In 1975 the Bethany sisters, Sunny and Bethany, vanished, just disappeared from a Baltimore mall, and were never found. Today tho, a woman who’s in trouble from a hit and run accident claims to be one of the sisters. She’s pretty clearly lying, and refuses to say much more, but does have information that isn’t publicly known. Author Laura Lippman reveals the case thru many perspectives–both parents (who split up shortly after), the cop who never solved the case (now retired), the younger cop who’s dealing with the woman in the present day, the woman herself, a social worker, a nurse.
While this isn’t a knockout mystery–the solution may well occur to you–it’s a very well done novel. The multiple perspectives and time-frames are nicely handled. It’s ambitious, plausible, and hard to put down. Lippman writes books with a recurring series character, but this one’s a stand alone, a best-seller from last summer.