Reviewed by Melanie Kline

The death of Gordon “GoGo” Halloran sets off a chain of events that reunites five childhood friends. Together again, they question whether their secret from many years ago has caused them to become the people they are today. Alternating between current day and the late 70’s and early 80’s, the tale tells both each individual’s story and that of their parents.

Brothers Tim, Sean, and Gordon and neighbors Gwen and Mickey are inseparable during the summers. They refer to themselves as “The Circle of Five” and do everything together. They spend almost everyday exploring the surrounding woods and making it their own. One day, they come across an old dilapidated cabin in the woods and meet an ancient black man they refer to as Chicken George because of the chickens that roam freely both in and out of the cabin and yard.

This begins a strange friendship. The children bring Chicken George canned goods, clothes and other products that they sneak out of their homes and he would play his guitar and tolerate their presence. The children keep Chicken George their secret for fear of being reprimanded for going so deep into the woods.

During Hurricane David, a chain of events causes what appears to be the death of Chicken George and the children are forced to tell their fathers about him and their visits to his cabin. The fathers head off to the cabin to investigate while the children are left behind with their mothers. Now, so many years later, they are forced to deal with what really happened that night and each person’s involvement with it.

I found The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman to be quite dry – a huge disappointment after my review of her book I’d Know You Anywhere. The entire book felt distant and the action never quite gripped or interested me.

Rating: 1/5

Check out our reviews of other books by Laura Lippman:

The Girl in the Green Raincoat | I’d Know You Anywhere | Life Sentences

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.