To the Power of Three

Version: Abridged
Author: Laura Lippman
Narrator: Linda Emond
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: July 2005
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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The three girls have been inseparable best friends since third grade -- Josie, the athletic one; Perri, the brilliant, acerbic drama queen; and Kat the beauty, who also had brains, grace, and a heart open to all around her. But their last day of high school becomes their final day together after one of them brings a gun to school to resolve a mysterious feud. When the police arrive, they discover two wounded girls. The third girl is dead, killed instantly by a shot to the heart.

For the shell-shocked parents, teachers, administrators, and students, healing must begin with answers to the usual questions -- but only if the answers are safe ones, answers that will lead back to one girl and one family and absolve everyone else.

For Homicide Sgt. Harold Lenhardt, this case is a mystery with more twists than these grief-stricken suburbanites are willing to acknowledge -- and the sole lucid survivor, a girl with a teenager's uncanny knack for stonewalling, strikes him as being less than honest. What is she concealing? Is she trying to protect herself or someone else? Even the simplest secrets can kill -- and kill again if no one is willing to confront them.

Reviews (3)

twists and turns...

Written by Kristin from Athens, GA on March 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The dramas and pettinenss of teenage/high school life are well described in this mystery. I found the characters engaging, and although not always "likable", definitely sympathetic. This was a great book.

To the Power of Three

Written by Cheryl Sattler on January 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If you've ever gone to high school - this book will take you back to the worst day you ever had there - forget no prom date, much worse than that. Lippman writes compellingly and her characters, far beyond the typical murder mystery cast, are 3 dimensional and very real. By the time the book ends, I had laughed, gripped the steering wheel, and loved every minute of it. Lippman is the queen of the fatal twist.

To the power of three

Written by J.D. from Hammond, LA on March 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was particularly difficult to listen through to the end. It was somewhat boring and predictable.

Author Details

Author Details

Lippman, Laura

Laura Lippman grew up in Baltimore and returned to her hometown in 1989 to work as a journalist. After writing seven books while still a full-time reporter, she left the Baltimore Sun to focus on fiction. The author of multiple "New York Times" bestsellers including "What the Dead Know" and "Life Sentences", she has won numerous awards for her work, including the Edgar, Quill, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Shamus, Barry, and Macavity.