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3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  17,315 Ratings  ·  2,036 Reviews
Eliza Benedict’s past returns to haunt her when the serial killer she escaped from as a young girl walks back into her life. The new nail-shredding novel from New York Times bestseller, Laura Lippman.

25 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 o
Paperback, 393 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Avon Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 18, 2011 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really, Stephen King? "The best suspense novel of the year?" I read this book based on King's recommendation in Entertainment Weekly but, wow, NOT suspenseful, at least in the way that I feel suspense should work: fascinating premise, bread crumb trail of hints and insights, increased anxiety and second-guessing until, pow, the big reveal! Was the premise of the novel a good one? Yes. A woman who was kidnapped as a teenager is contacted by her kidnapper 20 years later, months before his schedule ...more
Will Byrnes
Jun 03, 2010 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Eliza Benedict was 15 years old, she was taken captive by a man who held her for several weeks, raped her and allowed her to live. He had not been so restrained with the other girls he had taken, and killed. Now, twenty years later, his death sentence is about to be executed. So, why, all of a sudden, does he send Eliza a letter? Why does he want to call her? Why does he want her to come visit him on death row? The mother of one of the victims also gets in touch with Eliza, still believing ...more
Jul 08, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the summer of 1985, Elizabeth Lerner spent 39 days held hostage by Walter Bowman.

Years later, she's changed her name, married and built out a life for herself as Eliza Benedict. But all of that is about to change when a letter from Walter shows up at her house. Walter was tried and convicted of the death of a victim he took while he held Eliza captive and is facing execution in a few weeks. The letter came as the result of Eliza's photograph appearing in the society section of a local magazi
Nov 19, 2010 Patti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boring people, people who like reading about boring people
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Mar 21, 2011 Judith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I delayed writing this review because my feelings about this book are so conflicted. It was a good premise for a story: a girl is kidnapped and molested at the age of 15 by a serial killer. For some reason, he chooses not to kill her, and she lives to testify against him which results in the death penalty. The story begins as Walter ( (the killer ) having exhausted all appeals awaits pending execution. He contacts Elizabeth (the surviving victim) who is now a happily married mother of 2 children ...more
Gail Cooke
Sep 24, 2010 Gail Cooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Prepare to be mesmerized, totally enthralled, and left with your mind questioning the meaning of true justice. Laura Lippman, author of the acclaimed Tess Monaghan series and last year's best selling Life Sentences, shows her mettle as a writer of intense, character driven, psychological dramas with the superb I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE.
This is a story that will linger with you long after you've read the last page or heard the last word.

Eliza Benedict is a seemingly unflappable mother of two living
Tara Chevrestt
What could have been an amazing thriller novel was ruined for me by a weak, spineless heroine.

Elizabeth is an married woman with two children who has a secret past. The summer she was 15, a man abducted her and helf her captive for almost forty days and nights. She had many opportunities to get away.. but she was too cowardly to do anything. She sat by and watched her captor hurt others.. she walked into McDonald's and ordered burgers, but never once asked anyone for help. Was she suffering fro
May 17, 2011 J.D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
22 years ago, Eliza Benedict became briefly famous as the only one of serial killer Walter Bowman's victims to survive. Now, Bowman has contacted Eliza through an intermediary and says he wants to meet her. Laura Lippman deftly sets up this chilling premise within the first few pages, and the rest of the book is a steady, inexorable tightening of the tension towards Eliza's confrontation with the man who so irrevocably altered her life.
The premise of a serial killer manipulating someone from in
More of a 3.5, but definitely not a 4.

The thing that drove me batty about this book was the APATHY of the main character, Eliza. I guess that I like my protagonists with a little more fire, especially when they've been through a life altering and traumatic experience. I was frustrated with how she just seemed so accepting of everything and everyone's opinion of her, even though she kept lamenting how she was sick of people assuming things about her. And yet, when confronted time and again with p
Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)
I originally bought this book off a discount pile only because the back cover copy was so well written, I thought I'd keep it around for my copywriter's swipe file.

It turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I like Lippman's easy style and her psychological insights into character. I like the questions she's raising: what does it say about you if a killer who murdered other girls took you but let you live as his temporary companion? Is it something to be grateful about? Does it mean something? If i
Jane Stewart
Feb 15, 2013 Jane Stewart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It was enjoyable but I can’t say I “really liked it.” The weakest part was the plot resolution - kind of a nonevent.

The author does nice dialogue. Draws good pictures of interesting characters. I was intrigued with Eliza’s older sister Vonnie and Eliza’s daughter Iso. Vonnie and Iso were mean. Vonnie pinched Eliza as a baby and did other hurtful things as they were growing up. Iso lied, bullied, and stole. They were a contrast from Eliza who floated through life reacting to things. Eliza was not
Danielle Larca
At age 15, Elizabeth Lerner was kidnapped and held captive for 39 days by Walter Bowman. Unsure as to how much she had seen when she stumbled upon him digging in the woods, Walter felt like he had no choice but to take Elizabeth. He certainly didn’t chose her like he chose the others. Maybe that’s why she’s the only one who survived.

Flash forward twenty some-odd years. Walter is on death row. Elizabeth Lerner is now Eliza Benedict, wife of Peter, mother of Iso and Albie. Eliza has managed to car
Apr 11, 2011 Wyma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far I'm finding it hard to put down. Very compelling character, plot and writing.


This book is the story of "a nice person," as Ms. Lippman herself
put it, and Eliza's story is full of the sort of suspense that keeps you turning the pages. Slowly and deliciously, Eliza's past is revealed as it invades her current, lovely and almost perfect life.

Eliza had been kidnapped when she was fifteen and kept alive by a compulsive serial killer, who on death row wants to come back i
Jul 08, 2011 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After seeing this book on Stephen King's Best of 2010 list for EW, I became curious about this novel. Most reviews I read prior to beginning this story were mixed at best, so I really wanted to read this and form my own opinion.

In the mid 80's, young Elizabeth is abducted by an insecure young man named Walter. Unlike his previous victims, who were quickly raped and killed, Elizabeth travels with Walter for nearly forty days, and is only raped once. While traveling with Walter, Elizabeth witness
Alex Templeton
This novel had a great premise: the man who kidnapped Eliza Benedict when she was fifteen contacts her over twenty years later after having seen a picture of her in a magazine, claiming "I'd know you anywhere". He tells her he will reveal to her what happened with his other victims, if only she will meet with him. She, meanwhile, has tried her best to put him in her past. This was a quick read, barreling right along to the ending and the final meeting between Eliza and Walter (her kidnapper). Un ...more
This story captivated me from beginning to end. It's not a true mystery but a bit of a "psychological thriller." I just found it to be a really good story and very well written.

Eliza Bennett, is a married mother of two who seems to live a happy, content life, until one day a mysterious letter arrives at her house. It is from a man who is now on death row. A man who kidnapped and held her captive over twenty years ago. The story goes back and forth in time with Eliza remembering the kidnapping a
Elizabeth Lerner is 15 years old when she is kidnapped by Walter Bowman. 20 years later she is now Eliza Benedict, a married mom of 2 kids. Walter Bowman, her abductor, is sitting on death row awaiting his execution for the murder of Holly Tackett.

Walter reaches out to Eliza, and wants to meet with her. We follow back and forth between the time that she was held hostage and the present decisions that weigh heavily on her.

This book kept me interested and throughout the entire story, I really fe
Jul 07, 2012 Christie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has no real threat, no real problem, and nothing actually happens. It's flat. The concept and the stories are interesting and will carry you through a few chapters, but it never comes of anything and is a big let down.
May 22, 2013 Roxane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts out strong and does a nice job of creating suspense until the narrative makes it clear that nothing is at stake, not really. Not enough depth here, which is a shame.
Dec 27, 2010 Mallory rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mallory by: Oh,, you know me so well....
After reading Room and Still Missing, I seem to be on a kick of reading books about women who are/were abducted. So when suggested I'd Know You Anywhere to me, I was excited to add it to my repertoire. While this book was unoffensive, it didn't quite hold a candle to the former two novels, which crafted characters so rich and nuanced, with such a distinct and interesting point of view that they felt like real people.

I've always been curious what happens to victims of high-profile crim
Jan 04, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman is deprived of any strong detail and lacks creative finesse. Lippman takes a good story, derived from a true crime, and churns out a lengthy novel that leaves the reader “bummed out” by the last page. Lacking any true emotional attachment to the key themes, characters, and ending, Lippman fails to develop the novel as a rich and satisfying adventure. Instead, Lippman chooses to use direct characterization to tell the reader everything he or she needs to kn ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Tiffunee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the summer of 1985, Elizabeth Lerner spent 39 days held hostage by Walter Bowman.

Years later, she's changed her name, married and built out a life for herself as Eliza Benedict. But all of that is about to change when a letter from Walter shows up at her house. Walter was tried and convicted of the death of a victim he took while he held Eliza captive and is facing execution in a few weeks.

"I'd Know You Anywhere" asks the question of whether Eliza was a victim or an unwitting accomplice to
This is the first of Laura Lippman that I've had the pleasure of listening to but it definitely will not be the last. The story was tense and moved at a leisurely pace but with purpose. Linda Emond deserves huge kudos for her excellent narration. Her characterizations made the story more interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed both the author and the narrator. Will definitely be looking for more by both.
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
A huge disappointment. This book meandered along and I had hoped that there was going to be a huge reveal...."Bus driver,move that bus"....but alas it just petered out. Would not recommend.
Laura Droege
Jan 24, 2011 Laura Droege rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
As a fifteen-year-old, Elizabeth was kidnapped by Walter Bowman and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least two other girls, yet let Elizabeth go for reasons known only to him. Now he is on death row for the murder of his last victim.

Now a grown woman, Elizabeth has changed her name to Eliza, married and had children, and shed her old identity as the rape victim and former hostage. Then she receives a letter from Walter. As his death comes near, he seems contrite.

But is that
Sep 07, 2011 Deana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Deana by: Debbie
This is the story of a woman, Eliza, who was kidnapped and raped as a teenager. She has fairly successfully anonymized herself and become a reasonably happy and normal adult with a husband and two children, though she doesn't like to sleep with the windows open and is always sure to lock her door. One day, she receives a letter from her kidnapper, who is on death row -- he has seen her photograph in a newspaper and wants to get in touch with her. This, of course, changes her life somewhat.

I list
Jan 30, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-reviewed
This was actually better than I expected it to be, but it was still not as good as it could have been, which makes me sad. More 2.5, I guess, but I'm giving it a 2 because I'm a fussbudget.

So, good points! The protagonist bordered on a level of passivity that was almost annoying, but not quite, and she actually grew as a person throughout the course of the novel. Yay!

There was a semi-decent tension running throughout the book, although unfortunately the author did drop this a few times and I sta
In this standalone from Laura Lippman, Eliza, nee Elizabeth, is a suburban stay-at-home mom recently returned from 6 years in London where her husband was posted. No sooner has she returned to the area outside of Washington where she grew up does she receive a mysteriously delivered letter from Walter, a death row inmate in Virginia who had kidnapped Elizabeth and held her for 40 days the summer she was 15. Elizabeth was the one who got away, and now Walter faces the death penalty for killing gi ...more
When she was 15 years old, Elizabeth Lerner was kidnapped by a serial killer after stumbling upon him burying his most recent victim. After 39 horrifying days, the killer was caught and Elizabeth went back to her life and the traumatic trial of her kidnapper. After the trial her family moved, she altered her name, and she grew up to have a family of her own. But she was always haunted by the question of why he allowed her to live when 4 others died. When, 22 years later, a letter came from her a ...more
Somehow whatever mystery book I read nowdays I end up giving it 1 or 2 stars. This book was no exception. The main protagonist Eliza was so passive. It was easy to understand her passivity at the time of her abduction as she was only 15, just a child in so many ways but later as a mother and a grown up woman I could not understand her being so submissive all the time. As a person who survived that tragic situation, she ought to possess some fire in her atleast later in life as a grown up.

Her pa
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Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for othe ...more
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