Book Review: I’d Know You Anywhere

I'd Know You AnywhereI’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eliza Benedict has the distinction of being “the one that got away”. She was kidnapped by serial killer Walter Bowman in 1985 when she was fifteen years old and was held hostage for six weeks. She’s always wondered why she was the only girl that Walter left alive. Eliza is now married with two children. One day she receives a letter out of the blue from Walter, who is now on death row for his crimes. Will she finally find out why Walter spared her? Or is Walter still manipulating her all these years later?

This was a fascinating crime drama. I thought the author did a great job of showing how Eliza’s kidnapping affected not only her but the people around her. Even Eliza’s two children were deeply affected despite the fact that Eliza hid the crime from them and they had no idea their mother was a kidnapping victim. I found the story unpredictable yet authentic. I was bothered by one thing – Lippman’s author’s note at the back of the book states that this book was inspired by a true crime but she’s not going to say which one. Of course that makes me want to know even more! If anyone happens to know what crime Lippman is referring to, please put me out of my misery.

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  • Sarah Manley

    Agree on all points. And the only other thing I’d add is that I found the last line to be forced. Also want to know which crime it was based on.