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Mary Higgins Clark
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May 2006
What happens when a young woman, having merely been in the wrong place at the wrong time, is accidentally caught up in a dangerous murder investigation?

What happens when she is placed under police protection, forced to give up her identity and move to another part of the country, at least until the killer can be positively identified and apprehended?

What happens when in her new life she meets the perfect man, only she can't risk falling in love because she can't tell anyone -- even him, especially him -- who she really is?

Pretend You Don't See Her is Mary Higgins Clark's brilliant and terrifying new novel, her fifteenth, and her most chilling and suspense-filled yet. Set in New York and in Minneapolis-St. Paul, it is the story of Lacey Farrell, a young rising star on Manhattan's high-powered and competitive real estate scene.

In the course of selling a luxurious skyline coop, Lacey becomes the witness to a murder and hears the dying words of the victim, a woman who is convinced that her attacker was after a journal kept by her daughter up until the day she died in what everyone but her grieving mother believes to have been a tragic accident. Lacey gives the journal to the police, but not before she makes a copy for herself -- an impetuous act that later proves to be almost fatal.

Obliged to give up her family, her job, her very identity, Lacey is placed in the witness protection program and sent to live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where she must assume a new life, at least until the killer can be brought to trial. Once there, she meets and quickly finds herself attracted to Tom Lynch, a young radio talk-show host. He likewise is drawn to her -- but Lacey becomes so upset and confused by the life of lies she is forced to live that she tries to break off their burgeoning relationship. How can she commit to him when she can't even tell him her true name?

Then one day she discovers that the killer has traced her to Minneapolis and will soon place not only her but everyone around her in dire jeopardy. Realizing that she is no longer safe, she decides to go back to New York, determined to confront the threat to her life head on.

Armed with nothing more than her own courage and the ambiguous and mystifying clues found in the journal, Lacey is caught in a fast-paced race against time as she tries to uncover who was behind the deaths of the two women before she, too, is killed -- not realizing that the journal itself is the reason for the murders....

Chilling, spine-tingling suspense is the hallmark of Mary Higgins Clark's novels. In Pretend You Don't See Her, she surpasses herself.

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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.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Pretend You Don't See Suspense Here May 19 2004
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"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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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacey Farrell, Girl Detective April 6 2004
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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 Dec 9 2003
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"Pretend You Don't See Her" is an incredibly suspenseful novel about a woman who witnesses a murder. The woman being a rising star on Manhattan's high-powered real estate scene, named Lacey. A grieving mother commissions Lacey to sell her dead daughter's condo. Isabelle turns to Lacey as a confidante, telling Lacey she doesn't believe her daughter's recent death was an accident.
One afternoon when Lacey is supposed to meet with Isabelle, she is witness to her murder. Her last request to Lacey is to read and then deliver the journal pages to Heather's father, certain that the explanation of the mystery surrounding Heather's death is somewhere in those pages.
Lacey is now in desperate trouble. The murderer tries to get the journal, but fails. She makes two copies of it, one for Heather's father and one for herself, then gives the original to the police.
After Lacey's young niece is shot, Lacey enters the witness protection program. She is relocated, re-identified, and moved to Minneapolis while the police and federal agents look for the murderer. What follows is a classic hide-and-seek chase with the killer always two steps behind the victim. Of course the killer is caught and arrested which makes a satisfying end to the book.
This novel was written using the time period of somewhere between the 1980's to the present time. You can tell this by taking note of the reference to the fashion of clothes, the cars mentioned, the technology being used etc. Using that time period made the novel more appealing to me, knowing that it could happen today. There are several different locations to which make up the setting of the novel, New York City, New Jersey and Minneapolis.
Mary Higgins Clark uses lots of vivid language that creates lots of images for the reader.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
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... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Miss Nori
2.0 out of 5 stars What?
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. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Ryan
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. 25 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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