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  • Nov 26, 2010
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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 her and held her prisoner for six weeks when she was fifteen years old. The man, Walter Bowman, claims that he saw a picture of her with her husband at a society function in a magazine. Bowman, who is on Death Row for his murder of another kidnap victim, tells Eliza that he would know her anywhere.
Eliza has tried to put that long ago episode behind her-- she's changed her name, and hasn't told anyone except her husband about what happened, but now Bowman seems intent on bringing it back up again. With the help of an anti-death penalty activist, he succeeds in contacting Eliza in an attempt to persuade her to visit him in prison. Eliza is forced to relive that summer and confront the blame that many people have placed on her-- the parents of the girl who died, her sister who blames her for altering their family's lives, and the prosecuting attorneys who hint that maybe she didn't try hard enough to escape, maybe she was not a victim but was a willing participant in Bowman's crime spree. Bowman tries to entice her to come see him with the promise that if she does, he will tell her things he has never admitted to anyone else. Since there has always been a suspicion that Bowman might have been responsible for other deaths than the one for which he was convicted, this is an invitation that is hard to turn down.
As I got into this book, I found it harder and harder to put down. Eliza as a character is not a very pro-active person. She kind of lets things happen to her and tends to take the path of least resistance. Yet there is a core of strength in her that becomes very apparent at the end of the book. While this is not really a mystery per se, there is a mystery of sorts as the book slowly teases out through the use of flashbacks the story of what, exactly, happened to Eliza after she was kidnapped. Was she actually a victim? Or was she an accomplice? Was Bowman really a killer or did the girl die by accident and did Eliza, by her testimony, cause an innocent man to be sentenced to death?
While there were plenty of times in this book that I was mentally screaming at Eliza not to take the action she was considering, by the end of the book I understood how everything she did was consistent with her personality, and I understood perfectly who was to blame for the murder. Lippman does a masterful job of letting her characters tell the story and ends up with an extremely well written novel that will not easily be forgotten.

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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 . 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 24, 2010
A COMPELLING STORY OF CAPTIVE AND CAPTOR Prepare to be mesmerized, totally enthralled, and left
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 …
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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