Every Secret Thing

Every Secret Thing

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It is early evening, summer time and hot. Two eleven year old girls, Alice and Ronnie, are on their way home from a swimming party when they happen to see a baby's stroller, with baby girl sleeping inside, left unattended on the top step of a house. Ronnie says to Alice: 'We have to take care of this baby.' But what exactly does she mean? Four days later the body of little Olivia Barnes is discovered in a hut in Baltimore's rambling Leakin Park by a young rookie detective, Nancy Porter. What can have happened in those four days to bring about this appalling crime? The girls are arrested and found guilty. Seven years later Ronnie and Alice, now eighteen, are released from their separate prisons, back into their old neighbourhood where the mother of baby Olivia still lives. Another child goes missing, and Nancy Porter and her partner get the case ...show more

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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 165 x 244 x 37mm | 724g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752859854
  • 9780752859859

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Seven years ago Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller are two little girls returning home alone from a birthday party. Later that night a baby is reported missing and a few days later it is discovered dead in a secret hideaway in a local nature reserve. Admitting to nothing and with the truth still a mystery, the two girls were nevertheless jailed as juveniles for the murder of little Olivia Barnes. But now they have been released back into the neighbourhood and another baby has gone missing.. Detective Nancy Porter, who found Olivia's body all those years ago, is now embroiled in the investigation of the new missing child. Memories of that horrific find are uppermost in her mind and suspicion cannot help but fall on Alice and Ronnie, especially once the resemblance of the new missing child is noted. Fighting sex and race discrimination and going out on a limb to discover the baby before it is too late, Nancy Porter earns a place among the literary police detective ranks for her gumption and quick mind. Slow to get going but gradually building up to an unexpected climax, this is a great read from the author of the private detective Tess Monaghan series. - Lucy Watsonshow more

About Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun till she quit the paper to write fiction full time. She is the author of seven acclaimed Tess Monaghan thrillers. She lives in Baltimore.show more

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