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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (April 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074320607X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743206075
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,702,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 11 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a riveting novel depicting the mind of a killer. The story is of a murderer nearing the end of his mission of vengeance against women who had mocked and humiliated him during his school years. It is also about the detective obsessed with solving these murders.

The novel is full of suspense one can hardly put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ravenclaw29 on June 19 2006
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Dr. Jean Sheridan, a highly intelligent and famous historian that wrote a best-selling novel about Abigail Adams, begrudgingly arrives at her twentieth-year-reunion for Stonecroft Academy High School, in Cornwall-on-Hudson. Jean dearly wishes that she did not have to come back to Stonecroft, because Cornwall only reminds her of the public scandal fights that her parents---who also both passionately hated each other, and only stayed together until they could shove Jean into college---often had. But Jean decides to come anyway, especially since Stonecroft will be having a special memorial ceremony in the cemetery for Alison Kendall, one of the heads at a big Hollywood talent agency, who tragically drowned in her pool last month.

But while rumors abound that, since Alison stepped on so many people to just get to her high position, and that she was always a cruel queen bee in school, Jean likes to think that Alison only had a fainting spell in her pool and was not murdered by forced drowning. But what frightens Jean the most is the very threatening faxes that she has been receiving about Lily, he secret daughter an eighteen-year-old Jean was forced to give up for adoption to a kindhearted couple when the father of Lily was tragically killed.
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Just finished Mary Higgins Clark's Nightime Is My Time. I must say I found it an exciting thriller with a vast array of characters and suspects. The climax is exciting and I didn't guess the killer. He's a serial killer called the Owl who leaves a tiny porcelain owl with each of his victims. "I am an Owl and I live in a tree," says this sick psycho who is on a revenge trip for slights he received years ago in school. "Night time is my time."
Something is rotten at the Stonecroft Academy's twentieth reunion. Of seven girls who shared a lunchtable 20 years ago, five have been done in by the Owl. He plans on getting the last two at the reunion. So much for bullying!
This is a pretty good read, even if a little over the top and melodramatic in a few sections. A real page turner.
Some of my friends don't care for Mary Higgins Clark's work, but I have enjoyed the five novels of hers I have read. She is prolific and has written 31 books in the past 30 years.
I had the privilege as a journalist of meeting her and interviewing her about 10 years ago during a book signing tour. She's a very gracious and warm lady who makes time for her fans and readers. She is both personable and genuine.
She said she knows the endings of her books before she writes them. "I have to know," she said. "Not the details, but I know which of my suspects is guilty.
She sets out a number of red herrings in this book set at West Point, New York. The journey to find the real killer is an interesting one. Mary lives in Saddle River, New Jersey and has a summer home in Cape Cod. She has 5 grown children and her favorite children's book is A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter.
The Queen of Suspense, as she is known by many fans, says she "loved to tell scary stories since I was age 5."

James A Anderson, Author

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As a braille proofreader, I tend to come across a lot of bad writing. Mary Higgins Clark falls into this category.
There are several problems, as I see it, with the writing of this book. One is the way Clark handles thought processes. This is not an example from the book, but illustrates my point:
Wow, thought Jean, It still amazes me that, as a girl growing up with two parents who hated each other, thus not affording me the loving environment one feels children should have, and given the horror of discovering the man I loved was dead, both of which must have scarred me severely emotionally ... And so on. The past is told through thought, and it just seems inauthentic to me.
Another problem I had was with the ending itself. I will not reveal it, but with a good mystery, the reader is left thinking, "I should have figured that out." This is not the case with Nighttime. In the case of this book, the author seems to have (badly) penned a story, and at the end just picked one character whom she decided would be the murderer. Rather than provide clues to lead readers to the murderer, all she did was mislead and provide a few dead ends.
It's a bad writing style, it assumes no intelligence on the part of the reader, and I do not recommend it.
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