A woman found fleeing the scene of a car accident claims to be one of the Bethany girls, sisters who went missing 30 years before, and so starts a compelling mystery. Is she really who she claims to be and why will she not now explain what happened all those years ago? The plot moves back and forth between past and present giving different perspectives on what took place until the tragic conclusion is revealed. A gripping mystery until the end.
A middle-aged woman causes an accident on the Baltimore Beltway, flees the scene and is later picked up wandering on the shoulder of the Interstate. The accident occurs just a mile from the former home of the Bethany family, Dave and Miriam and their daughters Sunny and Heather.
Thirty years before, twelve-year-old Heather persuaded her older sister Sunny to let her tag along on a visit to the mall. Neither of the girls has been seen since.
Now, the woman on the Beltway claims to be Heather Bethany. Today she has a different name; a different identity. What has prompted this woman to announce her true - if it is true - identity at this moment?
With her customary acute intelligence and empathy, Laura Lippman deftly unpeels the layers of Heather's past: revealing her parents, sister, friends, teachers, and the detective who handled the case, until the truth about what happened to Heather and Sunny on that long ago afternoon is finally uncovered.
|Publication date:||21st June 2007|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Since the publication of What the Dead Know, each of her hardcovers has hit the New York Times bestseller list. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor's Prize, she lives in Baltimore, New Orleans and New York City with her family. Author photo © Jan Cobb Maxim Jakubowski's view on TESS MONAGHAN... Tess, like her creator Laura Lippman, started off as a journalist in Baltimore, before their career paths diverged and she became a private eye. A modern heroine, with guts and a strong sense of social compassion, she ...More About Laura Lippman