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Every Secret Thing is a crime novel written by Laura Lippman in Awards. Anthony Awards for Best Novel – ; Barry Award for Best Crime . With this engrossing mystery/suspense stand-alone novel, Lippman, winner of the Edgar, Shamus and Agatha awards for her series featuring. Summary and reviews of Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman, plus links to a book excerpt from Every Secret Thing and author biography of Laura Lippman.
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Start by marking “Every Secret Thing” as Want to Read: Stepping away from her acclaimed, award-winning mystery series featuring Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan, author Laura Lippman has delivered a novel of psychological suspense that will shock and mesmerize readers. From critically acclaimed, multiple-award winner Laura Lippman comes a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and innocence. Two little girls banished from a. EVERY SECRET THING. About the Book. From critically acclaimed, multiple- award winner Laura Lippman comes a riveting story of love and murder, guilt and .
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Two year-old children—good girl Alice Manning and bad girl Ronnie Fuller—wander homeward in Baltimore after being kicked out of a friend's pool party.
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They discover a baby in an unattended carriage by the front door of a house and steal it away. The reader watches in horror, knowing what will come next.
The baby dies, and Alice and Ronnie are imprisoned for seven years. The mystery involves which girl did the killing, and which was the dupe. After release from prison, their blighted lives move inexorably toward further horror and tragedy.
Lippman slowly relinquishes the facts of her story, building suspense as she reveals the past.
Now Lippman steps outside her series to deliver her darkest, most troubling tale -- and vaults into the crime-fiction elite with a haunting story of murder, fate's accidents, and the stories we tell ourselves when we try to make sense of the unthinkable. On a July afternoon two little girls, banished from a birthday party, take a wrong turn onto an unfamiliar Baltimore street -- and encounter an abandoned stroller with a baby inside it.
Dutiful Alice Manning and unpredictable Ronnie Fuller only want to be helpful, to be good.
People like children who are good, Alice thinks. But whatever the girls' real intentions, things go horribly awry and three families are destroyed. Seven years later Alice and Ronnie are heading home again -- only separately this time, their fragile bond long shattered, their secrets still closely kept.
Advised to avoid each other, they enter a world where they essentially have no past. In exchange, they are promised a fresh start, the chance to mold their own future.
That promise is broken when a child disappears, under disturbingly similar circumstances. And the adults in Alice's and Ronnie's lives -- the parents, the lawyers, the police -- realize that they must now confront the shattering truths they couldn't face seven years earlier. Or another mother will lose her child.
Homicide detective Nancy Porter was a rookie cop when she solved the original case with a bit of freakish luck -- and almost derailed her own career. Adept at finding the small things that can make or break a homicide case, now she must master the larger picture in order to understand where guilt truly lies.
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For no one is innocent in this world. Not even the children.
The metal apparatus was cold and heavy on her face, and although it wasn't literally attached, she couldn't help feeling as if she were in a vise. Each flick of the doctor's wrist -- Better here?
Every Secret Thing (novel) - Wikipedia
Or here? The girls are arrested, but no clear version of the story emerges. Both are locked up in juvenile detention centers until their 18th birthdays. After their release, another baby goes missing and fingers begin to point to the two girls.
Lippman cleverly shifts focus throughout the novel, from Alice to Ronnie to Alice's mother to the detective who found that first baby years ago to Alice's lawyer and to the mother of the first baby, still bitter that her child's killers weren't locked up for life. The story's structure keeps the true version of the original murder from emerging until the very end, making it both shocking, yet strangely inevitable.
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Without revealing too much, Lippman clearly believes that children are just as capable of calculation and manipulation as anyone else. The only thing that's different about their crimes, she argues, may be the way the rest of the world views them. Every Secret Thing also makes a number of pointed claims about race, class and money.
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