I'd Know You Anywhere is not what I expected. I read a review of this one, a very positive review, somewhere a while back and on seeing it on the new book shelf at the library, I decided to try it. Couldn't rmember the review, but assumed it was a standard kind of mystery. It turned out to be much more than that.
When Eliza was 15, she was kidnapped and held hostage for six weeks. Nearly 15 years later, an adult in a happy marriage and with children of her own, she receives a letter from someone on her kidnapper's behalf. He wants to get in touch with her.
Eliza is forced out of her comfortable life and must face up to the events of that summer, which she has done her best to forget. Initially, it seems that Walter Bowman wants forgiveness, but he continues to press for further communication and his manipulative abilities have been refined by his years on death row.
Eliza has always wondered why he let her live, and although he was convicted of the murder of only one young girl, he appears to offering information about others murders of which he was suspected.
The novel is one of psychological manipulation, and Eliza must confront past events, clarify them in her own mind, and make decisions.
Lippman's narrative moves back and forth from present to past skillfully. An engrossing novel.
(Another December read )
other reviews: Kay's Random Acts of Reading.
Fiction. Psychological Suspense. 2010. 370 pages.