If Washington, D.C. housewife Eliza Benedict sometimes seems preoccupied, it's easy to imagine why: As a teenager a quarter century ago, she was kidnapped by a serial rapist and murderer. That maniac is now sitting on death row and he is making one last macabre effort to reach out to her. Can she ignore it? And what will happen to her children if she does? Predator and prey; an intense mystery with which every parent can identify.
"Starred Review. Lippmans taut, mesmerizing, and exceptionally smart drama of predator and prey is at once unusually sensitive and utterly compelling." - Booklist
"Starred Review. All the relationships ... provide depth and breadth to this absorbing story." - Publishers Weekly
"Echoing Lippman's previous stand-alones .... this is a solid choice for mystery fans who enjoy a broader view of crime and its aftermath." - Library Journal
"Ex-journalist Lippman never forgets ... that nothing is more important - or more elusive - than the truth." - Kirkus
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Rated of 5
Another Amazing Read
Wow...another remarkable read by Laura Lipmann. Ms. Lippman has excellent portrayals of the characters, a great storyline, and vivid descriptions of situations and gripping scenes. You can just feel the emotions of each character.
A perfect family, a tranquil life and then......after 20 years a letter arrives in the mail. Not a friendly letter, but one from someone you would not want to remember.
Eliza lives with her husband and two children in Maryland and has a secret from her teenage years that she wants to forget, but the letter brings the nightmare back and also brings a decision about whether to reply or just ignore the communication.
After she makes a decision, a phone call from the sender, along with his continued, manipulative influence further complicates the situation.
We, the readers, relive Eliza's nightmare of the terror and control she had to endure as we also follow Eliza in her present life.
“There was a bond. He could make her do anything. Wasn’t that proof of something between them? He had granted her life.” Page 276
My rating is 5/5 – you won’t want to put it down. It is pretty intense and frightening how someone could have such power over another human being.
Laura Lippman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun.
She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about "accidental PI" Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. The Most Dangerous Thing (2011), And When She Was Good (2012), After I'm Gone (2014) are some of her more recent works.
Her work has been awarded the Edgar, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year ...
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