Wilde Lake

Wilde Lake Review

The bestselling author of the acclaimed standalones 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.

Title:Wilde Lake
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Linda

    Bottom Line: Some things are just inescapable. Like the glaze of childhood upon our bones. Fraught, sometimes difficult times that revisit us. Plummeting deeper into the waters of wavering denial.Luis...

  • Snotchocheez

    Of the three stand-alone novels I've read (i.e. those unrelated to the Tess Monaghan series) of Laura Lippman's prolific career, Wilde Lake is probably my favorite. As I mentioned in reviews of her ...

  • Tooter

    The last (and only) Laura Lippman book I've read previous to Wilde Lake was The Girl in the Green Raincoat in 2013. I had to look up the summary of the book to remember what the book was about and why...

  • Aditi

    “The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” ----Anaïs NinLaura Lippman, an American bestselling author, pens an intriguing thrille...

  • Kaora

    This book contains one of the most unlikeable protagonists that I have ever met.Luisa "Lu" Brant is the first female states attorney of Howard County. As her first murder case comes up - a woman beate...

  • Brenda

    3.5★sLuisa Brant’s mother died a week after Lu was born – her brother AJ was eight so was lucky to have had his mother for those first years of his life. Lu and AJ’s father was a highly respec...

  • Liz Barnsley

    Laura Lippman has been described as one of the best crime novelists writing today – and I have to say from a purely readers point of view that I would absolutely agree with that.Wilde Lake is perhap...

  • Roger Brunyate

    DiffuseForget the dark-and-stormy-night implications of the garish cover. Far from wild, Wilde Lake is the man-made centerpiece of a manicured subdivision in a new town arising out of the idealism of ...

  • joyce g

    Written well, just not what I was hoping for....

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    Wilde Lake not only was an engrossing book it also gave me a new favorite author that I really need to read more books by. Why haven't I read anything by Laura Lippman before? Wilde Lake jumps between...