Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman
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 tranquility 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
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 during 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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