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The Most Dangerous Thing

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Product Description  Some secrets can’t be kept…Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the … see full wiki

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Could you take a life altering secret to your grave?

  • Sep 15, 2011

It was a different time growing up in the 70’s and 80’s you had the freedom to roam unsupervised and be independent in a way that will never happen again.  A group of children met one summer with different backgrounds, home environments, and sexes never giving any of that a thought, only worrying about the next great adventure and challenge the parental boundaries.

Tim, Sean and Gordon or “Go-Go” to everyone who knew him were the wild Halloran brothers who befriended two girls Mickey and Gwen and all of their lives took on new meaning.  They were young when the escapades started and grew up together experimenting with finding out as much about each other as they did themselves.  Go-Go was never as fast or quite as bright as the rest but he kept up even when they tried to lose him.  They got into all manner of mischief including the discovery of an abandoned cabin with a strange man living inside.  This man had no name and the mystery of who he was and where he came from was too intoxicating to this fearless five.  The kids believed he was harmless, but that is the problem when you are young you trust everyone, sometimes the wrong one.  Growing up was painful, when they parted it was with bitterness.

After years of separation, the building of lives independent from each other they are reunited by Go-Go’s sudden and horrific death.  No one wants to believe it could be suicide but everyone thinks that his actions don’t add up to accidental death.  When the group of five now down to four start to remember the events of their time in the woods some of the secrets that should have stayed buried start to surface.  Each of them knows something they don’t want to share but no one can keep a secret and the four of them are determined to piece together what factor drove them apart and the one thing each of them wished had gone in a different direction.

There was jealousy, manipulation, and some strange behavior but did any of that make the night of storm less real and more imagined?

This book took me completely by surprise.  Not that I did not think I was going to like the book as I am a Laura Lippman fan, but that she had taken her writing in a different direction.  This book is gripping, suspenseful and feels too real for comfort but you can’t put it down.  Childhood stories are usually told as happy and wonderful times which is the white-washed version we remember, but when you peel back the layer what you find is not quite as innocent as we thought it was.  My only objection was with some loose ends that did not get tied up enough for me but I am a close the book, close the story, and not have questions type of reader.

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September 19, 2011
I'm really enjoying the titles of your reviews--they go well with your content. Keep up the amazing writing!
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