The Power of Three

The Power of Three

Book - 2005
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Baltimore police receive an urgent call out to Glendale High after gunshots are heard coming from a locked girls' toilet. It appears that three girls are in there but only one, Josie, is conscious. She assures the police through the locked door that she's not the shooter. She also insists that she cannot manage to unlock the door because of the injury she has suffered to her leg.

After a janitor is summoned, the police cautiously enter the bathroom. They find three victims - Josie, whose leg wound seems relatively superficial; Perri, who is unconscious from a bullet wound that has ripped through her jaw; and Katrina, who is dead, shot in the chest.

The investigating team is led by Detective Harold Lenhardt - himself the father of an adolescent girl. He soon discovers information that is at odds with the story Josie is telling. Other clues at the scene suggest there was a fourth girl who witnessed the entire episode from behind a locked stall. Where is she now? How did she get out?

Five years before this fatal shooting in the locked toilet, three girls met aged ten, and took a vow of eternal friendship. How did that passionate friendship change and evolve and finally fall apart? Here Laura Lippman combines police procedural with an intensely human, sad, eternal tale of growing up. As ever, she ratchets up the suspense as she unfolds her story with grace, sympathy and acute intelligence.

Publisher: Orion, 2005
ISBN: 9780752868776
Branch Call Number: AF LIPP


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Dec 10, 2014

This is the first non-Tess book worth reading. The others were awful; this one is okay. It is true that she has stuck by her new criteria of writing only unlikable characters, but she has finally made Lenhardt human enough that he is interesting. The bullying is timely, and the tragedy is far to common in today's high schools, but this is neither good literature nor a good read.

I know it is wrong to ascribe reality to fiction, but at this point, I just have to say there are better ways to come to grips with the abuse one has suffered as a teen than to try to destroy one's literary reputation while wreaking vengeance on those who were mean to you in junior high. From now on, I read only Tess novels and skip Lippman's self-therapy.

Dec 14, 2011

The book is a good read- Laura Lippman has a way of sucking you in with her rambling style and before you know it hours pass by without you even realizing it.

However, the downside is that the stories are almost too long, by about 100 pages. This is the second stand alone book I've read and each time I felt like skipping towards the end to find out what the truth is.

The second downside is that the mystery, when revealed, is quite disappointing. It was that way with Every Secret Thing and it was the same with To The Power of Three. I felt let down when I got to the end.

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