What the Dead Know

What the Dead Know

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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?

Publisher: William Morrow,� 2007
ISBN: 9780061128851
0061128856
Branch Call Number: AF LIPP

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LauraSteinert
Aug 05, 2017

I keep coming back to Lippman hoping she goes back to writing good books. Sadly, there is a good book in here buried under about 150 worthless pages of asides, tangents, random thoughts unconnected to the story, endless digressions, and excruciatingly accurate and completely unneeded details about Baltimore (from 20 years ago) that bog down the story. I only finished because I gave my self permission to skip paragraphs (and sometimes whole chapters).

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Candaceb108
Apr 25, 2017

Not a bad story, but a bit plodding. Mid-performance you can hear the scenery of the plot being screeched around a darkened stage when the author realizes she has a DNA problem-No Spoiler Alerts here. In other words, not elegantly, seamlessly constructed, but not a bad idea. Easy and quick to read.

I haven't read her other books, so maybe she develops her investigators more, or maybe this is a one-of.

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kirstenboarding
Jul 31, 2016

Thought this book was really good! Found it a bit slow at times but definitely unpredictable! Great ending!

mrsgail5756 Dec 27, 2013

A very good book. I would recommend this book for all to read.

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sunshineagain
Aug 23, 2012

Keeps you interested and guessing. I liked it, but I'm thinking the ending is a little bit of a reach to believe the characters would really do those things.

Nineshadesofnifty Apr 26, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. Lots of suspense and a nice sense of history and place. And its fun to have a twist at the end a worthwhile read for mystery lovers who enjoy intriguing characters and lighter psychological reads. Also not so blood and gore, in case that is not your thing.

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John_M
Jan 08, 2012

A fun mystery which does keep you hanging till the last chapter. I will look for more by Laura Lippman

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SportyReader
Dec 16, 2011

This was better than the Power of Three because it does keep you guessing as to the identity of the woman. Is she who she claims to be? Or something else? I got thrown for a loop and I liked that.

What bogged the book down was the back story of the parents- there was nothing interesting reading about their lives and what they did as the years drifted by as it had very little bearing to the main mystery, adding unnecessary pages.

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ready2read
Jan 11, 2010

Great read, wonderful characters. I loved this book.

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davidx2718
Oct 21, 2009

A car is pulled over by the police. The disoriented driver claims to be Heather Bethany, a girl who had gone missing thirty years before. But who can confirm her identity, and why is she so vague about the long-past events that took her away from her family? An excellent and gripping thriller with a character-driven plot that goes deeply into a study of grief and loss.

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sunshineagain
Aug 23, 2012

sunshineagain thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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