Sunday, November 7, 2010

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

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Released: 2007

Laura Lippman is amazing—all of her standalone novels are great. What the Dead Know is no exception!

This novel is about the story of two young sisters who disappear from a shopping mall in 1975 and are never seen or heard from again. In present day, one of the sisters steps forward to tell the story of what really happened that day. However, there are clues that indicate the woman is an imposter. What the Dead Know is incredibly fun and engaging, as us readers are tasked with solving the mystery right along with the detectives in the book.

I love when I discover novels I can't put down. Books like What the Dead Know are true gems and few and far between. I found myself reading this book at work, in the car, and every spare moment I could because it's so engaging, well written, and artfully put together. You likely won't be able to solve the mystery until the very end. If you're a seasoned mystery reader, you'll have your theories about the truth behind the disappearing sisters, but Lippman will likely have you fooled!

From a mystery standpoint, there are infinite possibilities behind the sisters' disappearance. I was truly stumped. I wish I could divulge more but there's no way I'm revealing spoilers on such an amazing book.

Here are links to other standalone novels by Laura Lippman, featured on

The Most Dangerous Thing (2011)
And When She Was Good (2012)
After I'm Gone (2014)
Wilde Lake (2016)
Sunburn (2018)
Lady in the Lake (2019)

Lippman is also the author of the Tess Monaghan detective series. Here are the first several books in the series:
  1. Baltimore Blues (1997)
  2. Charm City (1997)
  3. Butchers Hill (1998)
  4. In Big Trouble (1999)
  5. The Sugar House (2000)
Do you read Laura Lippman, and if so, what are your favorite novels? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


  1. Laura Lippman is one of my favorite authors too. THANKS for the great review.

    I see you mentioned I'd Know You Anywhere, but have you read it?

    It is quite good too.

    I will have to get the other two you mentioned.

    Keep in touch if you like.


  2. No, I haven't read it yet but it's on my wish list. I LOVE Laura Lippman! I've loved everything she's written.

  3. Check out my review if you haven't for I'd Know You Anywhere.


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