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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,785 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Jennifer Woodward Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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In the new nail-shredding novel from New York Times best-seller Laura Lippman, Eliza Benedict's past returns to haunt her when the serial killer she escaped from as a young girl walks back into her life.

Twenty-five years ago, he stole her innocence. Now he wants to get in touch. Eliza Benedict cherishes her quiet existence with her successful husband and children in the leafy suburbs of suburban Washington. But her tranquillity is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects - or wants - to hear from: Walter Bowman. In the summer of 1985, when she was 15-years-old, Eliza was kidnapped by serial killer Walter Bowman, who targeted young girls like Eliza in a sexually motivated killing spree. Now facing lethal injection on death row, Walter is keen to make contact with Eliza, seemingly motivated by a desire to atone for his sins before he finally meets his maker.

Carefully, with some reluctance, she lets Walter enter her life, first by letter, then in person. Walter is keen to convince Eliza that he has changed, but it becomes clear that Walter has more of an agenda than he first revealed. Cunning and manipulative, Walter is never more dangerous than when he can't get what he wants, and he wants something very badly. Disturbingly, he seems to have an ally working in the outside, one who seems to know everything about Eliza's life - including where she lives.

As Walter once again manages to exert his malign influence, Eliza must draw on all of her reserves of wisdom and strength as the battle of predator and prey once more plays out and she must face the past head on if she is to survive.

A taut and mesmerizing novel by the highly-acclaimed author of Life Sentences and Every Secret Thing.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Zahrt | 2/20/2014

    " Couldn't finish. Way to far fetched "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoy her style of writing but as for suspense, in THIS novel?, eh, not so much. Not much in the way of a thriller either. I honestly feel this would have made a good short story rather than a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Butler | 2/14/2014

    " This was recommended by a friend. It was a great book. It was hard to put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly MacIver | 2/12/2014

    " The protagonist worried me, I didn't expect much of her, of course no one else did either! Relieved by the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merredith | 2/8/2014

    " I liked the writing style of this author a lot. This book was something I randomly picked up at the library, & when i finally got around to reading it, i was immediately drawn in. This is the story of a 15 year old girl who was abducted for 39 days, & raped. The man who took her, Walter, killed all his victims except her. The story flips around, from 1984 when the crime happened, to now, 20 something years later. From Eliza's point of view, to Walters, and sometimes other people's as well. All these years later, Walter, who has been in jail the whole time, is finally coming up for his death sentence, and he wants to talk with Eliza. The ending is a bit anticlimactic. The main woman, Elizabeth/Eliza, is not that likeable. Walter is actually more relatable as a person...Eliza is very much just..there. That's something that a lot of the characters in the book address though, so it didn't bother me because it wasn't just bad writing, it was something to think about. Very interesting book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/6/2014

    " I liked the book. For me I felt like the whole book was waiting for some secret to be revealed and then nothing happened. So basically I didn't care for the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy Saunders | 1/26/2014

    " Eh. It was an engrosing read only because I had to know what happened. It was kind of dry. The characters were well developed. The environment was recognizable. I would recommmend this book only to a certain few. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Schultz | 1/24/2014

    " This book was from the Washington Post's best mystery's of 2010 list. I am a sucker for a mystery, so I was psyched they published a list like that this year! I really liked this book, but it was not a traditional murder mystery, which is probably what made it stand out from the pack. I would consider it more of a psychological mystery...not quite a psychological thriller, because all of the action takes place in the past, but more of a really interesting book about how someone processes in their adult life a violent crime that took place in their childhood. As a mother myself I thought this might freak me out (I am terrified of something happening to my kids) but this didn't spook me that way, which is a good thing. I also thought Lippman did a fabulous job of creating a character who is ambivalant yet charming, rather than annoying. There was a whole sub plot about 1980's music that I totally didn't get, but I enjoyed the walk down music memory lane all the same. The main character is a stay at home mom, and I liked reading about how she spends her time, how she "defends" herself to other people, etc. A quick read and very enjoyable, I think I will find more of Lippman's books to add to my queue! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brynn | 1/17/2014

    " Vividly drawn characters. Good suspense. Doesn't quite build to the explosion you expect, but ends up feeling more true for the restraint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beanse | 1/1/2014

    " A very well told story! While maybe not the most exciting read, I did enjoy the plot and characters. Very well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holley Cassell | 12/4/2013

    " Great fiction it's not, but it kept me engrossed on a beach trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 10/12/2013

    " I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire read. I would highly recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 9/17/2013

    " This could have been a good book. The premise was interesting, but none of the characters were likeable and it was overall very disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nya | 6/26/2013

    " This book got good reviews, but I thought it was really tepid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debie | 1/24/2013

    " Haunting story about a woman trying to forget her past until a death row inmate contacts her after kidnapping her twenty years before. Will keep you up late turning pages and checking locks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 12/18/2012

    " Meh. Started out good, but by the end, I couldn't really stand any of the characters. The most interesting part for me was the geography and the mention of all the stores and roads in the DC Metro area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 6/24/2012

    " A quick, interesting read. I enjoyed that the full story was revealed through the voices of multiple characters and at different points in time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Murray | 2/17/2012

    " As always with Laura Lippman, a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 10/7/2011

    " I found that it was very easy to become invested in the main character though, often, I seriously questioned her motivations. A few subplots with her kids went nowhere, but overall a good enough book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe Jussel | 7/22/2011

    " Excellent psychological mystery. You find yourself talking to the protaganist; "No, don't! Why are you listening to him", "put that phone down!". Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 4/24/2011

    " I'm not a big murder mystery fan, but it was entertaining. Kind of plays on one of my biggest fears - child abduction.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siobhan | 4/12/2011

    " I have read all of Laura Lippman's books and enjoyed each one. I found this one to be kind of upsetting, I guess because it seemed more real to me than her Tess Monaghan series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/11/2011

    " Great read! Recommend this by Russel D McLean. My first read of Laura's and will not be the last! Intriguing and great story line! "

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About the Author
Author Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working full time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers, and her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards. She has also been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Baltimore Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Lippman lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Woodward is an actress and narrator of audiobooks. She is known for her performance in several high-profile video games and for her part in the narration of Mr. Bones by Paul Theroux.