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I'd Know You Anywhere: A Novel [Hardcover]

Laura Lippman
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'd Know You Anywhere June 25 2013
Format:Paperback
I found this book on top of a box of deeply discounted books at my local grocery. Upon reading the blurb on its cover, I thought "Why not"? Upon returning home, I saw that the reviews weren't all that great.

Other than wondering what Eliza would do with Walter's request to visit him in prison, there was no suspense in this novel to speak of. I think the whole idea of Eliza acquiescing to his wish to talk to her regularly by phone was simply unbelievable.

Much of the story had nothing to do with the plot itself but more to do with Eliza's current life with her children. I could have quite enjoyed reading those parts had it been in a different genre - say, Contemporary - especially as it pertains to her teenage daughter.

I find it interesting that Eliza's time with Walter hasn't affected her much if at all in a negative way. Especially after what she had endured.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lacks suspense. kinda blah. May 23 2013
By Lynne Frappier TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I don't know how I feel about this book ... did I like it? Not particularly. We follow Eliza and Walter, 22 years after their lives first intersected. I found the writing a little choppy ... Walter is supposed to be obviously someone a little "socially off" ... however he came across as dim witted. And although I understood that Eliza's character is supposed to be perceived as distant / not fully engaged in life because of what happened to her when she was 15 ... I just thought that her story was slow moving. The idea behind the story intrigued me ... I honestly thought I would be captivated from the beginning and have to pull myself away from my book. But alas ... that didn't happen. I got through it, but "I'd Know you Anywhere" certainly didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. We knew from the start that Walter was the bad guy ... the suspense was built up as to why he would think Eliza would have to help him get a stay of execution ... but nothing really came of that. Overall, I gave this book 3 stars because it was obviously well researched and had a plot that was easily followed ... it just didn't have the added suspense that I wished it would have had.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Jan. 14 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Lippman writing style. But, if I had to compare, I'd say "His other lover" is a much better work from her. This book leaves you chilled and wondering but I was very disappointed in the ending. It's like there was a build up for 200 some pages and then just ends without surprise or fireworks. Still a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Psychological Suspense Nov. 3 2010
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I've read one of Lippman's series books and it was ok but I love her standalones and read each new one as it comes out.

Eliza Benedict lives a perfectly content suburban mother and housewife life. Her husband has a high paying job in finance which she really doesn't understand and she has two children, a 13yo girl and an 8yo boy. Then one day her past meets up with her present when she receives a letter in her mailbox (no stamp) from the man, who is sitting on death row, who kidnapped and raped her when she was 15yo, holding her hostage for 39 days. Walter was prosecuted for the murders of the two girls who came before and after her. His letters turn into a need to talk to her on the phone, which she eventually agrees to and then he wants to talk to her in person. He will be executed in two weeks. Walter is believed to be the perpetrator in several unsolved rape/murder cases and missing persons cases. Eliza wonders if she can somehow be the one to finally get his full confession from him. But Walter, who once had her so cowered and controlled she never tried to escape from him, may have ulterior motives and purposes to wanting to get close to her again.

This story is a bit different than others I've read by Lippman. It really isn't a mystery in the sense that a crime is being solved but more a "tale of psychological manipulation" as Eliza finds herself going back over that time of her life that she had tidily shelved away. The story switches back and forth from the present as she deals with the unwanted but compelling attentions of Walter to the past as we see the whole kidnapping play out from the beginning until her eventual rescue. A compelling read that I highly enjoyed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Picture a placid pond... Aug. 10 2010
By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
and think about throwing a rock - a large rock - into the pond and seeing how the ripples wave out from the center.
That's what the crime of kidnapping and murder has done to the lives of Elizabeth Lerner and the other victims of a serial killer in the mid-1980's in a small area near Washington, DC.

Elizabeth is snatched off a country road as a 15 year old after she witnesses Walter Bowman murder another teenage girl and spends 40 days in the company of her kidnapper. They roam a three-state area, posing as a brother and sister, with Bowman controlling every move made by Elizabeth. They are finally stopped after Bowman has kidnapped and murdered another teenager, Holly Tackett.

Bowman is convicted of kidnapping and rapping Elizabeth and given a sentence of life imprisonment, but is then tried for the murder of Holly Tackett. Since that murder happened in Virginia, a state which has the death penalty, Bowman is sentenced to death. 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, drifting through college and into a good marriage with Peter Benedict. As Eliza Benedict, she has two children and a happy, if placid, life as wife and mother.

But if one of the ripple of the stone is Elizabeth's life after the crime, the other ripples are the lives of Walter Bowman, now confined to prison in Virginia awaiting his death by lethal injection, and Holly Tackett's grieving family. Nearly 25 years pass from the crimes of 1985 and by 2008 Bowman has reached the end of his legal appeals and his date with death approaches.
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