Prom Mom: 'Mesmerising' Irish Times

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Prom Mom: 'Mesmerising' Irish Times

Prom Mom: 'Mesmerising' Irish Times

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The story is told over two timelines - 1997 when the 'Prom Mom' tragedy occurs, and twenty years later when Amber reappears in Joe's life - and is told from the points of view of Joe, Amber and Meredith. Two decades ago, Amber Glass’s life changed forever. No-one had even known she was pregnant – including Joe, her date.

Cleverly plotted with brilliantly plausible characters and a fantastic twist you will not see coming.’ This story, revolving around just a small group of characters, failed to enthral me as other books by Laura Lippman did. I like the way the author presents us with a story that eventually seems to have layer upon layer and it’s always interesting to see the layers exposed slowly. Prom Mom has a strong sense of place, transporting the reader to Baltimore with all its sights and sounds, and Lippman really captures the surreal, downright weirdness of Covid times. Her writing is so sharp, and she crafts the best characters – the morally gray, psychologically intense ones that you don’t like, but are completely fascinated by. She writes in the noir style, in prose that is straightforward and unemotional, but there is still so much depth to her stories and her characters.In Bruce Borgos’ series-launching rural Nevada thriller ‘The Bitter Past,’ a small-town sheriff stumbles on a plot straight out of ‘The Americans.’ Many thanks to NetGalley and William Morrow for providing me with an amazing digital review copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. I liked Meredith and really couldn't understand what she saw in Joe. But then Jordan also loves/wants him. And Amber, despite their history. Everyone loves Joe. Prom Mom is a slow burning story that had me intrigued. After an eventful opening where our main character, Amber, gives birth in a hotel room bathroom at the age of 17, we then jump forward 20 years. There is a small cast of characters and multiple timelines that give us the story of Amber and Joe.

PS. You may have seen the movie Prom Mom and the true-crime story of Prom Mom, Melissa Drexler in New Jersey; however, Lippman's Prom Mom is so much better! If you love well-written, character-driven intelligent thrillers with a twist, PROM MOM is for you—Lippman fans will devour! The book is centred on main character Amber Glass, a woman who as a teenager gave birth at her prom to a baby nobody knew she was pregnant with, and who she is alleged to have killed. Join Book Club: Delivered to your inbox every Friday, a selection of publishing news, literary observations, poetry recommendations and more from Book World writer Ron Charles. Sign up for the newsletter.You can't choose sides in this book. Meredith may seem innocent and naive, but her polished, perfect, and generous demeanor leaves her living in oblivion. Amber is odd, cold, calculating, and unique, and I found myself liking her the most, despite knowing from the start that she would ruin lives. Joe, on the other hand, is trying too hard to be someone he's not, and seems spineless, lost, and a little pathetic. Fans of 1940s noir will delight in the story’s slow burn and hairpin twists at the end. Lippman pulled off another extraordinary feat: she managed to write about life in the early pandemic in a way that doesn’t feel drab or impede narrative momentum (the Library Journal review declared Prom Mom “a future Covid classic”). The effects of COVID, the adjustment to the new normal, and the political climate are skillfully woven into the mystery, making it even more thrilling. Prom Mom is very much a character-driven novel. The characters all have secrets, tell lies, and are manipulative. Everyone has their own agendas, not all of them apparent. Special thanks to #WilliamMorrow and #NetGalley for a digital advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

There were several big reveals at the end, only one of which I didn’t see coming. The ending was actually a pretty big disappointment.Things do not go as planned, and before the night is over, Amber has a baby, is charged with manslaughter, and serves time in prison. She was a victim used by a careless boy who wanted only sex and then left to deal with the consequences on her own; her life was destroyed, and his barely disrupted. On the other hand, I went in search of an answer to the question why Meredith is having a Mardi Gras shoe on her desk, and I found a lot of interesting answers! Great, I learned a lot. But I don’t want a book where I have to stop every time to go to Wikipedia for answers. And you cannot find an answer to the question why people are ‘different’ when born or raised in different parts of the country. Not even in a tiny country as the Netherlands, let a lone a big one as the US. PROM MOM is a slow build up with mostly unlikable characters, especially Joe, and a plot that makes you wonder where this story line is going.



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