What the Dead Know By Laura Lippman

What the Dead Know

By Laura Lippman

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 194 Ratings


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?


  • Not Bad

    By Lenox252
    This book was pretty good. Interesting storyline & twists. Way too much detail to the characters, and some characters could have been left out. I was able to skim through much of the un-needed wording & still follow the story.
  • Wowza

    By Tarajon
    This book was way more amazing than I had expected!
  • Good, but excess detail

    By Pink Amy
    The book could have been great, but the writer devoted chapters of background info on minor characters that just didn't matter to the story. I'd rather have seen more background on the main character.
  • Couldn't put it down!

    By jvsgooch
    I had never heard of this author before, much less read any of her books. What piqued my curiosity was the reviews written by others, which ranged from highly critical, to glowing praise. Those who criticized, felt the main character wasn't especially endearing, and in fact, even described by other characters in the book as narcissistic. Some also complained that detective assigned to the case was too much of a cliche, as a middle aged, single man, a chauvinist, viewing every attractive female as a potential bedmate. While those assessments may hold some truth, I felt the characters possessed far more depth and complexity, and enjoyed the way in which this was developed. I also loved the way this book moves back and forth in time, unraveling the mystery, by dangling the tiniest morsels of clues to tantalize the reader, followed by dropping major bombshells. I couldn't put this book down, and stayed up half the night to finish it. It wasn't just the story, but the way in which it was told. This author has a new fan!
  • Amazing story

    By Petunia71610
    I really like the way this author writes. This book was amazing!