Monday, November 29, 2010

101. I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

I heard about this book from several reviewers and from some magazines as well. I have a love/hate relationships with some of Ms. Lippman's books, so when it finally came in for me from the library, I almost didn't read it. I am so glad I gave it a try... I was hooked from the start. I give the book an A-.

From Amazon:
Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, thirteen-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquillity 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.
An edgy, utterly gripping tale of psychological manipulation that will leave readers racing to the final page, I'd Know You Anywhere is a virtuoso performance from acclaimed, award-winning author Laura Lippman that is sure to be her biggest hit yet.

I love how the story was told from the past and the present day. We the reader are allowed in to what happened with Eliza and Walter when she was 15 to the present day as he sits on death row. While not so much a suspense book (though I was dying to find out what Walter's plan was and what had happened to Eliza) I thought it was much more about relationships and how they affect our future relationships as well. This was really a great read and I found myself sneaking a few pages in whenever I had the chance. If you get the opportunity to read it, I say take it!

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