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All Around the Town [Hardcover]

Mary Higgins Clark
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Dec 12 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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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Has It All Nov. 4 2004
By Ez
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. This book has it all - short chapters, excellent plotting, psychology and even an Australian character in this American book. Go on - read it! (A+)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Higgins Clark's best book! Oct. 12 2000
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If you like other Mary Higgins Clark books, You'll love this one! Laurie Kenyon was kidnapped at the age of 4. Two years later, her kidnappers left her on the steps of a school building. When she was returned to her parents, she acted shy and afraid of everything, unlike what she used to be. What they didn't know is that she developed Multiple Personality Disorder(MPD). After the death of her parents, Laurie, now a college student, falls in love with Proffesor Allan Grant (or,at least, one of her personalities does). When Allan Grant is murdered, Laurie becomes the main suspect. Lauries sister, Sarah, switches sides of the courtroom and becomes Laurie's defendant attorney. Sarah convinces Laurie to see Justin Donelley, a phyciatrist specializing in MPD patients, to help her. As Laurie unveils all of her personalities and discovers what happens the night Allan Grant was stabbed to death, her kidnappers are closing in on her. And this time they mean murder.... This is my favorite Mary H. Clark book. If you love mystery and suspense, you'll love "All Around The Town".
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing? Yes. May 11 2004
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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. I couldn't bring myself to care about the girl with different personalities, or her sister, or that doctor with the mustache, or the perverted evangelists (although I guess that would defeat the purpose, eh?) Anyway...I didn't like this one. But maybe you will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great job by Clark April 12 2004
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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. Life seemed to go on until in college Laurie was accused of murdering her professor. Her sister, Sarah is an attorney and hires a shrink to help with the case. It is determined that Laurie has schizophrenia, a condition brought on by her experience with her 2 kidnappers. The story is very interesting and suspenseful. Laurie has no recollectoin of the murder, though her fingerprints are everywhere. There are lots of twists and turns with a surprise ending. I'd highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was suprised! March 2 2004
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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. I was kinda disappointed, but when I read the descripition, it sounded pretty good. For the first page I was hooked and could not put it down! I was pleasantly suprised by how interesting the story was. I love this book and would recomend it to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars first book i've read written by her Jan. 4 2004
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This book is really great! After reading this book, I start to get more interested in multiple personalities. The story plot is well-written. I loved the part when Laurie is having her therapy, where her different personalities start to appear! This book is full of surprises and Mary Higgins Clark can describe it so well that it's as if you are in the story itself! I bet you would want to read her other books as well after reading this one, just like I do! THREE CHEERS TO THE QUEEN OF SUSPENSE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT TOTALLY ROCKS! Dec 12 2003
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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. If you love a mystery and love the suspense that goes with it than this book is totally what you want to read. For a little info on the book: one of the main characters (Laurie) was kidnapped at age 4 and returned two years but never fully recovered from the abduction. 17 years later she has been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder and is accused of murder, however Laurie has no memory of this but all the signs point to her. The kidnappers come back in her life and try to ruin it but Laurie's sister Sarah is helping her through the whole process and.... well I guess you just have to read it to figure out what happens hope you like it.
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars All Around The Town
All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark is a book about a girl named Laurie who was abducted when she was four. Read more
Published on June 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Well, i usually don't enjoy reading so much, i tend to pick up a book read the first chapter and get bored after awhile, but this book, i could not put down!! Read more
Published on April 29 2003 by Rosie M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Her Worst!
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed most of her work but I didn't like All Around The Town it was too depressing and the only MHC book that I found... Read more
Published on April 5 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars All Around the Town
This was the first book that I read from Mary Higgins Clark and it is definitely one of the best!
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Published on Feb. 6 2003 by "papilionidae"
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor little Laurie
Mary Higgins Clark did a wonderful job of profiling the impact of childhood trauma on young adulthood. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2002 by Beverly C. Sanders
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