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I've Got You Under My Skin: A Novel (An Under Suspicion Novel)
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
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I didn't realize, until I read some of the other reviews of this book, that Clark is 86 years old. That fact makes it even more amazing to me how she can still write such top quality books. In fact, I thought this one was somewhere in the top 5 or so books she has written - almost as good as some of her great initial works like Where are the Children and A Stranger is Watching. The way she interweaves two very interesting mysteries, and the tension she creates as to both, was absolutely riveting. I hope Ms. Clark is able to continue writing well into her 90's as has PD James, because her work is still at such a high level. A must read for any Clark fan (and a good introduction to a great writer for someone who may not have read any of her books).
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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‘I've Got You Under My Skin’ written by Mary Higgins Clark is a new novel from a queen of suspense novels, which for four decades entertains readers with her books full of twists and turns. Although her few last novels were of slightly lower quality compared to her best novels of the nineties such as ‘All around the Town’ and ‘I'll Be Seeing You’ with this one Higgins Clark seems to hit again at the center.

The story starts with three-year-old Timmy Moran being the only witness of his father murder that will like a nightmare haunt this boy for many years since unfortunate event happened. On the other hand Tommy’s mother Laurie all those years is haunted by the words that the killer sent with a little boy that two of them are next. ..

Laurie, who in present time works as a producer of TV crime show, as subject of her series deals with the murder known throughout the country of Betsy Powell that remained unresolved for 20 years. Betsy was killed in her bedroom after coming home from the party where she celebrated entry into the adult world of her daughter after she graduated.

Once Laurie for the purpose of her series will reopen the story that has long stood intact, with the help of the people with whom Betsy spent the evening some long-hidden secrets will start to uncover. In addition, Laurie will gradually see the mystery about tragedy that marked her life begins to unravel as well…

To talk about the style of the world-famous author who has wrote fifty novels and behind her in her long career has numerous television and movie adaptations is unnecessary because it is fully known.

However, what Higgins Clark managed to do with this novel that will bring her back into sharp focus is that she delivered a good story and well-made and believable characters for whose fate reader will tremble to the end of the novel.

I cannot boast that I have read all the novels of this fruitful novel author, who publishes in the annual rhythm, but comparing to those I have read (especially her older titles), ‘I've Got You Under My Skin’ is emerging as one of the best choices.

Therefore, recommendations should go to all lovers of suspense genre and especially to the author fans while we can hope that with this novel long-lived author returns to the old paths to success.
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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
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One thing I love about Mary's books is the Manhattan sophistication and descriptions of clothes, apartments, restaurants, etc. Another thing I really appreciate about her books is the integrity and decency - no language and no smut - thank you, Mary, you are very rare among authors today! This book is one of her best - a very interesting plot and great characters - quite a few 'who's' to try and decide 'who done it'... I love it and now have to wait another year for the next one. I only have a few authors that I will go back and re-read several times over, and MHC is one of them.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2014
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I have been an avid fan and reader of Mary Higgins Clark, collecting and reading all her novels for years. I was sooooo disappointed with this book after waiting for it to be released. The plot is so typical and characters not developed enough and the reason "blue eyes" started the whole thing is absurd.

I really don't think this book was written by Clark. Such a shame.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2014
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I've read many previous books by Mary Higgins Clark and found them to be enjoyable and suspenseful, albeit a little lightweight. I've Got You Under My Skin, however, was so bad that I would be willing to believe that it could have been written by a computer program that had incorporated her style from prior stories. Overall, this novel lacked any real dramatic tension. In other words, it was dull and took effort to finish. The extreme amount of repetition throughout the story was tedious, e.g., the same facts were repeated over and over and over so that a reader could have picked up the book midway through and missed absolutely nothing. The dialogue was quite stilted, and the superficial thoughts of the characters mixed both 1st and 3rd person language so that it sounded very unnatural. At times, the characters even thought or spoke in soliloquies but despite all of the verbiage, the reader never really got to know them other than how they related to the primary murder (of Betsy). And, upon finishing the book, I realized that the subplot involving "Blue Eyes" was totally unnecessary. "I've Got You Under My Skin: A Novel" should really have been a short story or, at most, a novella. Stretching it undermined rather than enhanced the core story. For me, the only thing positive about this book was that I checked it out from the library and therefore did not waste any money, only time.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2014
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Whodunit?
Who cares?

What a disappointment. What an awful book.

For some time now I’ve wanted to read Mary Higgins Clark. She’s been well known for decades and has numerous books on library shelves. I finally decided to pick one up, “I’ve got You Under My Skin.’ I really wanted to like this book. I really was hoping to find a new author I enjoyed and stumble into a huge catalogue of novels I could peruse.

I’m writing this review without having finished the book, something I’ve only done one other time. I probably wont even bother.
The premise itself is a bit hard to believe. Laurie is a TV producer who stakes her career on a show that’s like ‘Unsolved Mysteries.’ Her first case is to revisit an unsolved murder of Betsy Powell 20 years ago. The dead woman’s husband, Robert, is a multi-millionaire, who, for some reason in an attempt to clear his own name and the name of some suspects, pays the suspects $300,000 to participate in this reenactment. However, for some reason, rather than using actors, she uses the real people themselves—those who were witnesses. She also has them wear the exact same clothes. Not sure why but I went with it. Laurie, camera crew and a cast of numerous possible killers show up to ‘recreate’ the murder while being questioned by a former detective. In other words, it’s a reenactment/trial.

SPOILER

In some ways, this is a classic whodunit. There were 4 recently graduated students who were present the night of the murder. They are all suspects. The husband, Robert, who was having an affair, is another suspect. There’s the mother of one of the students—another suspect—who was having an affair with Robert. There’s also the obligatory housekeeper as well as the suspicious limo driver. Literally, there are probably about 8 or potential suspects, all with reason to commit murder. 8 people, 1 weekend, 1 large mansion, 1 dead body: My GOD, the board game clue has come to life.

END SPOILER

I have a few issues. 1) The absolute boredom. I’ve read 165 pages of this 305 page novel and honestly, nothing happens. Not a thing. It’s 165 pages of people waking up, eating breakfast, riding in a limo, returning to their hotel, going to sleep. There are many characters involved as I stated above. But is it necessary to devote 3-4-5 pages to each individual waking up and what they had for breakfast. That’s 20-25 pages of waste. And then again, after a day of ‘filming,’ another 25 pages wasted as we see each person going back to their hotel individually and what they ate for dinner.

I’ve never read novels by MHC before and perhaps this is the way she writes but another thing I found annoying was the constant switch back and forth between third person and first person—within a chapter, within one person’s point of view. Also, the constant time jumps from present to past and back to present.

Example: In one scene, one character named George, is driving back to his hotel. (PRESENT) He starts thinking about his wife. (PAST). At this point the narrative goes from third person of us being told George did something to suddenly first person. I remember my wife’s cooking. She was a wonderful cook. I remember the first time I met my wife. (LONGER AGO PAST) I remember the first time I kissed her lips. I remember the first time I held her hand, George thought. I still remember our first trip to Europe and our first night in Paris. It was wonderful. George arrived at the hotel and got out of the car. (3rd person, back to present.) In one paragraph the author had 4 time jumps: Present, past, further past, present. Third person-first person-third person.

I’m not sure if this is how MHC writes but if it is, wow.

There was also the stereotypical plethora of worn characters: the retired NYC cop who apparently knows every member of law enforcement in a 50 mile radius of New York, the protagonist risking her career as she battles with self-doubt, the questionable wealthy guy who spends money hand over fist, the shadowy limo driver who tape records conversations, the football player who now relies on crutches, the daughter who hates her overbearing mother, the housekeeper who has a secret crush on the older age millionaire. And of course, the antagonist—who’s crazy yet a genius.

There were also, in addition to the worn out characters, were an abundance of worn out storylines: The protagonist who missed her son cause he just went away to camp for the first time, the guy on crutches who doesn’t think his wife loves him. An old guy has a heart attack. Someone faints.
I probably will not finish this book. I’m very disappointed because I really wanted to enjoy this novel and hoped to add a new well-established novelist to my repertoire. But I doubt I will finish it. I doubt I will read any more novels by Mary Higgins Clark.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2014
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I never write reviews for books, ever... but I felt the need to write a review on this book simply as a warning. Don't read it, it's a total waste of time. I've read MHC books before and enjoyed them, but this... this book made me angry. I spent time reading it, hoping/wishing/assuming something interesting was going to happen and NOTHING did. There were no twists, turns or suspense. The characters were terrible and poorly developed (seriously, why was every graduate so insanely creepy?) I assumed, because the book seemed so one-dimensional and off center, that something was going to happen to tie everything together. Nothing did. I love mysteries - and this wasn't a mystery. This was a flimsy who-done-it that could have been written by a high schooler.... Don't hold your breath for any amazing plot twists... the killer(s) are revealed in the final three pages and they are either 1. completely obvious from the beginning or 2. not even a character in the book. Just awful. I returned this book immediately after I read it.... I've never done that before.

And also - can I just say honestly - the premise for the reality show was the most ridiculous premise I've ever heard. "Hey.. remember that crime from 20 years ago? Let's get everyone together again and make them wear the SAME OUTFITS and pose for the same pictures!!"

I can't. I just can't.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
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I pre-order all of Ms. Clark's books because she doesn't disappoint. Having said that, this wasn't my favorite read and I only rated it 3-stars based on positive reviews of prior reads. For reasons I can't really define this book simply dragged with a multitude of characters, none of whom I really cared about. None of the character were particularly likable and consequently half-way thru, I couldn't help thinking, "Who cares?".
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
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I truly enjoyed this book. I am an avid reader and love trying to predict who the killer is. 99.9% of the time I get it before I am half way through the book. I was bouncing back and forth trying to figure it out. I never came to a conclusion before the book told me.
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