I'd Know You Anywhere: A Novel

I'd Know You Anywhere: A Novel

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by Laura Lippman
     
 

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The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author returns with a new stand-alone novel—a powerful and utterly riveting tale that skillfully moves between past and present to explore the lasting effects of crime on a victim's life....I'd Know You Anywhere

Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban

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The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author returns with a new stand-alone novel—a powerful and utterly riveting tale that skillfully moves between past and present to explore the lasting effects of crime on a victim's life....I'd Know You Anywhere

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.

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Editorial Reviews

If Washington, D.C. housewife Eliza Benedict sometimes seems preoccupied, it's easy to imagine why: As a teenager a quarter century ago, she was kidnapped by a serial rapist and murderer. That maniac is now sitting on death row and he is making one last macabre effort to reach out to her. Can she ignore it? And what will happen to her children if she does? Predator and prey; an intense mystery with which every parent can identify.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062008237
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/17/2010
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
61,000
File size:
408 KB

Meet the Author

Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has been heralded for thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. Now a perennial New York Times bestseller, she lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Baltimore, Maryland
Date of Birth:
January 31, 1959
Place of Birth:
Atlanta, Georgia
Education:
B.S., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, 1981

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I'd Know You Anywhere 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 253 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
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
Retired_Book_Lover More than 1 year ago
This book is not what I would consider an easy, cozy read, but it is worth the time it takes to finish it. It contrasts three women, all of whose lives have been significantly impacted by one man - a man on death row for crimes against young women. I can't honestly say I liked any of the women, and usually that is the end of a novel for me - but in this case there was enough good in one of them to keep me reading, and enough situational sympathy for another that I found myself wondering if under the same circumstances I might not become very like her. The book surprised me in the end, and made me think about life and circumstances in ways I haven't before. For that alone it was worth reading. This isn't a quick beach read, but it's a good book for autumn and winter, with a cup of tea, a cozy fire, and time for thought and introspection.
HEDI09 More than 1 year ago
As a teenager, Elizabeth was kidnapped by a man who was later convicted of killing another young woman and sent to death row. Elizabeth returns to her family, who move to a different area in Maryland and she resumes her teenage life. She changes her name to Eliza and goes on with her life, gets through college and marries a good man, Peter Benedict. As Eliza Benedict, she has two children and a happy, if serene, life as wife and mother. Twenty-five years pass from the crimes of 1985 and by 2008 Bowman, the kidnapper, has reached the end of his appeals and his date with death approaches. Eliza receives a letter from Bowman as the result of Eliza's photograph appearing in the society section of a local magazine that Walter read in prison...Exciting, intriguing reading!
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
This book is part mystery and part psychological thriller and although mystery is not my thing, the psychological thriller part is. I'm fascinated by the human mind and the complexity of human relationships. The relationship between Eliza(beth) and Walter is disturbing at times. Lippman manages to create sympathy where no sympathy should exist. Walter is a serial killer, but there are times when I understood where he was coming from. As disturbing as this is for me to admit, it helped me understand Eliza(beth) and why she would even consider having a conversation with this man after what he did to her. The mechanics of control and the lack thereof are big here. Walter can read Eliza(beth) pretty well. He also knows how to push her buttons and as much as Eliza(beth) wants to, she cannot put him completely out of her life. She has her own demons to battle and as the lone survivor, she is often misunderstood by the other victim's parents. Mainly because she never tried to escape, and she failed to save Walter's last victim even though she was in a position to do so. In addition to the main characters, Lippman introduces us to Barbara, the friend on the outside who is determined to save Walter from death row. Let me tell you, Barbara is a piece of work. Well-to-do but rude as hell and full of herself. I did not like her at all and although she too, was a victim of violence, I felt nothing for her but contempt. The inclusion of such a character is interesting because it just goes to show you that there are all kinds of people out there and just knowing this puts you in a vulnerable position. This was my first experience with Lippman's writing and although I felt that the characters were emotionally reserved in places, I can see myself picking up another Lippman book in the future. Also, it should be noted that the violence depicted in this novel is not written with great detail. You are given just enough to know what happened, the rest is left up to your imagination.
AngelGirlWA More than 1 year ago
A death row serial killer reaching out to his one living victim after 20 years is kind of a stretch; especially since the victim agrees to see him. She even talks to him frequently on the phone! He sees her as a way to stop his execution. The main character, Elisabeth/Eliza, has a husband to die for but he's not believeable either -- nobody's that good. Setting all that aside, it's a good read but certainly has its flaws. The killer is very well done.
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They are not killing each other really cry fighting which is crying and fighting. It is pathetc. Also smaug is there too so things could get ugly.
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No reason
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Wbu
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was initially excited to read but was disappointed. Too much inconsequential meaningless chatter. I do not like not finishing a book, but could not get beyond Part 2. Kept waiting to get to the suspense. Too boring to read. Will hesitate before reading this author again.
ColaLynn7 More than 1 year ago
I found this novel in the bargin bin at the beginning of summer. I was looking for something different to read on a long road trip. The story seemed to be a good one. I was hooked from the beginning, and hated having to put it down for real life. However, I was very disappointed in the ending, it was not what I was expecting to happen. 
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WriterOfMD More than 1 year ago
I guess that the "Tess Monaghan" series spoiled me because I am having a great deal of trouble wading through this book. I keep going back to it and read more, but it doesn't take long before I set it aside for something else. It is not exactly the Laura Lippman style that I am used to. Sorry Laura! I really love your style, but this really doesn't even sound like you.
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The idea was good for this.bok but the book was hard for.me to read. There were times when i jist wanted to norlt read it. It got very boring in some parts and i would literally fall asleep. All in all not one of my favorites and alot of it cpuld have been edited out and the book would have still made sense
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This is the first book I have read by Laura Lippman. I am from Baltimore and it was enjoyable reading a book where the setting is my hometown. Aside from the interesting locale, the book was a quick read and kept my interest. Definitely good enough for me to want to read her other novels.
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