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The Shadow of Your Smile [Kindle Edition]

Mary Higgins Clark
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'This book is written skilfully in short chapters and moves at a fairly rapid pace, to say more aboit it would spoil the story. The author has certainly lived up to her excellent reputation and I have no hesitation recommending this as a delightful summer read' New Books, February Issue

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In The Shadow of Your Smile, worldwide bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark weaves a spellbinding thriller revolving around a long-held family secret that threatens to emerge and take the life of an unsuspecting heiress.

At age eighty-two and in failing health, Olivia Morrow knows she has little time left. The last of her line, she faces a momentous choice: expose a long-held family secret, or take it with her to her grave.

Olivia has in her possession letters from her deceased cousin Catherine, a nun, now being considered for beatification by the Catholic Church—the final step before sainthood. In her lifetime, Sister Catherine had founded seven hospitals for disabled children. Now the cure of a four-year-old boy dying of brain cancer is being attributed to her. After his case was pronounced medically hopeless, the boy’s desperate mother had organized a prayer crusade to Sister Catherine, leading to his miraculous recovery.

The letters Olivia holds are the evidence that Catherine gave birth at age seventeen to a child, a son, and gave him up for adoption. Olivia knows the identity of the young man who fathered Catherine’s child: Alex Gannon, who went on to become a world-famous doctor, scientist, and inventor holding medical patents.

Now, two generations later, thirty-one-year-old pediatrician Dr. Monica Farrell, Catherine’s granddaughter, stands as the rightful heir to what remains of the family fortune. But in telling Monica who she really is, Olivia would have to betray Catherine’s wishes and reveal the story behind Monica’s ancestry.

The Gannon fortune is being squandered by Alex’s nephews Greg and Peter Gannon, and other board members of the Gannon Foundation, who camouflage their profligate lifestyles with philanthropy.

Now their carefully constructed image is cracking. Greg, a prominent financier, is under criminal investigation, and Peter, a Broadway producer, is a
suspect in the murder of a young woman who has been extorting money from him.

The only people aware of Olivia’s impending choice are those exploiting the Gannon inheritance. To silence Olivia and prevent Monica from learning the secret, some of them will stop at nothing—even murder.

Clark’s riveting new novel explores the juxtaposition of medical science and religious faith, and the search for identity by the daughter of a man adopted at birth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439172269
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 13 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E6M7A8
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy summer reading June 2 2014
By Dianne
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Interesting storyline I couldn't guess the end till the end! GREAT read as always
Her caracters are rich and well developped
thanks Dianne from Montreal
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent book Feb. 8 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great story, great writing. This book kept me interested through the whole book. What a great ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FAMILY SECRETS... April 10 2012
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a suspenseful thriller by the doyenne of the genre. Though somewhat formulaic, it, nonetheless, will keep the reader turning the pages, even though much of it is fairly predictable.

Two unlikely events converge to bring about the deaths of a number of people. The events seem to be quite divergent but are inextricably interwoven. One has to do with the beatification of a nun. The other involves a search by a pediatrician for her blood ancestors. At the heart of this all is a well-kept family secret and a great fortune that is being used for other than what it was intended.

Those who like light, suspenseful thrillers with a touch of romance should enjoy this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good ! July 5 2010
I just love her books but found that the last ones were a bit too predictable. In my opinion, this one was better. I really enjoyed it !
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4.0 out of 5 stars MHC always delivers April 15 2010
By nom de femme - Published on
The Shadow of Your Smile, the latest thriller from Mary Higgins Clark, is in almost every way typical of her previous books. I want to say right away that I enjoyed it, much more than her last book as a matter of fact. MHC raises some interesting points concerning the natural conflict between faith and science in this one.

Dr. Monica Farrell, a pediatrician with a successful practice in New York, doesn't know her father's birth mother was a woman who later took vows and is now being considered for sainthood. Miracles of healing have been attributed to Sister Catherine, her grandmother, including one involving a patient of Monica's with terminal brain cancer. Dr. Farrell is no longer a practicing Catholic and considers herself to be a scientist first and foremost. To her, miracles are simply events that will have a logical explanation some time in the future.

The man who fathered Catherine's child was an inventor whose patents provided an enormous income he willed to "any issue" of his, not knowing what had happened to the child Catherine bore in secret. The default heirs are two brothers whose greed and dishonest business practices have resulted in the necessity for multiple murder to keep their house of cards from collapsing. After the suspicious death of a close friend of Dr. Farrell's, one who was trying to help her find her father's parents, Monica is marked to be the next victim.

As with all other MHC books, there is no bad language, no descriptions of heavy sex or blood or violence, although obviously bodies do turn up - proof that a good thriller doesn't have to commit assault and battery on the senses. The female characters, whether eighteen or eighty-eight are all lady-like, dress conservatively, drink pots of tea and come from solid Catholic families. Come to think of it, the male characters are like that, too. But MHC is no lady when it comes to plotting. "Shadow" has some very ingenious twists and turns, and the steady pacing kept me turning the pages well past my bedtime.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SECRET HEIRESS June 26 2010
By Laurel-Rain Snow - Published on
When 82-year-old Olivia Morrow receives the news that she is dying and has little time left, she must make a big decision. Many years ago, her deceased cousin Catherine, who became a nun, had a big secret. And Olivia has letters in her possession that confirm the details of the fact that, at age seventeen, Catherine gave birth to a baby boy, whom she subsequently put up for adoption. The child's father, Alex Gannon, went on to become a world-famous doctor, scientist, and inventor holding medical patents.

Just to complicate things a bit further, this same nun is being considered for "beatification" because of alleged miracles she has performed, by healing terminally ill children.

Meanwhile, also living in New York City is Dr. Monica Farrell, daughter of that same child, completely unaware that she is the only living "issue" of that famous man. His other relatives--nephew, etc.--are squandering the fortune and are involved in nefarious activities. Unaware of the possible connection between them, Dr. Farrell is being called upon to "testify" as to the medical facts and supposed miracle that healed one of her patients, all in support of the sainthood of this nun.

So the scene is set. What will Olivia do? And what will certain others do to keep the truth from coming to life?

Through the pages and chapters, which I am rapidly turning as the suspense builds, we see glimpses of each of these characters and watch as events speed up and tensions heighten, while lives hang in the balance--literally. I enjoyed the way the author pulled in supposedly incidental characters and created unique circumstances that would help bring down the house of cards built by the unworthy characters, somehow forestalling disaster.

This was a very quick read, due in large part to the way this author builds suspense and gives us layers of the story, with each subsequent chapter bringing us closer to the ultimate conclusion.

The Shadow of Your Smile was a definite five star read for me!
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could not get into this book May 3 2010
By B. Woodard - Published on
I have always been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark so it pains me to write this review. The story was not as bad as others suggest, a little far fetched, but I dont mind suspending belief a bit if the story is good. Sadly it was not.

I had a hard time relating to the actions and thoughts/dialog of the characters. The young people, well they acted and talked like much older people. I dont mean wiser, I mean the dialog seemed to be from a much older generation. It completely removed me from the story.

The thought process of the characters was too simplistic. Plus so much of the the characters thoughts were completely irrelevent. The characters thought in a dialog of an older generation as well. Reading the characters workig out every thought in their head with outdated cliches was just too much for me.

And this might be a bit nitpicky but as a mother of young children, I was completely thrown from the story when the Doctor suggested baby aspirin for a toddler. What? You dont give aspiring to young children anymore. And also giving a bottle to a 19 month old toddler. Again, nitpicky but it is generally suggested to wear a child from a bottle by 12 months, yet this Doctor was feeding a toddler not just milk but other drinks like water from a bottle. Perhaps a bit more research would have been in order.

All in all, I cannot recommend this book, and I hate that, because I grew up reading MHC's books and loved to share them with others.
27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted, unbelievable, poorly edited May 2 2010
By Lee Ann - Published on
MHC is becoming so increasingly formulaic that she could probably dash these things off in her sleep. Or maybe she actually does. The characters (and there are far too many of them) are unbelievable (woman who had an illegitimate child becomes a nun and is--after death, of course--on the path to sainthood), dialogue is stilted (Who in New York ever calls that state across the Hudson "New Jersey"? It's "Jersey."), and errors and typos are rife. Clark always thanks her director of copyediting, but heaven knows why; a number of quotes begin but never end, at least one time an adult character's name in dialogue is substituted for another, and there is a reference to a biblical episode that does not in fact exist.
Save your money and your time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars MHC may be starting to churn them out too fast May 19 2010
By Phoenix_dream - Published on
I have been a fan of MHC from the very beginning, and look forward to her books as they arrive. This one really disappointed me. The writing and story line were boring, and I just could not get into the characters - I just did not care what happened to them. In fact, I stopped reading it half-way through. Like anyone, my time is just too valuable to waste it reading a book because I usually like the author. Come on, MHC, I know writing is not easy but I also know you can do it. Please put some more time and thought into the next one as your readers really want you to succeed!
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