Reviews

Library Journal
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Baltimore County's Det. Kevin Infante (who partnered Sergeant Lenhardt in Lippman's To the Power of Three) investigates a hit-and-run in which the driver claims to be one of two sisters who had gone missing in 1975 and were presumed dead. Tight-lipped about what happened and where she's been, the woman is willing only to reveal bits and pieces of her story, none of which rings true to Infante, who must decide whether she is protecting herself because she's a victim or because she's a criminal. Told piecemeal and from multiple perspectives, Lippman's story crisscrosses time as she describes the Bethany sisters' abduction and its aftermath. Astute readers may ferret out the truth about the woman's claims before the big reveal, but this book is still well done. This standalone mystery featuring recurring characters is as heavy on the portrait of one Baltimore family as it is on the whodunit. Lippman fans are most likely to be pleased; recommended for all public libraries.--Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal
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Adult/High School-After fleeing a car accident, a middle-aged woman with no ID is questioned by both the police and hospital administration. Refusing to reveal her identity (and proof of health insurance), she instead hints that she is the younger of two sisters, Heather and Sunny Bethany, who disappeared the day before Easter in 1975. This gets everyone's attention. She knows both too much and not enough about the case, leading Baltimore police on wild goose chases to Pennsylvania and Georgia, saying just enough to stay out of jail and keep them interested, albeit suspicious. The narrative threads unravel into the various accounts of that Saturday's events, the aftermath of the disappearance, the investigation, and Heather's own increasingly desperate attempts to evade further disclosure. This novel is a page-turner. Tantalizing revelations are dropped at chapter ends before veering into another part of the narrative, back and forth in time. Characters are well defined and varied, each with a different perspective on the nature of grief. Ultimately, after all of the half-truths and deceptions are played out, unexpected but moving forgiveness wins out.-Jenny Gasset, Orange County Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Book list
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In 1975, the abduction of the teenage Bethany sisters rattled residents of Baltimore. Now, some 30 years later, a woman who flees the scene of a hit-and-run accident claims to be Heather, the younger of the two sisters. Could this mysterious blonde really be the missing teen, or is she pulling some sort of clever, unspeakably cruel con? Detective Kevin Infante is assigned to the case and must tiptoe around Heather, who is prickly, smart, and clearly conflicted about cooperating with authorities. In this stirring stand-alone, Lippman, the critically acclaimed author of the Tess Monaghan series, deftly shifts between present and past, intertwining Detective Infante's investigation with the narrative perspectives of individuals irrevocably changed by that fateful spring day. Of particular interest is the girls' adoptive mother, who has since relocated to Mexico in hopes of leaving the past behind. Lippman has received the Edgar, Shamus, and Nero Wolfe awards, among others. Though her ending is a bit of a stretch in this latest offering, the compelling plot and vivid characters prove the author well worthy of honors bestowed. --Allison Block Copyright 2007 Booklist