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Every school class has a target. It was just the way the world worked. A long time ago, in the small town of Hollman, Pennsylvania, it was Liz Toliver, once too smart and too shy for her own good. Today, she's a popular author, and an esteemed CNN panelist engaged to a rock star. She has everything-including nightmares about the dreadful summer night when she was seventeen Every school class has a target. It was just the way the world worked. A long time ago, in the small town of Hollman, Pennsylvania, it was Liz Toliver, once too smart and too shy for her own good. Today, she's a popular author, and an esteemed CNN panelist engaged to a rock star. She has everything-including nightmares about the dreadful summer night when she was seventeen. It was a practical joke by six female classmates that ended with Liz in a coma, a young boy with his throat slit, and unshakeable memories that she's never forgotten. Or forgiven. Now, thirty years later, she's coming home to visit old haunts, and play catch-up with old friends. The curious homecoming has captured the attention of Gregor Demarkian, retired chief of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit. Doggedly pursuing the truth, he has his own questions about what really happened that night. But as a diabolical chain of events is triggered by Liz's return, no one will be prepared for the answers-or the final outcome...


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Every school class has a target. It was just the way the world worked. A long time ago, in the small town of Hollman, Pennsylvania, it was Liz Toliver, once too smart and too shy for her own good. Today, she's a popular author, and an esteemed CNN panelist engaged to a rock star. She has everything-including nightmares about the dreadful summer night when she was seventeen Every school class has a target. It was just the way the world worked. A long time ago, in the small town of Hollman, Pennsylvania, it was Liz Toliver, once too smart and too shy for her own good. Today, she's a popular author, and an esteemed CNN panelist engaged to a rock star. She has everything-including nightmares about the dreadful summer night when she was seventeen. It was a practical joke by six female classmates that ended with Liz in a coma, a young boy with his throat slit, and unshakeable memories that she's never forgotten. Or forgiven. Now, thirty years later, she's coming home to visit old haunts, and play catch-up with old friends. The curious homecoming has captured the attention of Gregor Demarkian, retired chief of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit. Doggedly pursuing the truth, he has his own questions about what really happened that night. But as a diabolical chain of events is triggered by Liz's return, no one will be prepared for the answers-or the final outcome...

30 review for Somebody Else's Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Somebody Else's Music (Gregor Demarkian, #18) by Jane Haddam. If you haven't read any Demarkian mysteries yet...what are you waiting for? This book can stand alone in case you're concerned about not starting at the beginning. The author writes in her Acknowledgments: This is the longest book I've ever written, and both the easiest- and the hardest-to write. Involved is a word I've used in reviewing other books in this series. This was so much more than involved. Backgrounds-yes, relationships sta Somebody Else's Music (Gregor Demarkian, #18) by Jane Haddam. If you haven't read any Demarkian mysteries yet...what are you waiting for? This book can stand alone in case you're concerned about not starting at the beginning. The author writes in her Acknowledgments: This is the longest book I've ever written, and both the easiest- and the hardest-to write. Involved is a word I've used in reviewing other books in this series. This was so much more than involved. Backgrounds-yes, relationships starting from early childhood-yes, lives that evolved to fulfillment of sorts-definitely. Don't put off for another day wrapping your hands around a Demarkian mystery. File this marvelous entry under MY FAVORITES.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Pretty good, not one of the better ones. Most of the characters were so unpleasant (even the ones we are supposed to like) that it was not an enjoyable read. Part of the problem was how everyone harps and harps on how much they hate the locale.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    This has to be one of the most tedious books to get though I have ever read. The characters were very flat and one note and it took until the book was almost over for me to even care what happened. I only finished it because I started it, would not seek out this author again.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    #18 Gregor Demarkian, ex-FBI profiler, small-town PA; cosy/psych thriller. Obsession and ambition mix tragically with high-school memories in a far too closely-knit community, as a "hometown-girl-makes-good!" story goes bad. An intensely cruel prank and a dead body clutter up memories of her senior year for writer Liz Tolliver, as she returns to her hometown for the first time in thirty years and finds far more than she bargained for, including murder. Gregor provides a welcome "outsider" viewpo #18 Gregor Demarkian, ex-FBI profiler, small-town PA; cosy/psych thriller. Obsession and ambition mix tragically with high-school memories in a far too closely-knit community, as a "hometown-girl-makes-good!" story goes bad. An intensely cruel prank and a dead body clutter up memories of her senior year for writer Liz Tolliver, as she returns to her hometown for the first time in thirty years and finds far more than she bargained for, including murder. Gregor provides a welcome "outsider" viewpoint, as the majority of the characters appear to be in their own little world of in-jokes and The Right People, and have a bit of an attitude problem.... Dark, and cruel look at the persistence of memory, and how some folks just never grow up. NOTE: This is one of the few books I'd like to be able to give SIX stars to. And you don't have to be a fan of the series to enjoy it, as Demarkian actually plays a fairly small role. Classic closed community setup, superbly shaded characters, tightly convoluted plot, and a sense of emotional connectedness to the story, make this one of Haddam’s best. Although it’s not at all traditionally "cosy" in tone, the setting is perfectly so, with it’s particularly cloying "smalltown-ness". Perhaps that’s not surprising, as all through this long series Gregor never seems like a regular PI either, even as he does all the traditional things. Actually, Gregor seems a bit of an afterthought here; we do mainly see things through his eyes but he never seems to be a part of what’s happening, he’s just The Recorder. While Ms. Haddam does manage to weave a story of growth and hope using her oldest, most comfortable character, having another voice narrate might have made for a spectacular break from the past, pulling her even further away from the comfy-cosy boundaries than this wonderful amalgam has. But, perhaps that’s the point - that it’s sublimely difficult to leave your past behind. Haddam does a superb job of layering plots and ideas, then connecting them all up. A minor quibble for me: she lets us begin to understand who killed whom and when about halfway through, all the while trying to keep us more interested in other people and things. A classic maneuver that mostly works, but underneath we know whodunit. And I was saddened, as intended, when this really hit home; kept hoping that there was one more trick coming at the end, but alas.... Plus Haddam smooths out a few too many edges, ties everything up beautifully neatly at the conclusion and for some reason this really irritated me. And yet, I’d have been terribly angry if she hadn’t done so . Her writing is compelling, raising many questions that absolutely demanded answers. I *tore* through the book, desperate to find out what truly did happen that momentous summer of 1969 to, and with, Liz, all the while feeling cranky because the sweet neatness took a bit of the darkness away. On one hand the ending satisfied me; on the other it disappointed just a tiny bit. Emotionally, she had her teeth bared, and dug away rather strongly in places, but never actually "savaged" anybody. By the end of the novel I wanted to see some of the characters ripped to absolutely bloody bits. Liz’s big emotional scene at the end seemed a touch pastel compared to the feelings roused, although it was, upon reflection, true to the character and a wonderful tour-de-force in and of itself. Despite the lack of carnage in the scene, as I read it I heartily applauded how far Liz - and Haddam - had come. And, after thinking about it, realized that the extremely sharp emotional scalpel used by Haddam was sublimely effective. Neat. Deadly. This is a complex and difficult look at highschool and small-town life, our perceptions of friends and enemies, and whether we ever manage to grow up and away from the tormented beings of so long ago into someone whole and truly beautiful. I may disagree with some of the choices the author made regarding the structure of her novel, but I can only admire the power and passion of her writing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Graeme Roberts

    An excruciating book, probably double the length it might have been with more disciplined writing and decent editing. Full of unnecessary detail and ponderous explanations. Never again, Jane Haddam. Some sections about Gregor Demarkian, his girlfriend, and his Armenian milieu in Philadelphia might appeal to regular Haddam readers but they left me mystified. An excruciating book, probably double the length it might have been with more disciplined writing and decent editing. Full of unnecessary detail and ponderous explanations. Never again, Jane Haddam. Some sections about Gregor Demarkian, his girlfriend, and his Armenian milieu in Philadelphia might appeal to regular Haddam readers but they left me mystified.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    To quote part of the thumbnail I wrote when I read SOMEBODY ELSE'S MUSIC in 2008: Liz Toliver, tormented all through school, went away and became a celebrity author. The gang of bullies who made her young life miserable were cheerleaders, the prom queen, the "popular" group -- meaning everyone in town was afraid to offer Liz/Betsy any help. Now she's back, and all the stay-at-homes, the bullies who never fulfilled their promise, can't bear it. Surely that isn't motive enough for someone to murder To quote part of the thumbnail I wrote when I read SOMEBODY ELSE'S MUSIC in 2008: Liz Toliver, tormented all through school, went away and became a celebrity author. The gang of bullies who made her young life miserable were cheerleaders, the prom queen, the "popular" group -- meaning everyone in town was afraid to offer Liz/Betsy any help. Now she's back, and all the stay-at-homes, the bullies who never fulfilled their promise, can't bear it. Surely that isn't motive enough for someone to murder the gang members one at a time. Liz, her family and close friends, and Gregor and his friends, tackle the murders during the outbreak of a storm as terrible as the storm in the mind of one of the townspeople. Current comments: Last time I took a grim pleasure in watching Haddam get her revenge against her own set of bullies (as she hints in her acknowledgements). This time around I simply enjoyed it. She well and truly shows them up. Liz's psychology also finds some very interesting parallels. And in Gregor's world we have a new set of people to like - Liz's family. This was my favorite contemporary mystery read of 2008, and it may well be again in 2012. ADDITION: Because of its breadth, depth, and drama, I am recategorizing this. It is my favorite Contemporary Fiction Read of 2012.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    What a great read. I was sucked in and immensely interested in this mystery, even though it was very painful at times(for the heroine; and for me as I remember incidences from my teen years). Liz Tolliver grew up in a small town, Hollman, PA. The abuse and cruelty she endured from her classmates is almost beyond my imagination (at my age; I realize how cruel people can be). This is more than I ever endured as a teenager. The hero, I'm sure, predates, such TV creations as Monk and the Mentalist, What a great read. I was sucked in and immensely interested in this mystery, even though it was very painful at times(for the heroine; and for me as I remember incidences from my teen years). Liz Tolliver grew up in a small town, Hollman, PA. The abuse and cruelty she endured from her classmates is almost beyond my imagination (at my age; I realize how cruel people can be). This is more than I ever endured as a teenager. The hero, I'm sure, predates, such TV creations as Monk and the Mentalist, yet he has his 'idiosyncrasies' as well. An Armenian American, who grew up in an Armenian neighborhood in Philadelphia and still lives in the same neighborhood, he is a very intellect and very good investigator - a former FBI agent. However, he can be oddly out of touched and clueless at times. This seems to be because he gets wrapped up in his head and his thoughts. While this is an interesting quirk, I think it is being exploited too much - more so in TV show than in books. What an intense book, but very satisfying as it progresses. I look forward to more, but in a way, I'm afraid I may get tired of the repeating hero after awhile. (I don't have a lot of patience, at the best of times - I'm afraid he may get to me after awhile; but I'm not sure.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kiwi Carlisle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I would have given this five stars except that the degree of vitriol in the persecution of Liz Tolliver was so over the top. I was bullied as a kid myself, and I know it's hideously awful, but couldn't even ONE of her tormentors have grown up a little in 30 years? More than one of them says that she doesn't believe that people actually like to read, another says that she doesn't understand why anyone would want to be different. A third thinks that bullying victims deserve everything that is done I would have given this five stars except that the degree of vitriol in the persecution of Liz Tolliver was so over the top. I was bullied as a kid myself, and I know it's hideously awful, but couldn't even ONE of her tormentors have grown up a little in 30 years? More than one of them says that she doesn't believe that people actually like to read, another says that she doesn't understand why anyone would want to be different. A third thinks that bullying victims deserve everything that is done to them, and she's a high school principal! Of course, the author sees that they all get their comeuppance and more. If I am reading the Acknowledgements correctly, the author was bullied herself. It shows. This is an otherwise good mystery, with appearances by popular recurring characters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ricki

    What happened back in high school to cause the most popular girls to hate Elizabeth Tolliver, or Betsy Betsy, as they called her from elementary school on? She hasn't returned to her old hometown in 20 years...and wouldn't be going back now if her mother wasn't very ill and decisions need to be made! I think this is one of the best books in the series....and I did not guess who the murderer actually was! What happened back in high school to cause the most popular girls to hate Elizabeth Tolliver, or Betsy Betsy, as they called her from elementary school on? She hasn't returned to her old hometown in 20 years...and wouldn't be going back now if her mother wasn't very ill and decisions need to be made! I think this is one of the best books in the series....and I did not guess who the murderer actually was!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sallie

    I knew I'd read this before, but I couldn't remember exactly whodunit. A much darker mystery than I've been reading of late, but boy oh boy does Haddam pull you into the story. I really Like Gregor and love it when he's home on Cavendish Street in Philly! I was also very glad to have Bennis join Gregor even if for only the last part of the story. I knew I'd read this before, but I couldn't remember exactly whodunit. A much darker mystery than I've been reading of late, but boy oh boy does Haddam pull you into the story. I really Like Gregor and love it when he's home on Cavendish Street in Philly! I was also very glad to have Bennis join Gregor even if for only the last part of the story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    One of the things I like best about Haddam's later Gregor Demarkian books is that she writes about characters who don't fit into their surrounding community for specific reasons, but those reasons are never the most important thing about the characters. _Somebody Else's Music_ is a great example. One of the things I like best about Haddam's later Gregor Demarkian books is that she writes about characters who don't fit into their surrounding community for specific reasons, but those reasons are never the most important thing about the characters. _Somebody Else's Music_ is a great example.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This book is a study about popularity and how being bullied affects a person far beyond school. None of the characters are likable. Possibly to show how bullying behavior becomes “normal” and justified. This book was different from previous ones though I enjoyed being with Gregor, Bennis, and the Armenian neighborhood.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracyk

    Very enjoyable. I have read most of the Gregor Demarkian series (retired FBI profiler), and I like the cast of recurring characters and getting the story from various points of view. Here the theme is harassment and abuse in high school. And how high school affects later life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Had to go with four stars since I stayed up past midnight to finish it even knowing I had to be up at the crack of dawn with the kids (turned out to be four AM, grrr). I actually didn't care too much for the resolution but I was hooked on the characters and the story the whole way through. Had to go with four stars since I stayed up past midnight to finish it even knowing I had to be up at the crack of dawn with the kids (turned out to be four AM, grrr). I actually didn't care too much for the resolution but I was hooked on the characters and the story the whole way through.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meg Benjamin

    Classic Jane Haddam--fascinatingly nasty characters you can't stop reading about. Her talent for characterization is second to none. Classic Jane Haddam--fascinatingly nasty characters you can't stop reading about. Her talent for characterization is second to none.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Powerful psychological dynamic

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Sillitoe

    Jane Haddam's books really vary in quality. This one anyone who went to high school should read. The clique of girls--now women--make me alternately laugh and scream. Jane Haddam's books really vary in quality. This one anyone who went to high school should read. The clique of girls--now women--make me alternately laugh and scream.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bookish

    Another reason to love Gregor Demarkian and all his quirky friends. Great plot twists right up to the end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth Appel

    This novel made me rethink my childhood. Was my hometown as narrow-minded as this?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vilo

    A satisfying plot with characters that were compelling.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cyd

    An excellent Gregor Demarkian mystery. I think it's better without the holiday theme angle. An excellent Gregor Demarkian mystery. I think it's better without the holiday theme angle.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Oswego Public Library District

    Somebody Else’s Music is the 18th book in Jane Haddam’s Gregor Demarkian series. The now successful Liz Toliver is returning to her hometown of Hollman for the first time in thirty years. A hard decision to make as she was bullied and abused from kindergarten until high school, including one horrific night when her tormentors nailed her into an outhouse that was filled with snakes and a classmate was murdered right outside. Gregor Demarkian, a retired FBI agent, arrives in the small town of Holl Somebody Else’s Music is the 18th book in Jane Haddam’s Gregor Demarkian series. The now successful Liz Toliver is returning to her hometown of Hollman for the first time in thirty years. A hard decision to make as she was bullied and abused from kindergarten until high school, including one horrific night when her tormentors nailed her into an outhouse that was filled with snakes and a classmate was murdered right outside. Gregor Demarkian, a retired FBI agent, arrives in the small town of Hollman with Liz and her family just in time to investigate a shocking wave of vicious crime. A measured pace and a dark tone will help readers understand multiple points of view from Liz, Gregor, and the women who bullied Liz. Content warning: violence towards women, violence towards animals, and language. -Jaymie Click here to place this book on hold.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Luann

    This was a pretty creepy murder mystery and I thought the characters were well developed - but I really struggled with the author's writing style. I don't like tangents that go on for a page and a half and really don't have anything to do with the story. The biggest reason I picked up this book was because of the retired FBI profiler that was one of the main characters - but he was truly disappointing to me. He seemed quite aloof and very unsure of himself most of the time - perhaps that's more This was a pretty creepy murder mystery and I thought the characters were well developed - but I really struggled with the author's writing style. I don't like tangents that go on for a page and a half and really don't have anything to do with the story. The biggest reason I picked up this book was because of the retired FBI profiler that was one of the main characters - but he was truly disappointing to me. He seemed quite aloof and very unsure of himself most of the time - perhaps that's more true to real life, but for a main character in a story I want a strong, confident profiler - this guy seemed to "stumble" on to most of his discovery's of the crime. However, the part of the story I found the most disturbing was the abused wife who saw holiness in her abusive, alcoholic husband - I understand that many abused women blame themselves for the beatings they receive but I didn't think they would see their monster of a husband as an angel sent from God. Very odd.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kyrie

    The story of a small town and high school clique thirty years later was pretty hard to believe. I know that was part of the tale, that people could still be that petty, narrow minded and vicious three decades later. I wanted to finish the book. I set a goal of reading all the books in this series. Even after leaping ahead and reading the last chapter, I had to force myself to finish it. To be fair, about three quarters of the way through, it got much better.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura Salas

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. These books are just too unbearably slow. So psychologically interior...kind of drive me crazy. And Liz Toliver in this one, the one who was nailed into the outhouse by the mean girls, is just so unbelievably stupid. Not in an intelligence way, but in her vision of things. When she thought Maris was the murderer, that was ok and worth protecting? Bullshit.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patrica

    While reading this book, I had discovered I already owned a copy. This surprised me, because it was actually a pretty interesting mystery and I like Haddam's books. However, I gotta say: not unforgettable. While reading this book, I had discovered I already owned a copy. This surprised me, because it was actually a pretty interesting mystery and I like Haddam's books. However, I gotta say: not unforgettable.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    Just one of her Gregor Demarkian mysteries. I really love this series. A flawed main character, actually most of the on going characters in this series are flawed. Have also read Cheating At Solitaire & True Believers, the only Gregor books currently available on Kindle.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    3 1/2 stars - enjoyable plot: small town high school girl bullied by "cool" girls, small town girl "makes it" in big city, small town girl returns home - add an unsolved murder, a new murder, gregor and bennis - good read! 3 1/2 stars - enjoyable plot: small town high school girl bullied by "cool" girls, small town girl "makes it" in big city, small town girl returns home - add an unsolved murder, a new murder, gregor and bennis - good read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aileen Intia

    im starting on reading it..

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eunira

    Jane Haddam always pulls me in quickly.

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