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Mary Higgins Clark has written twenty bestselling novels and three short story collections since 1975. She has served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and lives in Saddle River, New Jersey.
Strange bedfellows: After Emily buys back the family's seaside house, the skeleton of a great-aunt who disappeared decades ago is unearthed in the backyard. And next to it is the body of a young woman only recently deceased. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Get ready to be scared with this great thriller from best-selling author, Mary Higgins Clark. Defence lawyer Emily Graham, recovering from a horrific stalking experience, buys back her ancestral home in the beautiful Victorian resort of Spring Lake, a prestigious enclave with a disturbing past - one that is about to be linked to the present in terrifying circumstances. Within a day of moving into her new home, police discover two bodies in Emily's backyard - their deaths separated by exactly a century. It soon appears that the old death is more than casually connected to the more recent one and further enquiries reveal that another two murders committed at the end of the 19th century are also tied to the disappearances of two young girls in the same area within the last few years. Similarities abound and the question is soon raised as to whether the late 19th century killer has been reincarnated... Fast-moving, page-turning action is accompanied by several sub-plots designed to keep the reader on tenter hooks till the final climactic finish. Not to be missed by any crime afficionados who like a touch of the supernatural. - Lucy Watson
Is a reincarnated serial killer at work in a New Jersey resort town more than a century after he first drew blood? That's the catchy premise that supports Clark's 24th book. In the 1890s, three young women in the upscale seaside village of Spring Lake died at the hands of an unidentified killer. In the present day, two young women have disappeared from town and their killer, whose first-person ruminations vein the third-person narrative, is preparing to strike again. His final target will be Emily Graham, an ambitious young attorney just moved to Spring Lake from upstate New York, where she'd been victimized by a stalker. Emily is a typical Clark heroine, bright and beautiful, and the friends she makes and suspects she meets in Spring Lake are her equal in stereotype, among them a former college president with a dread secret; a failed, aging restaurateur with a much younger wife; and a hunky real-estate agent. Emily's dream of a new start in the house once owned by her ancestor the first victim of the killer of yore sours when the body of a present-day victim is found buried on her land along with remains of her murdered ancestor. The dream curdles further when more bodies turn up and Emily's upstate stalker reappears. This is a plot-driven novel, with Clark's story mechanics at their peak of complexity, clever and tricky. There's some nifty interplay between past and present via diaries and old books, some modest suspense, and a few genuine surprises, including the identity of both the stalker and the killer. Clark's prose ambles as usual, but it takes readers where they want to go deep into an old-fashioned tale of a damsel in delicious distress. The first printing is one million; that, and Clark's popularity, will be enough to push this title to #1. (Apr. 17) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.