I’VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE by Mary Higgins Clark

Posted: December 22, 2013 by BA Dillon in IT'S A MYSTERY TO ME

I HEARD THAT SONG BEFOREI HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS!!

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As always, MHC delivers another real page turner and the end was not what I expected. Could someone commit murder while sleepwalking? That’s one of the premises of Clark’s story which is set in the suburbs of Manhattan. Kay Lansing, is the daughter of the former landscaper of the Carrington estate, and Peter Carrington, one of the wealthiest men in America. They find themselves in court accused of murder while sleepwalking. This fast-paced suspense novel has cliff-hangers at the end of every very short chapter that makes you want to turn the page! Most of the action takes place at the Carrington family home in New Jersey. Kay Lansing holds a fund-raiser for her literacy program at Mr. Carrington’s estate. After they meet, a whirlwind courtship ensues, Kay finds herself married the the much older Carrington. He has been living under a cloud of suspicion for two decades after the disappearance of his neighbor,Susan Althorp, as well as the drowning death of his first wife. What I love about MHC books is the face-paced short chapters, and the dialogue driven storyline. But this one isn’t as strong as many of the other Clark novels. While I appreciate dialogue driven stories, this dialogue is beyond weird because NO ONE talks like that! I also noted that the writing style changes throughout. The story begins in first person (Kay) and switches to third person (everyone else), which makes it a bit difficult to follow. MHC books are famous for having many characters, and this one stays true to that recipe. This is the first time I found myself a little lost with just TOO MANY people. The mystery is satisfying, but the romance is disappointing.

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