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A-Id Know You AnywhereA former Baltimore Sun reporter, Laura Lippman is the author of the Edgar Award–winning Tess Monaghan detective series (Another Thing to Fall, 3.5 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2008). Her stand-alone novels include the highly acclaimed What the Dead Know ( 4.5 of 5 Stars Selection July/Aug 2007) and Life Sentences ( 3.5 of 5 Stars May/June 2009).

The Story: Eliza Benedict, a 38-year-old stay-at-home mom, is content with her life in the Maryland suburbs. But her well-ordered existence starts to unravel when she receives a letter from Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped her and held her prisoner for six weeks when she was a teenager. He learned of her whereabouts when he saw a picture of her in a newspaper and wrote, "I'd know you anywhere." Now on death row, Walter begs her to visit him in prison before his upcoming execution. Terrified that he will tear her anonymity to shreds if she refuses and curious as to why she alone among the other victims was spared, Eliza reflects on the horrifying ordeal that changed her life.
Morrow. 373 pages. $25.99. ISBN: 9780061706554

Washington Post 4.5 of 5 Stars
"The scenes portraying the interplay between a terrified but perceptive teenager, fighting to survive, and the pretentious misfit who holds her captive are beautifully handled. ... She's one of the best novelists around, period." Patrick Anderson

Cleveland Plain Dealer 4 of 5 Stars
"It's a lot to juggle, but Lippman deftly keeps the balls aloft with a strong structure--a straight-ahead chronology interrupted by surgical flashbacks--and evocative writing." Andrea Simakis

Seattle Times 4 of 5 Stars
"From its unsettling opening to its breathtaking conclusion, Anywhere exemplifies Lippman's strengths: compassion, intense prose and deep empathy for the snares of ambiguous emotions." Adam Woog

South FL Sun-Sentinel 4 of 5 Stars
"I'd Know You Anywhere delivers a thrilling treatise on unreliable memories, on survivor guilt, emotional health and the intrusion of violence. ... Once again, Lippman shows she understands the human heart, the power of love and the value of self-preservation." Oline Cogdill

USA Today 4 of 5 Stars
"[Lippman] proves again that she can write a rich and compelling story that challenges any preconceived notions readers might have about the perpetrator/victim relationship. ...This is a story that grips you not with suspense but with its acute psychological autopsy of a survivor." Carol Memmott

Critical Summary

With remarkable technique and unnerving insight (which she also exhibits in Life Sentences), Lippman probes the psychological aftermath of a crime and the fickle nature of childhood memories. Critics loved every minute of I'd Know You Anywhere, calling it "disarming and fascinating" (USA Today) and very, very creepy. In particular, critics praised Lippman's rich characterizations, which allow readers to delve deep into the minds of Eliza and Walter. The novel transcends its genre, noted the Washington Post, "thanks to Lippman's ability to take us into the lives and hearts of women who have been wronged and of the families that suffer with them." For those interested in a complex and elegantly written psychological thriller, I'd Know You Anywhere is not to be missed.