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Review: What the Dead Know

What the Dead Know
Title: What the Dead Know
Author: Laura Lippman
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Harper
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 369
Keywords: mystery
Reading period: 4-9 May, 2008

Thirty years ago, Heather and Sunny Bethany, 12 and 15, dis­ap­peared without trace from a Baltimore mall. A cold case, long forgotten by almost everyone. Now a woman, arrested after fleeing from the scene of an accident, blurts out that she’s Heather Bethany.

Is she Heather? Or someone else? She knows so much about the case, yet there’s something off about her and the police don’t trust her. Where’s she been? Where’s Sunny? And why did she never come forward before?

We learn the truth by the end of the novel, of course. The game of cat and mouse between Heather and the police draws to a satisfying resolution, which makes psy­cho­log­i­cal sense.

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