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I'd Know You Anywhere
by Laura Lippman
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William Morrow, 2011 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Eliza Benedict loves her quiet, peaceful suburban life, which includes a husband and two children - thirteen year-old Isobel and eight year-old Albie. Eliza even has the proverbial dog and white picket fence.

When Elizabeth was fifteen, she was kidnapped by Walter Benton and held captive for six weeks. He picked up two other girls while she was with him, but they disappeared almost as quickly as they were plucked from their worlds. When Walter was caught, the media descended on Elizabeth. Why hadn't she escaped? What happened during those six weeks? Was she raped? Was she his accomplice?

Elizabeth and her family mother, father and older sister Vonnie moved to escape the notoriety. She eventually married and became Eliza. Life was good as good as it could be after her life-altering kidnapping.

After twenty years, Walter makes contact with Eliza and asks to see her. He faces the death penalty. His time on death row is coming to a close. He hints that he might give her information about other girls he killed and where they were buried.

Eliza is faced with a very hard decision. What she does won't surprise you. But would you have had the iron pluck to face the man who so drastically changed your life forever? What would you do? I'd Know You Anywhere is full of suspense and thought provoking action. Eliza has plenty of grit and wants to do the right thing. But what is right?

Booklist on their starred review said of I'd Know You Anywhere, that 'Lippmans' taut, mesmerizing, and exceptionally smart drama of predator and prey is at once unusually sensitive and utterly compelling.' I couldn't say it better and won't try.

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