May 18, 2011

I'd Know You Anywhere - review

I'd Know You Anywhere
author:  Laura Lippman
out in paperback May 2011
source:  Crazy Book Tours

Whenever I get a Laura Lippman book in my hands, I know I'm in for an intriguing and suspenseful read.    More than just suspense, there will be great character development of ordinary people who have extraordinary problems.

Eliza was kidnapped at age 15.  Luckily she survived and escaped later that summer.  Now she's in her mid-thirties,  married with a "rolling-her-eyes, rude at every moment" teenager and a young son with some anxiety issues. 

Eliza receives a letter from her kidnapper who has seen her photograph in a magazine.  He gasp! wants to communicate with her.  He's on death row  shudder  What does he want?   Even worse, there are two women who are attempting to communicate with Eliza.  say what?

Eliza shares the letter with her husband.   Days pass, there is communication and phone calls back and forth.   It took several days for me to read this book -- I read it slowly especially in the middle, but towards the end, it was faster-faster-faster.

I used to live in metro D.C.-Maryland decades ago.   Lippman's description of the areas Eliza traveled through made me nostalgic for those years in that part of our country.

There are excellent questions in the on-line reading guide  that make you think more about the book. To avoid spoilers, don't go to that reading guide until you finish the book.


Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Wow this is a really interesting concept. I want to read this one. Fab review.

Cozy in Texas said...

Thanks for the review. This sounds like a must read.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

Interesting sounding book! I'm not much of a suspense reader, but I've heard lots of good things about Laura Lippman.

BookGeek said...

Ohhh, what a decision/dilemma. That's just crazy. Great rec!