It’s the late 60’s, a time for free love and happiness, except for Maddie, who has just come to the realization that her marriage is in shambles. Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman is a juicy thriller that follows the path of Maddie and Cleo, another woman who was murdered, whose paths intertwine at Maddie’s insistence. You see, Maddie needs something to make her feel powerful again, and finding Cleo’s killer will do just that. But, at what cost?
With Maddie’s help in finding the missing Cleo, she has procured a job at the local newspaper. Now that she has all the information to create the story of the century, she’s ready to finally leave her mark on the world. And Cleo is going to help, whether she wants to or not.
Since this story is set in the 1960’s, it has a certain feel to it that brings me life. There are no modern advancements in this book, and it really makes the story pop. Though, at times I felt I didn’t really like Maddie (which could possibly be the point the author is trying to make), she seemed very selfish and only worried about what was best for her life. That included digging up the past and getting involved in the murder of Cleo, even though something seemed very strange about that.
I very much enjoyed the double narrative, Cleo’s character was energizing, it’s very sad she had such a tragic end. Laura Lippman is a wonderful author who knows how to bring you to the brink of insanity and then ease you back into the story before you lose your mind. I love her mysteries, they’ve always kept me on my toes. I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.