Book - 2018
Average Rating:
Rate this:
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays, and he stays -- drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other -- dangerous, even lethal secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident or part of a plan? By now Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away -- or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Something -- or someone -- has to give. Which one will it be?
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062389923
Branch Call Number: FICTION LIP
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jun 18, 2019

2018; William Morrow/Harper Collins
(Review Not on Blog)

I have now read several of Laura Lippman's books, and on the whole I have loved her books. I was a bit disappointed with her last book, Wilde Lake as I was expecting her usual suspense filled novel. I went into Sunburn with a bit of lower expectation (on suspense) and was sucked in right away. It has that "Girl" (all the psychological suspense books with "Girl" in the title, unlikable characters and a twist, or surprise two twists) feeling to this book, but it worked! Although I read this in a cold February, this would be a great beach read as the weather warms up.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

I enjoyed the pacing of this novel, revealing just enough at a time to keep a reader curious and slightly unnerved by every single character. I hate the unreliable narrator route so I appreciate this being written in third person. I also loathe any book described as "for fans of Girl on a Train!", but this felt different, a tad less predictable and with more complex characters that don't fit so neatly into 'good' and 'evil' categories. My only nitpick is Adam's character...I don't quite buy how he behaves at the very end. Still, this is a worthwhile thriller for the commute and an easy choice for vacation reading.

Feb 13, 2019

This was an interesting detective story. I could imagine Kathleen Turner and William Hurt playing in it. Laura Lippman is easy to read. The black widow spider, Polly, is intriguing. A few cheers for an author from St Pete.

Feb 08, 2019

Hmmm. This was an interesting detective story. I could imagine Kathleen Turner and William Hurt playing the lead roles. Laura Lipman is easy to read and her black widow spider, Polly, is intriguing. A few cheer for an author from St Pete.

Jan 31, 2019

The story is riveting, but I did not like any of the characters. If find this in many of Laura Lippman's books. You keep reading because you want to find out what happens not because you care about any of the people it's happening too.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

The perfect slow burn of a novel, with excellent characters and pitch-perfect pacing. Lippman perfectly captures the feeling of wistfulness in summer as it starts the march to fall and the satisfaction in waiting, and the languorous feel of novel is one of its best features.

Oct 13, 2018

My concise review of Sunburn is this: So what?

Expanded review: Two unpleasant people fall in love. The woman has a dark past. So what? Unlikable characters can still be interesting, but these people weren't, at least to me. I usually like this writer, but this book didn't work for me. I think that she came up with an outline for a plot, then filled in the characters, but the plot was not much more interesting than the two main characters. I really didn't care about Polly's dark past. I thought Adam was a moron. And so was I for finishing this book, though I paged hastily through the last third just to see what happened. The only character I found either interesting or sympathetic was the crooked insurance agent who hired Adam to spy on Polly.

Sep 15, 2018

Great read. I loved how each chapter is from a different character's perspective, sometimes of the same event or scene.

JCLHeatherB May 14, 2018

Can a relationship between a woman on the run from her past and the private investigator hired to find her ever work out? This solid mystery benefits from having the tension coming from both outside AND inside of the relationship. Well-written and engrossing as the layers of revelations keep rolling out.

Apr 29, 2018

The book opens with a man's point of view. He's stalking a woman. I can't stomach this.

View All Comments


Add a Summary
Mar 10, 2018

A true page turner: loved the complex characters, the motives and definitely the surprise at the end: a perfect cloudy day book

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at WVML

To Top