Monday, June 04, 2007

What the Dead Know

Just finished reading What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman. I highly recommend this book.
Here's the storyline:

Two sisters who go to a shopping mall and disappear, one almost 12 and the other 15. Thirty years later the police detain a female hit and run driver. She reveals that she is one of the missing girls, the younger one. The detective on the case is skeptical. She gives him some information to verify who she is but every lead turns into a dead end.

Lippman is an excellent storyteller. I loved how the twists to the story were very cleverly revealed one by one. I could not put the book down.

This story had some similarities to The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. In the two books, the main characters say they want to reveal the truth about themselves but they want to release bits and pieces of the truth on their own schedule. Also, both stories made reference to the classic fiction Jane Eyre. What I did not like about this story was the unnecessary crudeness in the language. The F word is frequently used.

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