Switching between the present, where Eliza, with support from her husband, Peter, needs to make decisions about what her children should know, and if she should respond to Walter's letter, and 1984 where teenage Elizabeth idolizes Madonna and takes an ill-fated shortcut through the woods on the way to the local Roy Rogers, readers meet Walter, the sad, sick, serial killer, Walter's friend and advocate, Trudy, and Elizabeth/Eliza's unique and interesting family.
On a silly note, As a child of the 1980s myself, I loved the section titles, which were all songs from 84 and 85, giving the Billboard statistics and the artist's name. Sadly, I was a little older than Elizabeth and did not ever actually wear the Madonna lacy hair bow and gloves, although I danced at many college parties to her music.
I'd Know You Anywhere to be gripping, not in the way of a spy thriller, but emotionally. Scenes that might have been gratuitously violent in the hands of a different author were handled in a straightforward, yet delicate manner. And, as always, Ms. Lippman's knowledge and love of Maryland shine with her descriptive narrative.
I definitely recommend I'd Know You Anywhere to anyone who enjoys a book that is ultimately about emotions, but doesn't make you cry.
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