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Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out to her hometown in Cornwall-on- Hudson, New York, to attend the twenty-year reunion of alumni of Stonecroft Academy, where ...
Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out to her hometown in Cornwall-on- Hudson, New York, to attend the twenty-year reunion of alumni of Stonecroft Academy, where she is to be honored along with six other members of her class. There is, however, something uneasy in the air: one woman in the group about to be feted, Alison Kendall, a beautiful, high-powered Hollywood agent, died just a few days before, drowned in her pool during an early- morning swim, the fifth woman in the class whose life has come to a sudden, mysterious end.
Also adding to Jean's sense of unease is a taunting, anonymous fax she has just received, referring to her daughter, Lily, a child she had given up for adoption twenty years ago, the offspring of a romance between her and a West Point cadet killed in an accident a week before graduation. She had always kept the child's existence a secret, so who has found out? And why the implied threat now?
Struggling to conceal her fears, Jean arrives at the hotel where the reunion is being held. One by one she sees the other honorees, including Laura Wilcox, the class beauty, whose dazzling exterior belies the fact that her television career is sinking, and the four men who, like Jean, had spent four bitterly unhappy years at Stonecroft: Carter (formerly Howie) Stewart, an acerbic and successful playwright, once the class nerd; renowned child psychiatrist and talk-show celebrity Mark Fleischman, who has never been able to resolve the pain of his own adolescence; Gordon Amory, a media mogul, hardly recognizable as the awkward boy who was the butt of cruel jokes; Robby Brent, a popular comedian, whose caustic humor emanates from a childhood of rejection. Omnipresent is an old classmate, Jack Emerson, the chairman of the reunion, whose reasons for spearheading the event may be motivated by something other than class spirit.
At the award dinner, Jean is introduced to Sam Deegan, a detective obsessed for years by the unsolved murder of a young woman in Cornwall, who may also hold the key to the identity of the Stonecroft killer and the source of the anonymous threat to her child. She does not suspect that among the distinguished people she is greeting is The Owl, a murderer nearing the countdown on his mission of vengeance against the Stonecroft women who had mocked and humiliated him, with Jean his final intended victim.
In Nighttime Is My Time, Mary Higgins Clark creates a riveting novel of psychological suspense, penetrating behind the pervading façade of status and respectability to depict the mind of a killer.
"Creeping menace that is genuinely scary."
-- The New York Times
It was the third time in a month he had come to Los Angeles to observe her daily activities. "I know your comings and goings," he whispered as he waited in the pool house. It was one minute of seven. The morning sun was filtering through the trees, causing the waterfall that spilled into the pool to sparkle and shimmer.
He wondered if Alison could sense that she had only one minute more of life on earth. Did she have an uneasy feeling, perhaps a subconscious urge to skip her swim this morning? Even if she did, it wouldn't do her any good. It was too late.
The sliding glass door opened, and she stepped onto the patio. Thirty-eight years old, she was infinitely more attractive than she had been twenty years ago. Her body, tanned and sleek, looked good in the bikini. Her hair, now honey blond, framed and softened her sharp chin.
She tossed the towel she was carrying onto a lounge chair. The blinding anger that had been simmering inside him escalated into rage, but then, just as quickly, was replaced by the satisfaction of knowing what he was about to do. He had seen an interview in which a daredevil stunt diver swore that the moment before he began to dive, knowing that he was risking his life, was an indescribable thrill, a sensation he needed to repeat over and over again.
For me it's different, he thought. The moment before I reveal myself to them is what gives me the thrill. I know they're going to die, and when they see me, they know, too. They understand what I am going to do to them.
Alison stepped onto the diving board and stretched. He watched as she bounced softly, testing the board, then positioned her arms in front of her.
He opened the door of the pool house just as her feet lifted from the board. He wanted her to see him when she was in midair. Just before she hit the water. He wanted her to understand how vulnerable she was.
In that split second, their eyes locked. He caught her expression as she plunged into the water. She was terrified, aware that she was incapable of flight.
He was in the pool before she had surfaced. He hugged her against his chest, laughing as she flailed about, kicking her feet. How foolish she was. She should simply accept the inevitable. "You're going to die," he whispered, his voice calm, even.
Her hair was in his face, blinding him. Impatiently he shook it away. He didn't want to be distracted from the pleasure of feeling her struggle.
The end was coming. In her craving for breath, she had opened her mouth and was gulping water. He felt her final frantic effort to break away from him, then the hopelessly feeble tremors as her body began to go limp. He pressed her close, wishing he could read her mind. Was she praying? Was she begging God to save her? Was she seeing the light that people who have experienced a near-death event claim to have seen?
He waited a full three minutes before he released her. With a satisfied smile he watched as her body sank to the bottom of the pool.
It was five minutes after seven when he climbed out of the pool, pulled on a sweatshirt, shorts, sneakers, a cap, and dark glasses. He had already chosen the spot where he would leave the silent reminder of his visit, the calling card that everybody always missed.
At six minutes past seven he began to jog down the quiet street, another early morning fitness buff in a city of fitness buffs.
Copyright © 2004 by Mary Higgins Clark
Posted November 25, 2007
I'm such a Mary Higgins Clark fan. I have read each and every book she has written and have not been disappointed with any of them! NIGHTTIME IS MY TIME, is a wonderful story that kept me in one spot throughout the entire book! I loved this story and believe you will like it as well.
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Nighttime is My Time is a wonderful book about a woman detective, by the name of Molly, who goes to a high school reunion of hers. There she meets an old love, and sparks start to fly. Charlie is a man in his mid thrities, but he is also a man with the mind of a five year old. events like this are what causes this story to be teeth chattering, and tear jerking.
Moly sparks an old flame with her high school sweet heart, which causes her to become sidetracked very easily. charlie is not himself for part of this book; Charlie has experienced troub;e, and confusion. Charlie has a hope of getting people to listen, but as he does this they laugh, and say that he needs a "powernap."
It seems almost impossible to some that an object could determine the fate of so many people at such a fast time.
I see this novel as teeth chattering, a spine chilling tale, that has been wonderfully written and thought out. Clark finds the ability ti connect with her readers through the story, making it more addictiong as you go along.
I would recommend this novel to any reader who enjoys mysteries. I also recommend it to readers who enjoy a thrill ride, and love the feeling of addiction to the book. clark has a magnificent giftm which she chooses to share with her readers.
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Another suspense filled novel by Mary Higgins Clark! I have thus far only read two books by this author, and I am very impressed by each one. The plot in this book keeps you on the edge of your seat! Readers are constantly wondering who is "The Owl" and you will be SUPER surprised when you find out who it is! Another hit that I highly recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2012
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Posted January 22, 2009
This is one of the best I have read from Ms. Clark! I could not put this book down and it kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end. Once again she had me guessing who and proving I was wrong once again. What a great book, and would make a great movie!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 25, 2008
Like many of the others reviewing this, I too have read several other Clark books over the years, always finding them gripping and engaging while somehow telling tales of horror in the same oddly reassuring vein 'Law and Order' consistently nails (apparently something we need or like in tails of mayhem)................Surprisingly, I think this one I found more suspenseful than some of the others, but I will admit that I had a stronger than usual emotional engagement with the main character throughout (due to one or her losses), which probably somewhat changed my involvement with the story. I must have read the whole thing in 3-4 hours, and I positively raced through the last several chapters, even gasping at one revelation (though, again, this probably stemmed from my especially keen emotional connection to the main character).................All this being said, I do agree with the reviewers complaining about the number of characters in the story, and there were certainly moments where the scenes seemed as if they were plotted on some grand master chart for the stock 'compelling suspense novel' ('introduce red herring #3 here'). Upon reflection, it's also true that her heroine is fairly one-dimensional, with Clark showing a shocking disregard for even what simple things might have been mined from the woman's profession. Likewise, nothing whatsoever accounts for her transformation into an 'elegant,' polished intellectual, despite the scars of her childhood...............On the whole, although Clark does a commendable job of pulling you into the story sufficiently well that you don't really notice the shortcomings, this does read as a bit of a rush job -- long on plot and suspense, short on the eloquence, richness of detail and thought-provoking insights another writer could have found in this eerie tale. For what it is, it succeeds, and that's no small credit to Clark's writing. In the end, however, each component of this book winds up much like the identical, mass-produced owls left with each victim -- a far cry from Hitchcock's haunting, complex use of avian imagery in 'The Birds.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted July 9, 2007
I was kind of dissapointed with this book. I have read most of her books and am constantly surprised by the endings. This one was very predictable and lacks the surprise twist that most of her books contain.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2007
I thought this book was very good. I didn t think it was predictable at all. I even went back to try and see if I missed something and could have figured it out but I didn't. I thought it was very worth time invested to read it. Reminded me of 'Loves Music, Loves to Dance' which I loved!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 2, 2007
This book is indeed a page turner. Jean attends her high school reunion only to find out that someone going by the name of the owl, is looking to kill her and others from her graduation class. The owl will stop at nothing to seek revenge on his classmates. Mary higgins clark has done it again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 20, 2007