WHAT THE DEAD KNOW

NY Times Bestseller, Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Washington Post Bestseller. Translated into 15 languages.

By JANET MASLIN, NEW YORK TIMES
Laura Lippman’s “What the Dead Know” is an uncommonly clever impostor story, so cagily constructed that it easily fulfills the genre’s two basic demands. First, Ms. Lippman is able to keep her reader guessing about the main character’s disputed identity until the very end of this book. Second, when the revelation comes, it makes perfect sense, and it has been hiding in plain sight. This is not one of those mysteries with a denouement that feels tacked on, half baked or pulled out of thin air.
Here’s the premise: A woman involved in a Baltimore highway accident comes forth with a bizarre revelation. Out of the blue she claims to be Heather Bethany, one of two adolescent sisters who were last seen at a mall in 1975. She knows a lot about Heather, and her claim is plausible, but there’s also something about her that prompts incredulity. …

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