It’s been about two years since Lippman’s last book, the excellent Wilde Lake, and all I can say is that it was worth the wait. This is a standalone novel and Lippman’s turn at the unreliable narrator genre that has permeated the best seller lists. And she does an excellent job of it.
Polly has left her second husband and their daughter and is basically on the lam. She ends up in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Unbeknownst to her, Adam, the good looking man she meets at the local tavern, is actually a private detective who’s been hired to befriend her and find out where she has stashed quite a bit of money. Instead, they fall for each other and have a steamy affair.
Polly is very close mouthed, but slowly begins to reveal herself to Adam. She admits to murdering her first husband, which she was imprisoned for but got on on a sweeping governor pardon of abused wives. But Adam is not quite as forthcoming.
There are a lot of lies, more deaths and several unexpected twists to this story, not to mention quite the shocking ending. This was a one night read for me, albeit a very late night, but I couldn’t put it down. Sunburn is sure to be one of the best books of 2018 – don’t miss it.
As my regular readers know, I was not a fan of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, two of the most popular books in this unreliable narrator/Girl subgenre. But if you were fans of those books, this is a sure bet.
Note to the author: As much as I enjoyed Sunburn, I wouldn’t mind another Tess Monaghan book!
2/18 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
SUNBURN by Laura Lippman. William Morrow (February 20, 2018). ISBN: 978-0062389923. 304p.