I really wanted to like it more than I did, bu Almost from the start, Lora King, a Pasadena schoolteacher, thinks that something fishy is going on with her mysterious new sister-in-law. The prose style is interesting and subtle. And in many of these stories, regular people stumbled through a shadowy door, a door they rarely noticed and, if they did, walked past quickly or on the other side of the street. By the author of Dare Me and The End of Everything Femmes fatales. Alice soon becomes the consummate suburban housewife, ingratiating herself with the neighbors and Bill's friends by hostessing wonderful theme parties, preparing exotic menus and entertaining in high style. From the Blurb: School teacher Lora King finds her quiet suburban life disrupted when her brother Bill, a junior investigator with the District Attorney's office, meets a woman by chance and quickly marries her.
Assuming the role of amateur detective, she uncovers a shadowy world of drugs, prostitution, and ultimately, murder. When her brother's new wife seems too good to be true, Lora King starts poking around in her sister-in-law, Alice Steele's past, uncovering ugly things lurking beneath Hollywood's glitzy surface. I'm excited that I've only just discovered her. His new wife is Alice Steele, a beautiful and charming Hollywood wardrobe assistant, and although everyone else is entranced by her, Lora becomes suspicious of the inconsistencies in the stories from Alice's past. However, it appears that she is also a devotee of the works of Chandler and Dashiell Hammett and has learned much from them.
At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Halfway through I started to become worried that she wouldn't be able to pull it off; that the mystery or the answer or the en This is not the kind of book I like. Yet somehow it was a real-life human who recommended it, which almost makes me wonder why I've wasted seven years on this website. Halfway through I started to become worried that she wouldn't be able to pull it off; that the mystery or the answer or the ending could never be enough to justify the black edge of suspense that builds through the acceleration of those spinning details. This ingenious twist on a classic noir tale tells the story of Lora King, a schoolteacher, and her brother Bill, a junior investigator with the district attorney's office. I call it Old-Fashioned Escapism for the 21st Century.
With their parents dead, they are the only family each of them has and they cling to each other like drifters on a life raft. That's the world that Lora, a twenty-something school teacher, and her brother Bill live in: a serene, quiet existence in West Pasadena. Alice has a lot of strange friends and even more secrets, and Lora is determined to uncover those secrets and protect her brother. But it just felt like an imitation all along, and a shallow one press quotes have harped about how this is a very vintage L. I am sad that there are only four more Megan Abbott books that I haven't read, and by the end of this year maybe even the end of this month - I will probably have finished them all. At the end of Die a Little, Lora faces a final taunt from Alice. About this Item: Pocket Books, 2008.
Made sisters by marriage but not by choice, the bond between Lora and Alice is marred by envy and mistrust. Yes- I am an addict. In my case, this cost was a couple of nights without sleep; what will it cost you? I loved so much about this book. But I love that kind of thing myself, and it was fun to watch her put it to use the way she did. After finding James Ellroy's gripping but too dark for my liking, I found Abbott to be just the right balance.
The women with secrets in Die a Little are Lora and Alice. This is a great book, and I don't know how I have missed Megan Abbott until now. They went on a bit long, but some of my favorite parts were the catalogues of nineteen-fifties consumer products and foods: On Bill's birthday, she spent hours making cream-puff swans shaped from what she carefully pronounced as 'pâte à chou. The deeper Lora digs to uncover Alice's secrets, the more her own life begins to resemble Alice's sinister pastand present. The only clues left are her purse, a broken strap, a cryptic note and some rumors about her ugly love life. She is also very fond of film noir and classic noir fiction.
This ingenious twist on a classic noir tale tells the story of Lora King, a schoolteacher, and her brother Bill, a junior investigator with the district attorney's office. While I added classics from the '30s through the '60s into my library, I also got to see these modern takes of the genre as well and it has been a joy. There are not many female authors who write in noir well; in particular, very few contemporary female writers inhabit that territory. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. I regularly draw comparisons to because in my opinion she is the Queen of psychological intrigue and suspense and at times Die A Little impressed me so much that I can see similarities between the two authors, mostly in the hope that when I read more of Abbott she will develop these obvious talents in to something that might match Highsmith or Ellroy. I clearly wasn't the only one, as major writers such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz have attempted to imitate his style. Stuffed with details like garishly tinted photos of table spreads in turn of the century cookbooks, endless descriptions of social events and brand name objects; women's details.
Book is in Used-Good condition. Is this the scene where Lora blows everything open? In every way, she is the perfect woman--physically beautiful, magnetic personality, devoted to her husband—their life together seems almost like a fairy tale. You know there is something wrong with Alice, you just do. It feels stunted, almost like an early, incomplete draft at times. Megan has published numerous books, and all of them belong to the same genre, that is crime fiction. Abbott reveals the dark layers of each of these characters; each of them sinks to depths that they didn't know they had. Lora is temporarily distracted when Alice introduces her to Mike Standish, a sexy studio publicist.