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November 8, 2011 / Leslie

Review: The Most Dangerous Thing

The Most Dangerous Thing
by Laura Lippman
Read by: Linda Emond

Genre: Literature, Mystery
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publish Date: August 23, 2011
Format: Downloadable Audio | 11 Hours
Rating: 4 of 5

Separated by the passing of time, a group of five childhood friends reunite at a funeral. Long gone are the carefree days when they would spend hours together exploring the woods near their suburban homes. Those were adventurous days filled with the thrill of going off on their own, experiencing a little danger and fun, and forming a bond over the secrets they shared. As they eventually grew toward adulthood, they drifted apart; but one secret remained untold.

Now one of the five, Gordon, has died in a car accident. But was it an accident or was it a suicide? Has someone found out about what happened one night in the woods? Did this have something to do with Gordon’s death?

There are two stories to be told. One takes place back in the 70s and the other in the present. We alternate between the two with the point of view changing as each character tells a part of the story from their perspective. The events meshed together so well that, for the most part, I did not have any problem following the changes in narrator.

These were not the most likable characters; early on their many flaws become apparent. But flawed characters didn’t stop me from enjoying the story. On the contrary, the author wove together a mystery spanning several decades into a drama about friendship, personal growth, becoming an adult and accepting responsibility.

I listened to the audiobook and the production was well done. Linda Emond narrated at a nice pace, was pleasant to listen to and did a good job with her tone and inflection, making each character sound distinct.

This was my first Laura Lippman novel and I am pleased to have experienced her wonderful storytelling. The book was well written with a plot that moved along at an accelerating pace towards an ending where the pieces came together and the secret was revealed. A shocking secret? No, but not what I was expecting either. It was a surprise and a thought-provoking ending.
Source: Review copy provided by HarperAudio


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  1. sagustocox / Nov 8 2011 1:01 pm

    I have not read any Lippman yet.


  2. BermudaOnion / Nov 8 2011 1:26 pm

    I like it when stories alternate between the past and the present, leaving me to puzzle their connection for a while. This sounds like a good one!


  3. Suko / Nov 8 2011 2:02 pm

    This sounds really good, Leslie. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Excellent review!


  4. reviewsbylola / Nov 8 2011 2:38 pm

    I love Lippman but this one was such a disappointment to me. The fast paced, cohesive plot structure that I usually appreciate with her books was missing.


    • Leslie / Nov 8 2011 3:43 pm

      I thought it started a little slow but then took off towards the end. Since this was my first Lippman book I didn’t have anything to compare it to. I’ll have to read some of her other books if you say those are even better since I do like her writing style.


  5. Kailana / Nov 8 2011 8:28 pm

    One of these days I am going to read Laura Lippman. I have heard good things.


  6. Cathy / Nov 9 2011 6:26 pm

    I’m glad you liked this one, Leslie!


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