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Mary Higgins Clark's psychological thriller is set in and around a historic mansion on a sprawling 50-acre estate in Englewood, New Jersey, and revolves around a decades-old mystery.
At the center is wealthy industrialist Peter Carrington, implicated 22 years earlier in the disappearance of 19-year-old Susan Althorp, a young woman who attended a dinner party at the Carrington estate and was never seen again. Now Althorp's dying mother has publicly accused Carrington of murder. The allegation, which has been splashed all over the tabloids, brings forward people who believe Carrington was also involved in the drowning death of his first wife, Grace. Deemed guilty by nearly everyone, Carrington has recently remarried; and his new wife Kathryn, the daughter of a landscaper who once worked on the family estate, is determined to exonerate him. Could an argument she overheard 22 years ago as a wide-eyed 6-year-old child hold the key to her husband's innocence?
Mary Higgins Clark has perhaps crafted stronger novels, but her impressive storytelling prowess, intricate plotlines, and brilliant characterization and pacing, nonetheless make I Heard That Song Before a solid release. Paul Goat Allen