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Old March 20th, 2006, 08:37 AM
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A Cry in the night

.. by Mary Higgins Clark

borrowed it from a colleague, simply can't put it down - very intriguing book. does anybody out here read Mary Higgins Clark books? if so, whats your opinion of them? I'm loving this one so far..

Its about this 26/27 yr old woman, Jenny, a fine arts graduate who juggles a career at a New York art gallery and being a single parent to her two little girls. Erich Krueger, a renowned artist who is exhibiting his work at the gallery she works at falls for her and within a month of knowing each other she agrees to marry him. Packs up her NYC home and heads off with the two kids to his Minnesota mansion.. has an ex-husband Kevin who signs off on the adoption papers.

Erich has lost his mom Caroline at age 10 in a freak accident, and dad some time later. Wierd things start happening once she gets to Minnesota.. he doesn't let her out of the house, starts getting wierdly possessive and spends a lot of time tucked away in a cabin that nobody's allowed to enter, at an unkown spot around the sprawling farms..

Kevin, a struggling actor, comes to MN to audition for theater group, gets the part. and myseteriously disappears.... Later his body is found in a car, and Jenny's coat by his side..

Who killed Kevin? Why are mysterious things happening around the house? Is Caroline back as a ghost?.. brr.. can't wait to finish this one.

[I'm kinda guessing the plot as it gets predictable page by page. But I might just be wrong...]

Definitely read it if you're a fan of suspense filled novels.
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Old March 20th, 2006, 08:42 AM
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.. by Mary Higgins Clark

borrowed it from a colleague, simply can't put it down - very intriguing book. does anybody out here read Mary Higgins Clark books? if so, whats your opinion of them? I'm loving this one so far..

Its about this 26/27 yr old woman, Jenny, a fine arts graduate who juggles a career at a New York art gallery and being a single parent to her two little girls. Erich Krueger, a renowned artist who is exhibiting his work at the gallery she works at falls for her and within a month of knowing each other she agrees to marry him. Packs up her NYC home and heads off with the two kids to his Minnesota mansion.. has an ex-husband Kevin who signs off on the adoption papers.

Erich has lost his mom Caroline at age 10 in a freak accident, and dad some time later. Wierd things start happening once she gets to Minnesota.. he doesn't let her out of the house, starts getting wierdly possessive and spends a lot of time tucked away in a cabin that nobody's allowed to enter, at an unkown spot around the sprawling farms..

Kevin, a struggling actor, comes to MN to audition for theater group, gets the part. and myseteriously disappears.... Later his body is found in a car, and Jenny's coat by his side..

Who killed Kevin? Why are mysterious things happening around the house? Is Caroline back as a ghost?.. brr.. can't wait to finish this one.

[I'm kinda guessing the plot as it gets predictable page by page. But I might just be wrong...]

Definitely read it if you're a fan of suspense filled novels.
Will Read... thanks for the heads up..

BTW, I've read "Nighttime is My time" by Mary Higgins Clark but to tell you frankly, was not very impressed.. Maybe this one will change my opinion...
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Old March 20th, 2006, 08:47 AM
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Re: A Cry in the night

well, this supposed review might just come back to bite me... but i'll post once i'm done with the book and give you a complete opinion. anyhow no harm reading it i guess..
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Old March 20th, 2006, 11:11 AM
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Re: A Cry in the night

I have read No PLace like Home ..... Which was good. Read that . I have it in case you want to borrow it.

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For most people “home” is where the heart is. Not so in this chilling new page-turner in which Mary Higgins Clark once again demonstrates why she reigns supreme….

At the tender age of 10, Liza Barton killed her mother. It was an accident; her intention was to shoot her stepfather, a violent abuser, who tried to convince the authorities she deliberately committed matricide. He even told his “story” to the tabloids, who compared her to ax-wielding murderess, Lizzie Borden, the similarity in their names too tempting to ignore. After the courts ruled the death accidental, Liza was adopted by a kind couple who changed her name to Celia in the hope of erasing her past. And at 28, married to an adoring older man, it seemed she had. Upon his deathbed, she promised to protect their young son by never revealing what she’d done. When, three years later, Celia finds true love with Alex Nolan, she keeps her vow until, as a surprise, he moves them into her childhood home where, painted on the lawn for all the world to see, are the words BEWARE—LITTLE LIZZIE’S PLACE.

All the horror comes rushing back, especially when the realtor who sold Alex the house is found dead, and again the newspapers are screaming for Celia’s head. But she knows who’s responsible. While proclaiming her innocence, Celia will have to defend her life—and that of her son—from the psychopath who’s never forgotten what she once tried to do….
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I have read one of her novels long long ago. Then I read a few more by women authors from her genre. One I remember is Patricia Cornwell whose novels seem to inspire the CSI shows on CBS TV.

One thing I can say about the authors like Mary Higgins Clark, Iris Johannsen , et-al - They write too much of a 'chick flick' kind of novel. Its gets boring and hence I stopped reading it. Especially Iris Johansen - uggh... its really boring.

I prefer male authors who dont waste time on pages and pages of 'how she was feeling and how her past life was fucked up'. I mean come on. Move it. Tell us the suspense, thrill us with the story.

For me, the only good 'chick flick' writer is Sidney Sheldon where the woman is the protagonist, the heroine, the central focus of the novel.
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For me, the only good 'chick flick' writer is Sidney Sheldon where the woman is the protagonist, the heroine, the central focus of the novel.
But sidbey Sheldon is a guy ... Right ?
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But sidbey Sheldon is a guy ... Right ?
yes I know. What I meant is that the only author I like, who writes with a woman as the central character in a novel is Sidney Sheldon.

So you might call him a 'chick flick' kind of writer as he has a woman as the central character.
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Re: A Cry in the night

The master of thrill and suspense was Robert Ludlum. I have yet to find his replacement, Dan Brown is quite good but nowhere near the maestro.

For Fantasy and Horror the King is the King. I mean none other than Stephen King.

For desi real stories, Munshi Prem Chand. BTW, I have several stories of Munshi Prem Chand in Hindi (MS Word Documents). If someone wants, please let me know.
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Download some Hindi Ebooks from here including those of Prem Chand.

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I had been to the library last night, but I just higgins couldn't remember this author's name. Maybe next time... got a ludlumish book this time that I started last night.

One other author that matches Ludlum's supremacy is Frederick Forsyth. They both have so different styles but similar thrills. And another author that I like is Jeffrey Archer, though he is jara hat ke.
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Well, finished reading it yesterday.. and i had said before, i kinda sorta predicted the ending in general, there were a bunch of surprises in there too. quite freakish and partly predictable if you ask me, but well worth a read. 7 out of 10
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Lov tai and other echans,

If you like simple but suspenseful stories, check out "Gods in Alabama" by Joshilyn Jackson (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/044...lance&n=283155)

It has a good flowing story with a simple suspense that blows you out. I read this story over a few days but as I was reaching the end could not keep the book down. The final read was up to 3 a.m. in the night on a working day
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