Review – Audiobook: And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publish Date: August 14, 2012
Format: Audio, 9 hours | 47 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy
Rating: 4 of 5
Helen Lewis spent her childhood in a dysfunctional home with an abusive father and a fearful mother. Eventually she runs away with her boyfriend only to find life on her own is just as difficult. After leaving her abusive boyfriend, she did what she had to on the streets to survive.
Today Helen, now known as Heloise, is a successful businesswoman living in a nice home in the suburbs with her young son. But Heloise has a dangerous secret. She is not the suburban mom she pretends to be. Her business is a front for a high-priced call girl service. And now things are starting to fall apart. One of her girls is trying to blackmail her. A local woman referred to by the media as “the suburban madam” has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide. Plus a few other recent events have made Heloise fearful that she will be next. It’s time to get out of the business.
The story is told from Heloise’s point of view alternating between the past, her life as a young girl and how she became involved in prostitution, and the present. The technique worked well contrasting Helen with Heloise.
Helen/Heloise is an interesting, well-developed character. While not always the most likeable person, I often felt sympathy for her situation and understood why she became the person she is today. The reader receives a well-researched look into the world of prostitution and a few arguments on why it should be legalized.
I listened to the audiobook and Linda Emond was a pleasure to listen to. Her pleasant voice and even pacing made this an easy listen. This would be a good choice for new audio listeners. While the story does alternate with the past and present, the time frame is clear and the characters and plot are easy to follow.
Although a little slow in the beginning, the pace picks up as the suspense increased. There were also a few twists in the plot as we try to figure out who wants Heloise dead, and why. This book is a stand alone and is not part of the Tess Monaghan series. For those who have not read any Laura Lippman, this book would be a good choice.
Source: Review copy.
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