All Around the Town Library Binding – Dec 1 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From Kirkus Reviews
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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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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 morePublished on Nov. 4 2004 by Ez
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 morePublished on May 10 2004
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 morePublished on April 12 2004
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 morePublished on March 2 2004 by F. D. McNicholas
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by A reader
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 morePublished on Dec 11 2003
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 morePublished on July 6 2003
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