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I'd Know You Anywhere

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  17,887 Ratings  ·  2,075 Reviews
Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life. But her tranquility is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects to hear from: Walter Bowman. There was your photo, in a magazine. I’d know you anywhere.

In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always s
Published August 17th 2010 by HarperAudio (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 18, 2011 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 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 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 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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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
Mar 21, 2011 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 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
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
May 17, 2011 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
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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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