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Laura Lippman’s HUSH HUSH

This is the 12th Tess Monaghan book but only the third one since 2008 (one of which was a novella). While I was not overly excited to see Tess return I was still keen to read as it had been a long while since last she appeared. And I have to say I did miss her. Not only was it great to have her back and refamiliarise with her sense of humour, appetite and life but I think this is one of the best Tess Monaghan novels yet.

Tess gets a case which she thinks is going to be perfect for paying the bills. A wealthy but controversial woman has returned to Baltimore from overseas. 12 years previously she gave custody of her two daughters to her husband after being found not guilty in the death of her third daughter by reason of insanity. She has returned to try to be a part of her now teenage daughters’ lives and to make a documentary film. Tess has been reluctantly hired to assess her security arrangements. A soft gig she takes despite misgivings about the woman’s intentions. But when strange notes begin being left for the woman and then quickly escalate Tess must try to put aside her own judgements to discover the truth. A truth no one wants to confront.

This novel is everything Laura Lippman has been doing so well in her standalone novels but this time with Tess Monaghan. Lippman takes a confronting but tragically all too familiar crime and explores the fallout, years later, for all those involved. Combined with the ups and downs of parenthood this is not only a page-turning addictive mystery but an exploration of motherhood and the lengths, good and bad, mothers will go to for their children.

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Hardback ISBN: 9780062083425 ISBN-10: 0062083422 Classification: Crime & mystery , Thriller / suspense Format: Hardback (229mm x 152mm x 31mm) Pages: 384 Imprint: William Morrow & Company Publisher: William Morrow & Company Publish Date: 24-Feb-2015 Country of Publication: United States

Paperback ISBN: 9780571321407 ISBN-10: 0571321402 Classification: Crime & mystery Format: Paperback (234mm x 153mm x mm) Pages: 320 Imprint: Faber & Faber Crime Publisher: Faber & Faber Publish Date: 2-Apr-2015 Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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