Hush Hush

Hush Hush

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The award-winning New York Times bestselling author of After I'm Gone, The Most Dangerous Thing, I'd Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know brings back private detective Tess Monaghan, introduced in the classic Baltimore Blues, in an absorbing mystery that plunges the new parent into a disturbing case involving murder and a manipulative mother

"I'm every woman's worst nightmare. . . . Because whenever a woman kills her child every other mother--at least every one who's honest with herself--has a flash of sympathy. Not empathy. They don't want to have done it, cannot imagine doing it. But they know."

On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: she left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Freed, she left the country, her husband, and her two surviving children, determined to start over.

But now Melisandre has returned to Baltimore to meet with her estranged teenage daughters and film the reunion for a documentary. The problem is, she relinquished custody and her ex isn't sure he approves.

Now that she's a mother herself--short on time and patience--Tess Monaghan wants nothing to do with a woman crazy enough to have killed her own child. But her mentor and close friend Tyner Gray, Melisandre's lawyer, has asked Tess and her new partner, retired Baltimore PD homicide detective Sandy Sanchez, to assess Melisandre's security needs.

Tess has always felt that her curiosity about others is her greatest strength. Yet the imperious Melisandre is someone she cannot begin to understand, much less empathize with. A decade ago, a judge ruled that Melisandre was beyond rational thought. But was she? Tess tries to keep her distance from her mercurial yet confident client. This strategy gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder.

And as her doubts about Melisandre grow, Tess realizes that she's under scrutiny as well, followed by a judgmental stalker with an ax to grind . . .

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062083425
Branch Call Number: LIP
Characteristics: 303 pages.


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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.

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.

Aug 07, 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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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