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What the Dead Know
What the Dead Know
Author: Laura Lippman
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? ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061128851
ISBN-10: 0061128856
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 376
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 156 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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myanniecat avatar reviewed What the Dead Know on + 218 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but then I was hooked. It was beautifully written with believable characters and a satisfying but unexpected conclusion to the story.

I love all of Laura Lippman's books but I think this one is her best one yet.
ceylang avatar reviewed What the Dead Know on + 112 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Great mystery novel - The Bethany sisters disappeared 30 years ago. The case is a cold one until a driver flees a car crash and breathes life back into the case. Very well written and gripping, I recommend this book to all mystery lovers out there.
yaya-and-jae avatar reviewed What the Dead Know on + 51 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
I read this for our book club. I didn't really get into the story until about Chapter 9, then I wanted to know what happened next. The author's writing style didn't quite capture me and at times, I forced myself to continue on. While I didn't expect the ending, I was also left a bit unsatisfied. 3 1/2 stars
reviewed What the Dead Know on + 99 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Although I did enjoy this book, I thought the story lagged in the middle. The pace the author set in the beginning didn't keep throughout the book, slowing to almost a standstill as she explores the past while neglecting the present. The ending was surprising, but felt unsatisfying, and I thought the reader was left to believe some things about the main character that seemed unreal after the actions of that character throughout the story. I did enjoy it, and liked the menagerie of characters and bold descriptions of place, but the mystery left me somewhat disappointed.
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Helpful Score: 8
I think this is Laura Lippman's bes book yet. She has grown tremendously as a writer since the first Tess Monaghan novels. The characters are rich and believable, the setting is unmistakably Baltimore in the 1970s and the ending unexpected. It was well worth the price of buying it new as soon as it hit the shelves.
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