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A CRY IN THE NIGHT [Hardcover]

MARY HIGGINS CLARK
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars CHILLING PORTRAIT ETCHED IN TERROR Oct. 28 2001
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with this one! Aug. 14 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have given up on Mary Higgins Clark. This book was the last straw. I have read many of her books and this one was a waste. Too many holes.
For example, and sorry I don't have the page numbers on me. This main character could not be that naïve. I mean, come on now, she is pregnant, and has no way of knowing where her husband is when he is in the cabin. She can't call him if she were sick. She is in this house and never goes out for her own hygiene products. Get real.
In another chapter. She is so worried about someone coming in the house and taking her keys. She is horrified. Wouldn't a mother be afraid of someone coming in the house and taking her children. At one point the phone rings and she is terrified that that someone will get her. What about the kids?
Later, when she thinks she is having contractions, she rushes out house to see the doctor. No mention of a babysitter. She just leaves.
She never asked about her phone calls or her mail. No one would call? What about the w-2 form from the old place. I know I am being cynical, but I am only stating that the pictured was painted that she was in this house and everything was just that. The kids were not even being taught anything, just playing everyday
It didn't add up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Clark June 14 2004
By Colin
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Here's how good this book is. I intended to just read a few chapters the other day, but ended up finishing the entire book in one night! It's a gripping well-told suspense story.
The main plot revolves around Jenny, a single mother of two, who enters a whirlwind romance with Erich Kruger, an artist, and ends up moving into his home with her children. But then Erich starts become more posessive and she notices his odd fixation on his mother, who died in an accident (or was it??).
Sure there was some deja vu for me in this book that made me immediately think of movies and books that have used similar plot twists (I won't say which or else it'll spoil the ending). But still this is a great book, but don't intend on putting it down once you start!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great book April 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought A Cry in the Night was a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down. It was exciting and fast. I got into it right away.She is an excellent writer and wrote another hit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clark's best April 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a great book!! I read this in high school in one day. I was home sick and should have been sleeping, but started in on this book and could not put it down. Jenny is a mother of 2 daughters and works at an art museum where she meets Erich, and artist who sweeps her off her feet. Soon the 2 marry and strange things start to happen and Jenny realizes she and her daughters are in danger. Every bit of the story leaves you hanging on each word to find out what happens next. I read all around the town and thought it was great, but this book really made me a fan. You will not be able to put this book down, there are so many twists and turns and full of surprises. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and Beautifully Written March 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
This book is awesome and its plot is interesting and comes together nicely. It includes a few mysterious disappearences and deaths and a very disturbing obsession. After reading the prolouge, I couldn't put the book down, and the way it ends after all the creepy occurrences is perfect. The part when Jenny finds the painting near the end is described so vividly that I could perfectly picture in my mind how grotesque and horrible the painting was and couldn't get that image out of my head for weeks. This book is certainly worth reading, though reading it during the daytime is a good idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars written by the best
Mary Higgins Clark is one of the best writters out there. Her books are wonderful. So of course this one is also. It is a very scary book. I have everyone of her books. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars True definition of "page turner"!
This is a must read for MHC fans, or just for fans of a great page turner! I did not want to put this book down. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I usually have slighty a hard time getting through Clark's books, but this one, on the other hand, I flew right through. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by Amber
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!
Easily one of the creepiest MHC books I've read. It doesn't use her predictable formula and is lacking a lot of twists and turns, but it is still very riveting, a great and... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary has done it again!
Jenny MacPartland is a divorced women who is left alone with her two young children named Beth and Tina. Read more
Published on July 17 2003 by Katherine
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
If you have never before read a May Higgins Clark novel, I can see raving about this book. However, as a big Mary Higgin Clark fan, I found 'A Cry in the Night' disappointing. Read more
Published on June 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Clark's Best!
I enjoy Mary Higgins Clark no matter what she writes but now months after having read Cry in the Night I still get the shivers thinking about the suspenseful story. Read more
Published on June 19 2003 by MaryMargaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Suspenseful Book
I bought this book because it was on my school's summer reading list, so I didn't really expect much... boy, was I wrong! Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by J. Dow
4.0 out of 5 stars Circumstances are not always what you believe...
Jenny MacPartland is a divorced mother of two who gets swept away by a brilliant artist, Erich Krueger and before she knows it is married and settled into his Montana life. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2003 by "papilionidae"
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