"Suspenseful as hell, and she writes like a dream [...] Lippman's always good, but this is a cut above."
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also just passing through. Yet she stays. And he stays--drawn to the mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other--dangerous, even lethal, secrets.
Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away--or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?
Something--or someone--has to give.
"Fast-paced and unpredictable...a smart, sly riff on love in a world of trouble that's puzzling until the very last piece falls into place."
--O, the Oprah Magazine
"Cool and twisty."
--New York Times Book Review
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"Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now, and Sunburn is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it."--Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
"Laura Lippman continues to push the envelope of modern crime-writing. Sunburn, her take on noir, may be her nerviest novel yet, an unsparing look at how lovers can betray one another."--Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Modern noir at its best, it will delight old-movie lovers, satisfy suspense readers, and reward Lippman's legion of fans."--Library Journal (starred review)
"You can tell how much fun the author had updating the classic noir tropes, and it's contagious. Plotty, page-turning pleasure."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"This is Lippman at her observant, fiercest best, a force to be reckoned with in crime fiction."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Ingeniously constructed and extremely suspenseful, the novel keeps us guessing right up until its final moments. Lippman is a popular and dependable writer, and this homage to classic noir showcases a writer at the height of her powers."--Booklist (starred review)
"I feel like it creates a whole new category, which I'm thinking of as 'femme noir' [...] She's taken this traditional noir structure of a man sweeping in to save a woman who then turns around and eats his heart out--she's turned that notion on its head."--Wall Street Journal
"The ingenious plot evolves into myriad twists that are as believable as they are surprising [...] Sunburn delivers one of the year's most intriguing mysteries."--Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
"Another extraordinary novel from Laura Lippman--full of just-one-more chapter, stay-up-late suspense, but packed too with nuance, subtlety, observation and humanity. Lippman is a natural storyteller at the height of her powers."--Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"spellbinding [...] this corkscrew of a book, with its psychological insights and sensual charisma, proves once again that Ms. Lippman, as a writer, is sui generis."--Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
"Great book. Well paced. Beautifully observed details. Interesting characters and nuance in the right places. [...] Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the protagonist who is flawed and brilliant and ruthless and unapologetic."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger
"A tantalising, ingeniuously constructed page-turner."--The Guardian
"Grips like the classic Hollywood black-and-white movie thrillers of the 1930s and 1940s. Sunburn unsettles from its first page."--The Times (London)
"Note-perfect noir...not to be missed."--Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me and The Fever
"A pacy, pithy modern take on the noir tradition...terrific entertainment."--Sunday Mirror
"For once the blurb doesn't over-promise. Lippman writes the best opening pages of any thriller so far this year."--Daily Mail (UK)
"Fast-paced and unpredictable, Sunburn is a smart, sly riff on love in a world of trouble that's puzzling until the very last piece falls into place."--O, the Oprah Magazine
"Cool and twisty."--New York Times Book Review
"A masterful mix from a total pro."--People
"Sunburn was dark but not too dark, thrilling, richly descriptive with an utterly compelling protagonist...I read this book at a furious pace and never forgot about it all year. Sunburn was a reminder that storytelling matters and good storytelling is all too rare."--Roxane Gay