I felt this book lost momentum at the end, but other than that I enjoyed it. I'm impressed with the author's ability to create fully-fleshed-out characters; she does a better job of it than certain other authors who are selling a lot more books. Still, while the ending wasn't bad or disappointing, it didn't seem to have the same quality of development as the rest of the book. It just sort of . . . ended, but it would have been far more satisfying had it been a bit more dramatic. After all, there's quite a bit of drama in this book. It's a good read and I recommend it, but a more compelling ending would have made it a much better book.
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
Perfect novel, Perfect narration. It's not Tess Monaghan -- but terrffic character study of a victim and her kidnapper -- how they came together, and how the rest of their lives were changed by a few weeks.
Laura Lippman has a sharp writing style (probably her newspaper skills) but also is able to create full bodied heroes masked as ordinary folks. And -- unlike her fellow Baltimore scribe (Ann Tyler), Lippman provides enough action & plot to keep her stories more than just character studies.
Buried secrets are harshly exposed in Laura Lippman’s I’d Know You Anywhere. The fast paced novel opens with the narrator Eliza awaiting the execution of her former captor, Walter. The story then alternates between modern day and 1985, the year Eliza was abducted. Since the kidnapping, Eliza has tried to disappear and start over. But Walter has managed to find her and pull her back into his twisted world.
Creepy on so many levels, the novel manages to separate itself from other formulaic thrillers. Lippman’s heroine is constantly hinting there may be more to the summer then we or she knows. And the few incorporated first person passages told by the decidedly menacing are unshakably gruesome. Lippman also presents the perspectives from Walter’s enemies and advocates thereby increasing the novels intensity and keeping the reader guessing and theorizing up until its final pages. Both memorable and frightening this novel well deserves its place on 2010 best of lists.
I was expecting a thriller, but this is more a story about how people's lives are affected by murder. That said, it was extremely compelling; I simply had to know what happened at the end. The characters were well-rounded, the pacing and suspense were well-measured, and I look forward to reading and listening to more by this author.
The story hooks you in and slowly untangles the mystery. It's well written in the same way the Lovely Bones was- strong characters, but not morbid and gruesome. A good listen and very well narrated.
I love all of Lippman's books and this one really shined. Her characters are so utterly believable that I often see myself in some of the women characters. Linda Emond makes this a must-listen audiobook.
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I am definitely interested in reading another. I thought about the bad reviews below, and I have to disagree, mostly. I generally don't like "chick flicks", or books that would fit that description. I am a woman, by the way. However, I might have to concede that this book would be somewhat more to the liking of women. There is no real mystery or suspense. There are no lurid details of the crimes. However, I was interested in how it ended because of the character development. I also loved the reader.
This is the first Laura Lipman booked that I've read. I enjoyed her character development, and her ability to blend the past with the present as she tells her story. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.
If I follow you, it's because I've glanced through your reviews and more than likely found books I've agreed with you on and also found at least one book that the majority loved, and you and I were less than thrilled with. I know I should follow you then for that next read that I will enjoy.
I feel like it's getting harder and harder to find an audiobook to grab my attention and keep it, truly. I usually am kind of switching between three and five of them waiting for one to catch my ADD and hold it. This one kept it from the start. I listen to probably five audiobooks a week, local library is a great source, although, if Audible would increase the monthly credits, I'd get more. I listen driving, doing laundry, doing dishes. Weeds are yanked up quite often while I'm dawdling out in the yard listening in peace. First Laura Lippman book, I will definitely be downloading/importing more. Love it when I stumble across another author that I can count on as a decent listen.
Mystery & Suspense
I've been a Laura Lippman fan for several years. It seems we both grew up in the same general area of Baltimore County, MD and I enjoy the familiar places she referances. This is by far her best work, if the criminal mind of a killer and understanding the impact on the victim and their family interests you, it will definitely be worth the credit.