I'd like to blame our wonderful week in SoCal for the lack of posting, but I can't. I've been doing what I used to do before the Internet. Before knitting took over my life. Before I started writing... I've been reading. Five books in the last 10 days, and each one was a winner.
Disclaimer: I've known Laura Lippman for a long time- we shared an editor at Avon (later Avon Twilight, and later still Harper Collins). She's a wonderful woman and friend, and I fondly remember an Author Dinner at one of the mystery conventions, where we got pleasantly snockered on the free wine. But I would like her books even if she was a horrible human being, because she's just that good.
I somehow missed Life Sentences in hardback (I was probably hip-deep in the sock book and unable to see over the piles of yarn in front of me, when it came out). But I made up for it with the Trade PB, which I bought for airplane reading for the CA trip (after learning that the Sioux Falls B&N didn't have a copy of I'd Know You Anywhere on hand).
Life Sentences is a stand-alone novel (not part of Laura's Tess Monaghan series), and it's wonderful. I'm not going to recap it, though here's the gist: a well-known memoirist who is floundering slightly after the less than exciting reception of her third book, a novel, finds inspiration in an old and mysterious crime that may or may not have been committed by a childhood acquaintance. You can click on the link above for a more involved synopsis, or you can just take my word that it's wonderfully written, and go read it already.
After I finished Life Sentences, I found a copy of I'd Know You Anywhere in a SoCal Target (take that B&N- though given that the book is residing firmly on the NYT Beseller list, there's probably a good reason for the Sioux Falls store to have run out). Eliza Benedict was the only surviving victim of a serial killer who kidnapped and held her for six weeks when she was fifteen years old. Now an adult, with children of her own who know nothing about her ordeal, Eliza is contacted by her kidnapper, who wants to meet with her. The story is tautly written and wonderfully told, and it deserves all of the accolades. I'd say that Laura is at the top of her game, but I suspect she's just getting started.
So, what's up next in the TBR? Nothing. I have a book of my own to write, and workshops to get ready for- next weekend is NCFF!