February 9, 2009

Review: What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman



When a policeman pulls over a disoriented woman after a hit-and-run accident she identifies herself as Heather Bethany. Heather is one of two sisters who disappeared from a busy shopping mall more than thirty years ago. Detective Kevin Infante is assigned to investigate her claims further but the woman is guarding her current identity closely. The last thing she wants is to become the next media sensation and pulling the story of their disappearance out of her is harder than he imagined.

This was my first book from Laura Lippman and I loved it! The story shifts back and forth from the present to different times in the past beginning with the seemingly normal home life in their house on Algonquin Lane. As the story gets further along you learn all is not what it seems to be. There is a huge build-up in the suspense because the description of the actual kidnapping doesn’t happen until the very end. In addition, Heather gives enough information for you to believe it’s really her but just when you’re convinced of her identity Infante proves something she said was a lie or a fact that can’t been proven nor dismissed.

About 2/3 the way in I had an idea of what was really going on but never guessed the full story. I love the way Lippman left us hanging until the very end. It’s a heart-breaking story with a somewhat happy ending and I look forward to reading more by her. I highly recommend this one for thriller and suspense lovers.


6 comments :

bermudaonion said...

I love thrillers and boy, does this one sound good. Thanks for the review.

Carrie K. said...

I listened to this on audio, and I thought it was excellent, too.

Jennifer said...

This sounds good! I can't wait to read the copy you sent me. :)

Jackie B. said...

Thanks for a great review. This one sounds excellent. I am going to add it to my TBR stack.

Luanne said...

Oh I love Laura Lippman - I thought this one was really good too - she has a new one coming in March called Life Sentences.

J. Kaye said...

For me, this book started out slow. The middle and end well made up for the sluggish beginning...loved it too!