Eliza Benedict’s past returns to haunt her when the serial killer she escaped from as a young girl walks back into her life. The new nail-shredding novel from New York Times bestseller, Laura Lippman.
25 years ago, he stole her innocence. Now he wants to get in touch.
Eliza Benedict cherishes her quiet existence with her successful husband and children in the leafy suburbs of suburban Washington. But her tranquillity is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects – or wants – to hear from: Walter Bowman.
In the summer of 1985 when she was fifteen-years-old, Eliza was kidnapped by serial killer Walter Bowman, who targeted young girls like Eliza in a sexually motivated killing spree. Now facing lethal injection on death row, Walter is keen to make contact with Eliza, seemingly motivated by a desire to atone for his sins before he finally meets his maker.
Carefully, with some reluctance, she lets Walter enter her life, first by letter, then in person. Walter is keen to convince Eliza that he has changed but it becomes clear that Walter has more of an agenda than he first revealed. Cunning and manipulative, Walter is never more dangerous than when he can't get what he wants, and he wants something very badly. Disturbingly, he seems to have an ally working in the outside, one who seems to know everything about Eliza's life – including where she lives.
As Walter once again manages to exert his malign influence, Eliza must draw on all of her reserves of wisdom and strength as the battle of predator and prey once more plays out and she must face the past head on if she is to survive.
A taut and mesmerizing novel by the highly-acclaimed author of Life Sentences and Every Secret Thing.
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‘Lippman is at the height of her powers here, smoothly alternating between the horrors of Eliza's 15th summer and her present, excruciating, dilemma–does she respond, hoping to quiet Walter and preserve her hard-won privacy, or ignore him and risk his wrath? Sensitively examining capital punishment from every side, Lippman delivers an emotionally complex drama that cements her reputation as one of the smartest crime writers around.’ People Magazine
“a marvellously crafted novel full of excellent human insights, perfectly explained in a delicious prose. The characters of both young Elizabeth and her older self Eliza had such realism and believability I wanted to reach into the pages and give them a hug to reassure them that everything was going to be alright.” Crimesquad.com
“Lippman has long excelled at believable psychological suspense, and her latest novel is no exception.” The Guardian
‘A writer at the peak of her powers.’ Washington Post
‘Lippman's [demonstartes that the] best action is inside her characters' minds … Lippman fans won't be disappointed .’
‘One of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction…Lippman has once more challenged, realigned and ultimately transcended the boundaries of genre.’New York Observer
‘Succeeds brilliantly…Lippman is in total command of her material…a mystery so taut the reader is nearly afraid to keep going—and simultaneously powerless to stop.’ People Magazine
'A terrific crime writer.' Daily Mail
‘Intricate and witty.’ Publisher’s Weekly
‘A gripping novel.’Closer
‘Exquisite as fine jewellery.’ Lee Child
‘A corker… engrossing.’ The Observer
‘A really superb multifaceted storyteller whose Baltimore-based crime and suspense novels are so much more than mere whodunits.’ The Daily Mail
‘What a knock-out she is.’ The Daily MailAbout the Author:
Laura was a reported for twenty years, including twelve years at The Baltimore Sun. Her novels have won almost every prize given for crime fiction in the United States, including the Edgar, Anthony, Nero Wolfe and Agatha awards. To find out more about Laura Lippman visit www.lauralippman.com.
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