The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman – Book Review

The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
Published by Avon A, an imprint of Harper Collins

Tess Monaghan is not one who can tolerate sitting on the sidelines for long. Unfortunately, that is precisely what she has to do, on bed rest during a complicated and unplanned pregnancy. Separated from her normal life of as a PI, Tess has nothing much more to do than sit and look at her window. Every day, at approximately the same time, she sees a woman in a green raincoat walking a dog in a matching raincoat. One day, while Tess is watching, she sees the dog come running out, dragging his leash behind him, with his owner nowhere to be seen. Tess is not one to shy away from a mystery, so the question of what happened to The Girl in the Green Raincoat.

Perhaps my favorite thing about The Girl in the Green Raincoat is that Tess acknowledges the similarities between this story and Rear Window. Lippman’s writing and plotting in this novella are superb. I enjoyed exploring the mysterious disappearance along with Tess. I think that her confinement put her more on par with the reader who in mysteries are at the mercy of the main character, much as Tess is at the mercy of those around her and whatever she can find on the internet.

I enjoyed this first look at Laura Lippman’s work. Recommended

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13 comments to The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman – Book Review

  • This is part of a series, right? Had you read any of the other Tess Monaghan books or was this your first? The setup of this one has me very curious but if it’s in the middle of the series, I might wait until I can start at the beginning…

    • Laura Lippman does have the Tess Monaghan series, but from what I understand, this is more related to the series than an actual part of it. For one thing, it is a novella and the rest are all novel-length, although I supposed it does show you where Tess is in her life later in the series. I have also heard that it is a bit of a derivation from the style of the rest of the books, but I’m not sure. I have the first book in the series but haven’t read it yet. I think for this novella starting at the beginning isn’t necessary, and I tend to like to start at the beginning.

  • I have read such positive reviews on this book that I must try to run this down.

  • I have nothing but love for Rear Window, and I think it is great that Tess is living one of her own! You can’t take the detecting out of the girl, even if she is housebound!

  • I am curious about this author. I buy her books for my grandmother thanks to blog reviews, but have never tried her myself!

  • I really want to read this but I’ve owned up to being OCD about reading book series in order so I’m planning on starting with the first and working my way toward this title.

  • Yay for Laura Lippman! So glad you enjoyed this one :)

  • I very much liked this one too…and since I love Hitchcock, I liked the similarities to Rear Window too.

  • It takes some skill to pull “Rear Window” into your story and make it work. Sounds like Lippman really succeeded.

  • I have been wanting to read some of her work, and I think I’ll move it up on my list now!

  • I just love the idea of this book. The plot summary your provided really grabbed me. I’ll definitely be adding this one to my list.

  • This sounds like a lot of fun — I love Rear Window and I can relate to wondering what your neighbors are up to. I remember as a kid, one of our favorite games used to be making up stories about what we could see people doing in their yards.

  • Laura’s writing is excellent. Her stand-alone thrillers like I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE and WHAT THE DEAD KNOW are especially good. She’s won every major mystery writing award there is.