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Na een auto-ongeluk wordt een verwarde vrouw aangehouden die beweert dat zij een van twee zussen is die dertig jaar eerder spoorloos verdwenen.
Paperback, Coleção Negra, 480 pages
Published 2009 by Editora Record (first published 2007)
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A middle-aged woman is involved in a hit-and-run accident. Two teenage girls are abducted from a shopping mall, never to be heard from again. These are the two major events that propel Laura Lippman's What the Dead Know, a disturbing novel of buried secrets and life's tragic surprises.

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
Mar 26, 2008 Shelley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this book at the airport in Chicago when my flight was delayed due to a snowstorm. I thought it looked interesting and would be an easy read. It wasn't interesting, it was tiresome and tedious, with a plot that was about as deep as a puddle and as hard hitting as a cocoa puff. To say the characters were one dimensional, is to give them at least three forths of a dimension. To say the dialog was flat and juvenile insults juveniles everywhere. And the ending of this little mystery ...more
Feb 28, 2013 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-deals
I hated Heather Bethany. And not just a little bit either. Even though she had her reasons for her half-truths and lies, reasons that become apparent later, I still found it hard to forgive her. Since much of WHAT THE DEAD KNOW revolves around her, this proved a slightly difficult obstacle for me to overcome. Yet, Laura Lippman proved up to the challenge with an engrossing story that spanned decades and bounced back and forth in time like a shooting star set on repeat.

Despite the back and forth,
Sep 28, 2011 Yvette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Basically two sisters disappear after a trip to the mall. Their bodies were never found and all leads come to a dead end. After 30 years a lady shows up claiming to be one of the sisters. We are taken through a series of memories from different characters’ perspectives. At the end we are suppose to be surprise by the truth, unfortunately for me, I guessed early on. Although the story had an intriguing level to it I wasn't completely captivated. I can’t put my fingered on it, but something was am ...more
Jane Stewart
Feb 08, 2013 Jane Stewart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3 stars. Good story telling. Kept my interest. Absorbing mystery.

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.

I was b
Clif Hostetler
Jan 14, 2013 Clif Hostetler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
I was into this book a little ways before I remembered that I had heard this interview with the author on NPR radio. The idea for this book is based on [inspired by] an actual event that occurred in a Washington, D.C. suburb in 1975 when two teenaged sisters disappeared from a mall without leaving a trace or clue of what happened to them. The mystery of what happened to those two girls has never been solved.

In this novel the author provides a scenario of what might happen if one of those missin
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Apr 13, 2008 Kirsti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsti by: Janet
I tried an earlier Laura Lippman and didn't care for it, but the plot of this one sounded terrific. Two girls vanish from a shopping mall; years later, a woman in a hit-and-run accident blurts out that she is one of the girls. Parts of what she says are lies, but which parts? I'm glad I gave it a shot--I enjoyed the different points of view as the book followed different characters.
Aug 06, 2007 Zelda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
This was a really good book that totally taps into the fears in the early 70s of kids being kidnapped. When a women is caught after leaving the scene of an accident, she claims to be one of two sisters who were kidnapped from a local mall 20+ years earlier. The book bounces around those 20+ years from several different perspectives while describing what happened to the girls and those that were left behind. Throughly enjoyable, and while I figured part of the ending out before I got there, it wa ...more
This book is not easy to review. Some of its tangents had depth and psychological clarity, some not at all.

Taking away an entire star was the fact, for me, of disjointed aspect or feel. Not just in parts, but in beginning, middle, end- I continually felt as if a new character being introduced, a vast skipping over a time period, or just changed identity or location had me doing a reread? Regardless there was always an issue, event, participant count or something I didn't have clear view for cont
Mar 21, 2008 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Story line had potential but the writers style was choppy (and not in the Hemmingway manner). Transitioning between characters and time periods weren't handled well and made it hard to stay focused on the book.
Jun 27, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Lippman writes a mystery series described as "chick lit with guns," and that is about as far from my genre of choice as you can get. But facing a long drive and a paucity of choices, I picked up this audiobook - a standalone, not part of the series - and I really enjoyed it. So shame on snobby me.

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
Aug 18, 2008 jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jo by: linda
this woman knows how to write. i'm exactly one chapter in, and i already feel relieved. thank god in heaven for good writers who know how to soothe our pain.


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
I'd picked this up from reading the jacket information. Sounded like a very intriguing work about missing children. The basic premise is, a woman in a car accident claims to be one of the Bethany sisters, two girls who were abducted 25 years earlier and presumed dead. But is she, or is she pulling a scam? And if she is, what happened?

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
Carol Hunter
Apr 29, 2008 Carol Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysteries are one of my favorite genres. I will now add Laura Lippman to my list of favorite mystery writers. Her outstanding plot and character development captured me from the beginning of this book.
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
Apr 25, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More on the twisty thriller kick. This one was AWESOME; I wish more of them were like this. Lippman has the same knack as Jennifer McMahon for all those little details from your childhood that you've forgotten (I wanted the nurse kit more than the doctor kit, just like Sunny, because it had a girl on it and the other had a boy, and this was taken as a troubling lack of ambition by my father). Lots of twists; I guessed close to the big one but didn't quite hit it. Big meaty book too. Definitely w ...more
Book #25 for 2013

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
Aug 31, 2009 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling, literature, powerful. Lippman can get inside the skin of nearly any character. Really enjoyed this.

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
Jan 13, 2008 ayrdaomei added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of verbose, well-populated mysteries
Recommended to ayrdaomei by: The New York Times, Publishers Weekly
Laura Lippman used to write for The Baltimore Sun, so she's been an author I've thought about checking out for awhile. When I saw this title on a couple of "Best/Favorites Of 2007" lists, I figured this was the one to try.

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
A powerful book that has to read/listened to in chunks, then set down. Similar to my description of The Most Dangerous Thing, the story is set up like an artichoke that is slowly peeled back before we get to the heart. We have the perspective various people across various time frames. Each scene and perspective written with great intentionality.

There's only one element that kept me from rating it higher. (view spoiler)
Feb 09, 2011 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
Dec 11, 2013 Rianne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One credit I will give this book: I was curious to find out what really happened. Overall, though, I was unsatisfied with the story, the characters, and the unveiling of the truth in this mystery tale. The writing seemed intriguing at first, but soon became cumbersome as I found myself skimming entire sections to get at the gist of what was going on. Perhaps this was a great book for some readers, but not for me.

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Sep 15, 2008 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Baltimorons, mystery lovers
I listened to the unabridged recording by Linda Emond - wow! Frankly, a good reader can elevate a really good book (a 4-star) to a fabulous book (a 5-star), and Ms. Emond is a really good reader. This is a terrific mystery - I didn't see the ending coming (but admit I'm not always the swiftest at figuring out endings ahead of time, and why would one want to be?) - and the reading is fabulous. This one definitely kept me driving around the block several more times than was necessary, and then wal ...more
Scott E
Aug 13, 2014 Scott E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, right off the bat (due to some of the language) reminded me of the HBO series The Wire, both set in Baltimore. Not a bad thing, but I will always take an opportunity to trash The Wire. One of the great cable series of all time (with the 3rd and 4th seasons possibly the best two seasons of a TV show ever)...that was brought to a wasteful, pitiful joke of a 5th and final season - absolutely laughable!

Fortunately, What The Dead Know stays on track (w/ only a brief, forgivable side-track
Feb 08, 2013 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, read_2013
One half of the daughters of a missing persons case dating back to 1975 makes a remarkable return via the unlikeliest of circumstances. Heather Bethany is involved in a hit and run and is soon the subject of much interrogation as police, doctors, social workers, and her lawyer try to pry the truth surrounding her disappearance many years ago. Complicating matters is that Heather isn’t forthcoming even with her own identity for fear of having her seemingly quiet existence thrown into the media sp ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've had Lippmann on my radar for awhile. Her gender is probably a big reason why I've shied away. When I think of a crime novelist I always picture dudes. I don't know why that is but in the future I might look for authors lacking certain equipment. This book was chosen by my book club at work(fittingly, a bunch of women and me).

The story is about a cold case of two sisters missing for 30 years. It jumps around between the 70's and today from the perspective of multiple characters. The highli
A good piece of fiction, entertaining and well-plotted. However, I found the jumps between so many narrators to be disorienting. Some characters were more interesting to follow than others and when the less interesting characters were on deck, I found myself skimming. Also, I knew how it would end from page one, which kind of deflated the rest of the book for me.
Jun 04, 2012 Whitney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I was drunk reading this book; every time I opened it to begin reading, it was like waking up from a black out. “Where am I, what is going on”? A flashback every 20 pages; I was confused who was the narrator this time and what time period we were in now while reading. I also did not like the main character/missing sister. I didn’t sympathize with her; she was pretentious, rude, and treated everyone with condescension as if they owed her the world. Even after she spilled the beans, I ...more
Oct 01, 2010 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This is the second Laura Lippman book that I have read....and it will be the last. While I liked the outcome of the book, that was about all that I liked. I found myself so confused about what was going on, and the author went around and around in circles so much - saying the exact same thing over and over again, that i found myself skipping pages that really have zero effect on the outcome of the book! Who cares that the mother was learning Spanish! Who cares about the detectives sex life - whi ...more
Jul 15, 2016 Jonas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A superb mystery. 4.5 stars. Loved the writing and the pacing. No first person narration, but each chapter focused on a different character and really got into their head. Very strong characters that are consistent and well-developed, each with a very different voice. All very human and somewhat flawed. A terrifying premise as a parent. I couldn't put the book down. The author does an amazing job keeping you guessing and unsure until the very end. The end caught me off guard and I appreciate tha ...more
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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 other ...more
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