Tuesday, January 18, 2011
CBR III Review #20: I'd Know You Anywhere: A Novel by Laura Lippman
Eliza Benedict is a woman with a beautiful family and very idyllic life when a letter from a death-row inmate forces her to look once again into her past. The letter is from Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped Eliza when she was 15 years old and who kept her hostage for weeks. He claims he only wants to apologize before he is executed but as the story progresses you learn Walter has an ulterior motive. The story switches from present to the summer when Eliza was kidnapped.
Lippman is a skillful writer and you find yourself quickly engaged in Eliza's and Walter's story. The novel also takes a good look at the Death Penalty and makes you take a look of the issue from both sides. However, I think this story is misrepresented. People categorize it as a mystery or thriller, but It's more of a character study on how one handles tragedy and how it effects those around them even 23 years later. I expected suspense, mystery, and intrigue when in actuality the novel has very little suspense. Despite the lack of mystery and suspense it was still an interesting read - just not what I expected.