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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,780 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9780062006943
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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 anywhere.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Laura Lippman is one of those uncommonly talented authors whose work continues to get better in every book she writes. I’d Know You Anywhere is a riveting psychological suspense novel.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • I’d Know You Anywhere ranks with her very best.”

    Associated Press

  • “[A] outstanding novel of psychological suspense from Edgar-winner Lippman.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Award-winning author Laura Lippman unfurls Eliza’s story in tightly-written chapters alternating from present day to that horrifying summer of 1985, creating an emotionally complex drama that is as riveting as it is ultimately rewarding.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the September 2010 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2010
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 2/16/2014

    " This book had an interesting perspective on the sole survivor of a serial killer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caleb Kaspar | 2/14/2014

    " While not terribly complex, this was an entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene Walker | 2/11/2014

    " Lippman is deft at keeping the reader in just enough suspense to keep turning the pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kp | 2/7/2014

    " The book was easy enough to listen to, but it seemed there was basically nothing to it. The plot was very thin and the ending was completely anti-climactic. The whole premise of Elizabeth's kidnapping was explained in a way that doesn't even make the reader feel particularly understanding of any horror that she went through. Maybe that was intentional, but it didn't serve to make me like the book. Basically a big blah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 1/28/2014

    " This was a pretty thought provoking book. In the end, I almost feel sorry for Walter. Not who he was in the beginning, but what his actions, regardless of reasons, made his life come down to. I wonder if he did have a mental disorder, or was he a Psychopath? The bad guys are never my favorite characters, but this 1 fascinates me. This isn't a blog, so I'll leave it at that, but the book does make you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D'et Hoover | 1/26/2014

    " This was a good book with an interesting subject. The relationship between an attacker and a victim. I found it interesting to read about their relationship both during the crime and how even after years their lives were still so intertwined. All in all a good quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 1/18/2014

    " I found it a little anticlimactic and there were some characters that were hard to care about so those chapters were dull. it reminded me of Grisham's "the confession" but not quite as thrilling. would make for interesting discussion for a book group i think "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry Siegal | 1/13/2014

    " So far I really like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 1/5/2014

    " Partially set to the soundtrack of popular tunes from 1985, Elizabeth-now-Eliza must face her literal and figurative demons in this interesting pyschological analysis of human behavior. What makes a victim? What makes a villain? And can those lines ever be blurred? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny Li | 1/2/2014

    " This was a solid 2.5. It's interesting enough but nothing truly original. The characters also fell a bit flat-I never truly felt their emotions which is saying a lot about a crime drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike McQuillian | 12/28/2013

    " A good read with well-developed characters and excellent tension-building. I found the ending anticlimactic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Painter | 11/27/2013

    " I didn't really love this. I found it slightly depressing and kind of boring. I did like the character development and thought the author did a good job making Walter and Eliza real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skye | 8/21/2013

    " I enjoyed but it felt short of my expectations based on the other Lippmann books I've read. Probably shouldn't have read it so soon after Gone Girl . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbi | 7/30/2013

    " I usually can't read books that are so filled with dread of what might happen. Especially being the mother of 3 daughters but the way that the book is written was so easily moving between what happened and her life in the present tense it was so complete. Great read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorrie | 5/29/2013

    " I usually avoid 'true crime' type novels but I liked how this one showed the process a victim had to go through to deal with her past. She was a realistic character with many flaws, initially her passivity grated but I came to realize how it necessitated the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti Morris | 3/5/2013

    " Entertaining, fast, read. I am not sure about the suspense aspect. I feel the ending was very abrupt. There was much foreshadowing but nothing that was presented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Gianelli | 11/25/2012

    " Compelling topic....page turner. My first Laura Lippmann book but not my last. Leaves the reader with lots to think about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tony | 10/21/2012

    " I was really disappointed, especially with the irritating main character. The woman had no backbone. I could see what the author may have wanted to express but it just did not come through. This was such a waste of my time and expectations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Sweet | 9/5/2012

    " The concept was good but I found the story kind of boring until the last pages. I did feel bad for the main character but I didn't really like her either so there was nothing about the book that made me want to read the next page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan Gish | 8/19/2012

    " I was expecting more of a mystery/thriller (and it had it's moments) but I really got into this book and was captivated by it. I loved the personal spin Miss Lippman put on the characters & how she evolved Eliza into the strong person she was at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 8/1/2012

    " The writing is quite good. However, I was expecting some suspense and intrigue, and didn't find either in these pages. The plot was really quite predictable and the end was unsatisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 9/5/2011

    " Excellent psychological thriller/mystery with nicely developed characters. Definitely an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg Pasquerella | 8/28/2011

    " Wow! This book grabbed me at the beginning and I could hardly put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/23/2011

    " This book reminded me of Jodi Picoult's writing. This was an interesting read that kept me involved right through the twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 5/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I was actually happy with the way this book ended for a change. I was able to put myself in her shoes through the book and relate to how she was handling eveything... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nascarrunner71 | 5/17/2011

    " Moved quickly. I'll try one of her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/16/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense in this novel...right up until the nail biter ending. Loved it! Thanks Stephen King for the recommendation...! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mollie | 5/16/2011

    " Gripping story, masterfully told. I could hardly put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 5/16/2011

    " Good easy plane read; not all revealed til the end (and not what you think it is exactly). Not too graphic either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 5/15/2011

    " Really a fantastic suspense novel ... Very well-written and suspenseful, and the characters are completely true to life. I will definitely be picking up more Laura Lippman novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allie | 5/14/2011

    " It was definitely not suspenseful.....It was a quick read but just ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debi | 5/14/2011

    " The writing was good, the weaving together of current and past well done, the story ok if you want to walk through someone else's misery. Not my cuppa tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 5/14/2011

    " Wanted to like this book more. There was a lot of good suspense in the lead up, but the ending wrapped up quickly and unsatisfactorily. "

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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

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.