O Que Os Mortos Sabem
One of the most acclaimed and honored writers in the field of crime fiction, Laura Lippman offers readers a gripping tale of deception and delusion, of family wounds and betrayals.
Thirty years ago, the Bethany girls, ages eleven and fifteen, disappeared from a Baltimore shopping mall. They never returned, their bodies were never recovered, and only painful questions...more
After fleeing a car accident, a middle-aged woman with no ID is questioned by both the police and hospital administration. Refusing to reveal her identity (and proof of health insurance), she instead hints that she...more
Despite the back and forth,...more
It’s a very unusual story - when you learn everything at the end.
BUT, when it was over I felt like I had just been told a sad story. Good people are hurt. Bad people get away with things. It’s semi happy for a few at the end, but not really. Overall I felt depressed and sad. Here it is the next day, and I’m still grieving for someone. So, since I read for entertainment, and this leaves me down, I’m rounding down to 3 stars.
In this novel the author provides a scenario of what might happen if one of those missin...more
Thirty years ago 2 sisters disappeared from a mall and their bodies have never been found. We watch the disintegration of their seemingly perfect family and are drawn in by the confused, or is it cunning, young woman who is involved in a hit-and-run accident and claims to be one of the famous lost...more
The heart of the story is a question of identity. At the start of the novel, a woman has a traffic accident and tells the police that she is one of the Bethany Girls, two sisters who disappeared f...more
i finished it and am impressed by this novel, especially a) the consistently excellent writing, b) the representation of minor characters and c) the portrayal of the mind of an adult with a history of horrendous childhood trauma. what left me a little bit cold was the conclusion.
for one, it's pretty clearly announced befo...more
Unfortunately, this turned into a detective novel. It had a plot easily followed (though the woman's character was oddly written, to say the least). But certain asp...more
What The Dead Know has a great title and an intriguing premise, but unfortunately, the story as written never clicked for me. I called it quits 97 pages in. It was neat to read about Baltimore County as it was 20 or so years ago, but I never connected with any of the character...more
Laura Lippman never fails to impress me. Here she demonstrates mastery of the multiple-POV narrative as she weaves themes of self-identity, survival mechanisms, and forgiveness and redemption into a complex story of a prodigal daughter. This is the sort of book I feel I should read again just to see how she pulls off such a feat of legerdemain.
For starters, there is the central question of the story: Is this middle-aged accident victim really who she claims to be? Or is she spin...more
Here's the thing, though: I sensed the big reveal that was coming probably 50 pages before it came--but that did nothing to hurt my enjoyment of the book. By then, Lippman had me so wrapped up in the characters and their various motivations that I just wanted to keep reading.
That should be no surprise, really. When we go to see a Batman movie, we know Batman is going to prevail over the...more
I found the younger sister especially real, with her irritating little quirks that she directs gleefully to the aggravation of the older sister. The dynamics between the two sisters...more
Two girls are kidnapped from a mall one afternoon and decades later a woman stunned by a car accident claims to be one of the missing girls, but she is strangely reluctant to tell her story.
This book is of the are they an impostor subgenre of mysteries; one I'll admit to not being fond of. At the end all the reader can expect to learn is which of two possibilities is the case. With maybe an interesting back story of how things came to this pass. So the author has to keep throwing sand in the rea...more
The focus of the story is the disappearance of two teenage girls from a Baltimore mall in 1975 and the aftermath of that event for the girls' parents. Thirty years later, a disoriented woman, having been involved in a traffic accident, tells police she is one of the missing girls. The story evolves from there as police tra...more
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Sunny was just entering her teens while her younger sister, Heather, was just enough younger to spy on her, read her journal and in other ways annoy her. One Saturday, Heather tattled to their father that Sunny was planning to go to the mall. Their father said Sunny could only go if she took Heather with her. The two girls went to the mall and were never seen again. No bodies were ever found. Then, 30 years later, a disoriented w...more
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Two girls go missing in the 70s woman shows up and claims to be one of the girls [s]||5||22||Jun 28, 2014 09:49PM|
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|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. sisters go into movie theater at the mall, only one comes out [s]||5||45||Mar 27, 2014 03:54PM|
|Help...please, tell me how this book ended.||2||105||Jun 04, 2012 05:17PM|