Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark

From the Goodreads description: Following a nasty divorce and the trauma of being stalked, criminal defense attorney Emily Graham leaves Albany to work in Manhattan. Craving roots, she buys her ancestral home, a Victorian house in the seaside resort town of Spring Lake, New Jersey. Her family sold the house in 1892, after one of Emily's forebears, Madeline Shapley, then a young girl, disappeared.

As the house is renovated and a pool dug, a skeleton is found and identified as Martha Lawrence, a young Spring Lake woman who vanished several years ago. Within her hand is the finger bone of another woman, with a ring -- a Shapley family heirloom -- still on it. Determined to find the connection between the two murders, Emily becomes a threat to a seductive killer...who chooses her as the next victim.

It came time to click the stars to rate this one on Goodreads and without thinking I gave it a 3 out of 5. It was alright, nothing special. I had a little trouble keeping some of the characters straight - that's unusual for MHC, usually she defines her characters really well, almost to the point of exaggeration but at least you know who is who. There were more characters in this book because of the parallel plots - one set in present day and the other a hundred years ago. I liked the way she handled the two stories; that really held my interest. The plot had a few turns but nothing that I couldn't have anticipated as a possibility based on my experience with her other books. I do want to reach through the pages and slap these heroines who have this "so what if the crazy man is loose, I'm staying alone in the creepy old house" attitude. You just know what's coming. And that's why it's only a three, because you know what's coming. Will I continue to read every book Mary Higgins Clark writes? Absolutely, I love her even when she's a three.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

I do enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's books from time to time, but they are predictable.