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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?

Topics: Kidnapping, Baltimore, Maryland, 1970s, Suspenseful, Psychological, Sisters, Missing Persons, Murder, Family, Police, Secrets, Death, and Female Author

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061796784
List price: $9.99
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As is the norm for Lippman, this book is well-written. However, I found that for me, the "twist" could be seen from a mile away, there wasn't enough suspense, and the ending just wasn't that plausible.read more
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I'm not actually sure if this was a good book or not, which sound silly. I think it could have benefited from a little tightening.However, the plot is certainly compelling, and chances are you won't guess the ending till you get there. A page-turner.read more
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what a brilliant read - no really it is... it is! Starts off not with a bang more a whimper but as the chapters float by, and it only takes a few of them but honestly it will get you hooked in. You keep wondering, you can't stop yourself thinking, 'yes, she is who she says she is'. Then the your yes switches to No! No way and then back again to yes and then just when you think you've got it all figured out something else happen. Like I say I found it a brilliant read and I think you will too!read more
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As is the norm for Lippman, this book is well-written. However, I found that for me, the "twist" could be seen from a mile away, there wasn't enough suspense, and the ending just wasn't that plausible.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I'm not actually sure if this was a good book or not, which sound silly. I think it could have benefited from a little tightening.However, the plot is certainly compelling, and chances are you won't guess the ending till you get there. A page-turner.
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what a brilliant read - no really it is... it is! Starts off not with a bang more a whimper but as the chapters float by, and it only takes a few of them but honestly it will get you hooked in. You keep wondering, you can't stop yourself thinking, 'yes, she is who she says she is'. Then the your yes switches to No! No way and then back again to yes and then just when you think you've got it all figured out something else happen. Like I say I found it a brilliant read and I think you will too!
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Laura Lippman writes wonderful mysteries set in Baltimore, where I lived for several years. I'm pretty sure I would love her writing anyway, but they're even better if you have a Baltimore connection. Highly recommended
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People have been raving about Laura Lippmann's stand-alones, but I actually prefer her series. However, this one certainly held my interest and was well-plotted, even though I guessed the ending well in advance.
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two sisters disappear at the ages of 12 & 15. NOw one has reappeared 30 years later. She says she is the younger sister, Heather. But is she? What does she remember? What happened to the other sister? Did she survive too?
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