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Mary Higgins Clark
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April 1 1997
Safeguarded by the federal witness protection program, a young woman unexpectedly falls in love and decides that she can no longer live a lie, embarking on a perilous odyssey into the past to reclaim her own identity. (Adventure & Suspense)."

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Lacey Farrell, the heroine of Mary Higgins Clark's 15th novel, is having a bit of an identity crisis. While working as a real estate agent in New York, Lacey witnessed a client's murder, and now she's in hiding with a new name and a new life. But changing her identity doesn't completely remove Lacey from the web of danger and deceit that surrounds the crime; new clues keep popping up that suggest some kind of link between Lacey's family and the murder. Meanwhile, a new man comes into the heroine's life, further complicating an already murky situation. As any fan will tell you, Mary Higgins Clark never fails to deliver plot twists and turns that are as unexpected as they are thrilling. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Clark's lucky 13th novel shows that falling in love is hard work when you're in the federal witness protection program.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok July 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Mary Higgins- Clark book, and I did not find it that great. I liked how she developed Lacey's character, but the so called romance betwwen her and Tom was nonexistent. Also I thought that there would be a more important reason for the murders of Heather, Isabelle and Max. Personally, I found it a bit dry. Although, I was not fascinated by this book, I will try another Higgins-Clark book!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Pretend You Don't See Suspense Here May 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Pretend You Don't See Her" is a typical Mary Higgins Clark novel about a beautiful, well-off young woman from East Coast who suddenly finds herself in a death peril but getting through this ultimately stressful part of her life, she even finds a MR. RIGHT in the process. Clark is easy to read for a non-native speaker like myself and fans of classic ol' stories like those penned by Agatha Christie should like her books, as the plot usually teems with many potential villains. However, the actual killer often hails from a circle close to the heroine (or her family), which at times renders the stories less believable, but more satisfying for mystery lovers.
This time (apart from a story which formally resembles any of Clark's detective novels like an egg resembles another egg), a reader has a chance to find out how such a thing as witness protection program works, in which a person (the heroine, realtor Lacey Farrell from New York) is given a whole new identity from the police in order to be protected from threatening deadly harm.
Despite some false clues Clark deliberately scatters throughout the story, "Pretend You Don't See Her" ranks among her most satisfying detective novels, along with "While My Pretty One Sleeps" and "Remember Me". But my personal favourite by her still remains "A Stranger Is Watching", a tale more psychological than detective, where a murderer is known from the beginning but that does not diminish the suspense. There, Clark got close to the best works of the queen of British psychology-crime fiction, Ruth Rendell.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What? April 13 2004
By Ryan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very disappointed in this book. I usually enjoy Clark's novels, but this one was sort of a drag. It had a weak plot with even weaker characters. The romance aspect between Lacey and Tom seemed very forced. I wasn't engulfed but the story and plot like many of Clark's novels have done to me. I suggest All Around the Town. I found that novel much more interesting. This book was just dull. Nothing spectacular. Predictable, and very longwinded. I do not recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacey Farrell, Girl Detective April 6 2004
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this suspense tale, Lacey Farrell, a New York realtor, comes face to face with an elderly woman's killer in an apartment she is trying to sell. The woman's daughter recently died in an accident, but she told Lacey she believed it was murder, and gave Lacey the girl's journal to study. The killer now stalks Lacey, who must enter the witness-protection program and begin a new life. Lacey tries to piece together clues about the death of the woman's daughter by reading her cryptic journal.
"Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark writes about attractive, independent young women who are in peril. I always picture a young Jacqueline Smith playing all of her heroines. This novel is not one of her best. It is full to overflowing with a cast of forgettable characters meant to keep us guessing which one could be the villain. The plot unfolds at a snail's pace and is padded with minute and distracting details that lead nowhere. A new character, introduced in the last chapters, changes the outcome, which feels suddenly rushed and trite. Clark has written many nail-biting thrillers; Pretend You Don't See Her is not among them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying mystery Jan. 5 2004
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There's something infinitely satisfying about turning the last page of a good mystery novel and sighing in satisfaction. Mary Higgins Clark's PRETEND YOU DON'T SEE HER offers exactly this kind of contentment.
Lacey Farrell has a job she enjoys, selling real estate in her beloved New York City. When the apartment of a singer who had died in a car accident is put on the market, Lacey is glad for the opportunity to sell it. After all, it's in a great part of Manhattan, the asking price is six hundred thousand dollars, and it's sure to earn her a decent commission. She becomes friends with the late singer's mother, and one night as she goes to pay her a visit, she also unwillingly becomes a witness to her murder. Unfortunately, the killer sees Lacey as well, and she's then forced to join the witness protection program, where she struggles to make a new life for herself, constantly watching over her shoulder on the off-chance that the murderer may have finally caught up with her.
PRETEND YOU DON'T SEE HER kept me turning pages well into the night. I finished it quickly, as I found the fast paced writing style enjoyable. The characterization was intriguing. I genuinely liked Lacey, who came across as courageous, caring and altogether realistic. Her genuine feelings for her family and her attraction and unwillingness to lie to a man she met while in the witness protection program made her even more endearing. I found myself wishing that the relationship between her and Tom had been more detailed, but that's what I get for reading a mystery novel rather than a romance!
This was my first experience with one of Mary Higgins Clark's books, and it certainly won't be the last. She's indeed just as talented as her reputation led me to believe, and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an incredibly suspenseful novel
"Pretend You Don't See Her" is an incredibly suspenseful novel about a woman who witnesses a murder. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Suspenseful Murder
This book is about a girl named Lacey Farrell, a real estate agent in Manhattan. She gets offered a co-op and she is witness to a murder. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by Jordan Buno
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
This was a well researched book with interesting insight into the witness protection program. Unlike a lot of detective/ thrillers, this novel was easy to follow. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretend you dont see her by Marry Higgens Clark
Pretend you dont see her by Marry Higgens Clark is about a girl named Lacy Farrell, a Manhattan real estate agent. Read more
Published on May 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating...Clark is GREAT!
Plot Summary: The book starts off with Lacey Farrell, a famous New York real estate agent, gets a call from Isabelle Waring. Ms. Read more
Published on April 30 2003 by "gjetta00"
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Her Best Books!
I liked Pretend You Don't See Her And think it's one of MHC's best, very suspenseful and one that I would keep, It's about a woman named Lacy Farrell who witness a murder and is... Read more
Published on April 5 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars My Least Favorite Mary Higgins Clark Book.
Usually I enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's stories. They are not great literature but at least they keep you in suspense. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretend You Don't See Her
I would recommend this book to people who are interested in mysteries and/ or murders. This book was the best because I think Mary Higgins Clark is a great writer. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2002
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