The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author returns with a new stand-alone novel—a powerful and utterly riveting tale that skillfully moves between past and present to explore the lasting effects of crime on a victim's life....I'd Know You Anywhere
Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, 13-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquility is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects—or wants—to hear from: Walter Bowman. There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are older now. Still, I'd know you anywhere.
In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored. Desperate to shelter her children from this undisclosed trauma in her past, she cautiously makes contact with Walter. She's always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he'll tell her—and share the truth about his other victims.
Yet as Walter presses her for more and deeper contact, it becomes clear that he is after something greater than forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened that long-ago summer. He wants her to save his life. And Eliza, who has worked hard for her comfortable, cocooned life, will do anything to protect it—even if it means finally facing the events of that horrifying summer and the terrible truth she's kept buried inside.
©2010 Laura Lippman (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
This book reads a little like a made for TV movie screen play. In fact, I think I saw a movie or read something else with a similar plot. But I did find the story compelling and the characters interesting. Its light reading--- one of those books you "wait on" until the end and then its over. I actually listened to it twice and found I liked it the second time more than I did the first.
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Interesting story, it kept me wondering what would happen next, but I had a hard time understanding Eliza’s motives in allowing contact with Walter.
I realize that had she not wanted any contact with him there would be no story, but I didn’t feel like author did a complete job in explaining Eliza’s willingness or reluctance. I remained perplexed rather than intrigued.
That aside, it was a good distraction.
First I have to say, this story turned out to be much different than I had invisioned by reading the description, not sure if that was just the "reader" in me always looking for the hiden meaning or twist. The basics of the story is about Eliza who was kidnapped when she was 15 years old and now her kidnapper is on death row (close to execution) for the murder of another girl, which occurred while she was being held. Her kidnapper, Walter, and his advocate, Barbara, find Eliza with the purpose of trying to get her to "admit" her memory has cleared and now remembers the events of that day differently. It really turns out to be interesting how all the parties (Eliza and her family, the vicitims family, the advocate, and Walter) to the crime have their own unique perspective.
I do have one knock on the story, there were a few characters introduced into the story, i.e. Iso the daughter, Albie the son, Trudy the victim's mother, that had the beginings of interesting stories, but nothing ever happened. Mostly Eliza's daughter, Iso, there was always something going on with her, I was expecting some twist in the story concerning her, waiting for the preverbal "other shoe to drop". Even though that shoe never dropped, the story is still a very good one.
A big 5-star+ rating for the narrator, Linda Emond, she did a spectacular job!
Walter is a complicated man and his reasons for finding eliza are mysterious yet meaningful. It was worth waiting till the end to find out why.
If you are looking for a good story with great writing style, good dialogues and a short read, this book will satisfy you.
This isn't great literature but it worked great on my commute as I could get immersed easily in the combination of writing/narration. The story is flowing and there was no superflous material. Too many audiobooks fail to engage when I'm driving and not at 100% concentration.
This was a very disappointing book and like another reviewer I feel I wasted a credit. I kept waiting for the book to build to a climax and nothing! The story and the main character was weak and I wanted to smack the main character. I actually thought at one point that the big reveal was that she killed Holly! That would have been interesting. Laura Lippman's other books were good and that is why I downloaded this book. I hope her next effort is more engaging.
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Engaging enough while you're in it but the characters are two dimensional. A week later, I can't remember their names or what little plot there was.
I agree with the readers who gave this a poor review. After I started listening to it, I thought it might have been downloaded by one of my kids a s a school assignment. The narration was described by one reader as sophmoric and I could not agree more. The plot development was a complete bore and not engaging at all.
I couldnt wait to see wahat happened next for Helen/Heloise
Helen/Heloise true to life
no but I will search her out from now on
when I found out who the muderer was
Please buy this !
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