Cover Image: Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

I really wanted to like this book but I just could not get into it. The writing style was not for me and I felt it was a bit different from what I was expecting.

Thank you to neutrally for providing me with an advanced reader copy.
Was this review helpful?
This book just went over my head with the many POV’s. It was hard trying to keep them straight in my mind. 
It's 1966 and Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz lives in Baltimore with her husband and teenage son. She has been married for 18 years and is the mother to 16-year-old Seth. She feels bored and seeks a divorce to start over.  After stumbling into a homicide scene she decides she wants to become a reporter. She lucks her way into a job at a newspaper and is determined to be the best reporter ever and goes to extremes to move up on the ladder. She goes into trying to solve the murder of Cloe Sherwood whose body was found in a lake. 
This was an eARC received by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Was this review helpful?
Maddie Schwartz, married to Milton for 18 years and mother to 16-year-old Seth, decides she needs to do more. She makes a drastic change and leaves Milton and Seth to start over. She luckily gets a job at a newspaper and goes to extremes to move up on the ladder. In order to succeed, she will cross boundaries and put herself into dangerous situations all to get the story--even if it means hurting those she is closest to.

Overall I found this to be a good historical fiction novel that kept my interest. I really liked the crime part of the novel and the historical facts included.

Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of the book for an unbiased review.
Was this review helpful?
This story really kept my attention and I whizzed through it in just two days. The description gives a good representation of what is inside. This is full of the times and lifestyle of the 1960’s. Maddie Schwartz has decided she wants to be a reporter and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. 
The ending ties up quite a few loose threads which certainly helps the story leave you with a good understanding of what happened. My only complaint with the book, there is not good chapter headings and sometimes the storyline would switch between characters and I would have to try and figure out who was talking. But that was a small price to pay for an otherwise well told story. 
The author has a knack for describing the scenes and making you feel as if you were right there in the 1960 world. I will advise there are quite a few sex scenes, beware if you are offended by this type of material. 
I want to thank Faber and Faber Ltd and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest unbiased opinion. Rounding this one up to 5 stars.
Was this review helpful?
A fabulous crime novel with a unique structure that grips the reader from the first page to the last. Lippman with this novel continues to demonstrate why she is a master of crime fiction with this intriguing story of race, murder, and the role of newspapers.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you Netgalley for the chance to read and review this title. I will review this title at a different date.
Was this review helpful?
How can a book be sad and mournful, yet bursting with hope at the same time? It's a tricky balancing act, for sure, but in the expert hands of Laura Lippman, magic such as this tends to happen. On its face, THE LADY IN THE LAKE is the story of Maddie Schwartz, who leaves her husband at a time when proper women did not do such a thing (the 60s) and dared to chase her dream of becoming a reporter (again, at a time when proper ladies did not do such a thing). Over the course of her journey Maddie takes on a forbidden lover and scoops the men around her in finding not one but two dead women in Baltimore. What makes this novel sing, though, are the tapestry of voices that lend their own takes throughout. This is a crackling good mystery and the ending is a shocker. Ultimately, I must add, this also is a love letter to the dying newspaper business. See? A lot of balls to juggle, and yet Lippman manages to do so with aplomb. She is a gem, and so is this great novel.
Was this review helpful?
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Unfortunately I was unable to finish this book.  I had high hopes and kept trying to get through it.
Was this review helpful?
Interestingly, I feel like this book missed the mark. Almost close enough to make an impact, but pulling back at the last second before it hit the point.
Was this review helpful?
I typically love Laura Lippmann’s books but this one was just too confusing. There were way too many perspectives! Every time a new character was introduced, the next chapter was from their perspective. It was hard to keep track of and detracted from the plot instead of enhancing it. Still a well written book, just not my favorite.
Was this review helpful?
I am a longtime Laura Lippman fan and Lady in the Lake did not disappoint.   It is such a great, well-written mystery set in a time period that makes for fascinating reading.  It takes a great talent to write such an engrossing read even with a not so likable main character.  I felt the same way about Ms. Lippman's previous novel, Sunburn. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley.
Was this review helpful?
This was absolutely wonderful. At first, I wasn't sure this book and I would get along. The main character, Maddie is hard to understand at first. But soon after she moved, I got a rhythm for her. I both listened and read this one. I loved the audio but sometimes I couldn't listen to I carried my Kindle around. The story is great both ways.

There are a lot of POV's - but they are easy to decipher. After almost every interaction that Maddie has, the next chapter is the previous person's POV. So when Maddie pushes for a job, the next chapter is the POV of the interviewer. It helped the story flow easily and kept some of the parts that were hidden from Maddie easy for the reader to know. I loved the layers, the different ways that it pointed out how very different Maddie lived both married and separated and how different men perceived her. It was just a great story, good mystery. It was well written. I loved it!
Was this review helpful?
I really enjoy reading Laura Lippman's writing, and I can't explain why. I'm always pleased to read her books even when the plot and the pace don't match with me. Lady in the Lake is a very slow-burn mystery. It wasn't thrilling or left me on the edge of my seat, and I never had the need to try solving the mystery myself. Although it was a journey, and when the mystery was solved I was surprised. Not because it was unpredictable instead because I was so laid back and enjoying the story that I didn't want to think ahead of time.

The story is told from different characters points of view which are confusing at first. One chapter was following Maddie and the next a "random" person that she met. As the story progressed, I got used to those shifts. Usually, they didn't add much to help solve the mystery but it gave a different perspective of 1966 Baltimore, a different perspective of Maddie, the differences in classes, races, religions, genders, and more. These changes in the story were what made me enjoy the ride, although it took a toll on the mystery part.

The plot could have been summed up in a shorter book if the story didn't lose itself in all those other characters. That created a nice book to read but not an exciting mystery to solve.
Was this review helpful?
Laura Lippman does it again! This book takes place several decades before her Tess Monaghan series (which is excellent) and I found it a refreshing and exciting change of pace. Lippman writes fantastic characters with solid mysteries and this one was no exception. Lady in the Lake is loosely based on true events and I think Lippman did a wonderful job bring complex issues like racism and sexism to life.
Was this review helpful?
Enjoyed this very much. As a woman born in the 50s, I experienced how woman were 2nd class and just even getting a job was a big deal. She really captured the times. I hope younger readers realize this is how it really was. This is not made up.
Was this review helpful?
This one is a hard one for me.  I am rating 4 stars as I'm rounding up as this was between 3.5-3.75 for me.  I really wanted to like and feel captivated by this book so much more than I did.  I feel as if this is a great author and I enjoy reading her material but this one was hard for me to get into.  I like the premise of the story and the synopsis, but once I got into the book I felt like it jumped around a lot and sometimes it was difficult to follow and I got lost.  I believe there was some great depth in the characters, but I didn't feel a strong pull towards their connections with each other.  Based on the title, you assume there's a person at the center of this story that pulls it all together in the end, but I feel as if the Lady in the Lake was a secondary character and didn't leave much to the imagination - I think I felt a little let down I guess.  Again, I will continue to read this author and I know I'm not going to love every book, every time.  Part of my disconnect may come from having so much time between starting and ending this book as well, but I just wasn't drawn to finish it, although I did.
Was this review helpful?
An historical mystery set in 60’s Baltimore when a pampered housewife bolts from her long term happy marriage to become a journalist turned mystery solver. Different, dark, quirky. Loved it. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for the arc.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you for the opportunity to read this title.
 Unfortunately after trying several times I realized that this book wasn’t going to work for me and I skimmed the rest.
Was this review helpful?
This is like many of the author’s other books in the way that there is always more going on than just a mystery. When I started reading the book, I thought it was about the differences in how the media/public treated the two murders based on the race of the victims. It was really more about how the main character involved herself in the investigation and solving the murders. The mysteries don’t disappoint, partly due to the true crimes that have made national news over the last few decades. 
The story is also about a woman who remembers that she also had dreams and plans of her own. She had plans other than pleasing her husband, mother and neighbors. She learns the world is a different place when you don’t have the privilege you have lived with for most of your life and they also consider you to be too old to start over. (Her age is less shocking today)
The book is also about race. The media attention focuses on the white victim and ignores the black victim. It reminds us of a time when there were different newspapers based on the race of the victims and readers. Career paths for men were different based on race. Of course, career paths were different for women and men but, vastly different for a white woman and a black woman. The author doesn’t take a deep dive in to the true Baltimore in the era but, she also reminds us that this isn’t just about a white woman going through a mid-life crisis. Thankfully the book doesn’t get too preachy and doesn’t tie up the end too neatly. 
Lady in the Lake covers a lot of topics and throws in a couple of murders and it doesn’t disappoint.
Was this review helpful?
I really liked this! It was timely and engaging. I’m from Baltimore and I felt like the author captured the atmosphere and realities of the city well.
Was this review helpful?