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All Around the Town [Hardcover]

Mary Higgins Clark
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Dec 1 1994
/CLARK/MARY HIGGINS Clark, the author of the #1 bestseller Loves Music Loves to Dance, weaves a spellbinding tale of kidnapping, multiple personality, and murder in her exciting new novel. A terrifying twist at the climax makes All Around the Town Clark's most gripping tale of psychological suspense.

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Effectively exploiting her canny knack for placing women and children in deadly peril, Clark has pulled out all the stops in her newest effort (after Loves Music, Loves to Dance ). As a child, Laurie Kenyon was kidnapped and abused by a creepy pair named Bic and Opal, and she developed complex multiple personalities as a result. Now she is a college senior and a prime suspect in the murder of an attractive male professor. Might one of her personalities have been responsible? If so, can her protective sister Sarah, now an ace lawyer? confusing as is--if she's prosecutor, she wouldn't be defending her sister , defend her successfully? And will Bic and Opal, now successful televangelists, manage to silence her if she seems likely to identify them as her childhood tormentors? The plotting is swift and slickly managed, with a genuinely surprising twist toward the end. Clark wastes no time on extraneous details of character and atmosphere, but the very skills that make her a popular fast read mean that readers who look for nuance, flavor and shading even in their suspense thrillers will find their cravings unsatisfied. Still, of its efficient, machine-made type, this is a suspenseful page-turner. 500,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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For her ninth sure-fire bestseller, Clark returns to what she does best: using a threatened child (this time, a regressive college-student traumatized by a childhood kidnapping) to grab you by the throat and shake well. Back in 1974, four-year-old Laurie Kenyon was abducted from her posh New Jersey home by Bic and Opal Hawkins, a pair of hippies who raped and terrorized her for two years before the heat got so close they turned her loose. Now she's an honor student at Clinton College who unwittingly harbors four personalities--sexy Leona, truculent Kay, four-year-old Debbie, and a nine-year-old boy--that she's developed to keep her childhood memories at bay. Meanwhile, her kidnappers have transformed themselves into TV preachers on the brink of stardom who keep putting scary photos, knives, and severed chicken heads in Laurie's way in case she recognizes them and wants to speak out. The flash point comes with the murder of personable prof Allan Grant, who'd just gone before the administration with proof that the steamy letters from ``Leona'' he'd been getting were typed on Laurie's typewriter. When Laurie finds herself standing over Grant unable to remember whether or not she killed him, it's up to big sister Sarah, fanatically dedicated to protecting Laurie, to quit the D.A.'s office, take charge of Laurie's defense, and incidentally begin a chaste romance with Justin Donnelly, who's trying to tease the truth out of all those alter egos even as Bic Opal step up their campaign from threats to violence. Not enough menace for you? Clark even throws in the mystery of who really killed Grant, though her heart's not in it: broad hints from the outset will tip off all but the most witless readers. No whodunit, then--but Clark's legion of fans, enthralled by her undeniable skill in pushing their buttons, won't even notice. Just be grateful the author isn't running for office. (Literary Guild Split Dual Selection for July) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Psychological Thriller w/ an aura of uncertainty Oct. 13 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What can I honestly say about an experience like Mary Higgins Clark's, "All Around the Town"? Let me begin by acknowledging that I have never read a single of Clark's books prior to this, so I am not really familiar with her form of writing and the techniques she uses. A friend highly recommended this book and author to me (thanks T. G.), so naturally, I decided to check it out, largely because I am a big fan of Psychological Thrillers and I haven't read a decent mystery in ages. I've decided to approach this review from more of a "Commentary" stand point, so I really won't take the time to explain the plot or characters in great detail. I expected the usual dead corpse, clear the convict of charges, make large revelations, and everyone has a "happily ever after" type ending format to this mystery. To a certain extent, this was true, but there were multiple plot twists, a sophisticated aura to the story and it's details, and character development that rivals that of classics like "Gone with the Wind" and "Little Women". This was an unexpected surprise to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships that formed between the central characters and their general respect for each other and the parts they play in this mystery/Psychological development story. The one of the central characters, Laurie (aka. Leona, Kate, Lee, and Debbie), is forced to come to the facts that she was not responsible for her parent's tragic death or her being kidnapped and molested at the innocent age of 4. We later learn in the story that to help her get through the "tough" times in her life, for lack of a better word, she has developed a case known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) in which her mind embraces four other personalities aside from her central personality (Laurie). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book! July 7 2002
By Raj
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ALL AROUND THE TOWN is Mary Higgins Clark 9th bestselling novel, and her best work yet! The story revolves around Laurie Kenyon and her sister Sarah Kenyon. When Laurie is kidnapped at the age of four, she is put a victim to a lot of abuse and harassment. Two years later, she is sent back to her home, but once brouht back safely, she doesn't remember any of the unfortunate incidents that has happened to her during the two years.
After many years later, Laurie, now a twenty one year old student, is suddenly accused of murdering her English Professor, Allan Grant. She has no memory of the crime but her fingerprints are found everywhere, therefore she arraigned on a murder charge.
Laurie's older sister, defense attorney, Sarah Kenyon, takes up Laurie's case, and sends her to psychiatrist Justin Donnelly to unlock her dark, horrifying years when she was kidnapped. But, Laurie's abductor's, who have still not forgotten her, are still obsessed about her and after her to make sure that her past remains sealed and doesnt leak out.
With all the elements needed for a good suspense book, Clark does a splendid job is making the readers guess the entire time as to what is going to happen next, especially when there is a terrifying twist in the climax! This book will keep up on the edge of your seat the whole time, and is a excellent novel to read!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another winning murder mystery.... May 28 2002
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ALL AROUND THE TOWN by Mary Higgins Clark is a murder mystery involving two sisters. Laurie Kenyon is the younger sister, and her story starts with her kidnapping years ago when she was only 4 years old. She disappeared for 2 years, only to be found again, but never to be the same happy child she once was. Sarah Kenyon is her older sister. She watched as her family fell apart while her parents tried desperately to find their daughter. With this in mind, Sarah becomes Laurie's protector, and vows to always be there when Laurie needed her.
The story revolves around the two women, as a murder mystery unfolds where Laurie is the accused murderer. As the story progresses, Sarah, who is now an attorney, tries to save her sister. But the more Sarah learns, the worse it looks. Laurie is discovered to have multiple personalities, and could one of her personalities have been the murderer?
I've read many Mary Higgins Clark books, and this is probably one of her best. It left me on the edge of my seat and was so riveting that it took me only two days to read it. I highly recommend this book!
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By Megan
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Here is a little information for you about All around the town.
It begins with four-year-old Laurie Kenyon being abducted from her home in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She is then kept for two years, a victim of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. When she was finally released, she had no memory of the past two years.
Now years later, at age twenty-one, she is accused of murdering her college English professor, Allan Grant. She has no memory of the crime, but her fingerprints, on the door, the window, the knife used to stab him to death, say she's the killer. Scared, shocked, and confused, Laurie is arraigned on a murder charge. However, Laurie has no idea that because of the two years of abuse had triggered a multiple personality disorder in her. She is unaware of any of the personailties, especially the one named Leona, who had apparently been stalking, and sending crazed love letters to Allan Grant. Her older sister, Sarah Kenyon, takes up Laurie's defense, and brings in psychiatrist Justin Donnelly, who specializes in Multiple Personality Disorder. He is determined to unlock the forgotten years of Laurie's past. But her abductor, now a famous evangelist, is determined not to let his secret be revealed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has It All
Laurie Kenyon was kidnapped at the age of four, and was returned to her family two years later. Now, her parents have died, and she's suspected of killing her English professor. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2004 by Ez
2.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing? Yes.
All Around the Town is just perverted. Not scary, or creepy, just perverted. Plus you don't care much about any of the characters like you do in other MHC books. Read more
Published on May 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great job by Clark
This was the first book of Clark's I ever read. It was very interesting and kept my attention. Laurie was kidnapped as a young girl but later found and returned to her family. Read more
Published on April 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I was suprised!
This book is amazing. I had never been intersested in Mary Higgins Clark, but my boyfriend bought this for me because he got her confused with Danielle Steel. Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by F. D. McNicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars first book i've read written by her
This book is really great! After reading this book, I start to get more interested in multiple personalities. The story plot is well-written. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by A reader
5.0 out of 5 stars IT TOTALLY ROCKS!
I think that Mary Higgins Clark did an awesome job on this story. And even though it is a little disturbing it was a great book and keeps you glued to the pages. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Distrubing
This Book Is Very DISTRUBING! The book is written well as far as MHC's deatails, maybe a bit too good. Yet the subject matter is very distrubing and the ending is preposterous. Read more
Published on July 6 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars disturbing though captivating
This story's subject, child molestation and multiple personalities, was disturbing. The story, hopefully completely fictional, left me ill at ease.
Published on June 19 2003 by MaryMargaret
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