Hush Hush

Hush Hush

Paperback - 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman plunges Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan into a twisted and disturbing case.

Tess Monaghan has encountered almost every possible criminal motive throughout her career: greed, revenge, jealousy, rage. But there are crimes that defy all attempts at understanding, where a search for motive seems pointless.

Melisandre Harris Dawes committed such a crime. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, she fled the country, leaving her two daughters with their father. Twelve years later, she's back in Baltimore, and Tess is asked to provide security detail while Melisandre films a documentary about her attempts to reconcile with her now teenaged children.

Tess, juggling work with caring for her demanding toddler, is uneasy about the case. Still, Melisandre's lawyer is family. And there is something about the woman herself--confident, beautiful, shrewdly intelligent--that draws Tess in. Is she a master manipulator or someone who was driven to temporary madness? Cold and calculating, or a mother concerned for her daughters' well being? Someone is leaving Melisandre enigmatic, threatening notes. Soon Tess, insecure about her parenting abilities and receiving cryptic messages of her own, isn't sure whether she should be protecting Melisandre from harm--or protecting everyone else from Melisandre.

When Melisandre becomes the prime suspect in a murder, Tess must uncover the truth. Doing so will mean confronting her deepest beliefs about what separates good parents from bad, madness from sanity, and what lengths even the most rational person will go to, to protect what they cherish most.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2015
ISBN: 9780062083432
0062083430
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK
Characteristics: 303 pages, [17 pages] ; 21 cm

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Jun 02, 2017

This is a book for a mother with a toddler who can relate to those trials and tribulations. For the rest of us, it is the most boring, drawn out, self indulgent book I have listened to in a long time. I skipped many chapters and could still follow the "murder mystery". I don't know why I stuck through the whole thing.

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rahmmie
Sep 30, 2015

Lippman has a very special style and it really comes through in this book. I enjoyed it but I am not sure if people who are not familiar with this author would like it without having read her previous books.

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rahmmie
Aug 10, 2015

Lippman has a very special style and it really comes through in this book. I enjoyed it but I am not sure if people who are not familiar with this author would like it without having read her previous books.

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athena14
Aug 07, 2015

Way too much of Tess Monaghan's personal life. Her 3 year old isn't that interesting.

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brangwinn
May 25, 2015

Another thriller from Lippman, Tess Monaghan, now a mother in a committed relationship, still manages to find time for unusual detective work. In her 12th mystery she gets caught up in a convoluted story about a mother who has served time for murdering her baby and now wants a relationship with her older girls. If this is the first Tess Monaghan novel you’ve read, go back and try some of the previous ones, you’ll have a better idea of why so many of us enjoy this series.

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csut2
Mar 28, 2015

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karcoldelharvic5 Mar 25, 2015

always a great read.
Love Tess and Carla Scout is a hoot

traceyoh2 Mar 20, 2015

Not Lippman's best. Partway through, I had to check the cover to be sure I was reading the right author. Less a mystery/thriller and more a family drama. Lippman is apparently a new parent, and it shows way too much in this book. I hope she can return to form in her next book.

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Roundcat
Mar 19, 2015

Tess Monaghan is back, and Tyner Gray asks her and her partner, Sandy Sanchez, to act as consultants for an old girl friend of his, Melisandre Harris Dawes. The character depth in this book is amazing. It is not clear, anymore than it is in life, what motives Melisandre, her daughters, and ex-husband have for their actions. Although we see parts of the action from the viewpoint of various participants, we are not certain who has done what and to whom--and that includes some notes that Tess herself receives. Are they involved in Melisandre's drama or are they a separate thread? I was riveted to the last page.

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stephaniedchase
Dec 05, 2014

While HUSH HUSH features an interesting mystery and heartbreaking incident at the heart of the story (what is the actual reason Melisandre Dawes, cleared of killing her youngest child due to postpartum psychosis, back in Baltimore after a decade away?), the real story of the novel is the home life of private investigator and long-time series lead Tess Monaghan.

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