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“A summer list would belacking without one from Mary Higgins Clark.”—New York Post

“[An] enjoyable novel ofromantic suspense…Clark keeps readers wondering.”—Publishers Weekly

“Clark,whose novels and short stories have entertained her fans for 40 years, provesagain that she's a master of plot twists and sympathetic portrayals of strongdamsels in serious distress. The Melody Lingers On is no exception, andthe octogenarian Clark continues to shine.”
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About 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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (June 23, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476749116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476749112
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,047 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Bell on June 27, 2015
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This book reminded me of a McDonald's bacon club burger. It was a fast, easy read, tasty and satisfying, but ultimately leaving you wishing for something more substantial. It was good fast food. I am wondering why the heroine is again a young widow with a child. Lane is a nice young woman, but she doesn't seem to have a life beyond her daughter and her job. Does she read? Watch television? Enjoy sports? Has she no friends? She loves her mother but the relationship is strained because she does not care for her stepfather, whom her mother married when Lane was 17, after 10 years of widowhood. Lane has a political pedigree, but she's not interested or involved in politics at all. I'm sure I would like her, as she is a kind, thoughtful, and empathetic young woman, but she is not very interesting. She does enjoy her job as the assistant for a top interior decorator and has learned to get along with her volatile boss Glady.

When Glady and Lane are hired to decorate a townhouse condo for Anne Bennett, the wife and possible widow of Parker Bennett, a financier who has swindled many middle-income and older people out of their life's savings, Lane feels sympathy for the frail woman; Anne's son Eric, who is suspected by the SEC of being involved in his father's plot, is very interested in Lane. He swears to her that he is innocent and wants to clear his name. She believes him and her daughter Katie takes to him as well, which makes her even more sure he's innocent.

Ranger, one of the elderly victims of Parker Bennett, has just lost his wife Judy after her second stroke. He is consumed with rage that he was unable to provide the care his wife needed and the beautiful retirement they had both desired.
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I'm about ready to stop paying regular book prices for established authors. I get a lot more from the indie authors I've been following. Just finished The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark and while it was mildly diverting, it didn't have much suspense. I never felt like Lane, the main female character, was ever in any danger. And near the end of the book, she had Ranger (who all of a sudden started hearing voices 'again') following Lane and Eric, but also being observed outside Anne's condo at the same time. It also made no sense that Len didn't call the FBI with his suspicions. And why Lane would ever be sympathetic to 'the countess' is beyond me. And why she'd continue to work for the 'tyrannical' Glady also was not realistic.

I was amused, though, by this: she has Lane describing the gift of an engraved Mont Blanc pen as "not too expensive, but thoughtful, caring, well-chosen." According to their website, those things start around $460!!! That's not a "little gift" except in size. Well, maybe in HER world it's a "little gift." In MY world, that would pay for my health insurance, doctor co-pays, and prescriptions for a month. I now remember why I gave up reading her when I used to be obsessed with getting her next book. She just doesn't deliver anymore.
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I was so excited to read this and one of the first things I noticed was how much thinner it is to her other works. In the first chapter though when I knew it was some guy who cheated money from people I thought not again since it usually ends up the guy is alive and the main character is going to fall for the guys son and then decides to solve it and she will be placed in a dangerous situation and almost die. Mary Higgins Clark is writing great stories but I am starting to find them a tad predictable though she constantly adds twists through out. This story was not as intense and I felt it focused more on the characters lives then the story. Every few pages the characters were thinking about their lives and it was like she tried including as much as she could. I will say I enjoyed it though since it was fast paced and the story well written.
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I have a very soft place in my heart for Mary Higgins Clark. I know I have said this before, but I am saying it again. I didn't like reading when I was young, and never really got into reading until after I was married. My friend told me to read one of MHC's books and I got hooked. I read every single one of them that was out at the time, and continue to do so, and loved it.

This book didn't disappoint. I just love reading her books. I love that there are always so many great characters, and that she jumps from one to the other. It keeps me on my toes. This book (in my opinion) had kind of a "Devil Wears Prada" kind of feel. hehe.

Glady is a mean, shrewd woman that is also an amazing interior designer. People pay lots of money to get her to decorate their house. Lane, her assistant, is a nice sweet girl who is working hard for Glady, but also has made some of her own demands to keep Glady in line. She has to be done with work at 5:00 every day to be home with her daughter, or she would have to quit. I love Lane. She is a kind, savvy business woman herself. She has learned from the best.

Glady decides to do a home remodel from an old friend probono. The client was The wife of Parker Bennett, who has been missing for two years. He went missing after ripping a whole bunch of people off in the financial world. He was a bad man. I didn't like him from the moment his name was mentioned.

While Glady takes the job she makes Lane do all the work. In so doing she gets to know the clients son Mark Bennett. She is drawn to him, and his charm. Her daughter even seems to like Mark. What she doesn't know is that, the Bennetts have a dark past, and the closer she gets to Mark the more danger her life is in.
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