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Lady in the Lake: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2019; vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Laura Lippman (Tekijä)

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A New York Times Bestseller! 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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Lady in the Lake: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Laura Lippman (Tekijä)
Info:William Morrow (2019), Edition: 1st, 352 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):****
Avainsanoja:Read in 2019, General

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With Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o signed on to star as Maddie and Cleo in an adaptation of this book, I wrongly went into this expecting the focus would be split evenly between those two characters.

Cleo is barely featured, her POV is lightly sprinkled through the book, necessarily brief I guess for plot reasons still it’s disappointing that she ultimately plays such a small role considering her connection to the title.

Maddie is the most prominent character in the book however the story is told from several points of view beyond hers. I don’t have a problem with multiple points of view when it feels like there’s a legitimate reason for them and if they’re moving the plot forward but far too often these POV’s (including Maddie’s) veered into territory that didn’t seem particularly relevant to the mystery of the lady in the lake.

The newspaper aspect of this as well as gender and race in the sixties held my interest, but for the most part the deep dives into (sometimes random) characters got in the way of this being the suspenseful page-turner I’d hoped to read. ( )
  SJGirl | Apr 6, 2021 |
This book did not work for me. I’ve had to really think about this review and I am honestly at a loss and I had to go back and make sure it really was written by Laura Lippman. I’ve always enjoyed her work and I’m not exactly sure why it didn’t work. I realize the story takes place in the 1960s, but I don’t feel That many of the characters actions were typical of that time and they were not really explained. Maddie, the main character, left her family to be a reporter. Maybe I missed it, but I I don’t recall reading if this was a lifelong dream of hers or what her reasoning behind this was. I’m sure that were many women in the past who did things not typical of the time, but like I said this just didn’t work for me.
On top of this, this the suspense was completely lacking. Even in a basic fiction book there are moments that are suspenseful - not necessarily scary but still have you sitting on the edge of your seat. I did not come close to the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. Even the “scary” moments were odd to me. Nothing really seem to fit. I guess that’s my bottom line. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
I listened to part of the book, narrator was excellent, highly recommend audio book. I enjoyed the story/mystery and the 1960's era in which it was set ( )
  almin | Jan 23, 2021 |
Thank you to #NetGalley for this book.

This is one of the few books by Laura Lippman that I did not like or get into for some reason. Maybe it was because it started with the person who was no longer living. I might have to go back eventually and read it again to get a better understanding where this was going from a housewife in the 1960s to murder.

I do like the location of Baltimore since I like location books and live in MD. I also like reading Jewish fiction which the main characters were in the beginning of the book. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Jan 12, 2021 |
Laura Lippman doesn't disappoint. This is, I think, the fourth novel of hers that I've read, and I've enjoyed all of them. Lippman's books are invariably set in her beloved home town of Baltimore, and that the city is full of crime and vice seems to be an integral part of the Baltimore she has lived in and adored her entire life.

When I was much, much younger, a young teen, my family's summer excursion to Myrtle Beach took us through Washington, DC, to the National Cemetery in Annapolis, and through Baltimore, where we got stuck in a late-afternoon traffic jam on the wrong side of town. There were women dressed oddly, skirts so short they barely existed, fishnet stockings and long boots despite the July heat, plunging shirts and too much lipstick. My father, when I asked, told me that they were prostitutes, and when I asked for a definiton of prostitute, he hedged and told me that they were women who sold their bodies. Unfortunately I thought that this meant they had bits of their bodies cut off - a finger here, a toe there, maybe an ear - and was terrified by this idea for years.

So in some way I've always felt kinship with the seedier sides of Baltimore, where Lippman's murders take place, where women are raped, where strippers peel off clothing and where prostitutes roam. It doesn't seem like a good place to be a woman, and that's the Baltimore that appears in Lippman's books.

Lady in the Lake is set in the mid-1960s, and is the tale of Madeline Schwartz, a well-off Jewish women dissatisfied with her life and her marriage. At the age of thirty-seven she leaves the suburbs and moves into the inner city, where she finds a murdered girl, and then a murdered woman. She joins a newspaper which is reluctant to hire her, lives in a neighbourhood where white women are a minority, and starts sleeping with a black police constable. Maddie always goes too far, and can't be stopped by reason or by the risk of danger, so her continued insistence on writing about a murdered black woman gets her noticed by the wrong people, gets her in trouble at the newspaper, and does, actually, put her life in peril. It's a good book, and it's insightful. It saddens me that so little has changed in racial relations in the United States. What happens in this 1960s scenario is still playing out across the nation.

Negatives about the book? I found it hard to get into, but that's me, anxious lately, and finding it difficult to settle into a story. I would like it if the Yiddish words that were used in the book were translated by means of a footnote or a glossary. Otherwise I am more than satisfied. I enjoyed the many narrators of the book, and I liked the twists and turns that lead to a wholly unexpected ending. Most importantly I liked Maddie. She has goals, she wants more than to take care of a man, she is driven, she is the woman of the future. ( )
  ahef1963 | Oct 21, 2020 |
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A New York Times Bestseller! 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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