Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake

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 The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychol...

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Title:Lady in the Lake
Author:Laura Lippman
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:B07H52GMTH
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Lady in the Lake Reviews

  • JanB
    Aug 04, 2019
    4.5 stars I love the 1960?s as a setting in a novel and this was no exception. It?s 1960s Baltimore, women?s roles are changing and racial tensions are high. The author nails time and place expertly and makes them come to life. Maddie Schwartz wants more than her privilege...
  • Kemper
    Aug 21, 2019
    Baltimore 1966 ? a/k/a ?The good ole days.? (For some people.) Madeline Schwartz has been a wife and mother for almost two decades when she suddenly decides to turn her back on the boring comforts of the upper middle class. It isn?t easy for a woman in her late ?30s to sta...
  • Lisa
    Aug 16, 2019
    Laura Lippman is just one of the best writers out there. Her prose is lyrical; her characters live and breathe. I think I?ve read everything she?s written and here she?s at the top of her game. ...
  • Krista
    Jul 19, 2019
    Rating: 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 CLEVER stars What a trippy mystery that takes you on a ride in the Way Back machine to Baltimore circa 1964. This is the first Laura Lippman book that I?ve read. After reading other reviews, I understand this this book doesn?t follow her typical...
  • Lindsey Gandhi
    Jul 09, 2019
    This is my first book by Laura Lippman and I am so glad I was introduced to this author's writing. Lady in the Lake is a simply captivating book. I absolutely loved the author's writing style and prose. The storyline itself is really intriguing. And the best part for me is there was a ...
  • Sue
    Jul 28, 2019
    Madeline Schwartz, known familiarly as Maddie, has decided that her marriage is over, as far as she is concerned. She wants more from her life but is unsure exactly what that might be or how to get it. The important thing is to leave the old life, and she does. It?s 1966 Baltimore an...
  • Esil
    Jul 09, 2019
    3.5 stars I liked the feel of Lady in the Lake, but there was something a bit disjointed about it at times. The story is set in 1966 Baltimore and focuses on Maddie Schwartz. Maddie is somewhat at odds with the times. She is restless in her marriage, has a healthy sexual appetite, i...
  • Liz
    Jul 04, 2019
    4.5 stars, rounded up I?ve read almost all of Laura Lippman?s books. This one is a departure from her typical style. For starters, it takes place in the past, the sixties to be precise. It also involves a ghost. Yet, it?s still a mystery at heart. Maddie Schwatz is recently ...
  • DeAnn
    Jul 24, 2019
    4 surprise stars This was such a surprising book! I loved the way that Laura Lippman wrote this with so many different voices. Here?s one example: there would be a scene of two characters talking at a diner and the next voice we would hear would be from the waitress. I thought thi...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Apr 11, 2019
    Maddie Schwartz has been a housewife for almost twenty years. She thought she'd resigned herself to this life as soon as she married Milton and became a mother to their son Seth. It's a guest from her past at a small dinner party that reminds Maddie of her ambitions and she leave...
  • Michelle
    Jul 19, 2019
    4 very enthusiastic stars!!! This was my first book of Laura Lippman's and it definitely won't be my last. I can't think of anything I didn't like about this book. It's Baltimore in 1966 and Maddie Schwartz has decided she is done playing by the rules and wants to start living her ...
  • Perry
    Jul 28, 2019
    Reminiscent of '70s Blaxploitation Film maybe, 'Mandingo' Masters the Middle-Aged, Sex-Craved Maven Set in Baltimore in 1966, 37-year-old Jewish mother decides to ditch family to go out on her own, with no plans. She makes a false police report of her stolen wedding ring to an Afri...
  • Betsy
    Jun 08, 2019
    Whew, Lady in the Lake was a dizzying ride! The basics of the plot do have a lot of potential--the "lady in the lake" and her killer have to be identified, and recently separated Maddie Schwartz is on the case. However, the rotating cast of narrators made my head spin. Nea...
  • Barbara
    Aug 30, 2019
    I need to read more novels by Laura Lippman. In her newest, ?Lady in the Lake?, Lippman, who always writes novels inspired by true crime, bases her story on two murders that happened in Baltimore in the 1960?s. In her NPR interview she is clear that she doesn?t base her novels ...
  • Jeanette
    Jul 27, 2019
    Well I almost gave this 5 full stars. Until the last 30 or 40 pages, I would have. And be warned before I truly begin the reaction. It could go long. Lippman, you are a sister in and under the skin to me. Not only are you peer in age and "eyes" but you have the most excellent abilit...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Aug 14, 2019
    This was... not what I expected. I listened to the audiobook and there were too many perspectives for me to keep everything/everyone straight. Also there was just something about the writing style that really rubbed me wrong and tbh this clearly was just very much not for me ...
  • Erin Clemence
    Jul 05, 2019
    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Laura Lippman is not a new author, known for books such as ?Sunburn" and ?After I'm Gone?. For me though, ?Lady in the Lake? was my first ex...
  • Holly
    May 19, 2019
    Unfortunately, I didn?t like this. It started off promising, the voice of the Lady in the Lake beginning the story. Then we get the voice of Maddie, the housewife who has ambitions beyond being a married woman. Then we have another voice, then another, then another, then another........
  • DJ Sakata
    Aug 08, 2019
    Favorite Quotes: It was like that first great work of art that transfixes you, that novel that stays with you the rest of your life, even if you go on to read much better ones. Within a year, she was engaged to Milton Schwartz, big and hairy and older, twenty-two to her eighteen...
  • Meredith
    Jul 07, 2019
    Cold, Dark, and Distant Lady in the Lake is a mystery about a want-to-be journalist who inserts herself into murder investigations in 1960's Baltimore. Maddie Schwartz, married to Milton for 18 years and mother to 16-year-old Seth, decides she needs to do more. She makes a dra...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Aug 11, 2019
    My first Laura Lippman review was a big success! I loved it! ? ? ? ? Set in 1960s Baltimore, Marie Schwartz is reflecting on her once happy life as a housewife. That was only one year ago. Now she?s walked away from her marriage and is looking for true happiness. Madd...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Jul 24, 2019
    LaurA Lippman swept me away to 1960s Baltimore with this atmospheric and riveting tale. This book perfectly wove together mystery, historical fiction, and women?s fiction. maddie is a 1960s housewife who after 18 years of marriage decide she wants more to life than just being a wife....
  • Jenny
    Aug 07, 2019
    I enjoyed Laura Lippman?s first novel, Baltimore Blue. I enjoyed Laura Lippman?s second novel, Charm City, but I worried that she might become a formula novelist. You know the one whose book you could open and by the time you have finished chapter three you could predict what was g...
  • Jenny
    Aug 08, 2019
    I enjoyed Laura Lippman?s first novel, Baltimore Blue. I enjoyed Laura Lippman?s second novel, Charm City, but I worried that she might become a formula novelist. You know the one whose book you could open and by the time you have finished chapter three you could predict what was g...
  • Bkwmlee
    Jul 18, 2019
    3.5 stars This was an interesting read, one that I felt was quite a departure from the traditional thrillers I?m used to reading. Right off the bat, we know that a death has occurred, a woman?s body found at the bottom of a fountain, the titular ?lady in the lake? from whose...
  • Kathleen
    Sep 04, 2019
    Lippman combines historical fiction with her love of Baltimore in her latest crime thriller. [In June of 1969, the body of Shirley Lee Wigeon Parker, a black 35-year-old divorcee, was found in a fountain. In September, Esther Lebowitz, an 11-year-old Jewish girl, was beaten to death in...
  • Katie B
    Jun 13, 2019
    I've been wanting to read a book by this author for awhile now and the synopsis for this one sounded good. so I finally took the plunge. While this book can be classified as historical fiction, it also fits in the mystery and women's fiction genres. I ended up really enjoying this nove...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Aug 06, 2019
    Three too many POVs flying over my head and I began to confuse, a thriller story shouldn?t be told more than three sides, right? By the way did I have to trouble to connect with characters or are they really so distant, awkward, unlikable to empathize, and where are those mind bendin...
  • j e w e l s
    Sep 03, 2019
    FIVE HARD-BOILED NOIR STARS Welcome to the 60's! woo-hoo-hoo-wooooh.???GOOD MORNING, BALTIMORE! Thank GOD, this novel has restored my faith in the literary mystery thriller genre! HOORAY! As we all know by now... the 60's were a turbulent, exciting time of change in...
  • Stephanie Nicholas
    Aug 28, 2019
    Too much going on here in this noir fusion thriller by Lippman. There are points of view galore going on here, a reminiscing ghost who haunts both the reader and the main character, and a somewhat selfish yet bland protagonist I simply couldn't connect with. ...