And When She Was Good

And When She Was Good

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Perennial New York Times and national bestselling author and acclaimed, multiple prizewinner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.

Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee.

For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide. As forty looms and her son enters adolescence, Heloise is facing a mid-life crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know. With no formal education, no real family or friends, Heloise has to remake her life - again. Disappearing will be the easy part. The trick is living long enough to start a new life.

Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, p2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062204844
Characteristics: 9 compact discs (ca. 9.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Emond, Linda

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Oct 28, 2012

Great un-put-downable thriller. The heroine is plucky, admirable and likeable, despite her many early poor choices, and her phenomenal bad luck in all, even familial, relationships. Every woman should sometimes contemplate, "There but for the grace of God....".A great and even believable plot. Extraordinarily well read. I shall pursue both the reader and the author.

Cdnbookworm Oct 09, 2012

The narrator of this novel is Heloise, nee Helen, a woman who has built a life for herself and her son, a life that is now in jeopardy. Heloise is a high-class madam, running a service near Washington, D.C. with some very well-placed men as clients. Heloise has a silent partner, a man who one controlled her life completely, a man who is now in prison serving a life-sentence. A man who is dangerous to cross. And Heloise has crossed him, but he doesn't realize it yet. With little formal education, Heloise isn't sure she can create a new life for herself that will keep her at the standards she has become accustomed to, if she manages to live at all. With suspense, good pacing, and an interesting story, this novel kept me interested right until the end.
A very entertaining novel.

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