What the Dead Know

What the Dead Know

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Thirty years ago, two sisters disappeared without trace. Now a woman has turned up, claiming to be one of the missing girls...

A woman causes an accident on the Baltimore Beltway, flees the scene and is later picked up wandering on the shoulder of the Interstate. The accident occurs just a mile from the former home of the Bethany family, Dave and Miriam and their daughters Sunny and Heather. Thirty years before, twelve-year-old Heather persuaded her older sister Sunny to let her tag along on a visit to the mall. Neither of the girls has been seen since.

Now, the woman on the Beltway claims to be Heather Bethany. Today she has a different name; a different identity. What has prompted this woman to announce her true - if it is true - identity at this moment?

Laura Lippman deftly unpeels the layers of Heather's past: revealing her parents, sister, friends, teachers, and the detective who handled the case, until the truth about what happened to Heather and Sunny on that long ago afternoon is finally uncovered.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 155 x 198 x 31mm | 324g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752893378
  • 9780752893372
  • 285,925

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Hypnotic ... contains echoes of Dennis Lehane's SHUTTER ISLAND and Alice Sebold's THE LOVELY BONES but surpasses them * Washington Post * Laura Lippman heightens the tension without any savagery or melodrama, while at the same time exploring the nature of family relationships in all their misery and necessity. WHAT THE DEAD KNOW is an impressive and engaging novel * TLS * An excellent mystery and a thoughtful exploration of the nature and effects of grief and loss * GUARDIAN * Laura Lippman is best known for her excellent Tess Monaghan PI series, but she occasionally writes a stand-alone novel and WHAT THE DEAD KNOW is one of her best * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * Shamefully late in the day, I've caught up with the acclaimed US novelist Laura Lippman, and what a knock-out she is ... This is a real riveting suspense - a humdinger of a book * DAILY MAIL *
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About Laura Lippman

Before becoming a full-time novelist, Laura Lippman was a newspaper reporter for many years. She has won just about every crime writing award going, including the Anthony Award and non genre awards for Literary Excellence. She lives in Baltimore with her partner, the writer David Simon, and their daughter.
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17,348 ratings
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2 9% (1,582)
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