It’s another blog tour day! I’m so excited to share Laura Lippman’s latest Tess Monaghan novel Hush Hush with you!Hush Hush by Laura Lippman
Series: Tess Monaghan #12
Published by HarperCollins on February 24th 2015
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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 Baltimore to meet with her estranged teenage daughters and wants to film the reunion for a documentary. The problem is, she relinquished custody and her ex, now remarried, isn’t sure he approves.
Now that’s she’s a mother herself—short on time, 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 P.D. homicide detective Sandy Sanchez, to assess Melisandre’s security needs.
As a former reporter and private investigator, Tess tries to understand why other people break the rules and the law. Yet the imperious Melisandre is something far different from anyone she’s encountered. A decade ago, a judge ruled that Melisandre was beyond rational thought. But was she? Tess tries to ignore the discomfort she feels around the confident, manipulative Melisandre. But that gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder.
Yet as her suspicions deepen, Tess realizes that just as she’s been scrutinizing Melisandre, a judgmental stalker has been watching her every move as well. . . .
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
So, I went from book #1 to #12 in, like, no time flat. (Skipping #2 through #11 helps! Heh.)
Tess has a co-habitator! And a kid! o.O And she’s still doing PI work, which means the “fluke” job from #1 worked out. Anyway.
In Hush Hush, a mother returns to Baltimore a decade after she left everything behind, looking to rebuild a relationship with her two teenage daughters. Melisandre’s past catches up quickly though, and before you know it Tess is pulled in to find out who’d want to cause Melisandre harm.
Part of the story is told via interview transcripts from the documentary Melisandre hires a film-maker to record and produce, the first of which confused me because Hush Hush opened with it and I wasn’t sure how it fit. But, all together, they painted a picture of what happened, as told by those who were there and had something to lose. But the best part of Hush Hush is the wondering, every time something happens in the current day – from notes left on Tess’ vehicle to little accidents that happen around Melisandre – who did it?
The story itself is pretty loosely set around Melisandre – her past, and her current quest to reunite with her daughters. Revolving around her are two teenage girls who waver between wanting to get to know her and not, an ex-husband who resents her reappearance in Baltimore, and an ex-significant other whose current spouse isn’t too happy with the time he’s spending helping Melisandre out. In other words, Hush Hush is high on the drama scale – and I have absolutely no complaints. My attention was caught, and held captive, until the final page.
Based on the first and the twelfth, I now have to grab the ten books I skipped to find out how Tess went from there to here…
Note: I couldn’t disassociate Melisandre’s name from the Red Priestess, which might have caused my less-than-sympathetic view of the woman (fans of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series – a.k.a. HBO’s Game of Thrones – will know of whom I speak). Or maybe that’s just from Lippman’s writing skillz.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Hush Hush? What did you think? And if you haven’t, read on to win your own copy!
Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours, I have one copy of Hush Hush for you. This one’s open to US residents only; no PO Boxes please. To enter, fill out the form below before March 19th. Good luck!