When Eliza Benedict was 15 years old, she was taken captive by a man who held her for several weeks, raped her and allowed her to live. He had not been so restrained with the other girls he had taken, and killed. Now, twenty years later, his death sentence is about to be executed. So, why, all of a sudden, does he send Eliza a letter? Why does he want to call her? Why does he want her to come visit him on death row? The mother of one of the victims also gets in touch with Eliza, still believing that Eliza was more culpable than she had ever let on for the death of her daughter.
Laura Lippman is a writer who does more than lead you through the procedural step-by-step. She gets into the motivations, the inner conflicts, the moral ambiguities of her characters. That is what makes this a compelling read. She offers not only suspense and concern for her people, but grown-up consideration of grown-up issues, in this case capital punishment. Don’t worry. This is no political tome, but a well-written, engaging read.