Imagine walking down the street and seeing a woman you recognize. When you say, âhiâ, she just looks at you and walks away. Confused, you continue walking when you bump into her again. This time she smiles at you. Now you are really confused. This is the case in Mary Higgins Clarkâs, Let Me Call You Sweetheart. Let Me Call You Sweetheart is a typical Mary Higgins Clark book. There is the usual suspenseful story line, the beautiful woman who becomes involved in the story, and the exciting conclusion. The book kept my attention but Clarkâs books tend to follow that similar plot which can cause the stories to become mundane.
While striving for a New York State judgeship, Kerry McGrath stumbles upon a questionable murder trial. The trial of Skip Reardon. Reardon was convicted for the Sweetheart Murder Case ten years earlier. Skip Reardonâs former father-in-law is Dr. Charles Smith, a well-known plastic surgeon. Kerry McGrathâs daughter, Robin, was in a terrible car accident, which left scars all over her face. Dr. Smith is treating her injuries. Kerry notices that some of Dr. Smithâs patients have identical faces. That of his dead daughter, the Sweetheart Murder victim. Kerryâs curiosity in Dr. Smithâs surgical practices leads her to search for the truth in the Sweetheart Murder Trial. Kerryâs interest in the case jeopardizes her nomination for judge since her boss prosecuted Skip Reardon. Clark lives up to her title as, â~Queen of Suspenseâ as the main character, Kerry McGrath, faces obstacle upon obstacle in her quest to free an innocent man.
As always, Clark develops various characters in detail. She gives the reader background information on each character. By the end of the novel each character is related to one another in an indirect way. For me, Robin McGrathâs character was too far-fetched for a ten year old. I do not know many ten year olds that have an extensive vocabulary and develop their own pictures for pleasure. Perhaps Robin is just a 5th grade genius. Robin refers to pictures she took of autumn leaves with this statement, âI showed you the great shots I got of them just as they started to turn, Mom. I know the ones I took this week with the colors at peak are terrific.â Robin seemed extremely wise for her age. An eccentric character in the book, Jason Arnott, seemed more believable than Robin. Jason Arnott, who was one of the suspects for the Sweetheart Murder, led a double life. Arnott had a hobby of burglarizing his friendsâ homes. Arnott attended many high class social gatherings. At these parties, he memorized the lay out and security system of the house so he could break into the home a later date. Arnott had a secret home in the mountains where he kept all of his expensive stolen loot! Compared to Robin, the other characters and their lives were more believable.
I am a huge fan of murder mysteries. Let Me Call you Sweetheart had all the elements that make a great suspense novel. The story offers the reader a touch of romance with Kerry McGrath and a defense lawyer, Geoff Dorso. The development of their relationship is a nice sub-plot to the main story line. Geoff Dorso has a vital link to solving the murder case. Through this his relationship with Kerry is tested and tried.
Mary Higgins Clark does a magnificent job of weaving her story lines and characters together. She is always dropping subtle clues to help the reader figure out âwho done it.â Let Me Call You Sweetheart is no exception. For those who have just found Mary Higgins Clark, this story was challenging to figure out. Being a fan of Higgins Clark, I was a little disappointed at how the endings to her novels are becoming repetitive. Overall, I enjoyed reading the novel. If you enjoy solving twisted mysteries read Let Me Call You Sweetheart.