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  • Hardcover: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Book Club edition (September 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739405535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739405536
  • ASIN: 0671431285
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,204,330 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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By Linda Weselowski on June 4 2014
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Just kept me reading, anxious to always find out what was going to happen next. I would definitely recommend it.
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By maureen on May 16 2014
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seen this book on the list. tried a sample and just had to buy it. buying online is a lot cheaper than the stores.
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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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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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By Colin on June 14 2004
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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By Brooke Davis on 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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By A Customer on April 12 2004
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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By A Customer on March 13 2004
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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