What the Dead Know

  • by Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by Linda Emond
  • 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?


What the Critics Say

"Edgar-winner Lippman...shows she's as good as Peter Abrahams and other A-list thriller writers with this outstanding stand-alone." (Publishers Weekly)
"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." (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not worth the money

The story line was good but it kept skipping around from person to person and present to past and back through out the whole book. It was hard to follow.
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- Judy

A page turner

As a photographer, I spend long hours editing photos at my computer and I need quick paced, story driven books to keep me working. As a long time Audible customer, I've learned to read reviews and try to narrow my choices to reads that meet that criteria. Despite my care, I've run across several recently that I simply couldn't get through.

So I was very happy when I came across "What the Dead Know." I thoroughly enjoyed the story and loved the pace of it. And, even as a long time thriller and mystery reader, it surprised me in the end.
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- Cayce

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2007
  • Publisher: HarperAudio