Written By: Laura Lippman
Narrated By: Linda Emond
Published By: Harper Audio August 2012
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes
Source: Purchased from Audible
When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words and harsher deeds. But twenty years later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who knows how to avoid attention. In the comfortable suburb where she lives, she’s just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. In the state capitol, she’s the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record.
But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she’s the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee.
For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her secret life, a life she was forced to build after the legitimate world turned its back on her, is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can’t be trusted. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it?
Nothing is as it seems as Heloise faces a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know.
And then she learns that her son’s father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn’t know he has a son. The killer and former pimp also doesn’t realize that he’s serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him. But he’s clearly beginning to suspect that Heloise has been holding something back all these years.
With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. She’s done it before and she can do it again. A new name and a new place aren’t hard to come by if you know the right people. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.(Indiebound)
From the very beginning of And When She Was Good the main character, Helen/Heloise, is the underdog, the one you root for to win in all situations. She becomes a young woman who is dealt a bad set of cards and yet she learns how cope and is savvy enough to work her way to the top of the heap.
When she escapes the life of low class prostitution and yet excels in what she knows to become a madam of a very sophisticated call girl service she’s only changed semantics, but she thinks she’s also covered all her tracks. Heloise is street smart, she worries most about different situations that would bring her business down. Tax fraud or tax evasion will not be one that will find her, she hires the best accountant she can, and trusts him implicitly, perhaps too much.
Heloise is a great character, and honestly she makes being a madam look pretty good! She’s an attentive mother, lives in a nice neighborhood, nice home and has kept her two worlds separate. Laura Lippman writes some of the best developed characters, and then puts them in situations that make your heart race! Some of the twists I saw coming, and some shocked the heck out of me.
The audio production of this book was excellent. Narrated by Linda Emond, who performs many of Laura Lippman’s books, has a smooth and unforced voice. I’ve already downloaded another Lippman audio book narrated by Emond and can’t wait to relax into that one.
This book has been on my TBR list since it came out. I finally decided audio was the way to go having enjoyed Lippman’s books, such a great choice!! I’ve given And When She Was Good 4 out of 5 stars. If you enjoy a thriller, pick this one up! Laura Lippman‘s next book is AFTER I’M GONE is publishing February 2014, I can’t wait!!