Games. The characters in Laura Lippman’s novel, The Most Dangerous Thing, are developed in ways that blend childhood and adulthood. Through story development in 1979 and the present, Lippman creates the context in which these individuals have become who they are today. The games of childhood, and the secrets long kept, become defining for these characters, and have consequences beyond anyone’s expectations. Lippman sets this novel in Baltimore, as she’s done with her earlier novels, and reprises Tess Monaghan in a minor role late in the book. Readers who like character-driven fiction are those most likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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