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Complex characters, shifting perspectives and a heaping helping of pure tension keep this novel moving. At times, not only is it unclear to the reader just what is motivating the characters, the characters themselves seem unclear about just what they want. I found that entirely believable.
Laura Lippman acknowledges the clear influence of James M. Cain within the novel itself and with Sunburn, she's written a strong contribution of her own to noir fiction. Highly recommended.
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What did you like best about this story?
Love the way Lippman both draws on and updates noir tropes in this novel. Sunburn is as compelling as any classic noir tale, but Lippman opens the story up by relaying events from the perspective of different characters, which added depth and texture to the story. (Some of the characters who appeared very briefly in the book were interesting enough that I'd love to see them re-appear in one of Lippman's future books, like the lesbian detective)
I've been reading Lippman for years, and have enjoyed all of her other books, but this one is my favorite.
Which scene was your favorite?
When Polly arrives at Adam's motel room in the middle of the night
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
It's so much harder to find a good audiobook rather than just something to read. Bad narration makes it difficult to enjoy a good novel. Even mediocre narration, or a narrator who does an OK job but is a bad fit for the material, can create a disappointing listening experience. Fortunately, the narration of this novel works perfectly.
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