I've Got You Under My Skin

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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 ...

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Overview

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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In this mystery by the inimitable Mary Higgins Clark, reality TV takes a spellbinding turn. As an award-winning producer is packaging a new crime show, she hits on the perfect cold case to launch her series. Years before, an affluent Westchester mother was murdered while her daughter was sharing a graduation party sleepover with her best college friends. Now, thanks to the producer, the four survivors reunite to recreate the still unsolved crime—and perhaps inadvertently play a part in its solution. Another guaranteed bestseller from "the queen of suspense."

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: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 4,972
  • 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-three 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. She is also the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five holiday suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

Biography

The Queen of Suspense, Bronx-born and -bred Mary Higgins Clark has achieved international success against heavy odds. Her father died when she was 11, and her mother struggled to raise and provide for Mary and her two brothers. Clark attended secretarial school after high school and worked for three years in an advertising agency before leaving to become a stewardess for Pan American Airlines. Throughout 1949, she flew international flights to Europe, Africa, and Asia. " I was in a revolution in Syria and on the last flight into Czechoslovakia before the Iron Curtain went down," she recalls. In 1950, she quit her job to marry Warren Clark, a neighbor nine years her senior whom she had known and admired since she was 16.

In the early years of her marriage, Clark began writing short stories, making her first sale in 1956 to Extension Magazine. Between writing and raising a family, the decade flew by. Then, in 1964, Warren Clark suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving his young widow with five children to support. She went to work writing radio scripts; and, around this time, she decided to try her hand at writing books. Inspired by a radio series she was working on, she drafted a biographical novel about George Washington. It was published in 1969 under the title Aspire to the Heavens. (In 2002, it was re-issued as Mount Vernon Love Story.) Her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, appeared in print in 1975. It was a huge hit and marked a turning point in her life. Since then, she has developed a loyal fan base, and each of her novels has hit the bestseller lists. She has also co-written stories and novels with her daughter Carol, a successful author in her own right.

In the 1970s, Clark enrolled in Fordham University at Lincoln Center, graduating summa cum laude in 1979. A great supporter of education, she has served as a trustee of her alma mater and Providence College and holds numerous honorary degrees. She remains active in Catholic affairs and has been honored with many awards. Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, funds an annual award in her name to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition.

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    1. Hometown:
      Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 24, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979
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  • Posted April 2, 2014

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    I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark is a thrilling

    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.

    23 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    I cannot believe that anyone would give this a 5 star rating. It

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Fan of mary's

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Really? Same old same old!!!!

    Really? Same old same old!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Mary should retire

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Best Mary HiggensClark book yet!

    I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! A truly suprise ending!
    MUST READE

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    A "Must Read" Book

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2014

    I have been reading Mary Higgins Clark for decades, and thorough

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Readeruth

    Not up to her usual excellence. But worse was the many missed pages on nook copy.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Great

    Can't put it down.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Great Book!

    A must read! LOVED IT!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    Another winner. I don't think Mary Higgins Clark can write a ba


    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.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    A good beach read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    A Must Read for Mystery Lovers

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    I am going to take a minute and go in the "way back" m

    I am going to take a minute and go in the "way back" machine.  When I was young I hated reading.  *GASP* ....I know.   When we had to read in school I would buy "cliff notes" because I refused to read a whole book.  THEN, when I got married (which was a loooong time ago...hehe)  I had a friend who had always loved reading.  We had been friends since we were six, and she was always trying to get me to read a book.  ONE day, my husband was working late and going to school and I thought "I want to read a book".  I almost thought I was having an out of body experience, because I had never uttered those words before.  My friend immediately said, "I have just the book for you.  You like mysteries, so let me bring this book to you.".  I finally agreed, and picked up my very first MARY HIGGINS CLARK book, and never looked back.  So why the "way back" machine.  It was a MARRY HIGGINS CLARK book that got me to read, and I loved the book so much I read every single one of hers that had been released.  She will probably always be one of my favorite authors, because in my head she is the one who brought me to the realization that reading is FANTABULOUS..(it's a word, because I like it..heheh).  




    Okay, now back to reality...What I love most about Higgins books are that she has so many characters.  It makes me have to really keep my thinking cap on the whole time, which I love.  I have learned that it is easier to write the names down on a piece of paper now, so that I don't have to go back and try to remember who they were.  I am getting smarter...hehehe




    Her books are always full of mystery, and excitement.  Whenever I start one of Higgin's books it's very hard to put it down.  This one was no exception.  




    Laurie suffered a terrible loss.  Her husband was murdered and the murderer threatened to come after her and her son next.  She lived in constant fear of her and her sons lives.  Her father a retired cop vowed to protect his daughter and his grandson with everything he had.    Laurie's son was a witness to the murder when he was 3 and had to live with the memory of seeing his father gunned down.




    Laurie is a producer of reality TV, and decides to try and launch a new reality show about a murder that had happened 20 years ago.  She got all of the former people involved to participate in a reenactment, and the story really gets interesting then.




    I love how Higgins connects all of her characters.  It's always mind blowing to me.  You know that they have a little connection but when the story unfolds you realize every one has a secret and they all share part of the same secret.  It's amazing.




    Her characters are always so great.  I always, and I mean always think I know who the killer is, and EVERY TIME, I am wrong.  Every single time.  Dang she is good.  hehehe.  In this book there happen to be two bad guys, and one was obvious and the other wasn't.  There were two stories going on at the same time, which made it even more exciting for me.




    One story was about Powell and the murder of his wife Betsy.  That is the premise behind the show that Laurie is doing, called Under Suspicion.  While uncovering the facts that went along with the murder, there is also the story of Laurie's husbands murder.  Like I said, there was a lot going on.




    I loved this story.  It was exciting, and the characters were great, and complex.  Some of them were just down right nasty human beings, and Higgins does a great job of writing a villain!  Some of them were sweet, and kind, and I felt their struggles along with them.  




    It's amazing to see the story, and the characters come together.  There are twists and turns, that kept me wondering who the "real" murderer was and who the victims were.  It's just so great :)!




    I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away, but if you like mystery, and suspense...you will like this book.  This may be one of my favorites of Higgins.  I think I might say that after every book though...hehehe.  




    Source:  I bought this book for myself off Amazon.  I am not affiliated with Amazon in anyway and was not compensated for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Not worth buying

    I have always liked Mary Higgins Clark books, but this one is boring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

    A Good Read

    Have always liked her books. This was good but thought a little wordy and seemed to wander somewhat. A nice ending though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Excellent Reading

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Another Great Page Turner from Mary Higgins Clark

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Good Book

    I have always enjoyed Mary Higgins books this was no exception

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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