Lady in the Lake - Laura Lippman

Lady in the Lake

By Laura Lippman

  • Release Date: 2019-07-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 399 Ratings



A New York Times Bestseller

The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman. 

In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know—everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life.
Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl—assistance that leads to a job at the city’s afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: Cleo Sherwood, a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake.
If Cleo were white, every reporter in Baltimore would be clamoring to tell her story. Instead, her mysterious death receives only cursory mention in the daily newspapers, and no one cares when Maddie starts poking around in a young Black woman's life—except for Cleo's ghost, who is determined to keep her secrets and her dignity. Cleo scolds the ambitious Maddie: You're interested in my death, not my life. They're not the same thing.
Maddie’s investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life—a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people—including Ferdie, the man who shares her bed, a police officer who is risking far more than Maddie can understand.


  • Boring

    By AliceW1029374756
    I barely finished this book. I was looking for a good mystery book and that was not it, there is little mystery and the main idea of the book is that a woman is entitled somehow to good life while ruining everyone’s life around her. The feminist ideas were hard to get behind and the race issues were handled from the point of view of a white person with little knowledge of the subject, it seems. I am troubled with so many female authors praising the idea of mothers leaving their kids behind to peruse their personal life with little consideration for the childhood trauma that creates. It looks like the crime stories were thrown in just as a secondary plot.
  • Dissapointing

    By Mhazen
    Really hard to read and keep up with. Maybe it was just me. But every chapter seemed like it was a different characters point of view with some random dead lady of the lake rambling at the main characters. Plot was non existent and character believability was difficult. Felt like the end was just thrown together. Very disappointed.