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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002226529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002226523
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,349,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was obvious that the exhibition of paintings by Erich Krueger, the newly discovered Midwest artist, was a stunning success. Read the first page
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jenny MacPartland is a divorced women who is left alone with her two young children named Beth and Tina. Unfortunately, her ex-husband is no help at all and does not bother to loan some money to Jenny and her kids. Instead he pushes and threatens her to give him some money. The determined Jenny keeps on working extra hours to make more money until she met the man of her dreams...
While working in a New York art gallery she sees an artistic picture of a woman who has a very similar resemblance to her. Coincidentally, she meets the artist of the odd picture and falls in love with him. After 2 weeks of dating Erich Kruegar (the artist) asks Jenny to marry him. Stunned by the question she automatically says yes.
Once both happily married, Jenny and Erich move to a massive Minnesota farm beside a mansion. As the days go by Erich becomes very superstitious due to the fact that he is constantly talking about his mother (who resembles to Jenny) who died 25 years ago. Alas, Erich is always gone to a hidden bungalow in the forest where he is able to concentrate on his art pieces.
The days get lonely and Jenny is left alone to take care of her children. She is forbidden to take the car and is forbidden to talk to other people other than Erich. Jenny had made another marriage mistake. However, she had promised Erich that she would never leave him no matter what. Does she dare break the promise she made?
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What more could a woman want? A handsome, talented, famous, wealthy man swoops into your lonely and hectic life, where you are doing everything you can to keep your career and your life as a single mother on an even keel, and saves you from the babysitters and the walks home in the snow and the busses and the unforgiving bosses. This man comes into your life, and adores you, and loves your children as if they were his own, and asks you to marry him. Any woman who spent a night as a girl tucked under the covers having fairy tales read to her would hardly be able to believe that maybe, just maybe, fairy tales do come true.
This was, indeed, the case for Jenny MacPartland, single mother of two struggling to make ends meet in New York. Just when things were looking their bleakest, Erich Krueger comes into her life. Handsome and charming, and up-and-coming name in the art world, Erich sweeps Jenny and her small family from their cozy existance in New York and takes them to the vast beauty of his family's home in Montana.
And then, things start going horribly wrong. Jenny starts to realize that maybe she was hasty, marrying this man so quickly. How much does she really know about him? About his past? And can she ever help this man that she loves exorcize the demons that have been following him for years? Or will they, in turn, come to haunt her - and her children - as well?
Mary Higgins Clark once again presents a solid piece of suspense that will leave you checking over your shoulder and making sure all the windows are locked.
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By Carole Imes on March 16 2002
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I am one of MHC's biggest fans and have read just about every novel she has ever written. This is the only one, however, that I cannot endorse. Jenny, recently divorced to loser husband, Kevin, meets rich and handsome artist, Erich, while working in a NYC art gallery. A product of old money, Erich hails from Minnesota where he also breeds prize cattle on his farm and heads up a successful family business. Erich lures Jenny and her 2 small children from NYC to the wilds of Minnesota farm country after he convinces her (without any arm twisting) to marry him. He turns out to be a 'silent' nut case and the rest of the story drags on and on and on...it is so unbelievably frustrating and unrealistic. However, to MHC's credit, although the plot lacks merit, her descriptive text and dialogue is excellent as usual. This novel was written in 1982 earlier in her writing career. Since then she has written countless dynamite novels. Accolades to MHC for getting better and better as the years go by.
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 28 2001
Format: Hardcover
Jenny McPartland, a divorcee and mother of 2 at 27 lives in a modest Manhattan apartment. She scrapes to make ends meet for her two daughters, Beth 3, and Tina, 2.
Her luck seems to change when she meets the charismatic Erich Krueger at an art gallery where she works. She is literally swept off her feet by Erich and subsequently marries him. They leave Manhattan for Erich's ancestral home in Granite Springs, Minnesota.
Once in Minnesota, alarming facets of Erich's personality appear. His relentless obsession with his dead mother, Caroline and his constant references to her are alarming. It is interesting that he applies no maternal name to her; she is always "Caroline." Caroline at the start of this story has been dead for over 25 years, having died in 1956 when Erich was then 10. (The story is set in 1981-83). Erich insists Jenny dress like Caroline; wear Caroline's aqua colored gown to bed; use the same pine scented soap Caroline used and in general, replace the mother he lost at 10.
More cracks appear in Erich's seemingly flawless armor. Mysterious deaths are part of the Granite Springs home. A young woman disappeared some 10 years earlier and is presumably dead; dogs also were presumably killed and Jenny and Erich's baby dies a mysterious death. Jenny's daughters say that Jenny killed their brother, that she "covered his face with a blanket."
But did she? Jenny doubts this. She also has doubts in Erich, who kidnaps the girls and hides even more terrifying secrets on and around the property. Life with Erich, as Jenny was to discover was a chilling portrait etched in terror.
Definitely worth 10 or more stars. This is my favorite book by Mary Higgins Clark.
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