Like many other readers during these uncertain times I’m struggling to concentrate on my reading, so was very happy to be taken out of my own thoughts while reading Sunburn by Laura Lippman.
Sunburn is the story of Polly, who is a woman on the run. Polly left her husband and young daughter midway through a beach holiday and hitchhiked to a small town called Belleville in Delaware where she met Adam, who was also passing through town. Polly wangled her way into a job tending the bar and waiting tables at the High-Ho, a local bar/restaurant. Soon after, Adam took a job at the High-Ho as a cook.
Polly and Adam eventually started an affair, but both had secrets. Some of Polly’s secrets were very soon known to the reader, although she didn’t tell them to Adam. By the time a woman who Adam was formerly involved with was killed, he was so deeply in love with Polly that even though he wondered if she had killed the other woman, he didn’t want to know for sure.
Polly’ past was desperately unhappy but she was hoping and planning for a brighter future. Adam was also secretive about his past and why he had stayed in Belleville but he hoped that Polly would one day trust him with her secrets. The story built up and up until something had to happen and when it did it was truly explosive (literally – Polly’s apartment blew up and with it, Adam’s former lover).
I found the story to be a little uneven (fast, slow, fast, slow) and some of the events stretched my credibility but I believed in the characters and loved the small town location. I was keen to find out how things would end up for these characters right up until the end of the book
I think I’ve read something by Laura Lippman before, but it must have been before I started blogging and I can’t remember what it was. I will read more of her books in future.