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Critical Praise

“Despite the murder at its center, this is less a suspenseful whodunit than a masterly novel of character, with secrets skillfully and gradually revealed. Revel in the pace and pleasures of this book [...] that should add to Lippman’s literary luster.”

—Library Journal, starred review

“Smart and mesmerizing…Lippman stretches a richly textured canvas that depicts, with wit and sensitivity, the wounded but tough women Felix left behind. As she traces the matrix of longing, jealousy and betrayal that led to Julie’s murder, Lippman incisively explores marriage, Jewish family life, class distinctions and the power and liability of physical beauty, thus creating an involving and elegant novel of the psychological ravages of crime.”


“Lippman is a bet you just can’t lose.”

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review