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Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, 13-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquility is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects—or wants—to hear from: Walter Bowman. There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are older now. Still, I'd know you anywhere.
In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored. Desperate to shelter her children from this undisclosed trauma in her past, she cautiously makes contact with Walter. She's always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he'll tell her—and share the truth about his other victims.
Yet as Walter presses her for more and deeper contact, it becomes clear that he is after something greater than forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened that long-ago summer. He wants her to save his life. And Eliza, who has worked hard for her comfortable, cocooned life, will do anything to protect it—even if it means finally facing the events of that horrifying summer and the terrible truth she's kept buried inside.
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By Susan on 08-22-10
I found the reason compelling
Like the previous reviewer, at first I couldn't understand why the victim would agree to talk to, let alone see, the kidnapper. But as the story unfolded, I found her reasons compelling and I probably would have done the same thing. A better explanation would be a spoiler as its one of the threads that keep you guessing. A great read that leaves you with something to think about. I highly recommend to all mystery lovers.
36 of 38 people found this review helpful
By Doreen on 12-09-10
Engaging, but not complete
I really enjoyed the narration of this book. Some others had complained about the main character talking about her home and family too much, but I felt that was part of the story. It was an engaging story and I was very engrossed in the tale.
Until the end. To me, it seemed as if the author ran out of time and just needed to finish the book...too may story lines were left hanging, and others were closed, but not in any satisfying way. I started to wonder if I'd forgotten to download a part when there was only 30 minutes left and so much left to deal with.
It was entertaining while it lasted, but I wouldn't recommend it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful