Childhood secrets

The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman leads the reader through a maze of childhood memories that seem almost mundane.  

The death of a childhood friend reunites the old neighbourhood gang from the summer of ’77. The rambunctious Halloran boys have grown and are successful. They are burying their ne’er-do-well brother “GoGo” Gordon. Pudgy, earnest Gwen is now the editor of chic city magazine. She has retuned to the sleepy suburb to nurse her aging father. Mickey, the scruffy beauty is now a life-hardened flight attendant.
 
As the gang reunites, their memories uncover secrets that are not so innocent. Long buried resentments surface as fragilities, allegiances, and betrayals come to light.
 
Lippman masterfully builds suspense. She careful constructs the story from familiar  memories, leading the reader through a series of deceptions that seem banal and harmless, right until the end.
 
This is a truly fascinating tale of the innocence and evils that live among us all.
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