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Remember Me

Remember Me

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by Mary Higgins Clark

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A killer turns a young family's dream holiday into an unfathomable nightmare....Menley Nichols and her husband, Adam, a criminal attorney, rent a house on Cape Cod, in the hope of restoring their faltering marriage. The birth of their daughter, Hannah, has revitalized their relationship, but Menley has never stopped blaming herself for the accidental death of her


A killer turns a young family's dream holiday into an unfathomable nightmare....Menley Nichols and her husband, Adam, a criminal attorney, rent a house on Cape Cod, in the hope of restoring their faltering marriage. The birth of their daughter, Hannah, has revitalized their relationship, but Menley has never stopped blaming herself for the accidental death of her two-year-old son. The serenity of the Cape promises a new start.
In Remember House, an eighteenth-century landmark with a sinister past, strange incidents force Menley to relive the accident that killed her son, and she begins to fear for Hannah's safety. Then Adam takes on a client suspected of murder when his wealthy young bride of only three months drowns in a storm -- and the family is drawn into a rising tide of terror. A confrontation on a dark, rain-swept beach leads to a harrowing climax that only Mary Higgins Clark could have created.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A tinge of the supernatural flavors the latest entry from our leading practitioner of the damsel-in-distress school of suspense. Just what is the mysterious presence that seems to haunt Menley Nichols and baby Hannah in their spectacular rented Cape Cod mansion? Menley is still trying to recover from the horror of her two-year-old son Bobby's death on the railroad crossing. Lawyer husband Adam is too busy dashing to and from New York, and defending a local hunk suspected of doing away with his wealthy bride, to be much help. And so the presence moves in on Menley, Rebecca style, with eerie middle-of-the-night sound effects and rocking cradles. As always with Clark, there are several plots going on at once, which are miraculously blended and resolved in the finale; people to watch out for here include a pretty waitress in a local inn and a real estate lady who is an old flame of Adam's. Clark opens herself to charges of excessive authorial legerdemain by employing many narrative points of view, including those of at least two guilty parties (without ever offering a clue as to their guilt), but that's a quibble. The denouement is reasonably pulse-pounding, if a little strained. All in all, it's a reliable enough outing for the countless Clark aficionados, though it seems, perhaps in sync with its historic setting, rather more old-fashioned than usual. 750,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; S & S audio. (May)
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The Associated Press Suspense with a capital S...

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) A grippingly readable thriller....Mary Higgins Clark does wonders....

People Remember Me pulls it off brilliantly, harkening back to the best of Daphne DuMaurier.

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By 9 P.M. the storm had broken with full force, and a stiff wind was sending powerful waves crashing against the eastern shore of Cape Cod. We're going to get more than a touch of the nor'easter, Menley thought as she reached over the sink to close the window. It might actually be fun, she thought, in an effort to reassure herself. The Cape airports were closed, so Adam had rented a car to drive from Boston. He should be home soon. There was plenty of food on hand. She had stocked up on candles, just in case the electricity went out, although if she was right about what she was beginning to suspect, the thought of being in this house with only candlelight was frightening.

She switched on the radio, twisted the dial and found the Chatham station that played forties music. She raised an eyebrow in surprise as the Benny Goodman orchestra went into the opening notes of "Remember."

A particularly appropriate song when you're living in a place called Remember House, she thought. Pushing aside the inclination to flip the dial again, she picked up a serrated knife and began to slice tomatoes for a salad. When he phoned, Adam told her he hadn't had time to eat. "But you forgot to remember," the vocalist warbled.

The unique sound that the wind made when it rushed past the house was starting again. Perched high on the embankment over the churning water, the house became a kind of bellows in a wind storm, and the whooshing sound it emitted had the effect of a distant voice calling out "Remember, Remember..." The legend was that over the decades that peculiarity had given the house its name.

Menley shivered as she reached for the celery. Adam will be here soon, she promised herself. He'd have a glass of wine while she made some pasta.

There was a sudden noise. What was that? Had a door blown open? Or a window? Something was wrong.

She snapped off the radio. The baby! Was she crying? Was that a cry or a muffed, gagging sound? Menley hurried to the counter, grabbed the monitor and held it to her ear. Another choking gasp and then nothing. The baby was choking!

She rushed from the kitchen into the foyer, toward the staircase. The delicate fan-shaped window over the front door sent gray and purple shadows along the wide-plank floor.

Her feet barely touched the stairs as she raced to the second floor and down the hall. An instant later she was at the door of the nursery. There was no sound coming from the crib. "Hannah, Hannah," she cried.

Hannah was lying on her stomach, her arms outstretched, her body motionless. Frantically, Menley leaned down, turning the baby as she picked her up. Then her eyes widened in horror.

The china head of an antique doll rested against her hand. A painted face stared back at her.

Menley tried to scream, but no sound came from her lips. And then from behind her a voice whispered,

"I'm sorry, Menley. It's all over."

Copyright © 1995 by Mary Higgins Clark

Meet the Author

The number one New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-five suspense novels; four collections of short stories; a historical novel, a memoir, two children's books, and most recently partnered with Alafair Burke to collaborate on a new series: The Under Suspicion novels. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, Clark has co-authored five more suspense novels. Her books are international bestsellers with more than one hundred million copies in print in the United States alone.

Brief Biography

Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 24, 1929
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979

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Remember Me 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Mary Higgins Clark's books, and have read them all. However, Remember Me stands out as my absolute personal favorite. It has all my favorite things: the ocean, local legends, history, and of course, a great plot! I've read it countless times and I never get tired of it. I also like it that the author always interweaves faith somehow, and never resorts to filthy language or gratuitous sex. Terrific job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the first book i read from clark and it's a highly recommended specially if you're into suspense and mind-boggling mystery. at first few chapters it's really confusing and quite boring specially those times wherein you have to keep track of the characters and how, maybe, they'll be a very important person on the plot (and later on learn they were). what i really like on this story is the twist and of course the unknowing climax till ending of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Engaging and intriguing. A very good story with an extremely suspenseful ending that will keep you on edge until the last page. Recommended reading for all Mary Higgins Clark fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Mary Higgins Clark book I had ever read. I was skeptical at first but since then I have re-read it at least a dozen times and moved on to other titles by the author. This book is without a doubt my favorite book of all time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has got to be the best mystery book I have ever read!! I couldn't put it down. I kept telling myself, 'Ok one more chapter and I'll go to bed.' But I kept on reading! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow.....why...why r people telling us the plots suprises under the excuse of reviews ???.......R there people out there that stupid ??....Or r u just that spitefull ?? Please stop doing tha.. Some of us just want to read and enjoy our books.. ?...thanx...C.R.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not one of my favorites from MHC, but a mediocre read. A lot of historical jargon intertwined with the plot, which I found distracting from the mystery of the plot. The element of surprise was not as vivid in this novel as it has been in others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!! There are many typos in the nook version but if you can look past them the story is excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all her books.I have never been disappointed.I have my daughter reading her and she enjoys her books also. Once I start to read a Mary Higgens Clark book I don't put it down until I finish it.You never know until the end who did it.Wish she had more newer books that I haven't read .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid Mary Higgins Clark fan this book did not let me down. An interesting story base with great characters.
samanthk More than 1 year ago
It is suspenseful and an easy read. I never guessed the who-done-it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book very much!! The story line is awesome, and I actually felt like I knew the people involved. Mrs. Clark has produced another great book!! A must read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the first mary higgins clark book i read and it wus really good. it wus really interesting. i dont lyk the way how u can never tell who is the murderer though. but, i guess its ur prize for readin ill the end. it reminded me A LOT of the scott peterson trail which is really scary cuz the guys name is scott too. menly wus a little scary and i felt bad for adam. overall ti wus good. and scary and suspensful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! The plot was typical of a Clark book and i thought it had a really good story line. The timeless question of insanity was mentioned in the book making it a great suspense tale that will send shivers up your spine.
akc812 More than 1 year ago
I am addicted to reading MHC! I've read 4 of her books in 2 weeks and I can't wait to read more. 'Remember Me' is suspenseful and it kept me guessing & interested the entire read!
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