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I’d Know You Anywhere
Laura Lippman

Harper Collins
September 2010/ ISBN 9780061706554
Psychological suspense

Reviewed 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 taken home.

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.

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Reviewed 2011
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