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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Aug. 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061706558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061706554
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #435,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ex-journalist Lippman never forgets as she moves from past to present and from perspective to perspective that nothing is more important—or more elusive—than the truth.” (Kirkus)

“I’d Know You Anywhere” continues Laura Lippman’s extraordinary run of stand-alone novels (alternating with her lighter books about private eye Tess Monaghan). From its unsettling opening to its breathtaking conclusion, “Anywhere” exemplifies Lippman’s strengths: compassion, intense prose and deep empathy for the snares of ambiguous emotions. (Seattle Times)

“Lippman deftly keeps the balls aloft with a strong structure -- a straight-ahead chronology interrupted by surgical flashbacks -- and evocative writing.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“She’s one of the best novelists around, period.” (Washington Post)

“Lippman’s dedicated fans will find themselves well rewarded with I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE, an exceptional novel in every way, which is sure to gain her many new followers.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)

“With the summer reading season coming to a close, don’t let I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE be the one that got away.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“I’d Know You Anywhere” ranks with her very best.” (Associated Press)

The popular mystery-series author’s latest stand-alone: a terrifying story about a death-row inmate obsessed with the only victim he left alive. (O magazine)

This is a story that grips you not with suspense but with its acute psychological autopsy of a survivor. Lippman’s knack for elucidating the horrors humans can inflict on one another through violence and manipulation — while telling a compelling story —is disarming and fascinating.- (USA Today)

I’d Know You Anywhere is a crime story, but it’s not a whodunit. Rather, it’s an exquisitely sensitive story about the psychological impact of crime on its victims. It’s a story about shame, about anger, about survivor’s guilt. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Laura Lippman is one of those uncommonly talented authors whose work continues to get better in every book she writes. I’d Know You Anywhere is a riveting psychological suspense novel. (Globe and Mail (Toronto))

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 10 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 24 2010
Format: Hardcover
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 30 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm a long time reader of Laura Lippman, having enjoyed every book in her Tess Monaghan series. I really enjoyed her stand alone novel Life Sentences as well, but I'd Know You Anywhere (also a stand alone) is now my favourite Lippman novel.

Eliza Benedict has, for the most part, packed her past away and moved on. She is married with two children and is happy being a stay at home mom. When she was fifteen and known as Elizabeth Lerner, she was abducted by a serial killer, kept by him for 40 days, then inexplicably left alive. Walter, the killer, was caught and has been on death row for 20 years.

The past won't be kept packed away though. Eliza is stunned when she receives a letter from Walter...

"I'm sure this is a shock, although that's not my intention to shock you Up until a few weeks ago, I'd never thought I would have any communication with you at all and accepted that as fair....there was your photo, in Washingtonian magazine, not the usual thing I read, but you'd be surprised by my choice of reading material these days. Of course, you are older, a woman now. You've been a woman for a while, obviously. Still, I'd know you anywhere."
Why is he contacting her after so long? What could he possibly want? What will this do to Eliza's carefully ordered life?

Lippman alternates chapters from the past to the present very effectively. We see how Walter in the present is affecting Eliza's life. Alternatively we are transported back to 1985 and relive the abduction and the forty days of captivity. Be assured, there isn't a lot of graphic violence portrayed. It's more of a psychological study - of both Elizabeth and Walter and their time together. It also explores the repercussions of the crime on others in Eliza's life.
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