Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

Lady in the Lake

The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman. In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know--everyone, that is, except Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. Thi...


Details Lady in the Lake

TitleLady in the Lake
Author
Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Suspense, Adult, Audiobook
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Reviews Lady in the Lake

  • Meredith
    1970-01-01
    Cold, Dark, and Distant Lady in the Lake is a mystery about a want-to-be journalist who inserts herself into murder investigations in 1960's Baltimore. 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 lucks her way into a job at a newspaper and goes to extremes to move up on the ladder. In order to succeed, she wi...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars, rounded upI’ve read almost all of Laura Lippman’s books. This one is a departure from her typical style. For starters, it takes place in the past, the sixties to be precise. It also involves a ghost. Yet, it’s still a mystery at heart. Maddie Schwatz is recently separated and looking finally to become something other than a wife and mother. Through a fluke, she finds the body of a missing 11 year old girl. Playing off that and wh...
  • Katie B
    1970-01-01
    I've been wanting to read a book by this author for awhile now and the synopsis for this one sounded good. so I finally took the plunge. While this book can be classified as historical fiction, it also fits in the mystery and women's fiction genres. I ended up really enjoying this novel and look forward to reading other books by Laura Lippman.It's 1966 and Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz. lives in Baltimore with her husband and teenage son. It might s...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    4 very enthusiastic stars!!! This was my first book of Laura Lippman's and it definitely won't be my last. I can't think of anything I didn't like about this book. It's Baltimore in 1966 and Maddie Schwartz has decided she is done playing by the rules and wants to start living her life. She leaves her husband and moves to an apartment downtown. She finds herself in the middle of a police investigation and from that point on she gains a focus of w...
  • Berit☀️✨
    1970-01-01
    LaurA Lippman swept me away to 1960s Baltimore with this atmospheric and riveting tale. This book perfectly wove together mystery, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. maddie is a 1960s housewife who after 18 years of marriage decide she wants more to life than just being a wife. While I didn’t always agree with Maddie’s methods, I completely understood her plightt. Maddie leaves her husband finds herself a job at a newspaper and is det...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    1970-01-01
    Maddie Schwartz has been a housewife for almost twenty years.  She thought she'd resigned herself to this life as soon as she married Milton and became a mother to their son Seth.  It's a guest from her past at a small dinner party that reminds Maddie of her ambitions and she leaves Milton to begin a life of her own.  She assumed Seth would want to live with her and she's hurt when he decides to stay and finish high school at home with his fat...
  • Lindsey Gandhi
    1970-01-01
    This is my first book by Laura Lippman and I am so glad I was introduced to this author's writing. Lady in the Lake is a simply captivating book. I absolutely loved the author's writing style and prose. The storyline itself is really intriguing. And the best part for me is there was a big unexpected twist I did not see coming from a million miles away. I thought I was reading about Maddie on her hunt for the truth about how Cleo was killed and th...
  • Esil
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsI liked the feel of Lady in the Lake, but there was something a bit disjointed about it at times. The story is set in 1966 Baltimore and focuses on Maddie Schwartz. Maddie is somewhat at odds with the times. She is restless in her marriage, has a healthy sexual appetite, is itching to work at something engaging and is willing to take risks. But she’s no hero. She gets a job with a newspaper and starts meddling in the murder of Cleo She...
  • Erin Clemence
    1970-01-01
    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Laura Lippman is not a new author, known for books such as “Sunburn" and “After I'm Gone”. For me though, “Lady in the Lake” was my first experience with this author. Maddie Schwartz is trying to start over, a recent divorcee with an estranged teenage son, living in 1960s Baltimore. Desperate to support hers...
  • Bkwmlee
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsThis was an interesting read, one that I felt was quite a departure from the traditional thrillers I’m used to reading. Right off the bat, we know that a death has occurred, a woman’s body found at the bottom of a fountain, the titular “lady in the lake” from whose first person perspective it seems the story will be told. But then, the story switches to that of another woman, Madeleine “Maddie” Schwartz, a housewife who seemi...
  • Betsy
    1970-01-01
    Whew, Lady in the Lake was a dizzying ride!The basics of the plot do have a lot of potential--the "lady in the lake" and her killer have to be identified, and recently separated Maddie Schwartz is on the case. However, the rotating cast of narrators made my head spin. Nearly every minor character Maddie meets ends up narrating a chapter. These narrators are often one-dimensional, and they tend to ramble, sending the storyline off on tangents that...
  • Holly
    1970-01-01
    Unfortunately, I didn’t like this. It started off promising, the voice of the Lady in the Lake beginning the story. Then we get the voice of Maddie, the housewife who has ambitions beyond being a married woman. Then we have another voice, then another, then another, then another.....get the picture? My interest was waning. There were two murders but I couldn't have cared less about how or who or what happened. I read the whole book but I didn...
  • Jeanette
    1970-01-01
    Well I almost gave this 5 full stars. Until the last 30 or 40 pages, I would have. And be warned before I truly begin the reaction. It could go long.Lippman, you are a sister in and under the skin to me. Not only are you peer in age and "eyes" but you have the most excellent ability to grab the core. And you REMEMBER how it was. Oh, I'm sure 100,000's of other women do too- but are not able to express it AS IT WAS and as it IS- for those who are ...
  • Perry
    1970-01-01
    Reminiscent of '70s Blaxploitation Filmmaybe, 'Mandingo' Masters the Middle-Aged, Sex-Craved MavenSet in Baltimore in 1966, 37-year-old Jewish mother decides to ditch family to go out on her own, with no plans. She makes a false police report of her stolen wedding ring to an African-American cop, and they immediately begin having sex without even making it to the bedroom. And, they continue to do so daily, repeatedly nightly, with often-times gra...
  • Roman Clodia
    1970-01-01
    The world kept telling her to look away, to pay no attention to an age-old system, in which men thrived and inconvenient women disappeared. One of my holy grails of off-duty reading is the book that is engrossing without being silly, and packed with good storytelling without looking over its shoulder to make sure we understand how 'literary' it is: Lippman pulls it off. There are two murders but this is not really a crime novel, however interesti...
  • Craig Sisterson
    1970-01-01
    There are many different ways an author can grab readers from the very first page. Sometimes it's an intriguing first line that draws you in, sometimes it's a stark incident or piece of action that tractor-beams you straight into a propulsive narrative. And sometimes its something subtler but even more powerful (in the right hands): just the pure, mesmerising quality of the writing, the voice. LADY IN THE LAKE, the latest standalone from the supe...
  • Alison Hardtmann
    1970-01-01
    When her husband invites home for dinner a man she knew in high school, 37 year old Maddie is jolted out of her comfortable world of being a Jewish housewife and mother to a teenage son. It's 1966, Baltimore is changing and Maddie wants to be out in the world, living. She moves out, gets an apartment and a secret lover and decides that she wants to become a journalist. But she's too old and the wrong gender to get a job at a newspaper the traditi...
  • Patricia Romero
    1970-01-01
    It's 1964 when Cleo Sherwood disappears. It's been eight months and no one is looking for her. Cleo was out to find a better life for her and her sons. Cleo wishes Maddie would stop looking for her. There was a voice for every character. I wasn't sure at first if Cleo was the Lady in the Lake. New characters kept showing up and got their own chapters. It was confusing.The story centers around Cleo's voice and Maddie's voice. Maddie is married to...
  • Brandon
    1970-01-01
    Married for nearly twenty years, Maddie Schwartz up and leaves her husband Milton to pursue a different path in life. No longer content with being a housewife, Maddie’s ambitions lead her to work for The Star, an afternoon newspaper in Baltimore, Maryland. It isn’t long before she finds herself working as a reporter tackling the case of a murdered black woman, Cleo Sherwood, who had been found decomposing in a lake. Because of her ethnicity, ...
  • Renee
    1970-01-01
    Lady in the Lake takes us back to 1960s Baltimore where we come face to face with the blatant unfairness of societal norms. Your race, religious beliefs, and gender, ultimately decided what doors were open to you and what doors you wouldn't even consider trying to open. Maddie Schwarz is a typical housewife and mother, who decides to push the boundaries by leaving her husband and son and her safe, secure, and boring life behind. She hopes to disc...
  • Jamie
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsLaura Lippman deviates from her usual style at bit in Lady in the Lake with the main narrators being a dead woman and a woman who wants to become a newspaper reporter - the two narratives combine when Maddie, the reporter, starts digging into the death of Cleo Sherwood. Lippman mentions in the acknowledgments that the newspaper reporter plot is in honor of her friend Rob Hiaasen who was killed in the Annapolis newspaper shooting. There w...
  • Rhi G
    1970-01-01
    The intro hooked me right in, I wanted to know more, I think it was smart starting the book with Cleo's point of view. I didn't know at first that we would get multiple perspectives throughout, for the most part I welcomed it, though towards the end, I wanted it to be more than one Maddie chapter at a time, which eventually happened.*Spoiler-ish* I can understand wanting to find yourself and enjoy freedom but Maddie did not go about it the right ...
  • Milena
    1970-01-01
    Laura Lippman is a masterful writer, she delivered a thought-provoking, highly enjoyable, standout murder mystery with Lady in the Lake. This book was so much more than a murder mystery though. It was also an exploration of gender and racial issues during 1960s. The story is told in multiple POVs. We have two main ones: Cleo, an African-American woman, who was found dead in the lake, and Maddie, a newly divorced Jewish woman, who takes interest i...
  • Susan Johnson
    1970-01-01
    Maddie Schwartz decides at a dinner party one night in 1965 that she no longer loves her husband, Milton, and will divorce him. She moves out almost immediately without any real firm plans and no money arrangements with her wealthy husband and is surprised when her teen-age son, Seth, doesn't want to move with her. She moves into a neighborhood that is "Changing" from white to black as her income is erratic. She starts a passionate relationship w...
  • 3 no 7
    1970-01-01
    “Lady in the Lake” by Laura Lippman opens with an unusual narrative that sets up the story in a compelling way. “1964 God knows, my death has changed me. Alive, I was Cleo Sherwood. Dead, I became the Lady in the Lake, a nasty broken thing, dragged from the fountain after steeping there for months,”This book is not really the story of “The lady in the lake,” but of Maddie Schwartz, the woman who found her and gave her that name. Maddi...
  • Alyssa Smith
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC. This was my second attempt reading something from Laura Lippman. I’m thinking that maybe her style isn’t what I am into. Her writing was beautiful, I will say that for sure. She truly has a way with words, a way with making them flow like honey, and really bring you back to the era she is writing in. But what threw me a little about this book was the ever changing narrator. So...
  • Dipika
    1970-01-01
    I haven’t read many Laura Lippman’s books but this one hooked me in completely. It’s a slow burn noir novel and I loved the world and the characters. I enjoyed how every time a new character was introduced the following chapter would be in the voice of that character which not only ended up giving insight into the thoughts of the character but also giving an insight into the minds and atmosphere of the time making for compelling storytellin...
  • Kelly Hager
    1970-01-01
    This is probably my new favorite Laura Lippman book. (I don't know how each book gets better but they do.)This is a stunning achievement; there are multiple narrators (although two of them are the main ones and then various secondary characters show up for a chapter to give their own perspectives). I can't even imagine how difficult it was to do, but it seems effortless here.It's impossible to discuss without spoilers, so I just want to add that ...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    1970-01-01
    Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman is a very highly recommended standalone mysterySet in Baltimore, Lady in the Lake follows Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz for a little over a year from 1965 to 1966. Maddie is a 37-year-old Jewish housewife who has separated from her husband of almost twenty year after a dinner party forces her to remember that as a young woman she aspired to live a meaningful life. When an 11-year-old girl is missing, presumed de...