I haven't read as many Laura Lippman books as I'd like, but I've absolutely loved the few that I've read so far. Recently, I read I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE and was blown away by Ms. Lippman's storytelling abilities -- you can read my review here. It's no wonder that I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award (mystery category) and for the 2011 Edgar Award in the Best Novel category. The book was also nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. In addition, I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE was included on numerous “Best of 2010” lists, including Stephen King's list in Entertainment Weekly.
Summary: 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.
An edgy, utterly gripping tale of psychological manipulation that will leave readers racing to the final page, I'd Know You Anywhere is a virtuoso performance from acclaimed, award-winning author Laura Lippman that is sure to be her biggest hit yet.-- William Morrow
HARDLY KNEW HER is another Laura Lippman book that looks amazing! I haven't had the chance to read it yet, but I'm sure it's terrific -- all of her books are!
Giveaway alert: I have 2 copies of I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE and 1 copy of HARDLY KNEW HER to share with three lucky readers courtesy of AuthorsOnTheWeb. To enter, just fill out the form below before Sunday, May 15th at 11:59 p.m. ET. I will randomly select and notify the winners the following day. Good luck!