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Publisher's Summary

A woman watches her marriage implode over text message and decides that ignorance is not bliss in this bitterly satisfying short mystery by the New York Times bestselling author of Lady in the Lake.

Liz Kelsey promised herself she’d never again spy on her feckless husband, Phil. But then she discovers a string of suggestive texts on his secret burner phone. Even worse, he’s flirting with the woman who shook their unstable marriage once before. But knowledge is power. What’s more dangerous - what Liz knows or what Phil doesn’t know?

Laura Lippman’s Slow Burner is part of Hush, a collection of six stories, ranging from political mysteries to psychological thrillers, in which deception can be a matter of life and death. Each piece can be read or listened to in one truly chilling sitting.

©2020 Laura Lippman. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Admiralu
  • 30-07-20

Marriage in Greek Mythology


This was a short story about a married couple. Together for over twenty years, she is a teacher of Greek mythology and he is a money man. We learn that all is not well in the home, while she loves her husband, he is a control freak who chases other women. Most of the story is a background in the relationship, including several attempts at therapy. I'd have hit the divorce lawyer and kicked his ass to the curb with full alimony. She had other plans. I won't ruin the twist. It was rather interesting. Perfectly narrated on the audiobook by Amy McFadden. Lots of Greek mythology references.

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  • Kay
  • 16-10-20

Kinda boring

This was a slow story. It wasn’t that exciting. I would’ve given 3 stars, but that’s pretty much my rating for books I like or even sometimes kinda like a little. There was no way this was worth 3 stars. I guess if you’ve got an hour to spare and want to complete the “Hush” series - it won’t be a complete waste of time...but damn near

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  • escoocoo
  • 24-11-21

Totally awful!

I cannot even finish this story. It is banal and completely uninteresting to me. Could care less about these characters, only to say I find them entirely shallow and utterly boring! Maybe there is a good twist at the end, but I will never know because I have no intention of ever bothering to get there! Yuck. Yuck. Yuck 🤮.

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  • Jason
  • 11-05-21

Really just not for me.

It's a lot of one sided social commentary. It was hard to get invested. The twist was pretty good. Ultimately I don't not think the way the two main characters interact with each other is real. Even for a tense unwanted relationship it seemed off.

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  • Jordan
  • 13-04-21

Fun

A truly good short story. I liked the way the narrative was presented, via texts with some insight from the main character in between. It had a good build up and the twist was somewhat expected but also still good.

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  • Janet Katz
  • 22-10-20

I love Laura Lippman

Great short story in true Lippmann style. That means it's good. Listen to her books too.

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  • Soozey
  • 09-09-20

Pretty Good for a Short Story

Story kept me engaged from start to end; this is still difficult to do even with short stories. The story ended with an unexpected and smart twist; I just felt like the “wrap up” at the very end, was rushed and could have been told better ...but this didn’t ruin story for me. I enjoyed.

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  • Sarra Lord
  • 30-06-22

A Slow Burn

As I've said many times, I'm not always a fan of short stories, but this one was excellent. The title refers both to a burner cell phone and also to the story itself. It definitely had a slow burn going and I didn't expect the ending. Very clever, well played, and so appreciated.

Wife discovers her husband is having yet another emotional affair when she finds his burner phone in the laundry. She's been caught snooping before but she just can't help herself. What to do? What to do? We get to read along with the texts as she considers her options.

From the Amazon Hush collection. So far, I've enjoyed two of the stories from the collection and have been neutral about three. One left to go, it's by Jeffrey Deaver, so I have high hopes. I love his Lincoln Rhyme series.

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  • Susan
  • 10-05-22

Didn’t see THAT coming!

A seemingly familiar story of an affair…or is it? Definite must read/listen! Wow!

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  • Ashley Roberts
  • 06-04-22

Good quick read

This was a good short story. One of the best ones in the hush collection series.