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I Heard That Song Before Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2008
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Kay Lansing, who has grown up in Englewood, New Jersey, is the daughter of the landscaper to the wealthy and powerful Carrington family. Their mansion—a historic seventeenth-century manor house transported stone by stone from Wales in 1848—has a hidden chapel. One day, accompanying her father to work, six-year-old Kay succumbs to curiosity and sneaks into the chapel. There, she overhears a quarrel between a man and a woman who is demanding money from him. When she says that this will be the last time, his caustic response is: "I heard that song before."
That same evening, the Carringtons hold a formal dinner dance after which Peter Carrington, a student at Princeton, drives home Susan Althorp, the eighteen-year-old daughter of neighbors. While her parents hear her come in, she is not in her room the next morning and is never seen or heard from again.
Throughout the years, a cloud of suspicion hangs over Peter Carrington. At age forty-two, head of the family business empire, he is still "a person of interest" in the eyes of the police, not only for Susan Althorp's disappearance but also for the subsequent drowning death of his own pregnant wife in their swimming pool.
Kay Lansing, now living in New York and working as a librarian in Englewood, goes to see Peter Carrington to ask for permission to hold a cocktail party on his estate to benefit a literacy program, which he later grants. Kay comes to see Peter as maligned and misunderstood, and when he begins to court her after the cocktail party, she falls in love with him. Over the objections of her beloved grandmother, who raised her after her parents' early deaths, she marries him. To her dismay, she soon finds that he is a sleepwalker whose nocturnal wanderings draw him to the spot at the pool where his wife met her end.
Kay develops gnawing doubts about her husband. She believes that the key to the truth about his guilt or innocence lies in the scene she witnessed as a child in the chapel and knows she must learn the identity of the man and woman who quarreled there that day. What Kay does not even remotely suspect is that uncovering what lies behind these memories may cost her her own life.
I Heard That Song Before once again dramatically reconfirms Mary Higgins Clark's worldwide reputation as a master storyteller.
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- ASIN : 0743497309
- Publisher : Pocket Books; Reprint edition (February 26, 2008)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780743497305
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743497305
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.9 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #141,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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as was this one was. I stayed up very late one nigiht finishing it since I knew I woiuld never sleep without knowing the end. I enjoyed it very much as I am sure most peple who are lovers of cliff hangers will. It's also nice to know that you are not goiing to be reading 4 letter words or
explicate sex in her books. Books can be good wirthout all that.
are interesting. A lot of twists and turns that mostly made sense.
Murders start happening one immediately, others years later. Deception, and so many suspects.
Keeps you guessing as usual.
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Peter Carrington has been under suspicion for murdering his childhood sweetheart, and as after 22 years her body is discovered on the Carrington estate in Englewod, New Jersey, Peter is charged with her murder.
The fact that Peter Carrington is a sleepwalker, adds an interesting twist to the story, and I got urged to read more about sleepwalking by reading this book.
I'll not reveal more details about the murder investigation - in fact, the investigation of several connected murders - but leave it to the readers.
"The queen of suspense" has a unique talent for intricate plots as well as phsycological insight into the human mind.
As all her books, "I Heard That Song Before" is a real page-turner. I brought it with me on holiday. Thought it would last me a few days but finished it overnight!
Mary Higgins Clark's books come with a quality guarantee. Her fans can always trust her to deliver the best. Enjoy!
Good read. Would recommend.