I'd Know You Anywhere - Laura Lippman

I'd Know You Anywhere

By Laura Lippman

  • Release Date: 2010-08-17
  • Genre: Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Score: 3.5
From 286 Ratings


A powerful and utterly riveting tale that skillfully moves between past and present to explore the lasting effects of crime on a victim's life that will leave readers racing to the final page, I'd Know You Anywhere is a virtuoso performance from acclaimed, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Laura Lippman. 

Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, thirteen-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquillity is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects—or wants—to hear from: Walter Bowman. There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are older now. Still, I'd know you anywhere.

In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored. Desperate to shelter her children from this undisclosed trauma in her past, she cautiously makes contact with Walter. She's always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he'll tell her—and share the truth about his other victims.

Yet as Walter presses her for more and deeper contact, it becomes clear that he is after something greater than forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened that long-ago summer. He wants her to save his life. And Eliza, who has worked hard for her comfortable, cocooned life, will do anything to protect it—even if it means finally facing the events of that horrifying summer and the terrible truth she's kept buried inside.



  • Made for magazine

    By Olive2Read
    Ok read, disappointing anti-climactic ending. Felt like something you might read as a multi-part magazine story vs a best seller.
  • Good book

    By Petunia71610
    I liked this book
  • Mediocre

    By Kennyfilm
    I was really unimpressed with the characters and the story in general. By the time I got to the end I just didn't care about anybody and the ending was utterly anticlimactic. It's a drag bc there was a lot of potential for a suspenseful story.
  • Good book

    By Starbucks fan
    Worth the read but I agree with other reviews that it had a lot of filler.
  • I'd know u anywhere

    By ETLuna
    I agree with the other views, good enough to finish but the suspense was constantly lost due to the nonsense additional information.
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    By Great Summer Read!
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was hard to set it down even though I struggled to keep my eyes open. I am not the fastest reader, so it took me five days to get through it, but the ending was worth my "speed reading". Great book for leisurely reading!
  • Not thrilled

    By lopilori
    I finished the book, it was good enough to finish. However there was WAYYY too much text spent on mundane, superfluous information that did little to add to the meat of the story. My theory is that she wrote a great, compelling book and then discovered that it was only about a hundred pages long. Due to a number of foolish marketing philosophies she decided to make it a LOT longer, which can work (ex. The Millenium Trilogy); however, all of the excess was boring and pointless.
  • Really great!

    By Reader4537
    Would deffinatly give it a try but it's a bit dark
  • Horrible!

    By Krcsb
    I found nothing interesting about this book. There was no "suspenseful page turners" and it was just bland. Like reading a story you already knew the end, but kept reading hoping it would change, but it did not.