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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Most Dangerous Thing

I can't even remember how I heard of The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman. All I can say is that I am so glad I picked this book up.

Tim, Sean, and Go-go, the Halloran brothers, were inseparable from best friends Mickey and Gwen in childhood. They spent their days together wandering the woods on the outskirts of town and generally being kids until the night of the hurricane. Something so horribly unspeakable happens that it tears their group up for good. Decades later Gwen returns to town to take care of her injured father and discovers Go-go is recently dead. This leads everyone to reexamine what happened that night--or what it is they think happened. The truth may not always be what it seems.

This book was two parts engrossing, one part creepy, and a whole lotta intriguing. So intriguing, in fact, that it was super hard to put down. I love that the book toggled between present day and the past in order to give me, the reader, an understanding of what led up to the night in question and how those events related to who each person is in present day. The incident shaped these characters' lives in ways you won't understand completely until you get to the very end of the book. It is wild.

Lippman has created a world in which each child has grown up into an arrested version of themselves had they made different decisions. When the second section of the book begins and the story is told by the adults, everything you thought you knew is thrown off the rails. We never really know our parents until we are grown, do we?

As usual, Kindle version on the left, hard copy on the right.

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