Eliza’s husband has a high-power job. She chauffeurs her children to school and to soccer practice. Being a housewife and a mother is the one occupation that she truly enjoys. Their peaceful life shatters when a mysterious letter appears.
The letter has been sent to Eliza by the man who abducted her 22 years before, when she was 15. He kept her as his prisoner for 40 days during the autumn of 1985. He abducted other girls, too. Eliza was the only one who survived her ordeal.
The man who kidnapped her, Walter Bowman, is now on Death Row in Virginia awaiting execution for the murder of his final victim. Nobody knows how many women he actually killed. He’s not talking. Somehow he has figured out Eliza’s new identity, where she lives and how to contact her.
Bowman’s death sentence has kept getting delayed, but it will finally be carried out in just a few weeks. The arrival of his letter sets off a chain of events that forces Eliza to initiate contact with this manipulative sociopath.
The author executes a series of seamless back-and-forth time shifts that take readers to the settings for the original crimes then into the present where Bowman is doing everything in his power to forestall his execution one more time.
Lippman plumbs the darkness inside the mind of her killer. She shows how a victim can be made to feel like an accomplice. And she shines a light upon a penal system where the death penalty can be enforced with a randomness as arbitrary as the irregular boundaries of our state border lines.
Lippman’s exquisitely rendered prose and flair for drama will leave some readers breathless at the intense climax of “I’d Know You Anywhere.”
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