Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

The famous Brandt family....could they do anything wrong or were they not able to because of their status? Or...did they do it anyway?

The Brandt family was made up of attorneys and secrets.​  Lu and her brother AJ were eight years apart with Lu admiring AJ and his friends.  The secrets kept all of those years of the night AJ saved someone's life along with another secret and how it affected their lives became apparent as the book continued.​

Wilde Lake tells the story through flashbacks.​  The flashbacks allowed us into the Brandt family's history.​

Lu Brandt tells of her motherless childhood, how she admired her older brother, and of her adult life raising twins alone and being the ​first female state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland,  trying a homeless man for murder.

​As this trial moved forward quickly and then ended quickly, things that had happened in the past slowly creeped up.​
WILDE LAKE seemed more of a family saga than a mystery.  ​I enjoyed the characters even though they all were a bit socially awkward.

WILDE LAKE dragged a little at times because I kept waiting for the mystery.  

I can’t say I didn’t like the book, but it took a while to get to the mystery, but it was worth the wait. 

ENJOY when you read WILDE LAKE.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


  1. ENJOY when you read the book.

    Laura Lippman's books are always good reads.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. I like stories told through flashbacks but am impatient when a book drags so I'll have to think about this one.

    1. It was good, but took a while to get to the mystery.

      Thanks for stopping, Kathy.

  3. I think books tend to drag in general when they turn out to be something other than what we were expecting. Glad to hear that it was still a good read for you!

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

    1. Oh yes....overall it turned out to be a good read.

      Thanks for stopping, Brittany,.

  4. Glad to know that even though it dragged at first, you were satisfied by the mystery. I've read two of Laura Lippman's books. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

    1. Yes...it turned out to be good.

      Thanks for stopping, Diane.

  5. Sounds like it needed better pacing. I like that it was more like a family saga.

    1. I enjoyed the saga too. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Mary.