Thirty years ago, two sisters disappeared without trace. Now a woman has turned up, claiming to be one of the missing girls... From the bestselling author of SUNBURN and THE LADY IN THE LAKE.
'Echoes Dennis Lehane's SHUTTER ISLAND and Alice Sebold's THE LOVELY BONES ... but surpasses them' Washington Post
A woman causes an accident on a major highway, 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. 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?
As the layers of Heather's past are revealed, secrets are discovered about her parents, sister, friends, teachers, and the detective who handled the case - until finally the shocking truth is uncovered about what really happened to Heather and Sunny on that long ago afternoon.
Shamefully late in the day, I've caught up with the acclaimed US novelist Laura Lippman, and what a knock-out she is ... This is a real riveting suspense - a humdinger of a book - Daily Mail
An excellent mystery and a thoughtful exploration of the nature and effects of grief and loss - Guardian
Laura Lippman heightens the tension without any savagery or melodrama, while at the same time exploring the nature of family relationships in all their misery and necessity. WHAT THE DEAD KNOW is an impressive and engaging novel - TLS