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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
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
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 My new favourite Lippman Aug. 30 2010
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Jan. 14 2013
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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 Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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