What the Dead Know

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What the Dead Know

Thirty years ago, two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall, their bodies never found. Now a woman shaken from an automobile accident claims to be one of the girls. Her missing driver's license and lack of cooperation with authorities casts suspicion on her allegation.

Thirty years ago, a family was shattered. Now police are trying to confirm a story that leads to numerous dead ends. Is the woman claiming to be Heather Bethany leading everyone on a wild goose chase, or could her meager admissions finally solve a crime still on the books? The one person obviously skeptical of Heather's story sets out to discover the truth.

Laura Lippman has written a tense and fascinating tale of a family already falling apart when tragedy strikes. The abduction set into motion a string of incidents affecting a surprising number of lives. No one involved, thirty years ago or in the present, comes out untouched.

What the Dead Know cleverly moves back and forth across the years utilizing several points of view. Tension builds to a chilling conclusion in a flawless story of deep credible characters; the detailed scenes steeped with the emotional impact of a horrible crime.

Lippman delivers a powerful look into the lives of ordinary people, both good and bad, and brings to the forefront the effect their actions have on those around them. Anyone drawn to mystery and suspense will not be let down. This riveting book delivers.


Book Blurb for What the Dead Know

Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who'or what'could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness?

Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters. But her involuntary admission and subsequent attempt to stonewall investigators only deepens the mystery. Where has she been, why has she waited so long to come forward? Could her abductor truly be a beloved Baltimore cop? There isn't a shred of evidence to support her story, and every lead she gives the police seems to be another dead-end'a dying, incoherent man, a razed house, a missing grave, and a family that disintegrated long ago, torn apart not only by the crime but by the fissures the tragedy revealed in what appeared to be the perfect household.

In a story that moves back and forth across the decades, there is only one person who dares to be skeptical of a woman who wants to claim the identity of one Bethany sister without revealing the fate of the other. Will he be able to discover the truth?


Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2008 5.00