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You Belong to Me

You Belong to Me

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A killer who targets lonely women on cruise ships is at the center of Mary Higgins Clark's newest thriller You Belong to Me, a masterful combination of page-turning suspense and classic mystery.

When Dr. Susan Chandler decides to use her daily radio talk show to explore the phenomenon of women who disappear and are later found to have become victims of

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A killer who targets lonely women on cruise ships is at the center of Mary Higgins Clark's newest thriller You Belong to Me, a masterful combination of page-turning suspense and classic mystery.

When Dr. Susan Chandler decides to use her daily radio talk show to explore the phenomenon of women who disappear and are later found to have become victims of killers who prey on the lonely and insecure, she has no idea that she is exposing herself -- and those closest to her -- to the very terror that she hopes to warn others against.

Susan sets out to determine who is responsible for an attempt on the life of a woman who called in to the show offering information on the mysterious disappearance from a cruise ship, years before, of Regina Clausen, a wealthy investment advisor. Soon Susan finds herself in a race against time, for not only does the killer stalk these lonely women, but he seems intent on eliminating anyone who can possibly further Susan's investigation.

As her search intensifies, Susan finds herself confronted with the realization that one of the men who have become important figures in her life might actually be the killer. And as she gets closer to uncovering his identity, she realizes almost too late that the hunter has become the hunted, and that she herself is marked for murder.

In its review of her previous novel Pretend You Don't See Her, the Detroit News said of Mary Higgins Clark, "What's amazing...is how expertly [she] manages to keep us hooked time after time, and even better, create new plots, each as fresh as a mountain stream."

You Belong to Me is Mary Higgins Clark at her thrilling best.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
April 1998

In Mary Higgins Clark's latest thriller, You Belong to Me, intelligent and successful — yet lonely — women are the prey of the author's newest killer.

You Belong to Me opens on a luxury cruise ship with the killer eyeing his newest victim, Regina Clausen, a successful stock analyst. When Regina disembarks in Hong Kong, telling everyone she will meet up with the ship in Japan, no one is suspicious — until she never returns. Three years later, Regina's case is discussed on "Ask Dr. Susan," a New York-based, syndicated radio call-in show about vanished women. Dr. Susan is Susan Chandler, a smart, attractive former district attorney in her early 30s. A mysterious woman calls in to the show with information about Regina's disappearance. When the mysterious woman fails to show up at the secret prearranged meeting Susan has set up, Susan has no idea what a trail of terror she is about to follow.

The only chain linking these murders is a ring bearing the inscription "You Belong to Me." Susan becomes determined to solve the mystery that the police cannot. What she doesn't realize is that as she delves further into the mystery she becomes a target for the murderer, whose plans don't end with just adding Susan to his list of victims — he plans to continue with Susan's sister, Dee. Master of suspense Mary Higgins Clark has involved enough complex characters that the murderer is anyone's guess, creating yet another page-turner filled with twists and turns in this world of glamorous New Yorkers. Susan's world only begins withherbeautiful sister, Dee. There is also her father and his manipulative new wife, Binky; Alex Wright, the mega-millionaire Susan meets at Binky's party; Justin Wells, the husband of the mysterious caller with information about Regina; Hilda Johnson, an elderly woman who witnesses the "accident" that prevented the mysterious caller from ever making it to the meeting with Susan; Jane Clausen, Regina's wealthy mother, who is torn between protecting her daughter's privacy and solving the case; Douglas Layton, Jane Clausen's lawyer, whom she suspects of betraying her trust; Tiffany, a young waitress who may have a missing clue; and Dr. Donald Richards, author of a book on vanished women whose own young wife had met with a strange death.

Mary Higgins Clark is at it again, defying readers to put this book down before they make it to the final page — and see which characters make it there with them!

Library Journal
Jayne Atkinson reads this suspenseful work with increasing credibility. Psychologist Susan Chandler, host of a call-in radio show, runs a segment on missing women. These women left behind only the suspicion of foul play. Susan had no way of knowing that the wrong people would be listening that day or that her program would set off another chain of murders with herself poised as the penultimate victim. Atkinson gives the myriad characters unique inflections. She is also effective at tracking the fast-paced point-of-view leaps that mark the abridgment; minor characters are thoroughly introduced and killed off all in a single paragraph. However, the red herrings are particularly well done. Unfortunately, when the killer is finally unmasked, his/her motivations aren't really defensible not even in the madness of a killer's mind. Nevertheless, Clark's popularity and Atkinson's skill make this a must-buy for public libraries. Jodi Israel, Norwood, MA
Marilyn Stasio
As your cruise ship glides through tropical waters and an attentive stranger dances you on deck to look at the moon, try really hard not to think about Regina, Monica, Veronica and Constance, whose shipboard romances with a sexy psychopath prove fatal in Mary Higgins Clark's new suspense thriller, "You Belong To Me." -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
A smooth seducer who kills women he meets on luxury cruises would seem to be a natural for Clark ("Pretend You Don't See Her", 1997, etc.). But the devil isn't in the details this time, and a series of miscues lets the tension escape from her 16th novel. " Why do women vanish?" clinical psychologist Dr. Susan Chandler, host of radio's Ask Dr. Susan, asks her guest Dr. Donald Richards, author of 'Vanishing Women'. The main answer, of course, is that they're preyed upon by unscrupulous men. One such victim was Regina Clausen, who never returned to her ship from an excursion to Hong Kong three years ago. Now Carolyn Wells, a caller to Susan's show, reveals that she may have been the intended prey of a similar villain—a man who left her holding a photograph and a turquoise ring inscribed "You belong to me" when she escaped back to the arms of her jealous husband Justin. Susan and Don are both excited about the possible link to Regina Clausen's disappearance. But before Susan can meet Carolyn and examine the ring and photo, Carolyn's pushed under the wheels of a van by a man who walks off with the evidence. It's only the first of a series of four murderous assaults by an unusually enterprising killer bent on covering his tracks—a killer who's hiding in a thicket of handsome gentlemen with a special affinity for good-looking women and luxury cruises. So far so good; but this time the killer, for all his industry, is toothless—partly because his target victim isn't Susan but her forgettable sister Dee, who prattles about going on a cruise till you wish sheþd just go ahead and get herself killed, partly because Susan, more detective than victim, is clearly more than a matchfor the predator. All the usual trappings of upscale menace except the menace. Wait till next year's cruise. (Literary Guild main selection)

From the Publisher
USA Today Mary Higgins Clark at her page-turning best....The pace is near panic.

Entertainment Weekly Mary Higgins Clark has nothing to fear...we "belong" to her....

San Francisco Chronicle The Queen...returns with another delicious hoot of a plot...and a nice surprise in You Belong To Me...Clark does show her mettle as a mystery writer....We find the pages turning with increasing speed.

Chicago Tribune You Belong To Me...Trust me, this well-known old song will take on a new meaning the next time you hear it...Clark is a virtuoso....

Booklist A riveting tale of one woman's quest for the truth. Clark is a smart, entertaining storyteller...her fans will request You Belong To Me in droves.

The Seattle Times Mary Higgins Clark is the doyenne of American suspense fiction, our answer to Britain's P. D. James....

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780795259
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

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Prologue

He had played this same game before and had anticipated this time out it would be something of a letdown. It came as a pleasant surprise then to find that it gave him even more of a thrill.

He had boarded the ship in Perth, Australia, only yesterday, planning to sail as far as Kobe, but he had found her immediately, so the extra ports would not be necessary. She had been seated at a window table in the liner's paneled dining room, a discreetly elegant space typical of the Gabrielle. The luxury cruise ship was the perfect size for his purposes, and in fact he always traveled on smaller ships, always chose a segment of a deluxe world tour.

He was cautious by nature, although in truth there was little likelihood of his being recognized by previous shipmates. He had become a master at altering his appearance, a talent he had discovered during his college drama club fling at acting.

As he studied Regina Clausen, he decided that she could use a makeover. She was one of those fortyish women who could have been quite attractive if she only knew how to dress, how to present herself. She was wearing an expensive-looking ice-blue dinner suit that would have been stunning on a blonde, but it did nothing for her very pale complexion, making her look washed out and wan. And her light brown hair, her natural and not unflattering color, was so stiffly set that even from across the wide room it seemed to age her, and even to date her, as though she were a suburban matron from the fifties.

Of course he knew who she was. He had seen Clausen in action at a stockholders' meeting only a few months ago, and he had also watched her on CNBC in her capacity as a stock research analyst. Certainly in those venues she had come across as forceful and very sure of herself.

That was why, when he had spotted her sitting wistfully and alone at the table, and later had witnessed her tremulous, almost girlish pleasure when one of the male hosts asked her to dance, he knew right away how easy it was going to be.

He raised his glass, and with the faintest movement in her direction, offered a silent toast.

Your prayers have been answered, Regina, he promised. From now on, you belong to me.

Copyright © 1998 by Mary Higgins Clark

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
USA Today Mary Higgins Clark at her page-turning best....The pace is near panic.

Entertainment Weekly Mary Higgins Clark has nothing to fear...we "belong" to her....

San Francisco Chronicle The Queen...returns with another delicious hoot of a plot...and a nice surprise in You Belong To Me...Clark does show her mettle as a mystery writer....We find the pages turning with increasing speed.

Chicago Tribune You Belong To Me...Trust me, this well-known old song will take on a new meaning the next time you hear it...Clark is a virtuoso....

Booklist A riveting tale of one woman's quest for the truth. Clark is a smart, entertaining storyteller...her fans will request You Belong To Me in droves.

The Seattle Times Mary Higgins Clark is the doyenne of American suspense fiction, our answer to Britain's P. D. James....

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; two children’s books; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels. 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a truely suspenseful book. There was much action and I really find that that's the best key in a book. It was very suspenseful too. A phsycologist named Dr. Susan Chandler is working to solve a women who went missing on a cruise three years earlier. She discovers the person responsible might be someone she knows. I truly admire Mary Higgins Clark's work. This is the second book of hers I've read and I can't wait to read another one.
JavaScript 11 months ago
I have always been a Clark fan since reading my first novel of hers. She seems to be a master of what I call "webbing". Much like that of a spider, she spins you in a cocoon and takes you on a journey inside that cocoon until the last second. At which time she lets you go by revealing the villain. That is exactly what happened in "You Belong To Me."
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Great story that kept you guessing until the end.
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This book was slow to get into. This book just rocked back and forth between story lines without going anywhere. Many characters to try and keep straight. Several times I considered giving up and not finishing. I forced myself to finish. I have read other books by MHC and found them very interesting this one to me was a dud.
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Mary Higgins Clark has done it again - kept me quickly turning the pages and guessing til the very end. A great read. Well done!