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I Heard That Song Before Reprint Edition

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ISBN-10: 0743497309
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At the start of bestseller Clark's riveting new novel of suspense, Kay Lansing recalls her first visit as a six-year-old to the Carrington estate in Englewood, N.J., where her father worked as a landscaper. Twenty-two years later, she returns to ask the present owner, Peter Carrington, if she can use the mansion for a fund-raiser. The two fall madly in love, and after a whirlwind courtship, they marry despite the shadow of suspicion that hangs over Peter regarding the death of a neighbor's daughter two decades earlier and the drowning of his first wife four years before. After an idyllic honeymoon, the couple return to New Jersey, where a magazine article has caused the police to reopen the cases. The subsequent discovery of two bodies buried on the estate causes even Kay to doubt her husband's innocence. Clark (Two Little Girls in Blue) deftly keeps the finger of guilt pointed in many directions until the surprising conclusion. (Apr.)
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'When an old murder is unearthed by police, a young woman begins to suspect her new husband isn't all he seems...A puzzling thriller, where rumours are beginning to arise about the mysterious death of a wealthy widower's first wife in a family swimming pool and a startling revelation about a husband's habit of sleepwalking could hold the key to the whole affair' 'An old-fashioned murder mystery, which makes compulsive reading - this book is thoroughly recommended.' Book Group in My Weekly Magazine 'An old-fashioned murder mystery, which makes compulsive reading -- this book is thoroughly recommended' Book Group in My Weekly Magazine 10/01 --This text refers to the Digital edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743497309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743497305
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Mary Higgins Clark has been a must-read for me most of my adult life. Her well-plotted, faced-paced novels are easily devoured in a day or two and always leave me thinking, "I should have seen that coming!"

This one is particularly good not only because of her trademark brand of short chapters with cliff-hanger endings but because each of the characters is so well-defined. Sometimes she has so many characters that it is hard to keep track of them, but in this novel each is unique and easily identifiable.

The action takes place at the Carrington family mansion in New Jersey. Our young protagonist, librarian Kay Lansing, asks Peter Carrington for permission to hold a fund-raiser for a literacy program at his estate. Love blooms and not long after the fund-raiser and a whirlwind courtship Kay finds herself married to the much older Carrington. He has been living under a cloud of suspicion for over twenty years and is still considered a "person of interest" in the disappearance of neighbor Susan Althorp as well as in the drowning death of his first wife. What possesses a woman to marry a man under such a cloud of suspicion and could her life be in jeopardy as well?

Add to this mix a former stepmother now in residence on the estate, a long-time employee, a married couple who cook and serve for the family, an art gallery owner with a gambling addiction, an irate caller who never gets a return call, a grieving mother, and a private investigator intent on cracking a cold case. Suspicion falls on everyone before all the red herrings are cleared away and all questions are resolved.
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This is my second MHC book that I've read. The author uses her fine tactics of deeply defined characters, brief chapters, & cliff hanger endings to create a modestly good read. The story takes place at the Carrington family mansion in New Jersey. The young librarian Kay Lansing, asks Peter Carrington for permission to hold a fundraiser for a literacy program at his estate. Soon romance blooms & a dizzying courtship finds Kay married to the far older Carrington.

For two decades the latter has lived under a cloud of suspicion in the disappearance of Susan Althorp his neighbor, as well as in the drowning death of his pregnant first wife. Could the naieve Kay be in danger? Now a former step-mother resides at the estate, a married couple who runs the kitchen, a gambling addict- art gallery owner, a cranky caller who gets no responce, a grieving mom, & a private detective who is ardently trying to solve a cold case. Some of the dialogue felt forced & seemed very unrealistic. Nonetheless, you will enjoy this novel. I just think you will prefer "On The Street Where You Live More?"
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Kay's dreams of growing up and living in a mansion come true.

I enjoyed this book very much and read it in one afternoon. I kept thinking I had it figured out and then something else would steer me in another direction.

It seems that everyone figured it out at the same time, which was just in time to keep Kay safe.

It was not as suspenseful as some of her other books, but it was definitely a page turner.

If you liked any other Mary Higgins Clark book you will like this one as well.

It earned 4.5 stars!
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Format: Hardcover
Mary Higgins Clark is a national treasure. I read her first book, WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN?, when it was first published 30 years ago, and I've faithfully read every one since. When it comes to neo-Gothic romantic suspense, she never disappoints. Her new novel is particularly enjoyable.

Let's see--we have the heroine, Kay, the daughter of the landscaper for a great estate house in New Jersey. We have the house itself, complete with lush gardens and hidden chapel. And we have the brooding master of the house, with whom Kay falls in love against her own better judgement. It seems a young woman in his past disappeared mysteriously, then his pregnant first wife committed "suicide." Nearly everyone suspects him of being a ladykiller, including the police. And Kay just might be the next lady on his list....

Clark is one of the few writers who can take these classic ingredients and mix them together into a story that always seems fresh and new. It is a remarkable talent. If you enjoy her stories as much as I do, you'll want to read this one.
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Format: Hardcover
I've been a MHC fan for many years and although I enjoyed this book I couldn't help but think that she's becoming very Danielle Steel-like. By that I mean cranking out mediocre books that become immediate best sellers because of her fan base, but not great mysteries as she used to write years ago. Readable yes, but good entertainment for the mystery lovers?...not really.
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MHC tackles the subject of sleepwalking in this one - as well as sundry themes and ideas she has traversed extensively in her earlier books. This one is surprisingly unengaging. I never connected with the heroine at all. On one page, Kay Lansing tells us the cloud of suspicion following mega-rich Peter Carrington, the man she has met once.
On the very next page, they get married.
Huh?
I am wondering if Clark was sleepwalking herself when she wrote this. I knew by page 20 who the bad guy was because she telegraphed it.
The plot never really came together, but still I kept reading. Why? because I couldn't quite believe how bad it was.
If she was a new writer, Clark wouldn't get past the publishing house's initial slush pile with a book as bizarre and half-baked as this.
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