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What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
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Jan 10, 2009

bookshelves: 2007-audio-books, 2007-mysteries

What the dead know, by Laura Lippman. A.
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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 woman walks away from an accident she caused, and when picked up by the police claimed to be the younger of the two sisters. But she is not very forthcoming to the police, and all the clues she gives them are not provable either because a house she referred to no longer exists, or people she refers to are incompetent now or dead. Is this woman one of the sisters lost so long ago? If so, which one is she? If not, why is she claiming to be one of them? This is a very interesting book, and Lippman takes us backward and forward in time quite seamlessly to lay out the truth of the story. One of the better books I’ve read this year, possibly in the top ten.

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