A woman watches her marriage implode over text message and decides that ignorance is not bliss in this bitterly satisfying short mystery by the New York Times bestselling author of Lady in the Lake.
Liz Kelsey promised herself she’d never again spy on her feckless husband, Phil. But then she discovers a string of suggestive texts on his secret burner phone. Even worse, he’s flirting with the woman who shook their unstable marriage once before. But knowledge is power. What’s more dangerous—what Liz knows or what Phil doesn’t know?
Point of view:
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This is my first experience with Laura Lippman and I’m definitely going to be adding more of her work to my TBR. This was a fantastic mystery with a splash of thriller. Liz seems so helpless to stop her husband from destroying their marriage with his emotional infidelity. Mostly Liz’s 3rd person POV, but with text exchanges between Phil & the slightly mysterious “HW”. Sometimes texting doesn’t translate well in audiobook form, but it worked great here. Though not at all what I was expecting, the ending was perfect.
I grabbed this because Amy McFadden. As always, she does a great job with a variety of voices and emotional inflections.
About the author:
Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working full-time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001.
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About the narrator:
From Amy McFadden’s website: Hi! This part is all about me. Just me. It feels weird to write a bunch of stuff about myself but I don’t like pictures of me so I’ll have to use words instead.
I live in Michigan with my fiancé, Joe Anderson. He makes me laugh so much I never have to do situps. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t do situps anyway, but hey, it’s still a nice bonus to our love.
I’m an actress now, and I used to be a 2nd grade teacher. I loved that part of my life, but after doing it for a bunch of years, I was ready to move on to the next version of me. They’re not really very different versions-teachers and actresses both reach out and engage people through stories. I’m NOT a morning person, but waking up to tell stories makes mornings better-than-tolerable.
I love books and the Muppets and smart people and kind people (not necessarily in that order) and sleeping and chocolate and coffee and writers and learning and Oreo cookies and a bunch of other stuff-but I’m starting to make myself gag on all this love.
I hate a bunch of stuff, too, but who cares about that junk? It’s probably the same stuff you hate, so I won’t bore you. Except I REALLY hate listening to people eat bananas.
You can connect with Amy McFadden here:
My Favorite Quotes
She has been spying on Phil for so long, it’s hard to remember what she does know, what she might know, and what she can’t know. – Slow Burner by @LauraMLippman #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #Suspense #Thriller #AmazonOriginal #ShortStoryTweet
They say eavesdroppers hear no good of themselves, but that’s the point of eavesdropping. – Slow Burner by @LauraMLippman #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #Suspense #Thriller #AmazonOriginal #ShortStoryTweet