What the Dead Know Hardcover – 21 June 2007
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- ASIN : 0752888501
- Publisher : Orion (21 June 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 073948124X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0752888507
- Dimensions : 15.8 x 3.3 x 24 cm
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A gripping standalone thriller that tells an 'Anastasia' story about a mysterious woman who claims to be a girl who disappeared without trace thirty years earlier.
About the Author
Before becoming a full time novelist, Laura Lippman was a newspaper reporter for 20 years, including 12 years at the BALTIMORE SUN. She lives in Baltimore with her partner, the writer David Simon.
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Gripping stuffReviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 March 2017
Intricately plotted and with good characterization, this really is difficult to put down. A middle-aged woman is found wandering along a road after a car accident and appears to be confused. She says she is one of the two Bethany girls whose disappearance from the area some years ago has never been solved and which has been left as an open case by the local police. This Author is known for her unusual and intriguing plots and this is no exception . Recommended for those who like to be drawn in by degrees with a few surprises along the way.
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Clever plotting and good characterisationReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2015
This is the second of Laura Lippman's books that has really impressed me. She has been an author whose novels featuring based on Tess Monaghan I've passed over on the shelves in bookshops -something just did not appeal. However, if like me, you have looked further, don't go past Laura Lippman's other novels. What the Dead Know is a really good read, with elegant clues which are intelligent and such a change from the clumsy clues some writers offer. That I picked up one of these did not matter - the writing is clever, the plot intricate but takes no silly lapses into unrealistic events, the characters complex. Based on my positive reaction to this novel, I'll try the Tess Monoghan series again.
Very enjoyable character-based crime fictionReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2016
A woman is involved in a traffic accident and claims to be the younger of two sisters who went missing thirty years previously. Although there's a crime at the heart of the book, this isn't really a detective novel, or perhaps not just a detective novel. The story is told from many viewpoints and moves back and forth in time, but Lippmann has total control of her plot and characters. I did wonder if all the plot lines would be resolved by the end of the book, but they were, although the big reveal didn't come as much of a surprise.
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GrippingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 March 2019
Bought this on a whim... certainly wasn't disappointed. Kept me gripped from start to finish, couldn't put it down. Great plot and characters. Would definitely recommend!
Excellent thriller, full of atmosphereReviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 January 2016
I really liked this book from Laura Lippman, who writes very evocatively about the Baltimore area of Maryland US. This twisty tale kept me interested throughout, from the setting up of the puzzle through to the denouement. It switched about from period to period, but I found that this maintained the suspense well.