Synopses & Reviews
The acclaimed New York Timesbestselling author returns with a new stand-alone novela powerful and utterly riveting tale that skillfully moves between past and present to explore the lasting effects of crime on a victim's life....I'd Know You Anywhere
Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, thirteen-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquility is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects or wants to hear from: Walter Bowman. There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are older now. Still, I'd know you anywhere.
In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored. Desperate to shelter her children from this undisclosed trauma in her past, she cautiously makes contact with Walter. She's always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he'll tell her and share the truth about his other victims.
Yet as Walter presses her for more and deeper contact, it becomes clear that he is after something greater than forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened that long-ago summer. He wants her to save his life. And Eliza, who has worked hard for her comfortable, cocooned life, will do anything to protect it even if it means finally facing the events of that horrifying summer and the terrible truth she's kept buried inside.
An edgy, utterly gripping tale of psychological manipulation that will leave readers racing to the final page, I'd Know You Anywhereis a virtuoso performance from acclaimed, award-winning author Laura Lippman that is sure to be her biggest hit yet.
"Near the start of this outstanding novel of psychological suspense from Edgar-winner Lippman (Life Sentences), Eliza Benedict, a 38-year-old married mother of two living in suburban Maryland, receives a letter from Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped her the summer she was 15 and is now on death row. The narrative shifts between the present and that long ago summer, when Eliza involuntarily became a part of Walter's endless road trip, including the fateful night when he picked up another teenage girl, Holly Tackett. Soon after Walter killed Holly, Eliza was rescued and taken home. Eliza must now balance a need for closure with a desire to protect herself emotionally. Walter wants something specific from her, but she has no idea what, and she's not sure that she wants to know. All the relationships, from the sometimes contentious one between Eliza and her sister, Vonnie, to the significantly stranger one between Walter and Barbara LaFortuny, an advocate for prisoners, provide depth and breadth to this absorbing story. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Lippman's taut, mesmerizing, and exceptionally smart drama of predator and prey is at once unusually sensitive and utterly compelling." (Starred Review) Booklist
"Ex-journalist Lippman...never forgets as she moves from past to present and from perspective to perspective that nothing is more important — or more elusive — than the truth." Kirkus Reviews
"Not only hypnotic reading but serious meditations on the sorrows and dangers of this world.... She's one of the best novelists around, period." Washington Post
“Lippman deftly keeps the balls aloft with a strong structure -- a straight-ahead chronology interrupted by surgical flashbacks -- and evocative writing.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Lippmans dedicated fans will find themselves well rewarded with ID KNOW YOU ANYWHERE, an exceptional novel in every way, which is sure to gain her many new followers.” San Diego Union-Tribune
The popular mystery-series authors latest stand-alone: a terrifying story about a death-row inmate obsessed with the only victim he left alive. O magazine
Id Know You Anywhere is a crime story, but its not a whodunit. Rather, its an exquisitely sensitive story about the psychological impact of crime on its victims. Its a story about shame, about anger, about survivors guilt. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Id Know You Anywhere” continues Laura Lippmans extraordinary run of stand-alone novels (alternating with her lighter books about private eye Tess Monaghan). From its unsettling opening to its breathtaking conclusion, “Anywhere” exemplifies Lippmans strengths: compassion, intense prose and deep empathy for the snares of ambiguous emotions. Seattle Times
“Id Know You Anywhere” ranks with her very best.” Associated Press
“With the summer reading season coming to a close, dont let ID KNOW YOU ANYWHERE be the one that got away.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
This is a story that grips you not with suspense but with its acute psychological autopsy of a survivor. Lippmans knack for elucidating the horrors humans can inflict on one another through violence and manipulation while telling a compelling story is disarming and fascinating.- USA Today
“Shes one of the best novelists around, period.” Washington Post
Laura Lippman is one of those uncommonly talented authors whose work continues to get better in every book she writes. Id Know You Anywhere is a riveting psychological suspense novel. Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Praise for A Tap on the Window
“A killer of a thriller.”—New York Times Book Review
“Fast-paced, spine-tingling plots have long been a staple of Barclays domestic thrillers, and his latest installment doesnt disappoint.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Barclay has established himself alongside the masters of suburban fiction....This tap on the window is worth answering.”—Associated Press
Praise for Trust Your Eyes
One of Library Journals Best Thrillers of the Year
One of the Boston Globes 10 Best Crime Books of the Year
“A wicked-good story...[with a] knock-your-socks-off ending.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A tale Hitchcock would have loved...riveting, frequently scary, occasionally funny, and, surprisingly, wonderfully tender.”—Stephen King
“No one can thrill you and chill you better than Linwood Barclay. Trust me when I say you wont want to miss [this].”—Tess Gerritsen
“One of the best thrillers of the year...where nothing and no one is all that they seem.”—Lisa Gardner
“Expertly plotted…superior entertainment.”—The Washington Post
“Laura Lippman is among the select group of novelists who have invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work.”
“Lippmans taut, mesmerizing, and exceptionally smart drama of predator and prey is at once unusually sensitive and utterly compelling.
Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dead Know, Life Sentences, and the acclaimed Tess Monaghan p.i. series, delivers a stunning stand-alone novel that explores the lasting effects on lives touched by crime. With Id Know You Anywhere, Lippman—master of mystery and psychological suspense, winner of every major literary prize given for crime fiction, including the Edgar®, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe Awards—tells a gripping and richly textured tale of a young woman whose life dangerously entwines once again with a man on Death Row who had kidnapped her when she was a teenager. This is superior mystery writing in the vein of Kate Atkinson.
For fans of Laura Lippman and Marisa de los Santos, a tense family drama about a husband's quest to save his wife, who has been kidnapped in Lima, Peru in 1992. How far will he go to save their imperfect marriage?
Andres suspects his wife has left himand#8212;again. Then he learns that the unthinkable has happened: sheand#8217;s been kidnapped. Too much time and too many secrets have come between Andres and Marabela, but now that sheand#8217;s gone, heand#8217;ll do anything to get her back. Or will he?
As Marabela slips farther away, Andres must decide whether they still have something worth fighting for, and exactly what heand#8217;ll give up to bring her home. And unfortunately, the decision isnand#8217;t entirely up to him, or up to the private mediator who moves into the family home to negotiate with the terrorists holding Marabela. Andres struggles to maintain the illusion of control while simultaneously scrambling to collect his wifeand#8217;s ransom, tending to the needs of his two young children, and reconnecting with an old friend who may hold the key to his past and his wifeand#8217;s future.
Set in Lima, Peru, in a time of civil and political unrest, this evocative page-turner is a perfect marriage of domestic drama and suspense.
The New York Times bestselling author delivers the follow-up to No Time for Goodbye--an electrifying novel of suspense in which a familys troubled past is about to return in more ways than one. And this time, they may not be able to escape.
Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family, who first appeared in No Time for Goodbye, experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. Terrys wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to ruin her relationship with them permanently. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents seemingly needless overprotection. Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of two elderly locals.
But when Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown.
For there, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who still remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. They will encounter killers for hire working all sides. And they will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get it.
Caught in a labyrinth between family loyalty and ultimate betrayal, Terry must find a way to extricate his family from a lethal situation he still doesnt fully comprehend. All he knows is that to live, he may have to do the unthinkable....
About the Author
Laura Lippman is the author of eleven novels featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan, seven stand-alone novels, and a short story collection. Her six most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers. Lippman has won numerous literary prizes for her work, including the Edgar®, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity Awards. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor's Prize, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, David Simon; their daughter; and her stepson.