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What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
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What the Dead Know

by Laura Lippman

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One of those five-path books that lets you see the kid victims, the detective, the grieving parents, one's out of bounds romps, the past, the present, mostly in or around Baltimore. The first half works, then it bogs down. The stories get too tedious, the victim's trauma wears you down. But a worthy write. I foured it. ( )
  kerns222 | May 25, 2018 |
This is a very well written book. It contains a lot of heartache and sadness. while reading I could not decide who the woman actually was. However, the ending was one I had not considered. ( )
  scot2 | Dec 2, 2017 |
Synopsis: A cold case file is suddenly opened when one of two girls who are supposed to be dead some 30 years is found alive. However, it is not clear whether she's really one of the girls or a well-prepared pretender.
Review: This is actually a pretty chilling book about kidnapping, murder and abuse. ( )
  DrLed | Jul 18, 2017 |
Great psychological thriller. I couldn't put it down once I started it. I tried several times but kept going back to it. Not normally my kind of book but I really got invested in this one. New author to me. ( )
  phyllis2779 | May 23, 2017 |
Probably more of a 3.5
Enjoyable well-written mystery. This was my first Lippman book and I will definitely read more of her. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
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The living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no more reward, and event the memory of them is lost. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished; never again will they have any share in all that happens under the sun. -Ecclesiastes 9:5-6
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For Sally Fellows and Doris Ann Norris
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Her stomach clutched at the sight of the water tower hovering above the still, bare trees, a spaceship come to earth.
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Wie nog in leven zijn weten tenminste dat ze moeten sterven, maar de doden weten niets. Er is niets meer wat hun loont, want ze zijn vergeten.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061128856, Hardcover)

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?

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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?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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