I've Got You Under My Skin

I've Got You Under My Skin

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by Mary Higgins Clark
     
 

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When Laurie Moran’s husband was brutally murdered, only three-year-old Timmy saw the face of his father’s killer. Five years later his piercing blue eyes still haunt Timmy’s dreams. Laurie is haunted by more—the killer’s threat to her son as he fled the scene: “Tell your mother she’s next, then it’s your turn . .…  See more details below

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When Laurie Moran’s husband was brutally murdered, only three-year-old Timmy saw the face of his father’s killer. Five years later his piercing blue eyes still haunt Timmy’s dreams. Laurie is haunted by more—the killer’s threat to her son as he fled the scene: “Tell your mother she’s next, then it’s your turn . . .”

Now Laurie is dealing with murder again, this time as the producer of a true-crime, cold-case television show. The series will launch with the twenty-year-old unsolved murder of Betsy Powell. Betsy, a socialite, was found suffocated in her bed after a gala celebrating the graduation of her daughter and three friends. The sensational murder was news nationwide. Reopening the case in its lavish setting and with the cooperation of the surviving guests that night, Laurie is sure to have a hit on her hands. But when the estranged friends begin filming, it becomes clear each is hiding secrets . . . small and large.

And a pair of blue eyes is watching events unfold, too . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/24/2014
Fans of MWA Grand Master Clark will find plenty of intrigue and excitement in this contemporary thriller, which opens with the fatal shooting of Dr. Greg Moran in a Manhattan playground by a shadowy figure known only as "Blue Eyes"—the latter's moniker originating with the chilling shouts of the victim's three-year-old son, Timmy: "Blue Eyes shot my daddy… Blue Eyes shot my daddy!" Five years after this tragedy, the doctor's high-powered TV producer widow, Laurie, who's still haunted not only by her husband's death but also by his killer's parting promise to come back to murder her and Timmy, hatches an idea for a new TV series to reenact unsolved criminal cases. "It was a risky venture—with great potential for success and also for chaos," Laurie admits to herself, and so if proves when she selects the 20-year-old murder of Betsy Powell, the wife of eccentric billionaire Robert Powell, for the pilot episode. Four estranged best friends—one of them Betsy's own daughter—are reunited at the Powell estate in Westchester County, N.Y., to recall the harrowing evening of the murder. Clark keeps readers guessing and in suspense, with any one of the old companions potentially culpable and Blue Eyes making a number of startling reappearances. (Apr.)
Library Journal
11/01/2013
No wonder award-winning TV producer Laurie Moran initiates a new cold case series with friends and family reenacting each case; her doctor husband's killer is still at large.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-20
That up-to-the-minute phenomenon, reality TV, provides the basis for Clark's most retro tale ever. Coming off two failed projects, television producer Laurie Moran, widowed five years ago by a killer who told her 3-year-old son, "Timmy, tell your mother that she's next. Then it's your turn," is hungry for a hit. She thinks she's struck gold with Under Suspicion, a series that will reopen cold cases via interviews with the people who were on the scenes at the time, taped at the same places the bodies were found. Her first choice is obvious: The smothering 20 years ago of society hostess Betsy Bonner Powell during the night of the Graduation Gala she and her husband, hedge fund colossus Robert Nicholas Powell, threw for Betsy's daughter Claire and her three high school buds. The criminal-reunion setup screams Agatha Christie (think Five Little Pigs or Sparkling Cyanide), but Clark adds some deliciously bitchy bickering to the proceedings once all four of the lead suspects improbably reveal their secrets and motives to an obliging blackmailer. St. Augustine realtor Regina Callari lost her father to suicide after he sunk his assets in Rob's hedge fund. Cleveland pharmacist Alison Schaefer, married to a football player whose dream of sending her to medical school ended with his crippling by a hit-and-run driver, wonders if she killed Betsy while she was sleepwalking. Nina Craig, a failed actress eking out a living as a Hollywood extra, lives with a mother who's driving her crazy. And Claire herself, not to be outdone, had good reason to hate both her mother and her stepfather. Will Laurie and her crew trick a confession out of one of them before the killer who's been stalking her takes his shot? Rest easy, Agatha: Clark (Daddy's Gone A Hunting, 2013, etc.) can't match your skill at spinning webs as logical as they are surprising. Along the way, however, few readers will be able to resist her creaky charm.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476749068
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
Under Suspicion Series, #1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
502,240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-four suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels. She also wrote The Cinderella Murder with bestselling author Alafair Burke. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 24, 1929
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979
Website:
http://www.simonsays.com/subs/index.cfm?areaid=12

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I've Got You Under My Skin 3.6 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 130 reviews.
Wildflowers More than 1 year ago
I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark is a thrilling and beautifully written crime mystery about a widowed mother and her son haunted by a nightmare. Five years after the death of her husband, Laurie Moran and her young son Timmy are still living in the shadows of that fateful day, always fearful of her husband's killer, who threatened to come back for them. When her professional work demanded something creative, Laurie settled for unsolved crime cases for her television show, hoping to strike gold. She got more than she bargained for. She and Timmy are perilously perched as the killer strikes again, in the process, giving the cold case a chance to be solved or the killer making good on his threat to Timmy, "Tell your mother she's next, then it's your turn..." While Mary Higgins Clark is a good story-teller, some of her recent books have not been really that appealing. I've Got You Under My Skin is one of her finer books and offers a chance to redeem herself. The mystery is wrapped beautifully while there is some depth to the story. The characters are both fascinating and likeable. I'm sure many readers will really enjoy this latest mystery from the #1 international and New York Times bestselling author.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
This  is a thrilling and beautifully written crime mystery about a widowed mother and her son haunted by a nightmare. Five years after the death of her husband, Laurie Moran and her young son Timmy are still living in the shadows of that fateful day, always fearful of her husband's killer, who threatened to come back for them.I've Got You Under My Skin is one of her finer books and offers a chance to redeem herself. The mystery is wrapped beautifully while there is some depth to the story. The characters are both fascinating and likable. I'm sure many readers will really enjoy this latest mystery from the #1 international and New York Times bestselling author. I love Mary Higgins Clark. Books are easy to read and I can't put them down.  I highly recommend all her books.  
c17air More than 1 year ago
Mary Higgins Clark books are always a wonderful read!! This one is no exception! A fast paced story that will keep you wanting to continue reading. The only downfall is now that I've finished reading it, I have to wait until the next book comes out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Mary Higgins Clark book I was able to put down. While I appreciated the clean language and family connections, it just wasn't up to her usual standards. Too many characters to keep straight. I read throughto the end... but over the span of a week.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved MHC, her books were fun, easy beach reads. I met her a few years ago and she is a lovely and gracious lady. For that reason i continued to buy her books despite the fact that they were going downhill. With this latest book I am sorry to say that it s time to retire. It was just awful. There was nothing redeemable about the book. I forgot it the day after I finished it.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Mary Higgins Clark for decades, and thoroughly enjoy her suspense. Clark builds the tension of the story in a style like James Patterson, but of course, Patterson must have copied Clark. I like to vary my reading, and Clark delivers short chapter brimming with intrigue. This story centers on an unsolved crime of 20 years ago, and a television series devoted to exploring unsolved crimes. At a graduation gala for 4 college girls, the hosting mother is suffocated, and now the suspects meet to film the story. The characters are vivid and each seems to harbor a motive for killing the beautiful Betsy Powell, but Clark interweaves a story of a murdered doctor and a killer's threat into the story. What fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe that anyone would give this a 5 star rating. It is DIRE! Unbelievable...and not in a good way. I hate to give a bad rating when an author has put their heart and soul into a book - but really, I found it hard to wade through the book - the story outline was annoyingly improbable, the characters were caricatures, the narrative read like a dialogue from a bad 80's TV program...I don't mind a bit of fantasy in a story, but this was just awful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good quick read. It was a little slow in a few spots but worth reading. When I read reviews a few people said their Nook book was having problems with missing pages. If you rotate your Nook sideways it solves this problem very easily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always liked Mary Higgins Clark books, but this one is boring.
queeniePS More than 1 year ago
Have always liked her books. This was good but thought a little wordy and seemed to wander somewhat. A nice ending though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors. As always, this story kept me reading and not wanting to put the book down. Keeps you guessing until the end "who done it", along with the start of a friendship that could become more. Another great mystery by the Master and is full of characters all with a motive to be the killer. If you enjoy a good clean mystery novel and have never read one of her books, pick one up and read, you won't be disappointed.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
I never realized how often Mary Higgins Clark used a song tune as a book title, until I started humming the eponymous Cole Porter song. What it has to do with the plot, however, is not so apparent to me. This is the story of two murders and how they somehow tie together. The first victim is the husband of Laurie Moran, a television producer; the other, the suffocation death of Betsy Powell, 20 years earlier, on the night of a gala party her wealthy husband gave for her daughter and three friends upon their graduation from college. What links the two events is that Laurie conceives a TV series based on recreating unsolved murders and selects the Powell mystery for the pilot, inviting Mr. Powell and the four women to participate. The hope, of course, is that the guilty party will somehow blunder on camera and admit to committing the deed. Any suspense is created by the statement of Laurie’s husband’s murderer that he was first, to be followed by the killing of her and their young son. One can almost feel the author plotting the novel, carefully constructing the tale building block by building block. It is so carefully put together that one can anticipate the next sentence. The book is typical of one written by this author, filled with descriptions of what the women are wearing, and the décor of the rooms and grounds where events take place. Not that these are negatives. The novel is certainly well-written and enjoyable, just not a who-dunnit of a high order.
De0307 More than 1 year ago
This book by Mary Higgins Clark is an excellently written novel. I have read books written by her before, but it's been quite a while since the last time I did. However, this book was an excellent book to read. The twist and turns made it one heck of a mystery and kept me reading. I couldn't wait to get to the end. Everyone who enjoys mysteries must read this novel. It is definitely worth reading.
barbaragranucci More than 1 year ago
Another Great Page Turner from Mary Higgins Clark
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Mary Higgins books this was no exception
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! LOVED IT!!!
Marnee1026 More than 1 year ago
Another winner. I don't think Mary Higgins Clark can write a bad book. This book will keep you guessing until the very end. Just when you think you have the mystery figured out, she throws another curve at us, and we have to start again. This is an awesome read, and everyone will enjoy it.
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This book was full of suspense. I loved it.
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Yawns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your welcome. And please make my name right. Oh and please tell fireclan that I am locked out of all res. Sorry if I dont coment. I will all was read thouth. And pleas tell Dawnstar that Amberpaw is reay to be a med. cat. Thanks Mosspelt.