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The spellbinding New York Times bestseller from today's reigning queen of suspense. With a terrifying twist at the climax, the author of Loves Music, Loves to Dance takes readers on an emotionally riveting journey into the mind of a tortured women--accused of murder--who is at the mercy of a psychopathic personality. "For sheer storytelling power--and breathtaking pace--Clark is without peer."--People.
For sheer storytelling power -- and breathtaking pace -- Clark is without peer.
The New York Times
Mary Higgins Clark pushes buttons we never dreamed we had....This is suspenseful stuff, handled with absolute authority.
September 12, 1991 -- Ridgewood, New Jersey
During the Mass, Sarah kept glancing sideways at Laurie. The sight of the two casket sat the steps of the sanctuary had clearly mesmerized her. She was staring at them, tearless now,seemingly unaware of the music, the prayers, the eulogy. Sarah had to put a hand under Laurie's elbow to remind her to stand or kneel.
At the end of the mass, as Monsignor Fisher blessed the coffins, Laurie whispered, "Mommy,Daddy, I'm sorry. I won't go out front alone again."
"Laurie," Sarah whispered.
Laurie looked at her with unseeing eyes, then turned and with a puzzled expression studied the crowded church. "So many people." Her voice sounded timid and young.
The closing hymn was "Amazing Grace."
With the rest of the congregation, a couple near the back of the church began to sing, softly at first,but he was used to leading the music. As always he got carried away, his pure baritone becoming louder, soaring above the others, swelling over the thinner voice of the soloist. People turned distracted, admiring.
"'I once was lost but now am found...'"
Through the pain and grief, Laurie felt icy terror.The voice. Ringing through her head, through her being.I am lost, she wailed silently. I am lost.
They were moving the caskets.
The wheels of the bier holding her mother's casket squealed.
She heard the measured steps of the pallbearers.Then the clattering of the typewriter.
"'... was blind but now I see.'"
"No! No!" Laurie shrieked as she crumpled into merciful darkness.
Several dozen of Laurie's classmates from Clinton College had attended the mass, along with a sprinkling of faculty. Allan Grant, Professor of English, was there and with shocked eyes watched Laurie collapse.
Grant was one of the most popular teachers at Clinton. Just turned 40, he had thick, somewhat unruly brown hair, liberally streaked with gray.Large dark brown eyes that expressed humor and intelligence were the best feature in his somewhat long face. His lanky body and casual dress completed an appearance that many young women undergraduates found irresistible.
Grant was genuinely interested in his students.Laurie had been in one of his classes every year since she entered Clinton. He knew her personal history and had been curious to see if there might be any observable after effects of her abduction. The only time he'd picked up anything had been in his creative writing class. Laurie was incapable of writing a personal memoir. On the other hand, her critiques of books, authors and plays were insightful and thought-provoking.
Three days ago she had been in his class when the word came for her to go to the office immediately.The class was ending and, sensing trouble, he had accompanied her. As they hurried across the campus, she'd told him that her mother and father were driving down to switch cars with her. She'd forgotten to have her convertible inspected and had returned to college in her mother's sedan. "They're probably just running late," she'd said, obviously trying to reassure herself. "My mother says I'm too much of a worrier about them. But she hasn't been that well and Dad is almost 72."
Somberly the dean told them that there had been a multi vehicle accident on Route 78.
Allan Grant drove Laurie to the hospital. Her sister, Sarah, was already there, her cloud of dark red hair framing a face dominated by large gray eyes that were filled with grief. Grant had met Sarah at a number of college functions and been impressed with the young assistant prosecutor's protective attitude toward Laurie.
One look at her sister's face was enough to make Laurie realize that her parents were dead. Over and over she kept moaning "my fault, my fault," seeming not to hear Sarah's tearful insistence that she must not blame herself.
Distressed, Grant watched as an usher carried Laurie from the nave of the church, Sarah beside him. The organist began to play the recessional hymn. The pallbearers, led by the monsignor,started to walk slowly down the aisle. In the row in front of him, Grant saw a man making his way to the end of the pew. "Please excuse me. I'm a doctor," he was saying, his voice low but authoritative.
Some instinct made Allan Grant slip into the aisle and follow him to the small room off the vestibule where Laurie had been taken. She was lying on two chairs that had been pushed together.Sarah, her face chalk white, was bending over her.
"Let me..." The doctor touched Sarah's arm.
Laurie stirred and moaned.
The doctor raised her eyelids, felt her pulse."She's coming around but she must be taken home.She's in no condition to go to the cemetery."
Allan saw how desperately Sarah was trying to keep her own composure. "Sarah," he said. She turned, seemingly aware of him for the first time."Sarah, let me go back to the house with Laurie.She'll be okay with me."
"Oh, would you?" For an instant gratitude replaced the strain and grief in her expression. "Some of the neighbors are there preparing food, but Laurie trusts you so much. I'd be so relieved."
I once was lost but now am found...
A hand was coming at her holding the knife, the knife dripping with blood, slashing through the air.Her shirt and overalls were soaked with blood. She could feel the sticky warmth on her face. Something was flopping at her feet. The knife was coming...
Laurie opened her eyes. She was in bed in her own room. It was dark. What happened?
She remembered. The church. The caskets. The singing.
"Sarah!" she shrieked, "Sarah! Where are you?"
Copyright © 1992 by Mary Higgins Clark
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Posted August 26, 2013
It is the first book I've read by this author. The lady at our local Laundromat leaves her old books for customers to read. I don't like reading but this was a very easy read. It kept you going. It normally takes me at least a month to finish a book. This one took me two days.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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This book kept me spell bound. I was even reading it between commercials while watching my favorite TV programs. Reading while eating and reading on breaks at work. I always hate when the stories end. I love the endings but feel I am missing something. Its like a good movie you don't want to end. So rare and few and far between but you know you can always pick up another one of Mary Higgins Clarks books with and equally inspiring story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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I enjoyed it. I read it pretty quickly...I've only read a few of her books but I like her style. If you have read her books before, you'll like it. If your new to her writing, you'll become a fan.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2012
This book had a definite wow factor there were two plots in one novel and they both had their own ending it was really a great way to go about this novel you really started to feel for the different characters and mind frames you knew where they were coming from and exactly how they felt the ending could have been a little longer but that's not my decision the whole novel in all had beautiful writing style and kept you guessing, i will admit i saw one of the endings coming but i had doubts the whole time if i was right or wrong witch i feel is better then being completely in the dark like you would be with a James Patterson novel (i read thriller mystery's on a daily basis so i usually can guess the culprit while other readers are still in the dark so don't think its easy to guess)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 8, 2010
This is my all time favorite Mary Higgins Clark book. It gives me the chills to this day and I read this book years ago. I cannot look at a rocking chair the same way. Very hard to put down once you start so make sure to have the whole weekend!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2010
Around The Town is a mystery book. The author purpose is that teach the psychological problems that a person can have when they were raped as a kid. The story take place near New York it was at Laurie house, she was a friendly girl and consequence of that she was kidnapped when she as just a little girl. She was sexual abused and psychological by a couple. During two years they have not another alternative to let her go because someone recognize her by a TV show. She was threaded if she say something about them. After all of this she returned to her house she never anted to talk about what had happen because she was afraid to remember because she as thread and if she say something they will kill her. While the days had happen she tried to had a normal life with her family help. After her parents pass way in a car accident her psychological problems started to rise and stared to have different personalities. Her sister decided to sale her house and move to another city because she wanted that her sister forget the past. She was accused to kill her English professor because one of her personalities feel attractive with him but later on discovered that the wife was the one who kill him. I liked this book because the author created suspense in the whole story. I agree with the message because any person who has in the same situation have the have problems even worst . The part I liked the most was when they were investigating who was kill the professor. The author did a good job because she always keep my attention. I recommend to all the people who like to read mystery booksWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2009
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Posted January 19, 2008
All Around the Town is a wonderfully written novel by Mary Higgins Clark. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves mysteries because it is suspenseful and it keeps you guessing through the entire plot. The main character, Laurie Kenyon, is a strong, but vulnerable, young woman. She was kidnaped at the young age of four. While she was in possession of her kidnappers she developed multiple personality disorder. When she returned home her alter personalities went into hiding, but never completely went away. When her parents were killed in a car accident and one of her college professors was murdered they resurfaced. This part of the plot, in my eyes, was the most creative because multiple personality disorder is a rare dieses and it creates an interesting twist to the plot. This novel has twists, turns, surprises, and more that make this one of the most interesting novels I have ever read and you should definitely read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 5, 2007
But in a good way. I, my sister, and my dad all read it within a week. Whenever we talk about it, it gives us chills. The plot is gripping and the climax sensational! I LOVED IT!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2005
This was one of the best books I have read! I absolutely loved it! It was perfect, everything about it... it was one of those books that was too interesting to put down... but I had to... so it took like a week to read, but that's really short time for me to read a book... because I usually take forever! There were no slow points in this book either... nothing to make me get bored and stop reading, everytime I had to stop I was so annoyed! If you read it and like it do NOT see the movie... it totally ruined it and was just a bad version of the story... too much of it was squished in a couple hours... a lot of it was skipped... just don't see it... but read the book! It was great!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2005
It starts off with Laurie Kenyon as a little girl who gets kidnapped by people named Bic and Opal. Bic and Opal get very close to getting caught so they abandon her. Laurie is returned to her parents, and the book jumps to when she is 21. Laurie is having nightmares and other problems because her parents died and she thinks that it is her fault. Her older sister Sarah decides to take her to a pshyciatrist. Laurie turns out to have a split personality. Meanwhile back on her campus her English professor is recieving love letters, and blames them on Laurie. Laurie finds out he is blaming her, and she threatens him. That same night he is murdered. Who did it to him? I liked this novel because it wasn't a put-me-to-sleep book. It was sort of confusing though.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2005
This book was one of the best books I have ever read. The plot is carefully written and there is not one dull moment in the book. It will leave you still thinking about it even days after you've finished it. I will never forget the impact this novel has had on me. THANK YOU MARY HIGGINS CLARK for another outstanding novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.