When Eliza Benedict was fifteen years old, she stumbled upon a man in the woods. He was burying his latest rape/murder victim, but Eliza (then Elizabeth Lerner) didn’t know that. Walter decides he can’t let her go, and kidnaps the poor girl, taking her for a nearly 40 day tour of several eastern states.
Years later, Eliza receives a letter from Walter, who is on death row, his sentence about to be carried out. Not only is this creepy, but even more astounding is Eliza’s willingness to allow contact between herself and her assailant.
This is one of those crime/fiction/summer reads that allow the reader to easily plow through 300 pages in one sitting. (I did that yesterday!). Although it’s not my usual genre, it was entertaining. It reminded me of one of those episodes of Law and Order: SVU – you are just channel surfing and before you know it, you are caught up and can’t help but watch the entire show.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2010