Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Girl In The Green Raincoat: Review and Free Book
by Laura Lippman
HarperCollins/William Morrow Publishers
Copyright 2008, 158 pages, ISBN 9780061938368
Quote from Book: "One man, three wives. Two dead, one missing."
My Plot Summary in 100 Words or Less: There's more to the missing girl in the green raincoat than private investigator Tess Monaghan ever imagined. She's watched the girl walking in the park every day with her dog. Then one day she spots the dog running through the park alone. What happened? The problem is that Tess can only watch the action from her bed. She's confined there in the final months of her pregnancy. Friends can help her do the legwork. And Tess has a strategic mind to unravel clues. But not everyone wants secrets revealed and Tess may find her pregnancy is more final than she intended.
My Reaction: Once you're in Lippman's grip there's no letting go until the climactic end. Lippman puts a new spin on Hitchcock's Rear Window and makes it her own. Told with style and plot twists even Hitchcock would find impressive.
Lippman knows how to write believable characters that readers connect with. And she can also send a chill up your spine when there's danger. I felt a roller coaster of emotions at the end.
After I finished the novel I couldn't stop thinking about the story. I finished on Tuesday and it's still lingering in my mind. There are messages to take away from the book and to learn from. One is about family and relationships. The most important message is one that I can't discuss for fear of spoiling the ending. My advice is to grab a copy of your own and see where the green raincoat takes you.
Win A Free Copy: Thanks to the slowness of media mail coming to Hawaii, I have two copies of The Girl in the Green Raincoat from the publisher. One is going to a lucky reader. Maybe you? The other stays in my private library. I'm not letting this one out of my sight.
Limit Two Entries Per Person: Comment on this post and you're automatically entered. For an additional entry share this review on Facebook or Twitter. Leave a second comment that you've done so.
Contest is open to everyone. I'll even mail the book outside the United States. Winner to be announced on Sunday, February 6. A random number generator will select the winner.
TLC website for a list of blogs hosting this tour. An added Mahalo to Megan from HarperCollins for sending me the review copy.
For more information on award winning author Laura Lippman, visit her website and Facebook fan page.