Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Review: I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

When this one came out two years ago it was all over the book blogs I enjoy (seriously?  I've been part of the blogging world long enough to say that?) and it's the first time that Laura Lippman really appeared on my radar.  Eliza has a nice home, two kids, a great husband, and a past she'd like to forget.  As a child, she was kidnapped by a serial killer and held hostage for six weeks.  She was the only one of his victims to survive and her testimony led to his death row conviction.  As his execution date approaches, Eliza begins to get phone calls and letters from Walter, delivered mysteriously and revealing that Walter knows more about her life than she could have imagined. 

Writing
Perfectly creepy.  The story alternates between Eliza's experiences as a child during the time she is held hostage by Walter and her experiences with Walter as an adult.  Even though you know Eliza is safe with Walter in prison and you know how her story as a child ends, Lippman manages to keep the reader in suspense through the whole book.

Entertainment Value
Again, perfectly creepy.  This is just what I wanted in a psychological thriller/suspense novel.  I read it quickly and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it and looking forward to reading more. 

Overall
I highly recommend picking it up if you like the psychological thriller/suspense genre.  Be warned that, while I certainly wouldn't consider the book graphic or anywhere near the category of torture porn, it does center around a serial killer who rapes his victims, including Eliza.  None of these rapes are portrayed graphically but they are acknowledged, so keep that in mind if it's something that you're uncomfortable reading.

2 comments:

  1. Ok, you convinced me. I just bought this book on the Nook to read at the beach next week. It sounds creepy and perfect.

    I've been meaning to read one of her books for months now. She's just one of those authors you forget to add to your to-be-read list. Thanks!

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  2. I can't wait to read your review! You must let me know if it was worth the purchase!

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