburn catches his eye. He gets to know her at first to discover where the money is. But she proves too alluring and her allure overpowers his good judgment and experience. In spite of himself, he falls for her. He doesn’t entirely trust her, knowing what he knows, but he can’t help himself. He gets a job as a cook, perfect as he has had previous culinary training, to be near her.

Polly has a talent for attracting and manipulating men, up to a point. When Adam finds her, she is escaping her current marriage to Gregg Hansen. Previously, she was married to a cop, an arson investigator who raped and brutalized her throughout their marriage, until she could stand it no more. It reveals little to tell you she drove a knife through his heart as he slept. She didn’t, however, escape punishment, at least not entirely. She has plenty of other secrets, too.

Sunburn combines suspense and romance in an artful way. The film Double Indemnity comes up in the book and in some ways the novel resembles it, as it does concern two scheming people, one of whom really believes he’s in love and the other who might be in love but also might be just a purebred schemer. Lippman unfolds the tale slowly from the various characters’ viewpoints. You follow along snatching the scattered crumbs of information. You might even piece it all together early on. The real attraction here, though, is the developing relationship between Polly and Adam. Can they overcome their suspicions about each other and make their love match work? That you may not guess until the final pages of the novel. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
A Pack of Lies

In a time when lying about anything and everything sometimes makes discerning the truth, even wondering if there is anything like real truth, hard, Laura Lippman comes along with a suspense novel built on a foundation of lies two people tell each other. Who is the real bad person here? Adam Bosk, private eye, hired by an unscrupulous insurance broker to suss out Polly/Pauline Costello/Ditmars/Smith/Hansen? Or Polly, to use one of her names, cunning and apparently on the run from something or someone?

Adam gets an assignment from Irving Lowenstein to find Polly. He’s sure she has absconded with a big pot of insurance money of which he believes he deserves a share. Adam finds her in a small Delaware ocean town that has seen better days, Belleville, working in a tired bar and fry joint called the High-Lo. She’s fair skinned, a redhead and her sunburn catches his eye. He gets to know her at first to discover where the money is. But she proves too alluring and her allure overpowers his good judgment and experience. In spite of himself, he falls for her. He doesn’t entirely trust her, knowing what he knows, but he can’t help himself. He gets a job as a cook, perfect as he has had previous culinary training, to be near her.

Polly has a talent for attracting and manipulating men, up to a point. When Adam finds her, she is escaping her current marriage to Gregg Hansen. Previously, she was married to a cop, an arson investigator who raped and brutalized her throughout their marriage, until she could stand it no more. It reveals little to tell you she drove a knife through his heart as he slept. She didn’t, however, escape punishment, at least not entirely. She has plenty of other secrets, too.

Sunburn combines suspense and romance in an artful way. The film Double Indemnity comes up in the book and in some ways the novel resembles it, as it does concern two scheming people, one of whom really believes he’s in love and the other who might be in love but also might be just a purebred schemer. Lippman unfolds the tale slowly from the various characters’ viewpoints. You follow along snatching the scattered crumbs of information. You might even piece it all together early on. The real attraction here, though, is the developing relationship between Polly and Adam. Can they overcome their suspicions about each other and make their love match work? That you may not guess until the final pages of the novel. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
The full review is available at The Gray Planet.

Sunburn by Laura Lippman is marketed as a “noir gem” and with blurbs from prestigious authors and publications. Sunburn is a formula story. I was drawn to the book after reading an interesting article about Lippman and her books.

In Sunburn, everything is mysterious, from the characters, Polly Costello, a mother who leaves her husband and daughter for mysterious reasons, and Adam Bosk, the private detective hired to follow her and find where she is hiding a supposedly large sum of money.

The story switches between Polly’s and Adam’s viewpoints. In each chapter (there are forty-six of them), we are teased with a bit more revelation about each character’s secrets. Polly is hiding a complex history of mistakes behind various deceptions and playing a waiting game with an unknown goal. Adam is a reluctant investigator who finds himself attracted to his target, Polly, and even more conflicted that usual as a result.

At first, this teasing is effective and makes for compelling reading. But, for me, it grew old as each tease became less interesting and as Polly and Adam entered into a relationship where neither was truthful in the least, while still maintaining, in their thoughts, that they were truly in love. I started to lose interest but I kept reading, hoping for a final revelation and resolution that would allow me to feel better about these two people whom I no longer trusted, now had no sympathy for, and no longer liked.

It never happened. The revelations didn’t feel significant enough to justify the long tease and there was no resolution, only an almost off-camera deus ex machina that is just an excuse for a final passage explaining another tease.

The book was frustrating and I am not particularly happy I spent the time to finish it. ( )
  tbrown3131949 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Sunburn is like the old black and white movies that the heroine, Polly, likes so much. She's the world-weary woman who leaves her husband and daughter while on a beach vacation to end up in a small town waitressing at the local bar. Adam is the guy whose truck broke down who ends up staying to cook at the same roadhouse. Both have secrets that are gradually revealed, but neither are particularly likable people. Hints from their past lives are rare, dropped at random, as the two become closer.
Polly is the heart of the story, a femme fatale who doesn't mean to leave a trail of victims in her wake, but that's just how things work out. It's a good read, a classic noir story that leaves the reader with lots to think about. ( )
  N.W.Moors | May 11, 2021 |
A creepy thriller. Everything feels wrong and everyone has secrets, but who is the psychopath?

Polly runs from her family to start life anew. To start a small-town cash-based life as a waitress, in hiding, waiting for her windfall to come through. But Polly has a past, and the people she is hiding from know how to find her. But who is she really hiding from and why?

This story leaves you guessing the whole way through. Is Polly the victim of bad luck, bad people, or her own decisions? Or is she a victim at all?

Great narration by Susan Bennett. ( )
  Dreesie | May 9, 2021 |
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Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Bustle, Popsugar, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Seattle Times, Book Riot, LitHub, BookPage, and Paperback Paris. "Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now, and Sunburn is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it." -Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl 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 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 steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other--dangerous, even lethal, secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away--or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Something--or someone--has to give. Which one will it be? Inspired by James M. Cain's masterpieces The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, Sunburn is a tantalizing modern noir from the incomparable Laura Lippman.

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