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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
In this novel the author provides a scenario of what might happen if one of those missin...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
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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
TITLE/AUTHOR: WHAT THE DEAD KNOW by Laura Lippman
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Suspense/2007/369 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand-Alone
TIME/PLACE: 2005 & 1975/Baltimore
CHARACTERS: Heather & Sunny Bethany/missing sisters;
FIRST LINES: Her stomach clenched at the sight of the water tower hovering above the still, bare trees, a spaceship come to earth.
COMMENTS: 03/03/08 purchase from MOTB upcoming group read. The most well-liked and great discussion book for the group. Loved it!...more
Thirty years later, a woman skids on an oil slick on the highway near Baltimore. A chain reaction accident sends an SUV off the road, but the woman keeps driving, then walking. And when confronted by a police officer, she trots out the first few fragments...more
Lippman manages the crisscrossing threads of he...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
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
Lippman, a former Baltimore Sun writer and Marylander through and through, is best known for her “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan mysteries (nine total). Lippman breaks free from her series this spring with the publication of What the Dead Know. Still a mystery, still Baltimore, Lippman’s stand-alone tale is one of her best to date. The ghost of a 30-year old kidnapping case is revived...more
To sum up: I liked this book, but don't feel strongly enough about it to give it more than a 3 star rating. Laura Lippman's stable of characters, broken out by chapter in different points of view, were not sledgeha...more
Thirty years after two young sisters disappeared from Baltimore, a spaced-out woman is arrested near the city for having left the scene of an accident, and claims to be Heather Bethany, the younger of the pair; she tells of having been kidnapped by a cop, who murdered her elder sibling, Sunny, and kept Heather -- even though to start with she was just twelve -- as a sex slave before, a few years later, releasing her into the world with $5000 and a promise that they'll both keep quiet about this....more
In this book, we've got a missing persons story wrapped up with a murder mystery. A woman stopped for a traffic offense claims to be one of two girls who were kidnapped in the 1970's. Most of the book revolves around the mystery of whether or not she is telling the truth.
Flashback scenes take the reader back to 1975, 1983, and 1989, following the parents of the kidnapped girls and how they dealt with this open-ended horror of lost children. The 1970's scenes took me back- I re...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.
The never come home.
Thirty years later, the police pick up a dazed woman wandering away from an accident scene. She has no identification, no wallet or money. To complicate things even worse, she claims to be Heather Bethany.
So begins Laura Lippman's mystery "What the Dead Know."
We move back and forth through time, seeing the girls and their semi-hippie parents; following "Heather" aro...more
Thirty years later, a woman is driving her car in the Baltimore area, and skids on an oil slick left by an earlier accident. Hitting another car in the process and injuring a young boy as his...more
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"Neither one of them had grown up in observant homes. Miriam was 'Jewish' and Dave was 'Lu...more