Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The Girl in the Green Raincoat ~ Book Review
I had an opportunity to receive a copy of The Girl in the Green Raincoat, by Laura Lippman for review, and it sounded (and yes, I'll admit - looked - so sue me, I judged a book by it's cover, like many a person before me!) like a really cute story. I'm always up for a different style of reading, and could use a little mystery now and then, so I figured - why not?
I had never heard of either the author, or Tess Monaghan, the primary character of the novel prior to receiving the information about the book being available for review. At the time I met Tess, she was on a form of bedrest, only she was in bed on her porch, not her bedroom.
Staying as motionless as possible, Tess found herself caught up in the day-to-day of the world outside her window. She became particularly attached to the dog walkers - most especially the girl in the green raincoat.
Geared with binoculars, Tess enjoyed her daily observances, until one day the small dog ran by without his owner at the other end of his leash. This set Tess off on an intense adventure in which she attempted to prove that something had happened to the girl. From the spot on her porch we live through the whole story.
The mystery unravels, and I truly enjoyed the read. It's quite a short book, which makes more sense now that I know there are so many other *stories* about Tess out there. I think it holds pretty well on its own, but at the same time it does leave me wanting more. Which is probably what Ms. Lippman had hoped for and achieved with this and her previous works, because they're obviously still being written and published!
So check it out. It's a quick and easy read, perfect for those days when you have five minutes here and five minutes there, or when you - GASP - have a solid hour to yourself without distractions. You could probably finish it right then and there!
** I was not compensated for this review in any way, but I received a copy of this book to review from TLC Book Tours. All of the opinions expressed are completely my own. **