Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

The famous Brandt family….could they do anything wrong or were they not able to because of their status?  Or…did they do it anyway?

The Brandt family was made up of attorneys and secrets.  Lu and her brother AJ were 8 years apart with Lu admiring AJ and his friends.  The secrets kept all of those years of the night AJ saved someone’s life along with another secret and how it affected their lives became apparent as the book continued.

Wilde Lake tells the story through flashbacks.  The flashbacks allowed us into the Brandt family’s history.

Lu Brandt tells of her motherless childhood, how she admired her older brother, and of her adult life raising twins alone and being the first female state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland,  trying a homeless man for murder.

As this trial moved forward quickly and then ended quickly, things that had happened in the past slowly creeped up.

WILDE LAKE seemed more of a family saga than a mystery.  I enjoyed the characters even though they all were a bit socially awkward.

WILDE LAKE dragged a little at times because I kept waiting for the mystery.  I can’t say I didn’t like the book, but it took a while to get to the mystery, but it was worth the wait.

ENJOY when you read WILDE LAKE.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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