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.
When Eliza Benedict was abducted at the tender age of fifteen by a young man, Walter Bowman, her life was hanging by a thread. After managing to be "the one that got away", Eliza is forced to change her name and make an attempt at a normal life. Now married with two wonderful young daughters of her own, Bowman takes it upon himself to contact Eliza, asking Eliza for forgiveness before he is put to death. Exactly how Bowman found her, down to her address, is a terrifying pondering. Her worst nightmare brought back to the surface as she is questioned whether what is in her mind is the truth, or just a spin of the truth.
Told in alternating settings of time - between the present and that of 1985, when the abduction took place, the transitions are smooth and tell the story incredibly well. Laura Lippman has such a melodic prose that it is rather amazing how she is able to bring such a horrific and mind-bending story together is such a lovely way.
Though this is my first by this author, it will most certainly not be my last. I found Ms. Lippman's writing style to be addicting and gripping. Her characters told in such a way that I was able to feel a connection to them, rather than feeling as though I was just watching a wisp of shadow go by. Laura Lippman definitely entertains and satisfies in I'd Know You Anywhere and I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a truly enthralling read!
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 … more
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, … more
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 … more
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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