Wednesday, November 24, 2010

#BookReview: I'd Know You Anywhere - Laura Lippman

Imagine being kidnapped as a teen and escaping from your captor only to have him reach out to you years later. In the summer of 1985, Elizabeth was a typical teenager.  She loved Madonna and lived for trips to the mall.  With strict orders to stay close to home, Elizabeth usually obliged her parents.  Then came the day when she wandered a little further than she should have.

There's always been something different about Walter Bowman.  At first glance he's handsome, but upon closer inspection there's something that no one can pinpoint.  It makes women step back and causes men to take him for a weakling.  In his early twenties, Walter has never been with a woman, let alone had a girlfriend. It's not for trying though. When he comes upon the innocent Elizabeth walking along the road, he must have her. Walter has killed before, but with Elizabeth, it'll be different.

Fast forward to present day and Eliza, as she now goes by, is a married woman with two children: thirteen year old Iso and eight year old Albie.  Her husband, Peter,  knows about her history and is fiercely protective of her.  Recently back in the states after living overseas, the Benedicts have settled into their lives on the east coast.

When Eliza is contacted by an advocate for Walter Bowman, their world is sent into a spin.  Eliza is the one that got away, the only one that got away, and Walter is scheduled to die by lethal injection.  Walter believes that he knows Eliza better than anyone else and if she would just talk to him, he could convince her to ask the governor pardon him.

What did you like about this book?
This was an absolute page turner.  Laura Lippman does an excellent job of drawing the reader in and forcing them to pick sides.

What didn't you like about this book?
There were some scenes that I found a little unbelievable, but it didn't take away from my overall enjoyment.

What could the author do to improve this book?
There was a story line with Iso that wasn't fully explored and I would have liked to find out what was at the heart of her acting out.  While it could have been typical teenage angst, I suspect that it was more than what readers were exposed to.

Published August 2010

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