They were the best of friends. Gwen, Mickey (both girls) , Tim Jr, Sean, and Gordon (Go-Go), the latter three being brothers. They were then in their childhood, always together, always in the woods exploring and pushing the boundaries or their surroundings summer after summer. Until that one summer when tragedy strikes, a secret is kept, and the five are never quite the same, nor their friendship quite the same… ever again.
Fast forward 30 years and tragedy has struck again. This time it is with Go-Go, the youngest of the five, has died in what is still undecided… accident or suicide. After all, Go-Go carried with him, perhaps the deepest secret of them all.
The remaining four come together for the first time in many years, looking for answers, and wondering if that fateful day all those summers ago is not the answer to what haunts them still today.
As anything that has the name Laura Lippman on it, I was excited to jump into this read. The synopsis… friends from childhood go through something BIG together, are bound to a secret and as with all of us, adulthood happens… we move on, we move apart… and those bounds that were once so tight, are now merely spider web strong. I do love books about friendships….
The Most Dangerous Thing is spilled out onto pages with multiple narrations, each of the five have an opportunity to tell a portion of the story. I personally enjoy multiple narration when it is done well, chapters changing narrator, you get to see different sides unfold. Lippman does a pretty good job of not confusing me in the “who is telling the story now?” I believe this is the first time I have read a book with this many narrators though.
So hmmm…. where do I begin?
I have said in the past that I prefer books with fewer characters and I think that is because I really like to get to know a character. In this read while the main five were doable, there are also the parents who are brought into the conversations and while that was done well, for me… it was a lot of voices in my head. I think perhaps that is what leaves me with a “hmmmmmm” feeling. I did not feel strongly for any one of them, while an interesting story – it branched out so much and switched narration to the point I never fully sunk into this read, and ooh, I do like to sink into a read.
Overall I think Lippman’s writing is something to experience, however if you are new to her books I would not start with this one, she does have more engaging reads. The Most Dangerous Thing is a book that was interesting and held my attention, but was not a “WOW” for me.
Her main character from her detective series, Tess Monaghan makes an appearance in this book and I thought that was kind of fun. I like it when authors do that.
Thank you to TLC book Tours
for the opportunity to read and review this book