September 27, 2023

Prom Mom

Prom Mom
Laura Lippman


(September 27, 2023)

Amber Glass is a dealer in outsider art, specializing in the art of the incarcerated. She understand the incarcerated: she woke up in a hotel bathroom the morning after her high school prom in a pool of blood, with a dead infant on the floor. It was a tabloid sensation: Prom Mom/ She wound up in juvenile detention until she was 18. Now in her 30s, she’s back in suburban Baltimore, and back in touch with Cad Dad — who is married to a plastic surgeon.

This odd, slow-burning thriller takes a while to get moving, but once the acceleration kicks in it doesn’t stop.