Review: Lay Death at Her Door – Elizabeth Buhmann
For years, Kate Cranbrook has lived with the secret that she lied at her own trial. She sent the wrong man to prison for something he didn’t do. Deep inside, she knew she should have told someone. She should have said a word, but at the time, such a thing wasn’t possible for her to do.
When the would-be rapist is released from his incarceration, Kate soon realizes that the past has just come back to haunt her. She told a needed lie to save herself, sent the wrong man to do time for a crime he didn’t commit, and has lived with the consequences of her actions ever since. She knows that the man is likely to come after her. After all, she has some explaining to do. Deep inside, she prays that she’ll never get to see his face. That he’ll stay away, and never come to hash up the past. Though, she knows that’s just wishful thinking.
When a body practically shows up on her doorstep, Kate comes to the realization that someone definitely wants to stir up the hornet’s nest. Whoever it is wants the secrets she’s held on to for so long to come to light, something she knows she can’t allow to happen. She’s carefully constructed her life around her rape and the events of that night that led to Elliot’s murder. If she’s to continue living the way she is now, her secrets must remain dead and buried.
Unfortunately, time is running out. The killer is edging ever closer, intent on making her remember everything she pushed aside. If she’s to succeed in thwarting his advances, she’ll need to play his own sordid game. To do that, she’ll need to delve into a past that just might prove to be her complete undoing.
A dark and twisted tale, Lay Death At Her Door immerses the reader in the life of Kate Cranbrook and the consequences of her past actions. She’s a woman full of conflict, dealing with a past she can’t let go. To save herself so long ago, she accused a man of rape, and sent him into the bowels of prison. Deep inside, she’s never lived easily with that fact, and she’ll never be able to until she comes to terms with what she’s done.
The book itself tells the story in the form of a diary. A memoir, I suppose. Kate does her best to exonerate herself of what she’s done, but nothing erases the stain that has been left on her very soul. She’s done things she’s not proud of, all in the name of survival. Elizabeth has done a good job in painting such a sordid story. We’re able to feel Kate’s pain through every page, and at times, she’s quite unlikeable. It’s hard not to feel for her plight. Though I have to admit it’s not for everyone, this is a truly remarkable story. One well worth reading.
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Twenty years ago, Kate Cranbrook’s eyewitness testimony sent the wrong man to prison for rape and murder. When new evidence exonerates him, Kate says that in the darkness and confusion, she must have mistaken her attacker’s identity.
She is lying.
Kate would like nothing better than to turn her back on the past, but she is trapped in a stand-off* with the real killer. When a body turns up on her doorstep, she resorts to desperate measures to free herself once and for all from a secret that is ruining her life.
About The Author:
Elizabeth Buhmann is originally from Virginia, where her first novel is set, and like her main character, she lived several years abroad while growing up. She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. For twenty years, she worked for the Texas Attorney General as a researcher and writer on criminal justice and crime victim issues.
Elizabeth now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, dog, and two chickens. She is an avid gardener, loves murder mysteries, and has a black sash in Tai Chi.
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