Saturday, May 24, 2008

2008 Book 47: I Heard That Song Before

Book #:47
Book Title:I Heard That Song Before

Author:Mary Higgins Clark

Publisher:Pocket Books

Pub. Date:March 2008


Started:May 22, 2008

Finished:May 23, 2008

Time to Read:2 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"When Kay Lansing was only six, she sneaked into the hidden chapel of the Carringtons' New Jersey mansion and overheard a man say angrily to a woman, "I heard that song before." That same evening, after a formal dinner dance, eighteen-year-old Susan Althorp drove home with the Carrington heir, Peter - and disappeared.

Twenty-two years later, a business meeting between Kay and Peter Carrington turns into a whirlwind romance and marriage. Shortly after their honeymoon, however, he is arrested. Suspicion has long clouded Peter since Susan's disappearance, especially after his pregnant wife Grace drowned in their swimming pool. Kay is convinced of his innocence...until the night she sees him sleepwalk around the pool. Could Peter have unknowingly committed not only that crime, but two others while sleepwalking? Kay believes the answer lies in her own childhood memory of the night Susan vanished. But the truth is hidden by a web of deceit more complex than anyone realizes...and discovering it may cost Kay her life."

Review:After twenty plus years of bestsellers, Clark still has the uncanny knack of producing stories that could have been ripped from the headlines. When Kay meets Peter, it's to plead for the use of his house in order to raise money for her library. Falling in love and marrying him a few short weeks later is the last thing that she can imagine doing, but that's exactly what happens. Even more surreal is the interruption of their marriage only days after their honeymoon, when Peter is hauled to jail for a twenty year old crime that he has long been suspected of committing, convicted by popular opinion but not by overwhelming evidence.

Faced with losing her brand-new marriage with a man she truly adores, Kay is in the position of finding a way to defend her husband while battling her own rising doubts. How this strong woman will prevail to the end - come good news or bad - is right in line with Clark's signature style. With well-developed leading characters and interesting supporting ones, this book is heavy on people-value. A compelling storyline and the reader finds herself hoping against hope that Peter turns out to be innocent - even as he starts to suspect himself of these awful tragedies while in the throes of sleepwalking. A superb read - pick it up today!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,



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