Laura Lippman’s And When She Was Good (2012) is a page-turner. Why do we do what we do? How do we end up where we’re now? Ms. Lippman raises these questions in this captivating novel. Its protagonist, Heloise (Helen) Lewis, is a very complex woman with a very complicated life. We may judge or condemn her for her actions and occupation, but we cannot fail to understand the reasons for why she has become what she is now, at 37. The novel’s structure–the chapters alternating from her present-day life to her past years, starting at 15–makes it possible, too. The book is a fascinating exploration of human nature, and of a woman’s heart.
If you read it, I’d love to hear your comments, please.