What the Dead Know – Laura Lippman

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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–After fleeing a car accident, a middle-aged woman with no ID is questioned by both the police and hospital administration. Refusing to reveal her identity (and proof of health insurance), she instead hints that she is the younger of two sisters, Heather and Sunny Bethany, who disappeared the day before Easter in 1975. This gets everyone’s attention. She knows both too much and not enough about the case, leading Baltimore police on wild goose chases to Pennsylvania and Georgia, saying just enough to stay out of jail and keep them interested, albeit suspicious. The narrative threads unravel into the various accounts of that Saturday’s events, the aftermath of the disappearance, the investigation, and Heather’s own increasingly desperate attempts to evade further disclosure. This novel is a page-turner. Tantalizing revelations are dropped at chapter ends before veering into another part of the narrative, back and forth in time. Characters are well defined and varied, each with a different perspective on the nature of grief.

Well, no need to beat around the bush. This was another bust for me. It just didn’t live up to its hype or potential. The middle felt like filler, and the girl’s real identity was too easy to figure out. Either that or I am a genius. Hardly.

Not much to say here. I would pass on this one.

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One Response to “What the Dead Know – Laura Lippman”

  1. Awww. That’s too bad. It sounded like such a good premise.

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