Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE

BY LAURA LIPPMAN

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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 tranquillity 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 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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Since the publication of her first novel, Baltimore Blues, in 1997, Laura Lippman has won virtually every major award given to U.S. crime writings, including the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Agatha Award, Nero Wolfe Award, Shamus Award, and the Quill Award. What the Dead Know, published in 2007, was a New York Times bestseller and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by critics at the New York Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, People magazine, Village Voice, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Lippman has published twelve books to date. Her thirteenth, Another Thing to Fall, is the tenth installment in the popular Tess Monaghan series, which centers on a young private investigator in Baltimore. Hardly Knew Her, a collection of her short stories and a never-before-published novella, will be published in September 2008.

A former Baltimore Sun reporter, Lippman lives in the city and is working on her next novel.

MY REVIEW:

As a fan of Laura Lippmann since reading LIFE SENTENCES in which she captured my interest with a different style of mystery built mostly around relationships and their curious manner in which they emerge and persevere, I looked forward to her latest book, I‘D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE. What I found was another kind of mystery-a reflective, psychological thriller that was different from what I had expected, but not at all disappointing. The novel's real source of unease comes from the emotional attraction between the two main characters is compelling and frightening all at once.

In I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE, Lippmann tells the tale of Eliza Benedict, a suburban wife and mother, who has just come back to the states after 6 years in Great Britain, where her husband, Peter, was working, along with their two children, Iso and Albie. Other than Eliza’s immediate family, she and Peter are the only ones who know the secret that Eliza is really Elizabeth Lerner. When Eliza was 15 years old, she was kidnapped, raped and held hostage for 39 days by a serial killer named Walter Bowman. Bowman is currently on death row for murder of another girl.

Eliza used to have nightmares about the others that Walter kidnapped and so is a bit overly cautious in the friends she and her children make. But for the most part, her life has been a good one with her family. Then out of the blue, Eliza’s world turns upside down as she receives a letter from Walter Bowman that includes a photo of Eliza and Peter at a recent social event.. The letter says, “I’d know you anywhere.” With that, Eliza’s nightmares return. Walter wants to be have contact with Eliza by phone and she is terrified because she remembers that Walter is not happy when he doesn’t get what he wants. Weighing her options, and too scared to think of anything else, Eliza decides that it’s better to do what Walter wants than to get him angry. With this, Eliza spirals into reliving the six weeks they were together and what she saw and how she felt. Back comes the guilt and misgivings. Why didn’t she run? Why was she spared while others were murdered? And when Walter isn’t satisfied with just phone contact and wants to meet with Eliza in person, it is as if Eliza was Elizabeth again experiencing that life as a 15 year old.

Lippmann takes the reader from the present to the past, and through the use of flashbacks, she adds to the excitement of the story. The terror that Eliza goes through is transferred to the reader in subtle ways and you find yourself unable to put the book down, but also afraid to read on….but you do! Will Eliza meet with Bowman face-to-face? Suspense builds to the point that I was so spellbound that I found myself reading on into the night.There may be others who disagree but in my opinion, I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE was a perfect way to start to wrap up the summer and head into some fall reading soon. Don’t miss this one!

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO MEGAN AND GOOD PEOPLE
AT HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING,
I HAVE 3 COPIES OF THIS EXCITING
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT
YOU NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!




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GOOD LUCK

103 comments:

Colleen Turner said...

This book sounds fascinating. With a degree in Psychology I am always drawn to this sorts of stories that dig into the mind of the insane and also the victims they haunt. Would love to win this!
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Colleen Turner said...

Read that the author's favorite type of clothing are ugg boots. Don't get that one...but to each his own!
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Colleen Turner said...

+5 swagbucks!
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Jo-Jo said...

What isn't interesting about psychological manipulation? I would love to win this book!
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Renee said...

interesting? How can she save his life?

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Renee said...

loved the joke about Noah... I always tell folks I don't have an accent - I come from CT - home of the dictionary.

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Shannon said...

I usually don't read mysteries, but this one seems so different that I have to give it a try.
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Shannon said...

The author is learning about Greek?
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holdenj said...

Boy, Lippman sure knows how to craft an intriguing storyline! The book looks very gripping, with this tale of a former hostage.
Thanks for the info and chance to win!
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holdenj said...

I totally get it when she says her best and worst qualities are that she means well!
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StephTheBookworm said...

Oooh, Laura is such a good thriller writer! Her books are always fascinating. Please count me in.

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CMash said...

Why I want to win...2 words.."psychological thriller"
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StephTheBookworm said...

I read that if she wasn't a writer, she would be unemployed because she has "no skills!" How funny!

CMash said...

One of her favorite food, as is mine, pizza.
CMash
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traveler said...

This book sounds fascinating and unique. thanks saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

This author is so talented and her many novels are captivating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

AN unusual and fascinating book which appeals to me. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I have read many of her books and enjoy the characters that she has created. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

amandawk said...

I would like to read this book because it is a psychological thriller. It sounds like it would keep you on the edge of your seat.
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amandawk said...

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amandawk said...

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is one of her favorite books.

Bookventures said...

I don't get the Uggs obsession either but i love Laura Lippmann books.

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Linda Kish said...

It would be so hard to go back and relive such a horrific time in one's life. Kinda creepy but like a car wreck, you can't turn away.

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Linda Kish said...

Favorite food...pizza. Me too.

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Mona said...

This book sounds heart pounding. My type of book : psychology and suspense thriller. I like that character Eliza who tries to save her Kidnapper thinking he will tell her why he didn't kill her.

Thanks!

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Mona said...

I twitted about this giveaway : http://twitter.com/patelmona0113/statuses/22133869525

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Mona said...

I went to the Harper Collins site "Fun Stuff". I like her answer as a Crime writer when asked what is sexy to me.

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Mona said...

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Beverly said...

Thanks for hosting! I love thrillers - I am excited about winning and reading a book by such an award winning author - especially in a genre that I truly enjoy!
Please enter me! I am an old follower!
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Meredith said...

I just think this sounds so scary! Can you imagine going on with life after something so horrible only to have it all brought up again? I wouldn't have even responded, but I guess there wouldn't be a story then. I'd love to read about why she did!

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

wow, this sounds crazy. I think it would freak me out a bit to read but i've been really interested in this one for awhile anyway. it sounds fascinating, and to be inside the victim's shoes is intriguing.

your review sounds good!

lauren
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Shooting Stars Mag said...

in the fun stuff section, I learned this is her fav. quote:

"In dreams begin responsibilites." —William Butler Yeats


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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I've got to admit this books sounds like one that would have to be read while your hubby is sleeping right next to you as I imagine it will not be one you can forget after closing the cover and snuggling down.

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

LL is reading Dead Connection
by Alafair Burke

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Sarah said...

I tweeted it:) @happymama82

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Sarah said...

One of her fav foods is pizza!! yummy:)

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Sarah said...

+ 5 swagbucks!!!

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A Musing Mother said...

How disturbing yet interesting it sounds.

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Glenn said...

The psychological aspects make it sound very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Tore said...

I am an email subscriber and follower. This sounds like a fascinating read. I would love to win this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Katia said...

An emotional attraction between the two even after everything that happened when she was 15? Hmm what really did happen? Can't wait to find out!
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Anonymous said...

I enjoy psychological thrillers. I also like to read about family relationships and secrets. This book has it all.

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Anonymous said...

Her least favorite food is octopus with visible tentacles.

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grannyvon said...

I think it is intresting that when she was kidnapped she was only two years older than her daughter is now. 15 and 13, booth young teenagers. I love a supense novel and this is surely going to be one. Thanks for the chance to win it! ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

funny fact was that she likes pizza. Who doesn't? ybutler@oppcatv.com

Andrea I said...

Tweeted


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Andrea I said...

I'm a Laura Lippman fan. The psychological thriller interests me.


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Andrea I said...

The book Laura's reading is Greek for Beginners.


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rubynreba said...

I'd like to win this because I really enjoy thrillers!
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rubynreba said...

Her favorite item of clothing is Ugg Boots.
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Amy said...

The plot of this book sounds unique to me and utterly captivating! It's admirable that Eliza has been able to build a "normal" life after the terrible thing that happened to her. And now to have this monster contact her and want something from her. Wow! I definitely want to read this book. I imagine it will be difficult to put down.

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Amy said...

Laura Lippman sounds like a sincere, interesting, witty woman. She volunteers at a Baltimore soup kitchen and says her best and worst qualities are that she means well

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Carol M said...

I love books about psychological manipulation! I always enjoy Laura Lippman's books!
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Carol M said...

She loves pizza and so do I. :)
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Anonymous said...

I would want to ead this book because is so spooky to me and I have the experience of someone who hardly knew tracking me down. I didn't respond and thank goodness I never got anymore correspondence on FB and my e-mails.


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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

From the fun section of the author's website, the author loves jazz and the music of New Orleans.


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bison61 said...

15 years old, and kidnapped, raped and held hostage for 39 days by a serial killer . I'd love to read this and find out what she does

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Margie said...

A can't-put-down psychological drama - my kind of book!
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Margie said...

The author's wish is to be a better daughter, sister, wife, and friend. A very good wish!
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Margie said...

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Linda Henderson said...

I'd love to win this book because it sounds like a spellbinding story and one that rather fits with these times.

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Linda Henderson said...

I tweeted this giveaway.

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Linda Henderson said...

I found out her least favorite food is octopus with the tentacles visible.

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Ruthie said...

I've heard wonderful things about this book & would love to read it.
Please enter me, thanks.

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Ruthie said...

Her greatest love is private & that's the way it should be.

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Melanie L said...

I would like to find out what Eliza goes through after being held hostage by that killer and having to deal with everything that happened.
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Melanie L said...

Her favorite food is pizza.
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Rica said...

I love all of her books!

Anonymous said...

I love Laura Lippman! I love psychological suspense novels....this one sounds terrific! Loosely based on the true story of Charles Starkweather/Caril Fugate serial killer.

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Pamela Keener said...

This description of this book and your review has me on edge and adding it to my TBB books.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Lisanne624 said...

I'd love to read this book since the author is an award-winning novelist and a former journalist. Sounds like she really knows how to make a book suspenseful! Also, I recently read a review of this one somewhere (can't remember where right off) that sort of suggested it was based on a true story??? Those are always fascinating!

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Lisanne624 said...

A strange thing that I found out on the Fun Stuff section of the author's website is that she thinks Noah Webster is hot?! What's up with that?

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Bethie said...

The idea of a kidnapper looking for contrition while on death row sounds interesting.

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Bethie said...

I find it interesting that her dream vacation is an urban location.

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Jolee said...

You sentence really caught my eye: The novel's real source of unease comes from the emotional attraction between the two main characters is compelling and frightening all at once. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

Jolee said...

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nfmgirl said...

Sounds fascinating. Very creepy having someone so terrifying from your past popping up, and forcing you to face your past once again. Please count me in. Thank you!

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nfmgirl said...

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nfmgirl said...

Ha Ha! I learned that if she wasn't a writer, she would be unemployed, because she has no marketable skills!

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Daisy-Pie said...

After seeing Laura on david Letterman last week that kind of let me know that I would like her writing so now I'm wanting to explore more of what she writes. The whole idea of victims that are drawn to their victimizers (like the Stockholm Syndrome) intrigues me. Thanks for the chance!

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Daisy-Pie said...

I see her best and worst qualities are the same--meaning well. Sounds good to me.

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lag123 said...

I love psychological thrillers. I find it interestig That Eliza is willing to contact Walter and face her demons.

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lag123 said...

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lag123 said...

I laugh that Laura says if she wasn't a writer, she would be unemployed because she has no other skills.

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allisonsbj3 said...

This sounds like a great book because what you think is in the past, may not always be.

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allisonsbj3 said...

I like that her favorite food is pizza!

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V. Neal said...

The plot thicken and yes this book will envoke fears with all parents who have children at that age and what could really happen and for the young who will be captivated by this as well.A great story,that I will look forward to reading as well.

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Christine H said...

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Christine H said...

My least favorite food is…
octopus with visible tentacles.

I agree thats gross but to each there own if someone out there likes it. :)

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Shirley said...

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Shirley said...

My favorite food is…
pizza. nothing like a great Pizza!

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Nancye said...

"An edgy, utterly gripping tale of psychological manipulation" WOW! This is the line that got me! I can't imagine being kidnapped and tortured let alone having them contact you after so many years! I definitely HAVE to read this one!!

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Nancye said...

Tweet! Tweet!
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Nancye said...

Fun fact, Laura says:
"My least favorite food is…
octopus with visible tentacles." ........ummmmmm, YEAH!! I think I'd rather starve than to eat octopus no matter about the tentacles! Yuck!!

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