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The Shadow of Your Smile Kindle Edition

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Length: 340 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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: 1967 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (March 27 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E6M7A8
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 10 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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This is a great story, great writing. This book kept me interested through the whole book. What a great ending.
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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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great condition
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