Review: What the Dead Know

Why I picked it: I saw this title at the library last weekend and since I enjoyed I'd know you anywhere I thought I will try another novel by Laura Lippman.

Synopsis:  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.

Type: Fiction/suspense

Quick Take: This is exactly what I needed this week, a change from what I normally read.  This book kept me on my toes and the last two hours (audio) are filled with unexpected twists and turns to the plot.  Lippman writes complicated and smart novels, I can't wait to read another book by the author.

Have you read it?  If yes, what did you think about the ending?  I didn't expect this at all.... I'm still thinking about it.  I wonder if I would be able to forgive (I will leave it there so I don't spoil the book for anyone who hasn't read it yet).

Rating: 4/5 stars
Source: Library (Audio)
Challenge: 2011 audio book challenge

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