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Life Sentences by Laura Lippman

In Life Sentences, writer Cassandra Fallows made her fame based on two memoirs where she stretched the truth and exposed the lives of family and friends. When her attempt at a novel fails, she needs a new nonfiction story to drive her back into the public eye. She stumbles across a story of a girl she remotely knew in grade school in Baltimore who spent seven years in jail for refusing to say anything at all about her missing baby. Cassandra returns to Baltimore to dig up facts behind the story, but finds herself not just shut out by old friends and acquaintances, but she also discovers secrets about her own past that threaten to undo everything she'd worked for. Laura Lippman's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Boston Globe saying, "Readers wishing to be transported into an absorbing, murky world of betrayal, self-delusion, and shadowy motivations will find a perfect vehicle in Lippman's difficult-to-forget Life Sentences."
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