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Tess Monaghan has encountered almost every possible criminal motive throughout her career: greed, revenge, jealousy, rage. But there are crimes that defy all attempts at understanding, where a search for motive seems pointless.Melisandre Harris Dawes committed such a crime. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, she fled the country, leaving her two daughters with their fTess Monaghan has encountered almost every possible criminal motive throughout her career: greed, revenge, jealousy, rage. But there are crimes that defy all attempts at understanding, where a search for motive seems pointless.Melisandre Harris Dawes committed such a crime. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, she fled the country, leaving her two daughters with their father. Twelve years later, she’s back in Baltimore, and Tess is asked to provide security detail while Melisandre films a documentary about her attempts to reconcile with her now teenaged children.Tess, juggling work with caring for her demanding toddler, is uneasy about the case. Still, Melisandre’s lawyer is family. And there is something about the woman herself—confident, beautiful, shrewdly intelligent—that draws Tess in. Is she a master manipulator or someone who was driven to temporary madness? Cold and calculating, or a mother concerned for her daughters’ well being? Someone is leaving Melisandre enigmatic, threatening notes. Soon Tess, insecure about her parenting abilities and receiving cryptic messages of her own, isn’t sure whether she should be protecting Melisandre from harm—or protecting everyone else from Melisandre.When Melisandre becomes the prime suspect in a murder, Tess must uncover the truth. Doing so will mean confronting her deepest beliefs about what separates good parents from bad, madness from sanity, and what lengths even the most rational person will go to, to protect what they cherish most....

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Number of Pages : 303 Pages
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Hush Hush Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-10-23 17:38

    www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.com*I won this book in a GR Firstreads giveaway* I love to read a good mystery/thriller, but this one didn't hit the spot for me. Hush, Hush did sound like a book I was going to love. I didn't really like any of the characters. I liked Tess, her child, her partner and Kitty well enough but everyone else was just blah. Now, I know you don't have to like all of the people in the book but even some bad people are well written in a book. I still can't understand how Melisandre could have left her child in the car to die and then have the trial be called a mistrial. She wasn't found guilty? What part of.. she left her child in the car to die do you not understand. I mean, even if it's insanity... this woman just wandered off to another country and left her other daughters with her husband. The mistrial thing threw me for such a loop, it took me a bit to figure out what was going on. I thought they stuck her away in a mental institute, but she just goes off to another country. I mean.. I don't know. Melisandre comes back after so many years and wants to do some kind of documentary of her life and see her daughters.. Seriously, did I miss something. I know I was tired and fell asleep, but I feel like I fell down the rabbit hole in this book. I don't want to give out any spoilers, but some other weird stuff starts happening when she gets back to town. Someone gets killed, someone gets kicked in the nads, someone blames someone for their crappy life by gun point, and people confessing this that and the other. I really wanted to like it and there for a little bit I had it at three stars in my mind, but it just got away from me. All of this is just my little opinion, everyone needs to read a book for themselves and make up their mind whether they love it or not. I'm hoping plenty of people love it. As I have always said, I never not want to like a book, but it does happen.

  • Diane S ☔
    2018-11-12 00:56

    This is one book where I found Tess's personal life as fascinating as the case she is working on. Juggling work with her three year old daughter, often has Tess wondering if she is a good enough mother. A common thought which many working women and stay at homes moms can relate. Carla Scout, her and Crows daughter is a hoot. She is a formidable little person already and provided many comedic lines.The common theme in this one is mothers and daughters. The case Tess and Sandy are working on is that of a mom who many years previous had sat under a tree and let her young daughter bake in the car. Ruled not guilty by reason of insanity, Melisandra comes back to try to reclaim the two daughters in custody of their father. Her appearance sets off a firestorm, threats and secrets galore. Another very good and solid story by Lippman. She is one author that seems to only get better and better.ARC by publisher.

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2018-11-13 22:43

    Laura Lippman's books are an addiction to me simply because I like some of her books but others I have a problem with. But I just can't stay away until I've read the next one and the next one.This is an emotional read and an angst one. Because I am sure, like me, you will read the part where she leaves her child in the car on a very hot summers day and walks away leaving the child to die.I'm very concerned that the verdict was not a full guilty, however, its a lighter sentence which carries not real consequence. That bothered me, hence I knocked a star off.The writing is excellent as always, but I did struggle with some of the plots to be acceptable in today's age.I hate this 'temporary insanity pleas' when they don't have a past of mental health, boils my blood that does.When she gets involved in a documentary in the hope in becoming reunited with her other daughters who are with they're dad [and doing very nicely thank you"!] I again could have gladly wrung her neck, the selfish woman. She didn't deserve to be called a Mother.OK OK so this author has evoked emotion in me, so maybe job done, but I still don't swallow the entire plot.My thanks to Faber and Faber Ltd via Net Galley for my copy

  • Alafair Burke
    2018-11-12 22:39

    Laura Lippman's standalone novels are among the best books around, but I had forgotten how much I missed her (my/our) Tess Monaghan. This is Lippman at her very best. Don't miss it.

  • Heather
    2018-11-12 19:41

    I give this book 4 stars for the mystery and one star for the excruciatingly boring tedium of hearing how the main character is now a mother and how her child is being raised on foods that are GMO free, organic only, trans fat free (really?) and how the character is constantly stretched for time and worries that she's a horrible mother. Almost every waking thought she has is how she is a horrible mother. And it doesn't seem like Tess likes it very much. And why is her child always mentioned by both first and second name? This has ruined a good mystery series and I probably won't read another one in it and I have been a long time fan of this series. Reading about raising a child is not a huge interest of mine. So the four stars and the one star balance out to two.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-10-30 00:49

    I’m a fan of Laura Lippman’s crime novels and I was very pleased to see the return of Tess Monaghan in this story – one of my favourite literary heroines, I know I’m in for a good read when she’s involved and I was right.In this story, she is reluctantly drawn into the case of Melisandre Harris Dawes, a woman who allowed her daughter to suffocate in a hot car one day whilst she sat by and did nothing. Found to be criminally insane, she has been living away from her other two daughters. Now back, she is involved in a documentary film, but someone is watching and waiting and Tess finds herself stuck in the middle.The quality of writing is always of a high and addictive standard in Ms Lippman’s books – no change here then as you inexorably get dragged into the world of Melisandre – a woman who may not have been responsible for her actions then but due to her personality she’ll have you wondering. Some emotional and heart wrenching issues here, all enveloped in an intriguing mystery and giving a lot of food for thought. Personally I detested Melisandre and all that she stood for, but even so I could not make up my mind whether the death of her youngest daughter was deliberate. Some clever writing and a great psychological depth to the character will keep you going back and forth on that one…Then we have Tess – I especially enjoyed learning more about her personal life, a mother herself she has worries about her own ability to parent – this makes for some interesting insights and interactions as she struggles with Melisandre, to do her job without prejudice and to cope with all the daily stress that motherhood can bring. Beautifully drawn, she is engaging and a great anchor to the rest of the tale.Possibly the best part of this for me though was the family left behind and the way in which their story is told- Melisandre’s surviving daughters have, of course, been affected by it all. Their Father has re-married and his new wife was probably the character I sympathised with most. A baby of her own now, she longs to be there for her stepdaughters but they dismiss her attempts to love them. The sisters have an intelligently written, often confrontational relationship that will absolutely enthrall.Overall then a terrific character driven mystery story that will keep you turning those pages until the final revelations – the subject matter is horrific but handled with grace and authenticity whilst still being a fantastic crime fiction novel.Highly Recommended.Happy Reading Folks!

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2018-10-26 22:49

    Though Hush Hush is the 12th mystery to feature journalist turned private investigator Tess Monaghan it can easily be read as a stand alone given its encapsulated story line.In Hush Hush, Tess and her new partner, retired Baltimore P.D. homicide detective Sandy Sanchez, are hired to assess the security needs of Melisandre Harris Dawes, a woman who ten years previously had been charged with the wilful murder of her infant daughter. Having returned to Baltimore with an ambitious documentary maker in tow, Melisandre claims she wants to tell her side of the story and reunite with her estranged teenage daughters, Alanna and Ruby, but a series of sinister notes threaten both the project and the reunion.The past and the present are on a collision course in this tale of madness, betrayal and murder.Melisandre is manipulative and demanding and Tess suspects she is not being completely honest with her uncle, Melisandre's lawyer, Tyner Grey. Despite being found not guilty in the death of her child, due to postpartum psychosis, questions remain about Melisandre's past and the true motivation behind her current actions. Melisandre's surviving daughters, now teenagers, are conflicted about their mother's attempts to reach out to them, especially as their father is reluctant to allow contact, for both the obvious reasons and to keep his own secrets.Lippman extends the story beyond the crime exploring the effects of Melisandre's actions on both her family and the wider community. She also examines the experience of motherhood and the ways in which women can struggle with it.Events in Tess's personal life adds another layer of interest to the story. Tess is still adjusting to juggling motherhood with her career, and nurturing her relationship with Crow. She, like Melisandre, is also being taunted by a series of anonymous notes that grow increasingly threatening.Hush Hush is a solid story of suspense with interesting characters, and though there is very little action, the pace is brisk with events taking place over a period of about two weeks. It is an easy and enjoyable read.

  • Linda
    2018-11-11 01:50

    I received this book from Goodreads for an honest review. Thank you to Goodreads and to Laura Lippman.Let's just say when going into this novel, one has to know that you will be engaging in some topics that will raise your internal register. Anything that deals with the brutal reality of mothering children nowadays, for the competent and for the incompetent, touches us at the giving end or at the receiving end. The focus is on the character of the mother who stood by in a deep fog as her young daughter was left in a car to suffocate on a hot day. She is imprisoned for the heinous crime. Once released, she is now involved in a documentary which will include her two older daughters who presently live with the father. Will they reunite with their mother? Is there really a chance of redemption after all is lost? Was this a case of postpartum depression or was it something else?Lippman's sleuth, Tess Monaghan, is front and center. I do agree with others in regard to Lippman's presentation of Monaghan's role as a parent of a cantankerous three year old. I suppose Lippman's idea is for all of us to see ourselves in the parental role.....wired and exhausted. It was a bit overused at times.This was a good read, a bit predictable, but a good read. I'm looking forward to the next offering by Laura Lippman.

  • Deanna
    2018-10-19 21:32

    3.5 starsI found this book to be a fairly decent read. Some of the characters were quite unlikeable. Of course some were meant to be that way. A mother pleads temporary insanity and wins her case after her baby dies after being left in a car in the heat. After being released the mother, Melisandre abandons her other two children and flees to London. Years later she decides to make a documentary on the issue of temporary insanity pleas. She leaves London to start the documentary and hopes to reunite with her daughters. As well we learn more about Tess and her struggles with motherhood while she works for Melisandre and a recent homicide case. I don't want to give to much away so will leave it at that. I’m a fan of Laura Lippman’s crime novels. However, I usually like her stand-alone novels better than the Tess Monaghan series. Saying that I have still enjoyed quite a few of the books from the series as well. While this one wasn't my favorite it was still an enjoyable read.

  • Laurel-Rain
    2018-10-19 01:40

    Twelve years ago, a young mother named Melisandre Dawes locked her infant daughter in the car on a hot day. The baby's death led to charges, but after a mistrial and then a retrial with a judge, the mother was found not guilty by reason of insanity.After years of not seeing her older two daughters, Alanna and Ruby, now 17 and 15, Melisandre is seeking a reunion, facilitated by a filmed documentary that will capture the moment, along with her version of the story. Her story of the severe postpartum psychosis that led to the tragedy.Harmony Burns, a young film maker, has set the process in motion.Tess Monaghan has been hired by Melisandre's attorney, Tyner Gray, to be in charge of security before and during filming. But nowadays, Tess is juggling work and the rearing of her three-year-old daughter Carla Scout, whom she co-parents with her partner Crow. Her insecurities about how she is managing it all add depth to the story.But before the reunion can take place, the girls change their minds about the meeting, and suddenly other strange events happen, such as the arrival of a series of threatening notes. Both Tess and Melisandre are on the receiving end. The notes seem innocuous at first, but gradually reveal that someone is stalking them, someone who knows way too much about them.Suddenly everything changes, as one after another near-tragedy followed by a death lead to a whole other kind of investigation for Tess. Who is the stalker, and what is behind it all? Why are Alanna and Ruby seemingly keeping secrets from the past? Who has leaked the news of the notes to the press?Multiple narrators tell the story, set in Baltimore, and as we see it all unfold, we learn more about the characters and their motives. Melisandre is an unlikable, entitled woman whose wealth and privilege set her apart from most people in her orbit. She hires and fires willy-nilly, and expects others to jump to her every command.Alanna is a disturbed young woman showing the effects of life's traumas, and the secrets she keeps are dangerous ones.Ruby is an eavesdropper who learns much of what is going on in this manner. What she does with some of her secrets brings the story to a crucial point.Stephen Dawes, the ex-husband, has a new wife, Felicia, and a new baby, Joey. He is very controlling and secretive as well.And almost behind the scenes in "Hush Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel," Aunt Kitty adds her own special voice.As the story moves along at a comfortable pace, the suspense ratchets up unexpectedly, followed by a seamless, yet stunning reveal. And then comes a feel-good scenario that left me smiling. 5.0 stars.

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2018-10-16 19:27

    Did she or didn't she?Melisandre was found not guilty, but was the charge of insanity the correct charge? How could anyone not be guilty of forgetting her child in a hot car?After the trial, Melisandre left the country and lost custody of her other two children.Melisandre returned years later, but when another murder occurred and she was present, she wasn't going to be going anywhere.​The characters in HUSH, HUSH were an interesting mix and most were not likable. Melisandre was evil and manipulative, and her ex-husband wasn't a nice person. The girls, Alanna and Ruby, were ok. They were confused and were the way they were because of their crazy mother and their sneaky father.HUSH, HUSH was set up in an interesting way. The book started​ out with an interview and had several throughout the book with people who knew Melisandre because Melisandre wanted to make a documentary about when she met her estranged daughters. I didn't understand what the documentary was going to prove or the purpose of it. HUSH, HUSH then went back and forth between Melisandre and Tess's life and actually all over the place.​HUSH, HUSH was difficult for me to follow. Not sure if it was the way it was set up or just the storyline. I also couldn't keep the characters straight. It did get a bit better toward the end but was still confusing even though the ending pages wrapped it all up.​I was disappointed because I always enjoy Ms. Lippman's books. 3/5​This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • Meredith
    2018-11-03 00:48

    Hush Hush is a mystery that you won’t be able to put down! The story focuses on PI Tess Monaghan who has been contracted to work for Melisandre Dawes, a former lawyer from an affluent background, who was declared legally insane for leaving her baby, Isadora, to die in a hot car 10 years ago in Baltimore. Having fled to South Africa and London after she was released from the mental institution, Melisandre has returned to Baltimore with the intention of making a documentary about the events that led to her baby’s death, but she really has come back to reunite with two daughters she left behind. Whether or not Melisandre was insane at the time of Isadora’s question is one of the driving forces of this mystery. Hush Hush is the first Tess Monaghan/Laura Lippman book that I have read, and I found it to be an engaging mystery. I didn’t feel lost at all when it came to Tess’s character, enough information is provided for the reader about Tess’s past. I will now be catching up on Lippman’s earlier novels. I was fortunate to receive this book from Goodreads as a giveaway.

  • Nik Korpon
    2018-11-11 01:42

    It's been a while since I read a Lippman novel, and twenty pages into HUSH HUSH, I found myself saying, "Why the hell did you wait so long?" It's nice to see the how Tess has matured in the years since I last read her, and a little scary to see my own kids reflected in Carla Scout. The way Lippman balances crime, family dynamics, old vendettas, an affinity for Baltimore (my hometown as well), and social commentary is something I aspire to. The downside of this book is that my TBR pile is huge already, and HUSH HUSH led me to stack five more Tess Monaghan novels on it.

  • Joy
    2018-11-06 22:48

    I enjoyed this book very much. Tess Monaghan is a great character. I'm anxious to read more books in this series.

  • Barbara
    2018-10-27 21:27

    I like Tess and her life in Baltimore. I didn't like the main characters and wanted more from the characters that we usually see more of - Aunt Kitty and Crow.

  • Monica
    2018-11-04 18:48

    While it is nice to have another chance to spend time with Tess and her gang, I did not find this to be one of the stronger books in the series. Tess is still struggling with the logistics and the emotional cost of motherhood, but her life is mostly going well.Tyner hires Tess on to work for Melisandre Dawes, a beautiful wealthy diva who was found not guilty of murder when she left her infant daughter to die in a parked car a decade ago. Tyner is jumping to follow her wishes, protective, almost subservient. Melisandre is having a documentary made ostensibly as part of an effort to regain contact with her two teenage daughters whom she hasn't seen since ceding custody to their father after the death of their infant sister. So Tyner is acting like an idiot, Melisandre is a demanding bitch and the two teenagers are, well, teenagers and fairly understandably conflicted. Father has remarried, new baby brother, younger wife resented by daughters. Yawn. There is a minor plot line about somebody leaving increasingly menacing notes for Tess - on her car, at her house - that mirrors the notes being left for Melisandre, but it is still mostly a distraction.I did not find the book as interesting or engaging as earlier books in the series, but it was a decent read.

  • Donna
    2018-10-20 21:56

    Goodreads Giveaway.I've been away from Lippman's Tess Monaghan series for quite awhile and lots of changes have taken place in Tess's life, still I could jump right in and enjoy the sites and sounds of Baltimore as I got reacquainted with Tess.As many have said this book is really about parents and children, mostly mothers and daughters, with a heartbreaking crime/accident as the focal point. Layer upon layer of secrets and misunderstandings are revealed and examined as Lippman works to a conclusion, not a happy ever after one but a satisfying one.And yes, Carla Scout is a hoot.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-17 19:56

    I immensely enjoy Hush, Hush by Laura Lippman and if I had actually bothered to look I would have known I was jumping into the 12th Tess Monaghan book. On the upside I have a new to me series to begin and I will now go back and begin with book one, Baltimore Blues, so I can see the character of Tess Monaghan unfold as Lippman intended.

  • Michael
    2018-11-05 17:39

    In the day of social media, it's hard to a book by one of my favorite authors to slip under my radar. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I wandered into my local library one day to find that not only had Laura Lippman published a new book but that it was reading and waiting for me on the new books shelf. And not only that but it was a chance to check in again with journalist turned private eye Tess Monaghan.Years ago, Melisandre Harris Dawes left her daughter unattended in her car on a hot August afternoon. The child died but Melisandre was able to avoid jail time by pleading temporary insanity. After traveling the globe for years to get away from the stigma, Melisandre has returned home to Baltimore to tell her side of the story in a new, self-funded documentary. And she hopes to reconnect with the two daughters she left behind as part of the divorce agreement with her husband.Tess's uncle Tyner Grey has a past with Melisandre -- they dated before he settled down with Tess's Aunt Kitty. He's also her lawyer and he brings Tess and her new partner in to provide security and investigative services for Melisandre. As Tess juggles her life as a p.i. with motherhood to her three-year-old daughter Carla Scout, the case quickly becomes more than just a nice paycheck for Tess. Melisandre is demanding, manipulative and difficult to work for and it appears she has a different agenda than just restoring her name to the Baltimore community and world.Lippman deftly balances the questions about what happened that fateful day with a new mystery that slowly emerges in the present, all while giving us glimpses into Tess' life with Carla Scout and Crow. Tess's questions about how motherhood and how she may or may not compare to Melisandre are woven into the threads of the story with Lippman offerings sly commentary on just how far parents will go to protect their children -- and how sometimes children can get caught in the crossfire of adults and their disagreements. As with many of her recent stories, Lippman isn't just interested in solving the crimes that happen in her novel (though she does do that) but also looking at the impact these crimes have on the community and the people involved. One interesting thread is how these crimes have impacted the daughters that Melisandre left behind as well as looking at two new mothers who come into her orbit (Tess and the wife of Melisandre's ex-husband).It all adds up to yet another satisfying novel by Lippman. As I've said many times before, Lippman is an author whose books may be classified as mysteries but those books have the good habit of transcending genre lines. You don't necessarily have to have read all of Tess's exploits up until now to enjoy this one. If you're looking to see why a lot of people rave about Lippman, you can't go wrong with this one.

  • Patty
    2018-11-07 23:40

    Hush HushByLaura LippmannKey characters...Tess and Crow and their daughter...Carla Scout...are the main and most complicated characters in this book. And then there is Melisandre...oh my...and Harmony...the reality documentary film maker. Settings...This author just loves Baltimore and other than a quick train trip to NYC...this book takes place in Baltimore.Simply put...what's going down... Sandy...retired policeman and Tess...are investigators. In this book they are hired to try to work with a woman...a wealthy woman...Melisandre...who years ago was accused of leaving her infant daughter in a hot car to die. There was no trial...she was found to be mentally ill...and she has been away from her older daughters for years and years. She now wants a relationship with them so she buzzes back into town and tries to see them. Her ex husband stands in her way. Melisandre has hopes that this documentary that Harmony is making will help her to see her daughters but nothing really goes well. Melisandre is weirdly controlling...someone else dies...and Melisandre and her daughters are caught up in this terrible drama...as is Tess and her partner Sandy.What I thought about this book...I loved this book and I will now tell you why. Tess is such a unique character. She questions her role as a mother. She questions her role with Crow...they aren't married and their lives are complicated. It doesn't help that Tess thinks Carla Scout prefers being with Crow. I loved Crow's food rules for Carla Scout...everything that goes into her body has to be clean, local, artisanal...thus the tantrum when Carla Scout wants Pringles. Tess's life is complicated. It's both fascinating and stressful to watch. Her stress, her ethics, her reactions are all unique and interesting. There is nothing contrived about Tess. Her life and work in Baltimore felt real and I loved that aspect of this book.Why you might want to read it, too...This book is a great mystery with fascinating subtle complexities...I had no idea how it would end and I was quite surprised. What I loved and what I think others will love about this book is its pace. The pace was more of a leisurely stroll through a really great mystery rather than a turbo charged thriller. There weren't pages that I didn't want to read. I loved it all. Complicated characters, interesting situations and great writing made me truly love this book.

  • Kelly Hager
    2018-10-17 20:34

    I've loved Laura Lippman's novels for years, and while I absolutely adore her standalones, I have a major soft spot for her Tess Monaghan novels. But Tess has been largely absent for years (completely out of most of the books, although she's had a few cameos). Now, though, she's finally back.It would have been easy to expect her to be gone for good. Now she and Crow have a young daughter, Carla Scout. So how can Tess do her PI work with a three-year-old around? Oh, ye of little faith.The woman at the center of this novel is Melisandre Dawes, who was found not guilty (by reason of insanity) of killing her baby daughter years ago. She left the child to die in a hot car (on purpose) and fled the city (and state and country) as soon as she could. But now she's back and she wants to have a relationship with her two older girls, who are now in their teens. There's a lot more going on, of course, but that would be spoiling things.Tess Monaghan is one of my favorite characters, someone who is clearly the literary descendent of my beloved VI Warshawski. Like Vic, Tess fights for the underdog and is much braver than anyone could reasonably expect to be. And like Vic, the city she lives in plays a major part in the book. But while VI lives in Chicago, Tess lives in Baltimore. (And in this book, I was happy to see that I knew where every place mentioned was. Love this city!)If you've already read Laura Lippman's books, I don't need to sell you on them. If you haven't, this is an excellent one to start with.Highly recommended.

  • Jessica
    2018-10-26 19:32

    While I think I slightly prefer Lippman's recent standalones to this series, Tess's transition into motherhood and how it impacts her thinking in this case resonated powerfully for me. I love seeing Sandy return from After I'm Gone to be just the sort of grounded, steady foil Tess needs in her newly-harried existence and I'm eager to see where Lippman takes that relationship.While Lippman stands a good chance at capturing fans of Gillian Flynn and Sophie Hannah through her exploration of the not-at-all-reliably narrating Melisandre Harris Dawes, it's a fundamentally different take that I find very interesting. While Flynn puts her characters' damage front and center and Hannah excels at the woman caught in a gaslighting self-doubt, Lippman pulls her lens back to capture the ripple effect a damaged person sends out into her environment. It's much less about the fact of Melisandre's crime and much more about aftermath - why she's returned, what she wants, and what happens as expectations clash against reality. You'll start out thinking this will read like a horror show, but in these capable hands, the story becomes much more.

  • Chloe
    2018-11-13 17:47

    **I won this book through a giveaway here on Goodreads. Thanks for the chance to win, Goodreads!**This book has all the markings of a fabulous read. Mystery, suspense, twists, the lot. Years ago, Melisandre left her baby daughter to die alone in a hot car, while she sat nearby and did nothing. She was found not guilty/criminally insane, although there was much debate about that. She lost custody of her other two daughters and moved abroad.Now, she's back and wants to connect with her now teenage daughters. In another twist to the story, she is making a documentary of her ordeal - to make "her story" known, and wants the reunion to feature in it. This sets the past and present on a collision course with drastic results. Some of the story is written as transcript for the said documentary. This was an interesting - and enjoyable - addition.Enter Tess Monaghan, the journalist turned private detective. {Apparently Tess Monaghan has more stories, but this is the first I've read. This one reads well as a stand alone, thankfully not needing any background to enjoy her character}. She is employed to assess the security needs of Melisandre as, understandably, the community is wary of her return. Tess herself has a young daughter and shares the same wariness. All in all, a great read and I will look out for more books from this author for sure!

  • Jessica Woodbury
    2018-11-05 18:37

    I wasn't expecting a new Tess Monaghan novel from Lippman, whose non-Tess books have been my favorites of hers. But I can't deny that this book was perfect company for a day I spent sick in bed. Many of Lippman's recent novels have delved into motherhood and the difficulties and ambivalence it presents. There's more potential in this book than is fully realized, but I respect what Lippman's trying to do. Tess is in a new and different place and I wish the book had more of her. The mysterious center of the novel is Melisandre Dawes, a wealthy woman who killed her infant daughter and was found not guilty due to insanity over a decade earlier who has suddenly returned to Baltimore. The story of Melisandre has a lot of potential but doesn't quite work, there's a lot of threads and not quite enough meat in the characters. Still, there's a lot of secrets, a twisty plot, and plenty of possibilities that make it not at all predictable. One of the better Tess Monaghan novels, I think, but I admit I'm partial to Lippman's heavier novels like LIFE SENTENCES and last year's excellent AFTER I'M GONE.

  • Jessi
    2018-10-24 22:35

    I'm not a fan of crime novels involving police/detectives/P.I.'s, I grabbed this after reading the front half of the description on the flap, thinking it was more murder mystery. Had I continued to the back flap I would have seen the homicide detective etc characters and wouldn't have. ANYWAY, I was not into this book, it felt really flat, unexciting. An important person in the story dies, and I didn't even care, or was surprised, or anything. Never a good sign when that happens. In retrospect, this novel didn't really have much cop talk per se, so it seems weird to classify as a crime novel based on the characters jobs alone, it really was a murder mystery novel, just not a good one. I did like Lippmans writing style though, and have another one of her books on deck, it just won't be a 'Tess Monaghan' one.

  • Jeanette
    2018-11-15 23:56

    Groan, groan, groan. Being a Laura Lippman fan, I am super underwhelmed here. The best aspect was the interview form of the very first section. For me, the entire rest of the tedium was a down hill slide. It was a Mommy Blog meets social "awareness" amongst some uninteresting and off-putting characters. Don't like this form of Tess, nor her food Nazi Crow, or any of the politico slant context assumptions either. But the most miserable departure is that she no longer high-lights Baltimore in the same way. Another core detail SO missed. These Tess are no longer for me. I would have given it one star except for the strong first 4 or 5 page interview INTRO. That's a great format and sure beats all the "he said, she said" that goes into most mystery genre narrations.

  • Han Le flueff
    2018-11-12 18:35

    3 and a half stars. I received my copy of Hush Hush for free as a FirstReads winner.The character of Tess Monaghan seemed vaguely familiar, so I think I may have read one of the previous books in this series, however this was easy to follow as a stand alone novel.Tess is working as a private investigator and is hired through her Uncle Tyner, to work for Melisandre Harris Dawes, a woman who was given the insanity ruling after killing her baby twelve years ago. She is back in town filming a documentary about her case, and to attempt to reunite with her remaining two daughters, whom she left with her ex-husband all those years ago.Things get interesting when another death occurs and Tess is tasked with questioning everyone connected.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-19 22:31

    I rarely can sit for four hours straight reading - but, when it comes to Laura Lippman's detective/mystery novels, no problema - she sucks me in and I can't put them down - ever. This one is Lippman in top form and returning to her Tess Monaghan series - love being back in the mind and life of Tess. I missed Crow and her aunt and the other regulars. What I appreciate most about her characters is her ability to get inside every single one convincingly - the good, the bad, the ugly, the psychotic. Great plotting/timing and since I'm far from Baltimore - a cheap trip back to my old childhood stomping grounds. So happy to have my Lippman-novel addiction fed once, again.

  • Sandy Lenahan
    2018-11-01 19:37

    I thought I knew who the killer was before page 150 and was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. That twist is what gave Hush, Hush its 4th star.Lippman is a good storyteller but her insistance in making our hometown a character in this series drives me crazy. Sometimes I feel like I'm reading a Trip Advisor review instead of a novel. Maybe it's because I grew up there, maybe it's because I'm a cranky old lady but it makes me nuts. I digress. ... the story is solid, I'm really liking Kitty and Sandy's back stories being explored but I miss Whitney.

  • Lesley
    2018-10-17 19:30

    I can't decide if I like this authors stand alone books or this tess Monahan series better. regardless this was a good descent tess story. always willing to read more from this author.