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What the Dead Know Audiobook

What the Dead Know

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Publisher's Summary

Thirty years ago, two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness?

Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters. But her involuntary admission and subsequent attempt to stonewall investigators only deepens the mystery. Where has she been, why has she waited so long to come forward? Could her abductor truly be a beloved Baltimore cop? There isn't a shred of evidence to support her story, and every lead she gives the police seems to be another dead-end: a dying, incoherent man; a razed house; a missing grave; and a family that disintegrated long ago, torn apart not only by the crime but by the fissures the tragedy revealed in what appeared to be the perfect household.

In a story that moves back and forth across the decades, there is only one person who dares to be skeptical of a woman who wants to claim the identity of one Bethany sister without revealing the fate of the other. Will he be able to discover the truth?

©2007 Laura Lippman; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Edgar-winner Lippman...shows she's as good as Peter Abrahams and other A-list thriller writers with this outstanding stand-alone." (Publishers Weekly)
"An uncommonly clever impostor story, so cagily constructed that it easily fulfills the genre's two basic demands. First, Ms. Lippman is able to keep her reader guessing about the main character's disputed identity until the very end of this book. Second, when the revelation comes, it makes perfect sense, and it has been hiding in plain sight. This is not one of those mysteries with a denouement that feels tacked on, half baked or pulled out of thin air." (The New York Times)

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    Jennifer McHugh 09-26-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good mystery/Odd recording"

    Well told and unfolding. I can do without the musical interludes... That was a little cheesy. And was pretty confused why the last 3 chapters played twice? Or did I miss something?

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    Matthew Hebert 07-16-15
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    "Choppy, eventually a good story "

    The beginning was very choppy. With it being an audible book, it was often difficult to discern who was speaking.
    The music at the beginning of sections was very distracting. It had no place and it was unnecessary to have music playing over the dialogue.
    The last couple of chapters repeated. Not sure why.
    Ultimately, the story was interesting for a short period of time. Entertaining but not the best.

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    christine branson 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    Didn't see the end coming. The story made me think of foolish mistakes in my youth and how very different things could be. The characters were very well developed.

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 12-14-14
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 12-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "Don't make assumptions."
    If you could sum up What the Dead Know in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, unpredictable, emotive.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    it kept me hooked. The story telling was not predicable and it left you wanting to know more.


    Have you listened to any of Linda Emond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It evoked many emotions but my reaction were not on the extreme end of the scale.


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    Altair23 12-03-14
    Altair23 12-03-14
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    "A twist you won't see coming"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyed this-my first story by Lippman-so much had to tell my sis about it immediately. The author doles out the clues but keeps you reading to find out Why did the protagonist wait so long? Why come forward now? Does she have some heinous crime of her own to hide? The answers come at a satisfying pace and the conclusion is quite unexpected. Great book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the story takes place long after the crime: we get to follow-up on the family, the police, the community and the victims and live out the consequences of actions, cover-ups, and mistakes made by all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the mother returns from Mexico to see her resurrected daughter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The dead will be heard.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the twist to this family drama.

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    Lala 07-14-14
    Lala 07-14-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Bad download and anticlimactic ending"
    Would you try another book from Laura Lippman and/or Linda Emond?

    Maybe. I enjoyed "When She Was Gone" quite a bit, but this book felt like it could have been written by a completely different author because it wasn't even close to as good.


    Has What the Dead Know turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I really enjoy crime/mystery novels.


    How could the performance have been better?

    At two points during the recording, a handful of chapters repeated over again and I had to skip around to figure out where I should actually be in the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The defective audio recording that repeats chapters should be looked into and corrected.

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    Ebony 04-18-14
    Ebony 04-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Who produced this?"

    I was appalled by the quality of production. A few chapters were repeated before getting to the end, and after the ending, were repeated again. The story was drawn out and really could have been told in 5 hours instead of 10. I couldn't wait to finish this book. My goodness!

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    Tina Rodie 04-08-14
    Tina Rodie 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Narration with bad story"
    What disappointed you about What the Dead Know?

    I started off enjoying the book but had some trouble keeping characters straight at times. Didn't get easier. The plot was not believable and mildly disturbing. The characters were straight from every generalization imaginable. I hated the main character and found her distasteful.


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    Lisa Stevens 10-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story with a twist."

    Great listen! Finished this in a day! Liked all the twists that all came together in the end. Great performance by the narrator.

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    Cate P 08-15-13
    Cate P 08-15-13
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    "OK But Not Her Best"
    Would you try another book from Laura Lippman and/or Linda Emond?

    I love Laura Lippman and have later works. This was an earlier work and showed how much her skill as a writer has evolved in the later works. I enjoyed this but didn't love it. The story seemed clumsy at times and the twist became evident about half way through. I did enjoy this but was aware of how much better her later books are.


    Would you recommend What the Dead Know to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably would recommend later works "And When She Was Good" and/or "The Most Dangerous Thing".


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