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I won i'd know you anywhere from the April batch. I didn't receive it until recently, so I'm reading it now. I'm so disappointed! I'm only finishing it because I have to review it. Otherwise, I wouldn't waste my time. It's a stinker!
Anyone else win this book? What do you think of it?
LibraryThing thinks you will love I'd Know You Anywhere (prediction confidence: very high)
I love using that. I take it with a grain of salt, of course, but it is fun to see if I really like what LT thinks I will.
I haven't finished i'd know you anywhere yet. Still have about 100 pages to go. I work all day so can only read in the evening. And I'm slow with this book.
But when I finish, I promise, I'll post a review.
I'm always learning new things about LT, and I love it!
TIA for your review!
It's part of the fun of reading. :)
I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE by Laura Lippman begins with Eliza living a typical housewife life. She and her husband have two kids, and she feels like she lives in her car, driving them around town. She loves her unexciting life and her children: the little boy, who is agreeable and sweet, and his older sister, not agreeable and sweet. The story continues for another 40 or so pages with descriptions of Eliza’s interactions with her children and her remembrances of growing up with her jealous and nasty sister. But what does all this have to do with the story, you wonder. Not much.
Then Eliza receives a letter. It is written by a female hand but is from her rapist.
Eliza had been abducted when she was 15-years-old. Her abductor was trying to find a girlfriend. Really. He grabbed countless, but at least three, girls and killed all but one—Eliza. He raped Eliza.
Now, shortly before his scheduled execution, he wants to speak with Eliza. So he dictates a letter to a woman who is against the death penalty, who has befriended him, and she mails the letter to Eliza. Really. It’s that easy for a rapist to contact his victim from prison, at least in this story.
Eliza, rather than contacting the authorities about this, goes through the trouble of having a separate telephone line installed in her house just for the rapist’s calls. Really.
And, remember, prisoners must make their calls collect. She accepts the charges. Really.
But now he says he wants to speak with her in person. So she arranges a last-minute-before-they-execute-him visit because her sister just happens to know all the right people. Really.
Eliza thinks he’s going to be honest with her. Really.
The story shifts its point of view periodically from Eliza to her rapist or to the woman who has befriended the rapist or to the mother of one of the murdered girls. Always, though, we shift back to Eliza.
I was so disappointed in I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE! This story made me want to scream at all the characters. They all do stupid things. I list only a few here. (The least stupid is Eliza’s sister, the one who she remembers as such an awful person.)
Besides, every single page of this book has something wrong with it: if a character isn’t doing something stupid, something implausible is happening or paragraphs are rambling on and on about something that has nothing to do with the story.
This is an honest review of a book I won from the librarything.com Early Reviewer program. It was an early look at the paperback edition of the book.
That's my policy, too. But I thought wrong when I asked for this book. I really liked another book she wrote, so I thought I'd like this one, too.