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A COMPELLING STORY OF CAPTIVE AND CAPTOR Prepare to be mesmerized, totally enthralled, and left

  • Sep 24, 2010
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Prepare to be mesmerized, totally enthralled, and left with your mind questioning the meaning of true justice. Laura Lippman, author of the acclaimed Tess Monaghan series and last year's best selling Life Sentences, shows her mettle as a writer of intense, character driven, psychological dramas with the superb I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE.

This is a story that will linger with you long after you've read the last page or heard the last word.


Eliza Benedict is a seemingly unflappable mother of two living in suburban Maryland with her husband, Peter, and two children. The eldest is Isobel who has chosen to be called “Iso,” although her father thinks it should be “Izzo” or people will see it as short for “isotope.” She's a difficult teenager seeming to dislike everything since the family's return to America after six years in England. The Benedict son, 8-year-old Albie, is an affable child often plagued by nightmares.


All seems relatively normal in the household until the day a letter arrives – a “real letter” as Iso calls it addressed to “Elizabeth,” the name she used “before” as Eliza now terms it. The “before” refers to before she was kidnapped the summer she was 15 by Walter Bowman, held captive for almost six weeks and then raped before miraculously finding herself free. The letter is from Bowman who is now on Death Row for killing another young girl and suspected of killing more. He wants to talk to Elizabeth as he still calls her.


Eliza has successfully managed to compartmentalize what happened to her that long ago summer. Peter knows about most of it, and the children know nothing. She believed that she had kept herself hidden from anyone connected with that event – from the unscrupulous writer who had penned a tacky version of her time with Bowman, from the press who might like to revive the story now that Bowman's execution date is nearing, and from Bowman himself.


She fears not only for herself but for her family, yet she also finds that she unable to totally escape from the control Bowman once held over her. Why did he let her live while the other girls died? Did she owe him anything? Does she owe a debt to the families of the other victims? Eliza answers his letter hoping that will be the end of it, but he asks for a phone call. He knows what strings to pull just as she recognizes the terrifying sociopath he is and the man he believes himself to be.


Alternating between past and present Lippman's story is scrupulously plotted as she details the affect the kidnappings have had not only on the victims and their families, but on others as well. These characters are clearly drawn, not only physically but psychologically as the story builds to a surprising denouement.


Highly recommended.


- Gail Cooke

A COMPELLING STORY OF CAPTIVE AND CAPTOR Prepare to be mesmerized, totally enthralled, and left

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review by . September 30, 2010
Amazing, beyond comparison.  I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers and Laura Lippman delivers one that will keep the reader gripping pages until the very end with her latest release, I'd Know You Anywhere.  With a wonderful rich smoothness, Ms. Lippman brings her characters to life and delves into a horrific and terrifying subject matter.   Child abduction, rape, murder and mind games, all woven together to create an unforgettable story that is every parent's nightmare.   …
review by . November 26, 2010
Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.    I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman is a crime drama which explores the effects of an horrific crime on all the players- criminal, victim, victim's families and the criminal's friends.   Eliza Benedict and her husband and two children are newly returned to the United States after living for six years in England, when she receives a letter from the man who kidnapped …
review by . September 30, 2010
     Linda Emond delivers a first rate voice performance as the protagonist, Eliza, in this psychological drama. Eliza, once known as Elizabeth, is a kind, self-effacing woman who endured over a month of terror when she was a teenager. As the author segues between that time and the present, all is reflected in Emond's voice. A stellar reading!   Prepare to be mesmerized, totally enthralled, and left with your mind questioning the meaning of true justice. Laura Lippman, …
review by . September 04, 2010
I loved this book! Laura is one of my favorite authors and this book was amazing! It's unlike any other book I have ever read. If you only read one book this year, make it I'd Know You Anywhere.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2010: "Of course, you are older, a woman now.... Still, I'd know you anywhere." A cryptic letter from death row shatters Eliza Benedict's peaceful summer with her family, and forces her to face her long-buried past. Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped Eliza the summer she was fifteen and kept her hostage for weeks, spots her picture in a local magazine and reaches out to her to make amends before his execution.I'd Know You Anywhereis a tremendous novel about fear, manipulation, and survival. Award-winning author Laura Lippman unfurls Eliza's story in tightly-written chapters alternating from present day to that horrifying summer of 1985, creating an emotionally complex drama that is as riveting as it is ultimately rewarding. --Daphne Durham
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ISBN-10: 0061706558
ISBN-13: 978-0061706554
Author: Laura Lippman
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: William Morrow
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