Heloise has managed to put an abusive childhood and seedy early adult life behind her by moving to the suburbs with her son, Scott. She runs an elite escort agency, but has created covers as a lobbyist and owner of a few online businesses. Having a client who's a politician (Paul) and a longtime friend (Tom) who's a cop has also helped her keep her background hidden. However, things start to unravel--a fellow madam dies, Tom warns her to be extra careful, and one of her girls decides to blackmail her. Heloise finds herself more uneasy than ever and wonders how she'll be able to extricate herself from this mess and keep her son safe. Told in chapters alternating between her teen years/recent past and the present, And When She Was Good was a book I had a hard time putting down. Lippman did a great job creating a character and story that the reader becomes immersed in.
I'm a librarian with a background in Reader's Advisory who left librarianship for domestic...uh...bliss.
From 1992-2003 I worked at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library. I served on YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (1998-2000, chair 2000) and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2001-2003, chair 2002). I wrote the article "Zap! Woosh! Kerplow! Build High Quality Graphic Novel Collections With Impact" (School Library Journal, January 1997). I am a substitute Reference Librarian at the Indian Prairie Public Library.