Copy received for review
I really struggled with this one.
For one, I wanted it to be a mystery, because it's Laura Lippman, and so my brain kept trying to pick out the clues, the complications, the plot twists..... and they're not there. It's much more character-driven, rather than plot-driven.
And the resolution bothered me. I don't do so well with moral ambiguity... I don't like gray areas. Compassion I get, forgiveness sure, but the excusal of cruelty, the complete refusal to take any responsibility for one's actions, those I have a hard time with.
Overall, it was interesting, but just didn't quite work for me. Definitely well-written.