The narrative shifts between the present and that long ago summer, when Eliza involuntarily became a part of Walter's endless road trip, including the fateful night when he picked up another teenage girl, Holly Tackett. Soon after Walter killed Holly, Eliza was rescued and taken home.
Eliza must now balance a need for closure with a desire to protect herself emotionally. Walter wants something specific from her, but she has no idea what, and she's not sure that she wants to know.
All the relationships, from the sometimes contentious one between Eliza and her sister, Vonnie, to the significantly stranger one between Walter and Barbara LaFortuny, an advocate for prisoners, provide depth and breadth to this absorbing story. Publishers Weekly Eliza Benedict believed she'd put her adolescence behind her, especially the time she'd spent as a captive of Walter Bowman, until he contacts her from death row. Struggling in her relationship with her own teenage daughter and wrestling with memories of Holly Tackett, the girl who didn't get away from Walter, Eliza finds herself repeatedly coming back to the events of the last night of Holly's life.
While she may no longer be his captive, Eliza is clearly anything but free. The mystery in Lippman's latest stand-alone, while still a strong element, takes a backseat to Eliza's story, set against the impending execution of Walter. The fast-paced narrative, with dynamic supporting characters and subplots that feel underused, races to a satisfying if somewhat abrupt conclusion.
Verdict : Echoing Lippman's previous stand-alones, What the Dead Know and Life Sentences , this is a solid choice for mystery fans who enjoy a broader view of crime and its aftermath. Describe Eliza as an adult and as a teenager. How has she changed? What of her personality is the same? How did the trauma of her kidnapping impact her relationship with her parents, her sister, her husband, her children?
What did Eliza have in common with Walter's other victims? How was she different? Why didn't Walter kill her too? Top titres de l'artiste. Artistes similaires. George Benson fans. Chic fans. Diana Ross fans. Shalamar 32 fans. Patrice Rushen 20 fans.
Sister Sledge 91 fans. Chaka Khan fans. The Brothers Johnson 17 fans. And now she fears not only that her children will find out what happened to her that summer she changed her name , but also that if she ignores Walter, she will never discover what she meant to him. The relationship between victim and criminal here moves beyond a simple understanding of Stockholm syndrome or any other textbook definition.
Lippman's characters are more emotionally nuanced, complex and real than those found in an average crime novel. The book is taut and fascinating, but that is what readers have to come to expect of Lippman.
It also shares with the rest of her work her ability to see a particular crime as an intersection of actual lives with serious social and psychological consequences. Sep 12, Leona rated it it was amazing Shelves: easy , lap , illustrations-great , bedtime , family , gift , love. Oct 26, Sunil Jawahir rated it it was amazing. Nancy Tillman stuns me yet again with an amazing powerful and beautifully illustrated children's book.
I want to own this. View 2 comments. May 18, Jessica rated it really liked it. Volunteers from the Kohls Cares program brought Joel a bag of goodies.
Of course I had to read the book to him! It was so sweet! Aug 29, Shana Karnes rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-to-ruthie.
What a sweet message this book offers. Although the fact that I never let Ruthie out of my sight at the hospital means that I feared the opposite was true! Dec 31, Shaye Miller rated it really liked it. Children may dream of becoming any number of animals, but the point of this heart-felt picture book is that no matter what animal you may change into, your parents will recognize your personal traits.
It goes through the traits of a rhinoceros, a red fox, a camel, pig, owl, wild spotted pony, bear, ringtail raccoon, blue-footed booby, lion, giraffe, and a koala.
At the very end is a picture of a small child asleep in bed, surrounded by several beloved stuffed animals. And yes, that final page br Children may dream of becoming any number of animals, but the point of this heart-felt picture book is that no matter what animal you may change into, your parents will recognize your personal traits. And yes, that final page brought tears to my eyes. So sweet! The back tells us that the illustrations were created digitally using painting programs.
At this point, texture and mixed media primarily chalk, watercolor, and pencil are applied to complete each illustration. For more kidlit, mglit, and yalit book reviews, visit The Miller Memo. Apr 01, Kristine Mathias rated it it was amazing Shelves: ms-murphy-s-class , love , authors. Another sweet story about unconditional love by Nancy Tillman. This book helps children understand that it's okay to be different and be who you want to be and helps to ease any anxiety they may have about this by letting them know their parents will know who they are and love them just the same no matter where they are or who they become.
Nancy Tillman has written many books about children embracing their uniqueness. She has written books of encouragement for children such as: On the Night You W Another sweet story about unconditional love by Nancy Tillman. Aug 06, Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing. Nancy Tillman has done it again! Children will love the cadence of the story and the beautiful illustrations featuring children as animals of every shape and size and the parents who will "know them anywhere.
Feb 08, Noel Gaines rated it it was amazing Shelves: giftable-reads , children. Absolutely adorable book! The book is written from the perspective of a parent to a child, almost like a love letter to them. I'd Know You Anywhere is about a parent knowing their child no matter how much they change.
Love how the author chose many animals that are both big and small, scary and kind. Or, the book could have just been about Vonnie and the parents with Eliza as a side character and maybe her husband who would be out philandering. Come on folks, you know and I know he was out philandering. Can you blame him? Normally, I absolutely love Laura Lippman but I'm afraid she is falling into that book-a-year-at-all-costs syndrome that so many of my favorite authors have fallen into.
I certainly hope that her next book makes it worthwhile for me! View all 7 comments. Jul 08, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: arc , mystery , read-in , vine-program. In the summer of , Elizabeth Lerner spent 39 days held hostage by Walter Bowman. Years later, she's changed her name, married and built out a life for herself as Eliza Benedict. But all of that is about to change when a letter from Walter shows up at her house. Walter was tried and convicted of the death of a victim he took while he held Eliza captive and is facing execution in a few weeks.
The letter came as the result of Eliza's photograph appearing in the society section of a local magazi In the summer of , Elizabeth Lerner spent 39 days held hostage by Walter Bowman. The letter came as the result of Eliza's photograph appearing in the society section of a local magazine that Walter read in prison. Laura Lippman's latest novel is another stand-alone novel. While it would be easily classify it as a mystery story, "I'd Know You Anywhere" is something richer, deeper and far more satisfying than your standard "who done it?
Continuing a theme from many of her standalone works, Lippman explores the impact a crime has upon the characters in the story. Lippman carefully crafts the story, expertly weaving in the events unfolding in the current time line as well as supplying information and flashbacks on what happened during Walter and Eliza's time together. Walter took Elizabeth captive when she stumbles across him burying his last victim she doesn't see anything, just a man in the woods and the two spend 39 days on the road together before Walter kidnapped and killed his final victim.
The relationship between the two is fascinating as are the reasons that Eliza fears trying to leave Walter and what his retribution might be. Also of interest is how the crime affects Elizabeth in the years following the events.
As we meet the modern day Eliza, we see that the crime and those weeks have had an impact on her family, her friends and her relationships. Eliza's pre-teen daughter begins showing signs of rebellion and the struggle of what to tell her children and how much of what happened is a fascinating struggle.
If you've heard the buzz surrounding Laura Lippman and are curious as to why so many of us look forward to her latest offering, devouring it within hours of picking it up, "I'd Know You Anywhere" is a great starting point to discover the woman who could be your next favorite writer.
This story captivated me from beginning to end. It's not a true mystery but a bit of a "psychological thriller. Eliza Bennett, is a married mother of two who seems to live a happy, content life, until one day a mysterious letter arrives at her house.
It is from a man who is now on death row. A man who kidnapped and held her captive over twenty years ago. The story goes back and forth in time with Eliza remembering the kidnapping a This story captivated me from beginning to end. The story goes back and forth in time with Eliza remembering the kidnapping and abuse she endured. Now, she has to decide whether she will meet up with him one last time before he dies.
She has done a good job at getting her life in order but his recent contact has rattled her. She struggles with forgetting. Laura Lippman's style is easy to read and the chapters just flow together nicely. View 2 comments. I delayed writing this review because my feelings about this book are so conflicted. It was a good premise for a story: a girl is kidnapped and molested at the age of 15 by a serial killer. For some reason, he chooses not to kill her, and she lives to testify against him which results in the death penalty.
The story begins as Walter the killer having exhausted all appeals awaits pending execution. He contacts Elizabeth the surviving victim who is now a happily married mother of 2 children I delayed writing this review because my feelings about this book are so conflicted. He contacts Elizabeth the surviving victim who is now a happily married mother of 2 children, and asks her to visit him before he dies.
I really enjoyed the drama and the narrative which gives the viewpoint of Walter, Elizabeth, and a mother of one of the victims who was murdered during the time Elizabeth was being held by Walter. Elizabeth, on the other hand, made me want to kill her myself. She is a stay-at-home mom with an adolescent daughter and a young son. She prides herself on the great job she does as a mother, and says she functions best in a crisis, such as finding lost homework under the bed.
And yet, her daughter is stealing at school, lying everywhere, and inexcusably rude and ill-tempered.
Elizabeth argues with the school administration that her behavior is just normal teen-age stuff, and finds fault with the school itself. Of course this is small potatoes compared to Elizabeth's behavior when she was 15 and with Walter. It is her passivity which ultimately leads to her survival, but at what cost? As a reader, i am not sure what my role is here: do I accept Elizabeth as a flawed heroine, or am I supposed to view her as another much milder version of Walter.
Can you like a book but dislike the protagonist completely? She is also a teetotaler. Sorry, I had to DNF this thing at 5 percent. I have loved Lippman's Tess Monaghan series and this just fell flat. I stopped and started this book five times over the past two weeks and nothing about it grabbed me.
Since it's due back soon to the library I just decided to put myself out of misery and DNF it formally. I think what the problem is that Lippman's start of the book jumps around too much and I can't get a handle at what is going on.
We have a woman named Eliza who is fretting her daughter, Iso yeah I hated that name is pulling away from her and wants to be more like a model. Her daughter also seems to criticize her constantly and generally sounds awful. Eliza has a son and I can't even remember her name. Considering the book synopsis, I thought this would be really good.
Maybe if Lippman had started with Eliza's kidnapping first and then went back to the present day it would have worked better. Sep 14, Tara Chevrestt rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery , release , library.
What could have been an amazing thriller novel was ruined for me by a weak, spineless heroine. Elizabeth is an married woman with two children who has a secret past. The summer she was 15, a man abducted her and helf her captive for almost forty days and nights.
She had many opportunities to get away.. She sat by and watched her captor hurt others.. Was she suffering fro What could have been an amazing thriller novel was ruined for me by a weak, spineless heroine. She was just spineless. At first, I enjoyed the parts.. She cows before her older sister, she cows before Walter. In the modern parts, she allows her husband to control everything and make all decisions, and she even lets her own children boss her around.
I also didn't care about her kids or their lives. Thus, the modern parts did not interest me at all except for the letters from Walter.
Had this stuck to being a thriller and had less of the "mom" and "submissive wife" stuff, I may have liked it. As it is.. View all 13 comments. Sep 24, Gail Cooke rated it it was amazing. Prepare to be mesmerized, totally enthralled, and left with your mind questioning the meaning of true justice. This is a story that will linger with you long after you've read the last page or heard the last word. Eliza Benedict is a seemingly unflappable mother of two living Prepare to be mesmerized, totally enthralled, and left with your mind questioning the meaning of true justice.
Eliza Benedict is a seemingly unflappable mother of two living in suburban Maryland with her husband, Peter, and two children. The Benedict son, 8-year-old Albie, is an affable child often plagued by nightmares.
The letter is from Bowman who is now on Death Row for killing another young girl and suspected of killing more. He wants to talk to Elizabeth as he still calls her. Eliza has successfully managed to compartmentalize what happened to her that long ago summer.
Peter knows about most of it, and the children know nothing. She believed that she had kept herself hidden from anyone connected with that event — from the unscrupulous writer who had penned a tacky version of her time with Bowman, from the press who might like to revive the story now that Bowman's execution date is nearing, and from Bowman himself.
She fears not only for herself but for her family, yet she also finds that she unable to totally escape from the control Bowman once held over her. Why did he let her live while the other girls died?
Did she owe him anything? Does she owe a debt to the families of the other victims? Eliza answers his letter hoping that will be the end of it, but he asks for a phone call. He knows what strings to pull just as she recognizes the terrifying sociopath he is and the man he believes himself to be. Alternating between past and present Lippman's story is scrupulously plotted as she details the affect the kidnappings have had not only on the victims and their families, but on others as well.
These characters are clearly drawn, not only physically but psychologically as the story builds to a surprising denouement.