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Seventeen-year-old Cara Walden arrives in 1950s London with her half-brother Gray‚ a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and closeted homosexual. Gray has looked after Cara ever since her mother‚ glamorous actress Vivien Grant‚ was found drowned in the pool at their estate. As Cara embarks on a film shoot in Sicily and begins a love affair with a temperamental actor‚ she caSeventeen-year-old Cara Walden arrives in 1950s London with her half-brother Gray‚ a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and closeted homosexual. Gray has looked after Cara ever since her mother‚ glamorous actress Vivien Grant‚ was found drowned in the pool at their estate. As Cara embarks on a film shoot in Sicily and begins a love affair with a temperamental actor‚ she cannot help pondering the mystery surrounding her mother's death‚ but the questions she asks soon put Cara's own life in danger...

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All the Wrong Places Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-02-06 18:11

    I’ve been friends with Lisa Lieberman for about as long as I’ve been a member of Goodreads. Over the years she has frequently tipped me off to great movies and books. In particular, I’m grateful for her recommendation for me to watch Jean-Luc Godard’s amazing film Breathless. When I heard she had written a novel about Hollywood abroad in Europe during the 1950s, I dropped everything and devoted myself to reading it. I knew it would be well researched, intelligent, and brimming with all that wonderful information that I know is so beautifully arranged (unlike the clutter in my own) in her head. Instead of a traditional review, I thought it would be more interesting for me to ask Lisa a few questions about how this book evolved. Breathless directed by Jean-Luc GodardJeffrey Keeten: Previously, you've written some very serious books about tough subjects. I still see a writer concerned about the bigger issues even though your choice of expression has changed from history to fiction. I liked the way you weaved the history of the time period into the book. You took a book that could have been categorized as a Hollywood cozy and made it into a more profound book tackling contentious issues. For instance: McCarthyism, sexism, racism in London, and even the fate of children in Europe still facing harsh conditions left over from the war in the mid-1950s. As almost a counter balance, you worked in elements like Princess Grace's wedding and Queen Elizabeth's coronation. Were you drawn to the issues of the 1950s for a particular reason? What created the click in your head that said I need to write this book?Lisa Lieberman: As a historian of postwar Europe, I’ve been inhabiting this period for a long time. My nonfiction addresses some pretty depressing issues, as you note: suicide, including those of Holocaust survivors; the German occupation of Paris; war crimes and the trials of French collaborators after the war; terrorism and torture in French Algeria; the crushing of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Even as a nonfiction reader, I’m drawn to dark topics. My bookshelves could rival those of Woody Allen’s character in Annie Hall (Alvy’s books all had “death” in the title).But I’m actually a fun-loving person, and my taste in films reflects this. Musicals, mysteries, British comedy, French caper movies, satire, romance. It just so happens that the 1950s was a prime era for all of these genres, in addition to noir, which I also adore. So that’s where I tend to go, when I want an escape.When my father was dying, in 2008, we watched a lot of old movies together, and after he passed away, I had a hard time getting back to my work. I found myself watching more movies, and gradually this story began to take shape in my mind.Jeffrey Keeten:Cara is a nontraditional private eye, no trench coats, or gats, or worn shoe leather in this book. In fact, the mystery plot spends most of the book trapped in her subconscious. Did you set out to write a 1950s murder mystery or did you you want to write a book about 1950s Hollywood, and the mystery element evolved with the writing?Lisa Lieberman:I was thinking about writing a mystery featuring blacklisted Hollywood people, and got the idea of having it narrated by a young girl who comes of age over the course of the story, only understanding the clues of the mystery that haunted her childhood as she gets out and about, lives a little. Noir, as a genre, has more psychological depth than, say, 30s melodrama, although I didn’t want to make my story too dark and convoluted (it’s more Hitchcock than noir, really; no accident that it ends up on the French Riviera, with the characters staying in the same hotel where Grace Kelly’s character stayed with her mother in To Catch a Thief.)Still, there was a good deal of serendipity involved. Some of the characters and plot developments were planned, others emerged in the process of writing. Who knew that there was a DP camp in Trani (which I picked randomly by looking at a map, to determine a good spot for the car to break down on the way to San Giovanni Rotondo) and that, to get to it from Reggio di Calabria, one passes through Valentino's home town? The journey was exhilarating, waking up each morning and not knowing quite where I'd be going that day. Looking at old issues of Vogue to outfit Cara for the film festival? Learning about the Roma in Italy? Reading trashy Hollywood bios to help flesh out a character? Lots more fun than frequenting the Bibliothèque Nationale or listening to Holocaust testimonies at the Fortunoff archive at Yale!JK:Cara's brother, Gray, is a fascinating character, so fascinating in fact that he overshadows his sister in the early part of the book. Did you have anybody in particular in mind from real Hollywood that you based his character on?LL:I was reading Charles Chaplin, Jr.’s bio of his father, Charlie Chaplin, and came upon this poignant passage. He and his brother were collateral damage in their parents’ divorce, and he said that he didn’t think anyone in the world loved him enough. “I want more out of this life. I want to achieve something worthwhile as an actor. And so, when things are low and tough, and it seems I’m getting no place in my career, when I have no answer if people ask, ‘What are you doing now, Charlie?,’ then is when I drink.” JK I couldn't help noticing you slipped Cary Grant into the book. Any particular reason why the dashing, debonair Hitchcock favorite was given a cameo? LL: Pure self-indulgence. I love Cary Grant (if you search my blog, you will find that I’ve reviewed a ridiculous number of his films — even some bad ones). Surely, I’m not alone in wishing I could have met him, if only fleetingly.JK: Rudolph Valentino died too young in 1926, but the specter of him still lingered over Hollywood for decades. I thought it was interesting how you found a way to place him in your plot. The question remains though, if you could have dinner with Valentino or Cary Grant which would you choose?LL: Dinner? Cary Grant. The way he traded insults with Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday, the back-and-forth with Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story, his comic timing in Bringing Up Baby and Holiday, suggest he’d be a delightful table companion, even if we were only sharing a hotdog. Of course, I’d hope we went somewhere posh, so I’d get to see him in a tuxedo.With Valentino, on the other hand, I imagine a more wordless encounter. We might begin by dancing a tango, with the evening evolving from there. . .JK: I love this quote you put in the book from Valentino. ”I am merely the canvas upon which women paint their dreams.” JK: As I was reading the book, I kept thinking the Director Luca was based on Roberto Rossellini. I still have issues with him over how he, in my opinion, took away too many key acting years from Ingrid Bergman. Am I on track or did you have someone else in mind?LL: Bingo. I wanted Cara to come under the sway of an Italian neorealist director, and he fit the bill: serious, thoughtful, passionate about art and women, not as self-obsessed as Fellini. He was generous to a fault, stayed on good terms with all his ex-wives and mistresses. Ingrid Bergman’s autobiography provided tremendous insight into his character. She forgave him for the way he treated her, by the way.JK:I read Donald Spoto’s bio of Bergman this year so my resentment towards Rossellini is still too fresh, but I’m sure I, too, will eventually forgive him. :-)JK: This is a natural book for a wonderful soundtrack. Music is layered into the plot. Did you listen to specific music as you wrote the book?LL: I’ve always loved 50s jazz and the “gypsy jazz” of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, but in the course of researching the time period, I learned that there was a Calypso craze in England at this time. Trinidadians came to London to help repair the war-damaged city and brought their music with them. The musicians gave themselves fabulous names: Lord Invader (he wrote “Rum and Coca Cola,” but wasn’t credited for it), Lord Kitchener (the basis for my character Dory). This wasn’t the clean Calypso later popularized by Harry Belafonte. Some of the lyrics were quite racy, and English audiences loved it — Princess Margaret included.JK: You bring up Kahlil Gibran's book The Prophet (1923) in the plot. This book seems to have a resurgence about every twenty years or so. In the late 1980s when I was in the book biz, I sold copies like crazy. It was a big book of the 1960s counterculture in America. Does this book have special significance for you?LL: No special significance for me, but the mid-50s was one of those fad periods you refer to, and Gray would have been exposed to it during his youth in the 30s, so it seemed like the perfect birthday present for him to give Cara.JK: Cara Walden has a slightly sordid past by the tender age of 17. In fact, she has had a child already and has given it up for adoption. Hollywood is an adult world where child actors grow up fast. Cara is attracted to all the wrong men, but really to me it was the environment in which she was growing up. It seems natural for a romantic, attractive young girl to fall in love/lust with those handsome actors. There is a particularly brutal, embarrassing scene on one movie set with a man she thought she was in love with. How much control over her own body did a young woman have during this time period? Not only with giving a child up for adoption, but with recourse for an assault? Silence or no work?LL: Yes, I think it is the environment that destroys actors, men and women, then and now. Too many tragedies to list, but just think of Judy Garland being put on diet pills and being “persuaded” to have an abortion when she was married to her first husband, because her image in those days was of a younger girl.In the 50s, and even in the 70s, when I was a teenager, sexual assault was not talked about, not even at slumber parties when it was just girls. Victims kept quiet; nobody wanted to hear about it, for one thing., and there seemed to be something shameful about it. After she was raped in 1974, Connie Francis bravely spoke out, but every interview is prefaced with an account of what a good girl she was before it happened. (“I had a very traditional upbringing and a mother and father who loved me. I was a very disciplined performer. I didn't go to clubs after a show. I didn't drink or party. I'd go back to my room with my aunt or my mother and play Scrabble. I was never abused. My manager was very protective. I never saw agents directly. I never knew the old show business story about having to deal with the producer on his couch. I was a virgin until the day I married at the age of 25, didn't have affairs. When I fell in love, I got married. . .”)Connie FrancisWomen who report sexual assault are still expected to prove their innocence, but it’s getting easier to come forward, I think.JK: There is a hint on the front cover that states 'A Cara Walden Mystery' which would indicate to me that you are planning a series. Are you working on a follow-up? And will it be in the same time period? LL: I’m just putting the finishing touches on the sequel, Burning Cold. This one is set in Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution, taking off from the classic film directed by Carol Reed and starring Orson Welles, The Third Man. Graham Greene wrote the screenplay and I’m kind of channeling him for this one. After this, I’m be visiting the remnants of French colonial Vietnam, then we're off to Paris in time for de Gaulle’s return to power in May of 1958, followed by a jaunt to Cuba to meet Fidel Castro and witness the end of the Batista era. Never a dull moment.JK: The Third Man is a terrific movie and one of my favorite Welles movies along with Touch of Evil and The Lady from Shanghai. With Graham Greene added to the mix how could the movie be anything less than a masterpiece? I want to thank Lisa for being such a good sport about answering my questions and for tipping this reader off to this intriguing, well researched book that is filled with references to great films, body swaying music, and inspiring literature. I felt right at home in the pages of this book and look forward to experiencing more 1950s Hollywood as Cara finds herself on location in Budapest. Do check out Lisa’s website at: http://deathlessprose.comIf you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:

  • Margitte
    2019-02-09 18:22

    The grace and elegance of the Pre-WWII Hollywood, with its glamorous portrayal of the good life, the American Dream, forms the backdrop of this historical fictional novel. An older American woman is writing down her memories, or rather, narrating her story of their privileged lives in the movie industry, during the days of McCarthyism and the infamous Blacklist, which had herself and her brother, at her young age, leave the United States for London to escape possible prosecution. They become part of the diaspora of movie-makers fleeing from a hostile government. Her mother died, apparently of a suicide, and the young Cara also had to give up her illegitimate newborn son for adoption to avoid a scandal. It was not a happy departure for her. Their future was uncertain.It is ten years after the end of WWII. Europe lies in ruins. Poverty reigns over most part of the continent. The evidence of cities which have imploded in on themselves still dominates the landscape. Communism is still either romanticized or vilified. Desolation clouds the European urban landscape. The Holocaust is still a stark, raw, reality for the survivors who need to find new meaning in their lives. The film industry is spreading wings to include the horror of the war in the movie reels. There are strong opposing viewpoints on the distribution of the films. Grace Kelly is getting married, the Cannes Film Festival is lurking in the wings of things. Movies are as much a part of her presence as it was of her past. Actors, directors, screenwriters and musicians are the people gracing her life in exile. The elegance and style of the rich stand in stark contrast to the death, destruction and destitution of the people populating the continent. Betrayal is as part of life as the foggy, dreary reality of London. Cara Walden is a 19-year-old actress, the daughter of a well-known Hollywood producer. Leaving her home country and its dark memories, she starts her new life as a singer and actress, travelling from London to Italy to France. Her experiences in Europe will not only help her grow up, but will also lead her to solving the mystery behind her mother's death.Cara navigates historical sites, often in high-speed adventurous escapades; experiences the polar opposites in politics and social classes; tries to find emotional healing in All The Wrong Places for both her current as well as past lives. However, she slowly finds her way back to her own personal truth. She learns to trust men, as well as love, again. She has to continually convince herself of her own self-worth after being taken advantage of by unscrupulous men. She needs to trust friendship again and find bonds with other, older, women to sustain her own growth into adulthood. It is not something she knew and therefor learns what it really means to connect to women for support.A gentle read with deeper building blocks. Eloquent prose. Informative. Well-researched. It is a good blend of Hollywood intrigue, 'lighter' romance elements, the dark underbelly of mankind, and history.The author, being a historian, uses her extensive knowledge of postwar European history to serve as background to this first book in a promising forthcoming series.

  • Jim
    2019-01-28 19:13

    Full disclosure here...Lisa has been my friend here on goodreads for quite some time, and this is not the first time I've had the pleasure of reading her work. It is, however, her first foray into the realm of fiction.To be safe in the world of fiction, you should write about what you know. Lisa has followed this formula quite closely. She is an historian and film blogger, so what better setting for a new heroine than post-war Europe among the glitterati of European cinema? Lisa's clean and clear style of writing is refreshing and her chronology is flawless as she takes her heroine, Cara Walden, through the glamour spots of Europe. The book has a bit of everything: sex and violence in moderation, a touch of glamour and, underlying all, the mystery surrounding the death of Cara's mother. The book has a noirish tone to it, and Cara is far from being the alpha-bitch modern heroine - the book is morePerils of Paulinethan Mike Shane , but all the essentials are here, including the surprise ending. Oh, and let's not forget one of the best bits of cover art ever to grace a hardback.Four star read, with an extra star thrown in because Lisa is such a nice person.

  • Lawyer
    2019-02-14 16:14

    All the Wrong Places: Hooray for Hollywood!Full review to follow. But, by way of a preview, it's Boffo! If you're not familiar with showbiz lingo, that means extremely good, a hit, great box office. This one's a treat. Oh, yeah. It was a selection by Otto Penzler for his Mysterious Press Bookstore.

  • Rebecca Foster
    2019-01-19 17:03

    In this first Cara Walden mystery novel, Lieberman, an expert on postwar European history, takes inspiration from both the good and the bad of the 1950s: classic cinema and Grace Kelly’s glamour on one hand, and postwar reconstruction and McCarthyism on the other. Narrated by an older Cara looking back on her youth, the novel echoes the hardboiled tone of 1940s and 50s noir movies. Lieberman slyly tweaks period stereotypes through Cara’s knowing, humorous voice. Classic film buffs will be particularly delighted with cameo appearances from Cary Grant and Gloria Swanson.As for where the series could go next, Lisa says “I envision taking these characters all over the world, having them as participant/observers to key events ... In each case, the story will get its flavor from a classic film of that time and place.” Settle in with some popcorn and a stack of DVDs: I predict plenty of nostalgic viewing—and reading—ahead.(See my full review at BookTrib.)

  • Larry Bassett
    2019-01-29 15:17

    I can only imagine how much more enjoyable this book might have been if I had more knowledge of classical film or post World War II European history. There is more intellectual content here per page than in just about any mystery I have read. Most powerful!

  • Nooilforpacifists
    2019-02-14 23:03

    There is a plot here. But you need a stethoscope to detect. Acceptable in a character study; not so much in a mystery.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-15 21:29

    This is an engaging post war tale that is mostly historical adventure, a little mystery, with sprinkles of romantic intrigue. Cara Walden is a hollywood teenager actress, daughter of a famous director, sister of a communist and McCarthy era victim. She is also a victim— of seduction at a very young age, which resulted in pregnancy during a time when one had to give birth then give the baby up for adoption. After giving birth she flees with her brother to Europe to rid themselves of McCarthy era harassment. While in Europe she reflects upon her past as she travels, finds acting roles, makes interesting friends and discovers true love. We learn about her mother’s mysterious death by drowning that has haunted Cara since she was ten. This mystery gradually gains more clarity as Cara reflects not only upon her past but also her present predicaments. Eventually Cara discovers who her mother really was, how she really died, right when she begins to understand who she really is. The novel is more than a story, it is an educational, well written journey across post War Europe, confidently relayed to the reader in a delightful, engaging voice. The details, characters, cultures and political climate reflect this author’s wealth of knowledge and understanding of this important time in history.Interesting and very well researched story.

  • Jim
    2019-02-06 18:02

    All The Wrong Places is a very smart and engaging tale. Part mystery novel, part historical drama, it is most of all the deftly-told story of Cara Walden, lonely teenage child of a famous ex-pat American director and his glamorous actress wife. The story takes place in post-war London and Italy, settings artfully brought to life through finely wrought period details and by referencing historical events and figures in an unforced way. The mystery part is mainly Cara's need to find out who killed her mother at her father's famous London estate, something that took place when Cara was ten. But as Cara careens around Europe, pondering her mother's end, worrying about her communist brother (this is the McCarthy era) and her ailing father, she is also chasing her own artistic dream and looking for love (yes, in all the wrong places), and her inner journey is every bit as captivating as the book's core mystery. The story is told in Cara's own articulate and likeable voice, as she narrates from the perspective of a woman looking back.

  • John Jr.
    2019-02-03 22:07

    Lisa Lieberman’s debut novel is a mystery but also a tale of growing up internationally during the early and mid-50s. Cara Walden, our footloose young heroine, travels between Los Angeles, England, France, and Italy as she worries over the question of her mother’s untimely death. The film industry of the time is evoked as skillfully as the political and cultural atmosphere, but what I admire most is the fluidity of the narrative, which moves skippingly across time and space. For a more thorough review, see Rebecca Foster’s review on BookTrib. Disclosure: I read an ARC sent to me by the author, with whom I’m acquainted here.

  • Mr. Gottshalk
    2019-01-30 20:28

    I was a bit concerned when I started the book - had a hard time getting into the character and the time period. But that was just me. I came back to it the next night, and read about an hour, and found it to be a tremendously interesting read! More of a travelogue than a mystery, I learned quite a bit about little settings and historically accurate details wherever Cara traveled: from London, to Italy to Monaco and all the side trips in between. Everything was believable - from her shady Communist brother to her troubled father (who threw his wife Vivian out of their Los Angeles home), to Cara's love affairs and the friends she met along the way as an actress in strange places - some of them "wrong", many of them colorful and intriguing.

  • Tony
    2019-02-06 16:08

    Lisa Lieberman can certainly spin a tale.

  • Dale
    2019-01-31 17:15

    In the world of mystery fiction, offbeat and different is a good thing, like a refreshing sorbet to cleanse the palate, after so many inspectors, PIs, and amateur sleuths baking something while solving murders. We have a new kind of mystery here with protagonist Cara Walden, an unlikely heroine. First, you're going to have to enjoy a historical slant, and a changing geographic scene, as the story takes us to different locales. We go from Hollywood up to the time of HUAC, to a gray, dreary, post-WWII London, to sunny, heartbreaking Sicily, and wind up in Monaco for a storybook wedding. Not your typical mystery. The specter of Communism haunts each locale, and shows how different cultures react to it. The research shows through in every scene, with meticulous detail about the historical time and place. It is also thorough in the knowledge of the acting worlds of stage and screen, and glamourous celebrities.So settle back and take a ride to the past, and enjoy as you would an old movie.

  • Luciana
    2019-02-04 20:15

    “What was she doing, wandering the grounds in the early morning hours in her nightgown, practically willing an accident to happen? If she loved me, couldn’t she have kept herself out of harm’s way? Beneath this loomed another, darker question: Was it my fault that she didn’t love me enough to stay in my life?”The mystery surrounding Vivien Grant’s sudden death leaves her daughter Cara, then a young child, tormented by the suspicion that her mother, a stunningly beautiful Hollywood actress, might not have drowned in the pool at the Walden estate in a tragic accident, but that she might instead have been murdered. Lisa Lieberman’s novel, which has a definite cinematic quality about it, spans over two fascinating decades in history, the 1940s and 50s, against the backdrop of the glamorous life of Hollywood film stars, first in California, then in London, with interludes of movie shootings in Sicily. As well as a murder mystery story, where the mystery is revealed at the end in a dramatic sequence worthy of a proper thriller, the book has the quality of a novel of education. In spite of leading a glamorous life herself in the steps of her mother’s own career (she becomes an actress herself and travels around Europe hanging out with an international film community), Cara’s most deep-seated preoccupation is revealed in that initial question about not having been a good enough daughter, the strength of whose love could have prevented her mother’s death.Lieberman’s novel does more than reconstruct the 1940s and 50s Hollywood world with historical events in the background such as the Rosenbergs’ trial and conviction but also Queen Elizabeth’s coronation and Grace Kelly’s royal wedding. It also provides the reader with a clever insight in the atmosphere of blacklisted intellectual circles during the McCarthy era, juxtaposing the veneer of Hollywood glamor with more serious political and social concerns.I found the novel very beautifully written and highly enjoyable to read.

  • Geoffrey Gudgion
    2019-02-08 17:05

    A charming and intelligent book that is part mystery, part travelogue, part homage to the film industry of the 1930's to 50's , as seen through the eyes of the daughter of a Hollywood producer, actress Cara Walden. Lieberman has drawn Cara well as an innocent abroad in post-war Europe, encountering a rich supporting cast of larger-than-life characters who leap off the page with the sharp clarity of a celluloid-era Dickens. Some characters remain plausibly ambiguous, revealing subtle layers as the book progresses.The action is skilfully woven into real events of the era, when a devastated Europe was still reforming after WW2 and the dead hand of Senator McCarthy lay over US creative industries, so the whole book is totally believable. It comes to a conclusion that could have leapt from the screen of an old black and white movie, the kind where you leave the cinema saying 'they don't make 'em like that anymore'. Fortunately, I believe more Cara Walden books are planned. I hope we don't have to wait long.

  • Sharon Healy-Yang
    2019-01-18 16:14

    All the Wrong Places is a wonderful pick for people who love their mysteries beautifully written. Lieberman evocatively carries us across the glamour and tension of 1950s Hollywood, the shadowy but exciting noir of post-WWII England, and the lush and wild exoticism of war shattered Italy. Her characters are intriguing and draw our sympathy. We are driven along not only by the questions behind the mysterious death of heroine Cara Walden's mother but how Cara finds her way through the emotional minefields of McCarthyism, racism, misogyny, and post-war. Lieberman crafts characters who are exciting people that you will care about and her vivid recreations of setting are a downright pleasure to read. I highly recommend this book!

  • Ute Carbone
    2019-02-16 23:00

    It's being shelved as a mystery, but All the Wrong Places is much more than that. The writing is wonderful, so it could be called literary fiction. The main character is, in many ways, coming of age. The descriptions of place are wonderful, so it has the air of a travel book. Overall, what stands out is the homage to old movies. Set in the 1950s, you can imagine the scenes playing out in black and white, the feature at the Rialto on a rainy Saturday afternoon. It's a must read for anyone who loves old movies. And recommended to anyone who enjoys a good read.

  • Beverly
    2019-01-31 23:13

    Loved this book when it was still in its formative stages, and love it even more in its finished state. Ms. Lieberman is the stylish, smart kind of author who can can take storytelling to that level of writing that makes other writers wish we knew her secrets. Read it, you can't help but love it.

  • Bryan Cyr
    2019-02-13 19:25

    I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book from Lisa Lieberman herself. Check out my full review here:

  • Crittermom
    2019-02-04 17:08

    Lisa Lieberman’s All The Wrong Places is not a traditional mystery. It defies categorization and boldly creates its own path. Cara is a consummate storyteller, deftly painting a vivid picture of her extraordinary life and experiences. Her reminiscences capture the reader who wants to understand the mystery that is Cara. Cara is a young actress who flees with her brother, a screenwriter, to England during the McCarthy persecution of artists and writers. She and her brother Gray have very different reasons for leaving the US, but they both need the healing distance offers. Cara shares details of her life, the people they encounter and their experiences in a nonlinear fashion. The novel is filled with the glamour of early filmmaking and extraordinary personalities - actors, directors, writers, musicians and revolutionaries. There is a mystery, the reason behind the death of her mother. Although it has a profound effect on Cara’s life, it doesn't take up much of the novel’s narrative. All The Wrong Places is a difficult novel to describe. It doesn't fit neatly into any one category. It is a novel that will be loved by old film buffs, readers of women’s fiction, and mystery lover’s looking for something unique and just a touch Hitchcockian.I eagerly await Lisa Lieberman’s follow up novel.5 / 5I received a copy of All the Wrong Places from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.-Crittermom

  • Tiffany S
    2019-01-31 22:28

    I can't believe I didn't review this one already! It was a really good read. I am quite excited for more Cara Walden books in the future.I learned about the McCarthy era in high school (many moons ago) and liked how this book helped to understand what it would have been like LIVING in that time. Cara's half brother is a gay communist. A great combo for the early 50s (yes that is sarcasm). The deceased mother aspect (not giving anything away) also shows how a young girl could feel broken and alone and not know who to love or trust. It also adds mystery and suspense to an already good story line. I can't wait to read future stories! Thank you Netgalley for the ARC!

  • Ursula Wong
    2019-01-24 15:11

    All the Wrong Places grows from the story of a young woman into a lovely period mystery, rich with imagery, politics of the time, and the stark elements of noir. Liebermann treats history as a character, developing it and providing substance through detail. While many will recognize the events Liberman speaks of, most will learn something new. The mystery gradually develops into an intrigue that makes sense, ending in a surprise. As readers, we get a lot in All the Wrong Places. An enjoyable novel.

  • Susan
    2019-02-15 16:06

    The film industry in post war London and Sicily as told by Cara Walden, a young actress. Didn't really find it an interesting read, the story or the characters.A NetGalley Book

  • Bonnye Reed
    2019-01-27 22:14

    GNab I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Lisa Lieberman, and Passport Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me. All the Wrong Places is a fast read, and intriguing. The fictional story basically follows the son and daughter of Hollywood director Robbie Walden from the summer of 1941 through September, 1956. What sounds like a simple and a slightly overworked plotline certainly isn't. This is a novel that will appeal to those with an interest in history and politics both US and European, Hollywood film buffs, and travel. Ms. Lieberman tells her story through points of history we are all familiar with. We are in Hollywood for the beginning of the McCarthy witch hunt, London in 1953 for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. We are in Sicily years after the end of WWII, with families still living in the streets or the basements of bombed out homes. We dance with the gypsies on the beach at Trani in southern Italy. We are in Monaco for the wedding of Grace Kelly. At the 1956 Cannes Film Festival we see THE SILENT WORLD by Jacques Cousteau which everyone knows, and Alain Resnais's NIGHT AND FOG which didn't make an appearance in the USA until it was shown briefly on Netflix in 2016 (See Joshua Oppenheimer on Night and Fog on Youtube). But back to our tale. Grey, son of Robbie Walden and his first wife, is a screenwriter under investigation by The House Un-American Activities Committee for his sympathetic involvement with the Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War, and the screenplay he was adapting of Brothers Karamazov. Grey is 15 years older than his half-sister Cara, daughter of Robbie and his third wife Vivien who drowns in the family swimming pool when Cara is eleven. Cara is just 17 in 1950 when she gives up her newborn son for adoption and accompanies her brother Grey on the Queen Mary to exile in England. She doesn't see her father again until spring of '56 in Monaco, or return to the US, until September 1956 when she brings her ailing father home.This is a book to keep, and read again. It is a story that will resonate in your thoughts for a long time.

  • Pam
    2019-02-01 22:12

    I received this book from the publisher after writing them for an honest review. Upon reading the synopsis, I really had high hopes for this book. However, although the storytelling is good, I felt the plot to be drug out, and was overall bored by it. I kept reading, hoping it would get better, but it still remained a bore. There was too much about the past, and too much other side stories that had absolutely nothing to do with the basic plot that just drug the book along. This would have been much better if it had been broken into short stories. For instance, the main character was raped in one chapter, and it had nothing to do with the plot, with the exception of how she became closer friends with another character, who basically had nothing to do with the rest of the plot. And the main character being promiscuous, even after she was sent away for having a child out of wedlock, that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the plot. Those topics would have been best as short stories about the character as an aside from the book. I found many of the historical references that were discussed as diversions from the actual plot, which really had nothing to do with the story, and many of which were inaccurate. Having had family that served in the US military during the time frame the book was to have taken place, as well as being a college educated adult, which made the inaccuracies slightly more obvious, as well as more of a distraction from the story itself.

  • Susan
    2019-01-18 15:21

    Most of the way through, I thought this was a four star book, possibly first in the series. Cara tells of her life as a successful Hollywood director's daughter who relocates in her teens to England with her half brother, who is evading the blacklist. Her career as an actress in England and on location in Italy is interesting, though some of the events seem irrelevant. But about halfway through, I had to look at the cover again--yes, it says "A Cara Walden Mystery." But there didn't seem to be much more mystery in her life than in everybody else's--why do people do the things they do? The last few pages do go back to a mysterious death (pp. 208-213). This is well-written and I found it absorbing, but I'm not sure I'd call it a mystery.