Sunburn by Laura Lippman
ISBN: 9780062389923 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062389992 (ebook)
ISBN: 9780062390110 (audiobook)
ASIN: B0727T88KQ (Kindle edition)
Publication date: February 20, 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
One is playing a long game. But which one?
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through.
Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets that begin to accumulate as autumn approaches, feeding the growing doubts they conceal.
Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?
Something—or someone—has to give.
Which one will it be?
Pauline “Polly” Hansen just turns up in the tiny town of Belleville, Delaware one day during the summer. No one knows that she served time for murdering her first husband or has recently abandoned her second husband and young child. She needed to get away to put her “plan” into motion. Adam Bosk is a Culinary Institute of America trained chef and sometime private investigator, hired by a former colleague of Polly’s murdered husband. He follows Polly to Belleville, ends up working as a cook where she works as a waitress before the two of them begin a relationship. The only thing Adam is sure of after a few months is that Polly is definitely keeping her background a secret, but then so is he, and that she isn’t hiding millions of dollars from his client. But then Polly begins to take mysterious trips, her apartment burns down with Adam’s previous sex partner and Polly’s rival inside, and more. Adam is pretty sure Polly didn’t have anything to do with the fire because she was with him but is it possible she simply used him as a convenient excuse? After a while, he doesn’t even care because he’s in love and willing to relocate or even run away if it means spending more time with Polly. When her “secret” background becomes public and she isn’t spurned by her boss, it seems as if the decision is made to stay in this small town and try to build their relationship. Just when it seems as if they have everything going for them and no obstacles, they both seem to begin pulling away, emotionally if not physically, all the while professing love for one another. Are there perhaps more secrets to be revealed? If so, will these secrets tear them apart or bring them closer?
I’ve read quite a few books by Laura Lippman and she is one author that never disappoints me as a reader. Sunburn is a taut psychological suspense thriller that kept this reader turning the pages (okay, I took a brief break to take my mother to see Black Panther…you try to deny an 84-y.o. when she says you’re taking her to the movies and she hasn’t been to a movie theatre in four years). I found this to be a fast-paced and enthralling read, the more that was revealed about both Polly and Adam the more I wanted to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed the suspense build-up, the cat-and-mouse playoff between Polly and Adam, as well as between Polly and almost all of the male characters. She doesn’t exactly come across as a femme fatale, but more of a little girl lost that needs a helping hand and most men seem oh-so-willing to proffer that hand to her. I enjoyed the characters, the interplay between the characters, the action, the settings… I could rant and rave about Sunburn for awhile, but it boils down to this, I really enjoyed reading this book and can see myself rereading this book over the next few months. If you’re a psychological suspense reader like me, you’ll definitely want to grab a copy of Sunburn to read. If you’ve ever read Ms. Lippman’s fiction, then I’m sure I don’t have to tell you to grab a copy of the book to read because it’s probably on your TBR list. If it isn’t, add it ASAP. For those of you that perhaps haven’t read anything by Ms. Lippman, you’ve been missing out, and I strongly encourage you to grab a copy of Sunburn to read as soon as possible.
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