09 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

I’d Know You Anywhere: A Novel by Laura Lippman

If you read the description for this book, it sounds great – which is probably why I ended up trying to slog through this book for my book club. It was really really good for the first third and then it just meandered and got tired. I was totally digging it until it just kind of flopped over. I did finally finish it, mainly because it wasn’t going to beat me. Yes, I finished it kind of out of spite!

One of the biggest issues I had with this book is the main character. I think this must be one of the most annoying female lead characters I’ve read in a long time. She seems wishy washy and unbelievably naive. She seems to care so little. I think some of this is because of her ordeal, but there really wasn’t a moment when she seemed to take over her life. Perhaps in the end, a little, but even that was… eh, who cares.

The storyline had such potential, it’s a shame that parts of it were drawn out too much while others were skimmed over and not fleshed out. The author tries to leave crumbs to lead us along the story and reveal things in their own time, but instead we’re left not caring.

The writing itself was really well done. The content editing needed work.

Overall, I’d recommend this to her die hard fans. This, unfortunately, was my first read by this author. It will likely be my last.

Description:
There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are older now. Still, I’d know you anywhere.

Suburban wife and mother Eliza Benedict’s peaceful world falls off its axis when a letter arrives from Walter Bowman. In the summer of 1985, when Eliza was fifteen, she was kidnapped by this man and held hostage for almost six weeks. Now he’s on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, and Eliza wants nothing to do with him. Walter, however, is unpredictable when ignored—as Eliza knows only too well—and to shelter her children from the nightmare of her past, she’ll see him one last time.

But Walter is after something more than forgiveness: He wants Eliza to save his life . . . and he wants her to remember the truth about that long-ago summer and release the terrible secret she’s keeping buried inside.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2011: 60

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