Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hush, Hush by Laura Lippman, and yes, children do change everything

What They Say.....Children change everything. 

Now the mother of a toddler, Tess Monagahan is short on time, patience, and 

energy. But with orthodontia and college tuition looming, she takes on a case 

outside of her comfort zone with her new partner, retired Baltimore P.D. 

homicide detective Sandy Sanchez. They’ve been hired to assess the security 

needs of a very rich, very beautiful, and very imperious woman named 

Melisandre, who has returned to Baltimore to reunite with her estranged 

daughters—and wants to capture the reunion on film for posterity.

It’s a gutsy and controversial move by a woman who relinquished her custody 

rights a decade ago. Especially when her youngest daughter died in her care—in 

what was determined to be an episode of post-partum psychosis. Or was it? 

Tess tries to ignore the discomfort she feels around Melisandre. But it’s difficult, 

especially after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder—and Tess 

realizes she has her own, very judgmental stalker. 

What I Say....I've always loved the Tess Monagahan books, but I think
must have missed one, because the last I remember Tess was on bedrest and now her daughter, Carla Scout is 3 years old.

But the best parts of the book weren't about Tess this time.

Melisandre was a mom who left her infant daughter in a hot car to die while in the throes of postpartum depression - or was it?

She has been living abroad for the last 10 years, and now has returned to participate in a documentary on the verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

I won't go into all the details of the book -but I did find the story to be really 
intriguing, trying to figure out exactly what had happened with the baby, who 
was leaving the anonymous notes, what happened to the ex-husband.

The ending left me a little disappointed, the author of the notes to Tess didn't
make a lot of sense.  I never really felt like I had a real answer to whether 
Melisandre had postpartum depression or not, so I walked away a little 

Current Goodreads Rating 3.97

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