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A woman watches her marriage implode over text message and decides that ignorance is not bliss in this bitterly satisfying short mystery by the New York Times bestselling author of Lady in the Lake.

Liz Kelsey promised herself she’d never again spy on her feckless husband, Phil. But then she discovers a string of suggestive texts on his secret burner phone. Even worse, he’s flirting with the woman who shook their unstable marriage once before. But knowledge is power. What’s more dangerous - what Liz knows or what Phil doesn’t know?

Laura Lippman’s Slow Burner is part of Hush, a collection of six stories, ranging from political mysteries to psychological thrillers, in which deception can be a matter of life and death. Each piece can be read or listened to in one truly chilling sitting.

©2020 Laura Lippman. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-07-2020

Marriage in Greek Mythology

This was a short story about a married couple. Together for over twenty years, she is a teacher of Greek mythology and he is a money man. We learn that all is not well in the home, while she loves her husband, he is a control freak who chases other women. Most of the story is a background in the relationship, including several attempts at therapy. I'd have hit the divorce lawyer and kicked his ass to the curb with full alimony. She had other plans. I won't ruin the twist. It was rather interesting. Perfectly narrated on the audiobook by Amy McFadden. Lots of Greek mythology references.

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  • Janet Katz
  • 22-10-2020

I love Laura Lippman

Great short story in true Lippmann style. That means it's good. Listen to her books too.

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  • Kay
  • 16-10-2020

Kinda boring

This was a slow story. It wasn’t that exciting. I would’ve given 3 stars, but that’s pretty much my rating for books I like or even sometimes kinda like a little. There was no way this was worth 3 stars. I guess if you’ve got an hour to spare and want to complete the “Hush” series - it won’t be a complete waste of time...but damn near

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  • Eun
  • 18-09-2020

Hell hath no fury...

Hell hath no fury...Liz promised not to spy on her husband after she found out about his affair. She didn’t, not really, but his ineptitude made it easy for her to “follow” his affair with the same woman. Liz, a classic teacher at a private school gave her inspiration on how to deal with her cheating husband. Phil, the money man in the entertainment business, was impressed with himself. What a great twisted ending. The narrator was excellent and brought this short story to life.

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  • Edward Lorn
  • 11-09-2020

Narrator is beyond annoying

Perhaps the bubbly suburban soccer mom way in which the narrator read this fits, but it was beyond annoying, almost to the point of unbearable. A decent story tho. Highly recommend you read this one instead of listening to it.

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  • 09-09-2020

Pretty Good for a Short Story

Story kept me engaged from start to end; this is still difficult to do even with short stories. The story ended with an unexpected and smart twist; I just felt like the “wrap up” at the very end, was rushed and could have been told better ...but this didn’t ruin story for me. I enjoyed.

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  • DMcP
  • 04-09-2020

Great ending

I though, "just another cheating husband / jealous wife" story. Eye-opening surprise ending; follow the clues.

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  • barbara
  • 01-09-2020

Slow Burner

I found this book has been cut too short and the full meaning therefore not coming through. The story if longer would have been excellent. The narration was average.

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  • Kyle zielinski
  • 09-08-2020

spooky

spooky & mysterious. I knew what was going to happen but enjoyed the way it was told.

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  • Deborah F
  • 09-08-2020

Did not see that ending coming!

Great short story! I will be checking out more from this author. Also enjoyed the narrator.

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