Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, thirteen-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquility is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects—or wants—to hear from: Walter Bowman.
“There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are older now. Still, I’d know you anywhere.” In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she’s never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored. Desperate to shelter her children from this undisclosed trauma in her past, she cautiously makes contact with Walter. She’s always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he’ll tell her—and share the truth about his other victims. Yet as Walter presses her for more and deeper contact, it becomes clear that he is after something greater than forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened that long-ago summer. He wants her to save his life. And Eliza, who has worked hard for her comfortable, cocooned life, will do anything to protect it—-even if it means finally facing the events of that horrifying summer and the terrible truth she’s kept buried inside.
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for the past three years…. it seems like longer. I have it in hard back, which is probably the reason I haven’t picked it up, I hate a hardback books and never end up reading them. They just look pretty up on my shelf, and eventually I end up buying them on my Kindle – not too smart on my end. But it just sounded like a really interesting, creepy read. Very reminiscent of When a Stranger Calls (the original – not the crap teen-remake). In that he see’s her in an article, all grown up and contacts her.
I’m curious what happened to her while she was kidnapped – and why he let her live…. but for whatever reason, I’ve yet to pick it up and read it. I think I got about 1 chapter in right after I purchased it, and as it goes with most books…. the get put aside and forgotten…. until my love affair with The Kindle happened, of course 😉