Review: Wilde Lake



The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed stand-alone After I’m Gone, I’d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, challenges our notions of memory, loyalty, responsibility, and justice in this evocative and psychologically complex story about a long-ago death that still haunts a family.

Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected—and first female—state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It’s not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard county doesn’t see many homicides.

As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?

The more she learns about the case, the more questions arise. What does it mean to be a man or woman of one’s times? Why do we ask our heroes of the past to conform to the present’s standards? Is that fair? Is it right? Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. Lu realizes that even if she could learn the whole truth, she probably wouldn’t want to.

Rating: 5 stars


Wild Lake by Laura Lipman is one riveting novel. Readers everywhere will love reading this book. A young girl knew something had happened…but didn’t know exactly what…now, as a grown adult and working on a new case as a state prosecutor, she finds herself whirling backward trying to figure out what really happened back then with her brother and his friends. Readers can feel the doubt, fear, and an unease about everything. Laura Lipman has beautifully written this story in a way that has readers experiencing every moment through the eyes and ears of the main character. Everything the characters feels, thinks, or experiences so can the readers.

Wilde Lake is intriguing from page one and keep readers sucked in until the last page. This was the very first novel that I have read by Laura Lipman. I was happy that I had a chance to read this new title. A political crime thriller that has enough suspense to keep readers interested. The story fluctuates back and forth from the characters past to the present. I love a good story that goes after secrets and digs up the truth. Family is important especially to Lu. She takes care of her father and she knows there more to the story then what her older brother has told everyone. Yet everything he says is the truth…there’s just things he hasn’t said…they make Lu wonder about the past and it’s what, whos and whys.Wild Lake is nothing like what readers think it is, it’s much more then what the title says. Laura Lipman definitely knows how to captivate her audience and keep them reading all night long. I enjoyed reading this new thriller, and I recommend it to readers everywhere.

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