I'd Know You Anywhere

Lippman, Laura

eBook - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
I'd Know You Anywhere
Eliza Benedict's peaceful suburban life is shattered after she is contacted by Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped and held her hostage as a teen in 1985, and who now claims to want forgiveness while on death row.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062008237
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternate Title: I would know you anywhere


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In this standalone, Lippman explores the life of Eliza Bowman, who was kidnapped as a young teen. While less twisty as Gone Girl, the emotional toll Eliza experiences is harrowing.

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Aug 02, 2013
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An easy read, but is it worth it? Not much insight for the death penalty, particularly as a deterrent. More of a lesson about self justification by flawed people. However, if you start do stay for the ending which kind of saves the book.

Aug 23, 2012
  • sunshineagain rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed all the differing perspectives on the death penalty, and the feelings of the characters and the way they responded to trauma. Food for thought and an interesting read

Jun 25, 2012
  • campingmomma rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in less than 24 hours. It was really easy reading and a great book! It is the story of Eliza who was kidnappeded and raped in the 1980's by Walter who is now on death row for murdering 4 other girls. Eliza moved and changed schools after the kidnapping and only her parents, sibling and husband (not even her children) know what happened to her, but Walter starts contacting her and disrupts her quiet, safe life. The book is written in alternating chapters between the kidnapping in the 80's and Eliza's life now, telling her and Walter's stories.

May 30, 2012
  • snowbird922 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I did not find this a psychological thriller as the cover said, however I did enjoy the story of Eliza and her captor very interesting. I can imagine that there are tons of victims who feel the way Eliza felt about her captor in real life. So terrified that you cannot even imagine escape even when the opportunity presents itself the victim cannot see it. I was waiting for the Walter to reveal something to us that would make us think that Eliza knew something she chose not to remember but that never happened. Yes he tried to play on her emotions and memory of that time but at least Eliza was strong enough to resist this in the end. The only think I would have changed is the way they classified this book as suspense. This was really the story of a victim and her captor. I am more intrigued that the author based this on a true crime but was reluctant to say what crime. I enjoyed the writing and the story overall I would definitely read another book by this author.

Jun 27, 2011
  • redwallflower rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked this book, despite the slower pace that was maintained throughout the body of the story. However, the end was worth the wait. It's not a huge, game changing ending, but it is just one that is well-suited to the story and the characters.

May 31, 2011
  • Gwendoulos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mar 09, 2011
  • demag2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book appeared on Stephen King's best of 2010's list. While I have had little luck with the "King of horror" choices, this is an exception. While the middle is a little slow the climax is worth the effort A good read!

Jan 25, 2011
  • libtechlady rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fascinating story of kidnapper/serial killer and Elizabeth, a teenage girl he kidnaps but leaves alive. Told in present day and in 1985, the year she was kidnapped.

Jan 20, 2011

Nominee for 2011 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Novel

Nov 18, 2010
  • Jennmro rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, and loved the ending.


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Aug 23, 2012
  • sunshineagain rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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