September 2010/ ISBN 9780061706554
by Barbara Buhrer
Walter Bowman kidnapped Eliza Benedict when she was 15. He held
her hostage for weeks. Now on death row, he sees her picture in
a local magazine and reaches out to make amends before his execution.
Eliza is now 38, married, and the mother of two. She was part of
Walter's endless road trip which included the night he picked up
another girl, Holly Takett and killed her. Eliza was rescued and
Now, on death row for the murder of his first victim, he sees her
picture. She doesn't know what Walter wants from her but fears his
unpredictable nature. She is desperate to shelter her children from
her past and makes contact with him. She realizes that he doesn't
want forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened
years ago. That remembrance may save his life.
Lippman has created a very complex drama. The chapters alternate
between the present and the summer of 1985. She shows the psychological
impact of crime on its victims. This is very suspenseful.