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And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

And When She Was Good (edition 2012)

by Laura Lippman

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Title:And When She Was Good
Authors:Laura Lippman
Info:William Morrow (2012), Edition: 1, Kindle Edition, 451 pages
Collections:Read in 2013, Your library, Kindle
Tags:fiction, Maryland, prostitution, mystery, family

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And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman



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This was the first book I've read by the author. I enjoyed it. Liked the characters and their stories. I'll read another book by her but will be selective, I don't think all of her books would appeal to me. It was entertaining. ( )
  gail616 | Apr 29, 2015 |
What is the book about?

Follow Helen/Heloise from age 15 to 37, bouncing back and forth from present to present time reflecting on how she became a young worker in the sex industry during her twenties. You'll understand and see how she went from being a call girl to a madam who overlooks young call girls. You'll see how Heloise deals with her internal issues and her social problems that resulted her making less desirable choices and professions.

What did I think of the book?

You normally don't read a lot of books about prostitution, call girls or any other such profession. After reading Lippman's story you can understand how one might get themselves in this situation. It's just one version of the many I am sure are out there but I really enjoyed this book. The lack of emotion in the character kind of shows how dead inside she must feel. Despite being treated poorly over and over her response is dead like. She handles everything with a grain of salt, which I guess I expected considering the working conditions and the choices she makes. ( )
  lizasarusrex | Dec 17, 2014 |
And When She Was Good held my interest and kept me coming back to satisfy my curiousity, but I never really developed a connection with Heloise. It might be ironic to say this about a suburban madam, but she was too perfect -- too level-headed, too intelligent, too in control of herself and her life. The ending was somewhat pat and strained credibility. ( )
  CathrynGrant | Nov 20, 2014 |
This is the first novel I've read by Laura Lippman. She certainly is a talented author and I hope to read more of her works.

'And When She Was Good' is the story of Helen/Heloise who is pushed into prostitution as a teen by her boyfriend. She came from a dysfunctional family and, while she was smart and ambitious, she had no self-confidence because of an abusive father and a mother who did nothing to protect her. This novel portrays her as a 'victim' until she becomes a mother and then she decides to turn her life around.

Lippman makes Helen/Heloise a very strong protagonist and most of the other main characters are strong as well. I didn't want to like her because of the lifestyle she was leading but understood how hard it was for her to change her lifestyle, so I ended up liking and routing for her. I felt there were too many minor characters and it was hard for me to keep track of their relationship to Helen/Heloise. The villains were so well-written that it was very early to dislike them!

The flow of the story is good but I didn't like a backstory every other chapter. The ending was just what I expected though so no surprises there. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it and wish that all young women could read it before getting into prostitution. There are lots of lessons to be learned. ( )
  pegmcdaniel | Aug 17, 2014 |
Heloise Lewis has worked hard to create a comfortable and secure home for her son Scott and herself in an upscale suburban community in Turner's Grove, Maryland. She has also created a successful small business which supports them very well. The problem is that she must be vigilant to keep her two worlds from intersecting. She calls herself the CEO of Women's Full Employment Network, but her employees are high end prostitutes and her job title is actually Madam. For nearly twelve years, she has carefully kept records, paid taxes, seen to it that her employees are safe and have health insurance at her expense, so that she can avoid unwanted attention from the police and the IRS..

But now another woman in an adjacent county is making the news in an apparent suicide. She is identified in the newspaper as a Suburban Madam. Heloise's friend at the Police Department has offered her protection from notoriety for years because Heloise was able to provide them with key information that put her former pimp/Scott's father in prison for life for murder. But now her friend is retiring and he warns her to be extremely careful. There is now a possibility that the conviction could be overturned on a technicality.

Author Laura Lippman is a master at slowly building tension, introducing provocative details as she reveals the back story that makes Heloise the woman she is today. Heloise's parents, her current clients, even her employees are carefully nuanced and add to the richness of the story. As the story unfolds, complications multiply, but nothing Heloise can't handle. Even the relationship with Scott's father is dynamic and complex, though it is beginning to have an ominous aspect to it...

Maybe it is a little too much to handle after all...losing the business may be least of Heloise's worries. There is an exciting ending and this is a book that suspense fans, not to mention Laura Lippman fans, will definitely want to read. ( )
  vcg610 | Jul 11, 2014 |
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For every woman I know,
but in particular the three L's-
Lauren Milne Henderson
Linda Perlstein
Lizzie Skurnick
-who manage, despite vast distances, to keep me
well fed, well shod, and reasonably sane.
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The headline catches Heloise's eye as she waits in the always-long line at the Starbucks closest to her son's middle school.
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Suburban prostitute Heloise decides to leave the profession and disappear with her child after another prostitute is found dead, and must stay a step ahead of a convicted murderer--and the father of her child--whose sentence is about to be overturned.
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Suburban madam Heloise, with no one left to trust, decides to get out of the game when another suburban madam is brutally murdered, forcing her to stay one step ahead of a killer--and the father of her child--who is just as lethal behind bars as he was on the outside.… (more)

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