I'd Know You Anywhere

I'd Know You Anywhere

eBook - 2010
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Eliza Benedict's peaceful suburban life is shattered after she is contacted by Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped and held her hostage as a teen in 1985, and who now claims to want forgiveness while on death row.
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062008237
0062008234
Branch Call Number: 813/.54 22
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (373 p.)
Alternative Title: I would know you anywhere

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EljayJohnson
Jul 26, 2019

This is my third Lippman and I'm batting .666. I've liked both of the stand-alone novels I've read; didn't like the first in her recurring character series.

Elizabeth had been abducted and held captive for 5 weeks at the age of 15. It's now 22 years later and her abductor is facing execution on Death Row for the crimes he committed against other girls; Elizabeth is the only one he let live.

There was so much to like about this book. Lippman can flesh out a character with only a few lines of dialogue and description. She doesn't tackle obvious themes (survivor guilt, victim complicity, etc.) head-on; instead she back-doors them and is even more effective that way. Plus she just writes a good, compelling story. But my favorite thing she did was this: throughout the entire book, you know there is something unsaid about Elizabeth's time with her captor, there is going to be some big reveal, keep reading to find out the DARK SECRET. How Lipmann handles the big twist was perfect.

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Kmum1
Mar 21, 2019

Good book. I liked how the author jumped between past and present day. While I found some characters and storylines unnecessary I didn't find the book particularly slow like some readers complained of.

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aafleming
Nov 04, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this book. People familiar with the Elizabeth Smart story will realize it was probably inspired by that incident. One interesting thing I found is how much I came to dislike the "victim" as the story progressed. Don't know if that was the author's intent or not, but I became more and more exasperated with her wishy-washy approach to life the further I read. Still enjoyed the book though.

geezr_rdr Aug 02, 2013

An easy read, but is it worth it? Not much insight for the death penalty, particularly as a deterrent. More of a lesson about self justification by flawed people. However, if you start do stay for the ending which kind of saves the book.

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sunshineagain
Aug 23, 2012

I enjoyed all the differing perspectives on the death penalty, and the feelings of the characters and the way they responded to trauma. Food for thought and an interesting read

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campingmomma
Jun 25, 2012

I read this book in less than 24 hours. It was really easy reading and a great book! It is the story of Eliza who was kidnappeded and raped in the 1980's by Walter who is now on death row for murdering 4 other girls. Eliza moved and changed schools after the kidnapping and only her parents, sibling and husband (not even her children) know what happened to her, but Walter starts contacting her and disrupts her quiet, safe life. The book is written in alternating chapters between the kidnapping in the 80's and Eliza's life now, telling her and Walter's stories.

snowbird922 May 30, 2012

I did not find this a psychological thriller as the cover said, however I did enjoy the story of Eliza and her captor very interesting. I can imagine that there are tons of victims who feel the way Eliza felt about her captor in real life. So terrified that you cannot even imagine escape even when the opportunity presents itself the victim cannot see it. I was waiting for the Walter to reveal something to us that would make us think that Eliza knew something she chose not to remember but that never happened. Yes he tried to play on her emotions and memory of that time but at least Eliza was strong enough to resist this in the end. The only think I would have changed is the way they classified this book as suspense. This was really the story of a victim and her captor. I am more intrigued that the author based this on a true crime but was reluctant to say what crime. I enjoyed the writing and the story overall I would definitely read another book by this author.

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redwallflower
Jun 27, 2011

I liked this book, despite the slower pace that was maintained throughout the body of the story. However, the end was worth the wait. It's not a huge, game changing ending, but it is just one that is well-suited to the story and the characters.

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Gwendoulos
May 31, 2011

Book Club?

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demag2
Mar 09, 2011

This book appeared on Stephen King's best of 2010's list. While I have had little luck with the "King of horror" choices, this is an exception. While the middle is a little slow the climax is worth the effort A good read!

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Aug 23, 2012

sunshineagain thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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