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Silent Night: A Christmas Suspense Story [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Higgins Clark
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Nov. 1 1996
Mary Higgins Clark, the "Queen of Suspense," has crafted a very special holiday story about a child's courage in the face of danger, and the power of love. Charged with menace and thrilling suspense, it is the #1 New York Times bestselling author's gift to readers for all seasons.


When Catherine Dornan's husband, Tom, is diagnosed with leukemia, she and their two young sons travel with him to New York during the holiday season for a lifesaving operation. On Christmas Eve, hoping to lift the boys' spirits, Catherine takes them to see Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree; while there, seven-year-old Brian notices a woman taking his mother's wallet. A St. Christopher medal tucked inside the wallet saved his grandfather's life in World War II, and Brian believes with all his heart that it will protect his father now. Impulsively, Brian follows the thief into the subway, and the most dangerous adventure of his young life begins. . . .

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Clark's suspenseful Christmas tale spent 13 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA?It is Christmas Eve in New York City when Brian, a determined seven year old, follows the thief who took his mother's wallet, hoping to retrieve the St. Christopher's medal that he believes will save his father, who has leukemia, just as it saved his grandfather in World War II. However, the child is kidnapped by a vicious escaped convict who needs a hostage. The central characters come to life rapidly as the fast-moving story quickly builds suspense. Teens will appreciate the realistic, paradoxical description of the relationship between Brian and his older brother: caring, concerned, and name-calling at the same time. Although readers know that the ending will be a happy one, they won't expect the coincidences and the touching holiday details.?Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book with a Good Ending March 18 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit that this is the first Mary Higgins Clark book I have read. I have always known of her, but never had the chance to read one of her books. I have to say that I'm very impressed with her. Silent Night was a very well written book. Even though I'm not much of a reader, I couldn't seem to put this one down. She not only kept you interested in the story, but she also pulled on your heart strings. As I read the book I was putting myself into the stroy. I was trying to come up with some way I could help the characters in the book. I enjoy books that have a good ending. Maybe realstic is a better word than good. It doesn't have to have a happy ending, but it should end the way it would if it were to happen in real life. Clark did an excellent job of making the ending of this book. She made it a happy ending which fit just fine with the book.
Overall, I would recommend this book to any one who has strong feelings towards family. I liked this book so well that I plan to read more Mary Higgins Clark books in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Night March 10 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is about a little boy named Brian Dornan. He goes on an adventure chasing after this women who stole his mother's wallet. It turns out that he goes into her house and gets into a lot of trouble. Cally Hunter, the women who stole the wallet, has a brother named Jimmy Siddons who escaped from jail and is loose. He is at his sister's house, waiting for her. When she finally arives, Cally was shocked to see him. She didn't know that Brian was following her. When Jimmy heard something outside of the door, he opened it and saw little Brian. That's how Brian was in big trouble. Brian thought that Jimmy was a good guy, so he told him that Cally took his mother wallet. Jimmy searched Cally and found it. Jimmy made a grin and Brian knew that Jimmy was not going to help him. All Brian wanted from that wallet was the St. Christopher medal that his grandmother gave to make his father well. When Jimmy pulled it out, Brian snatched took hold of it. Brian was Jimmy's hostage and he would kill Brian if the police heard about him and the boy. Jimmy wanted to go to Canada to escape. Brian was on a big, scary adventure riding in a car with a crazed man.
I liked this book because it had a lot of mysterious things in it. It's very exciting to read books that get the reader's attention early. At first, I thought that this book was going to be boring and not fun to read. After I read a couple of pages, I wanted to stick with it. I was really excited about what was going to happen on the other pages. It's one of those books that you don't want to put down.
My favorite part of the book was when Brian was with Jimmy Siddons in the car. Brian was really scared and he didn't know what to do. He was hoping that he wouldnb't get killed by Jimmy and that he wished he was with his family right now and seeing his father in the hospital. He wanted to give the medal to his father now to make him better before Christmas...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sleep In Heavenly Peace Jan. 12 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mary Higgins Clark has a countless number of excellently written books, and this one is just another addition to her wonderful collection. In SILENT NIGHT, Clark writes another super Christmas time thriller.
With her husband stricken with Leukemia, Catherine Dornan is about to take her two boys, Michael and Brian, to the hospital to present him with a very special gift. While out on the streets, Catherine accidentally drops her wallet with this special gift, a St. Christopher medal, and Brian chases after the woman, Cally, who picks it up. From there, the novel really takes off as Brian is eventually kidnapped and held captive by an escaped prisoner on a race to the Canadian border in the midst of a heavy snowstorm.
In this ferociously fast-paced story, Clark manages to mesh together an outstanding cast of diverse characters, all of whom tie in to the search for Brian. The well-developed plot is constantly changing, leaving the reader in a pleasant, rapid page-turning frenzy.
Overall, this is a very well-written book that is hard to put down. Clark is an amazing storyteller, and her imagery and detailed writing make for an enjoyable read. The suspense will have you on the edge of your seat, as this is not a calm and silent night.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silent Night June 4 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book, set during Christmas time, will have you crying tears, it's so heart wrenching. I didn't particularly like this short novel because it introduced too many characters, in too little pages. This short novel was suspenseful, but overflowing with too many different themes. Catherine Dornan and her two sons, Michael, ten, and Brian, seven, are staying in New York for the Christmastime since her husband, Tom Dornan, was diagnosed with leukemia and they wanted to give him the best hospital treatment. However, on their way to visit him, Catherine dropped her wallet and Cally Siddons picked it up impulsively. Brian saw this, and although his mom couldn't hear him through people singing Silent Night, he instinctively followed Cally home. But when Cally arrived home, she was only to find her escaped convict brother, Jimmy Siddons, to be waiting for her, expecting money. When Brian mentioned the wallet, Jimmy took both, the wallet and the little boy. Soon to be a rough ride to the Canadian border, Catherine had the whole New York state looking for her little boy. The outcome of this short novel is heart warming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Gift
I read this book while I was sitting in my OB/GYN's office, in agony. It was Thanksgiving and Christmas was right around the corner, and I fould out that I had tumors. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Laura McKenney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday Read
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD HOLIDAY READ!
Catherine Dornan appears to have it all--a comfortable lifestyle, a loving husband and two wonderful little boys. Read more
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Published on April 2 2002 by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming...and one for the ages
I have to say that Mary Higgins Clark ranks up there as one of my favorite authors. While this is not one of her best because it does not have all the twists and turns her other... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that caught my attention
Well I read this book for my High School english class because we had to pick a book. Like most teenagers, we don't like to even look at a book. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2002 by Mike Shamasa
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mother's worst ngihtmare
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Published on Feb. 25 2001 by Sarah
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