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Mary Higgins Clark
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February 2005

In the gripping new novel from America's Queen of Suspense, a young woman is haunted by two murders that are closely linked -- despite the one hundred and ten years that separate them.

Following the acrimonious breakup of her marriage and the searing experience of being pursued by an obsessed stalker, criminal defense attorney Emily Graham accepts an offer to leave Albany and work in a major law firm in Manhattan.

Feeling a need for roots, she buys her ancestral home, a restored Victorian house in the historic New Jersey seaside resort town of Spring Lake. Her family had sold the house in 1892, after one of Emily's forebears, Madeline Shapley, then still a young girl, disappeared.

Now, more than a century later, as the house is being renovated and the backyard excavated for a pool, the skeleton of a young woman is found. She is identified as Martha Lawrence, who had disappeared from Spring Lake over four year ago. Within her skeletal hand is the finger bone of another woman with a ring still on it -- a Shapley family heirloom.

In seeking to find the link between her family's past and the recent murder, Emily becomes a threat to a devious and seductive killer, who has chosen her as the next victim.

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Emily Graham knows what it's like to have enemies. The pretty New York attorney--a millionaire due to a lucky stock market break--has been sued by her greedy ex-husband and stalked by a man who thinks she helped his mother's murderer escape punishment. But when she buys her great-great-grandmother's childhood home in the sleepy resort town of Spring Lake, Emily thinks her new life will be saner, even though five other young women, including Emily's ancestor Madeline Shapley, have disappeared from Spring Lake under creepy circumstances over the past century.

No sooner has Emily moved in than she starts receiving frightening, anonymous messages. Worse, when she breaks ground for a backyard pool, the backhoe brings up the body of Martha Lawrence, who vanished four years ago, and whose dead hand clutches the finger bone of Madeline Shapley, identified by her sapphire ring. Both women disappeared on September 7, 105 years apart. When the cops and Emily realize that a similar parallel exists between two other missing women and that the anniversary of yet another girl's disappearance is fast approaching, they quickly surmise that a sixth murder will be attempted in just a week. But by whom? Is today's serial killer a copycat of the Spring Lake murderer of the 1890s--or a reincarnation? Fueled by fear, anger, and scary little notes from the killer, Emily's actively researching the murders, but even she doesn't realize how many suspects there are: the retired college president, who's being blackmailed, and his perpetually angry wife; the town's bankrupt restaurateur with a weakness for pretty blondes; the middle-aged detective with his finger right on the pulse of the crimes. Even Emily's friend Eric, the software CEO who made her rich, and Nick, her new coworker, seem to show up at suspiciously convenient times.

Mary Higgins Clark's cast of characters may be overly large; in going for quantity she skimps on the characterization, and all of them, including Emily, are as wooden as Al Gore. But characterization isn't what's made this 24-book author a bestseller-list regular. The cleverly complex plot gallops along at a great clip, the little background details are au courant, and the identities of both murderers come as an enjoyable surprise. On the Street Where You Live just may be Clark's best in years. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Is a reincarnated serial killer at work in a New Jersey resort town more than a century after he first drew blood? That's the catchy premise that supports Clark's 24th book. In the 1890s, three young women in the upscale seaside village of Spring Lake died at the hands of an unidentified killer. In the present day, two young women have disappeared from town and their killer, whose first-person ruminations vein the third-person narrative, is preparing to strike again. His final target will be Emily Graham, an ambitious young attorney just moved to Spring Lake from upstate New York, where she'd been victimized by a stalker. Emily is a typical Clark heroine, bright and beautiful, and the friends she makes and suspects she meets in Spring Lake are her equal in stereotype, among them a former college president with a dread secret; a failed, aging restaurateur with a much younger wife; and a hunky real-estate agent. Emily's dream of a new start in the house once owned by her ancestor the first victim of the killer of yore sours when the body of a present-day victim is found buried on her land along with remains of her murdered ancestor. The dream curdles further when more bodies turn up and Emily's upstate stalker reappears. This is a plot-driven novel, with Clark's story mechanics at their peak of complexity, clever and tricky. There's some nifty interplay between past and present via diaries and old books, some modest suspense, and a few genuine surprises, including the identity of both the stalker and the killer. Clark's prose ambles as usual, but it takes readers where they want to go deep into an old-fashioned tale of a damsel in delicious distress. The first printing is one million; that, and Clark's popularity, will be enough to push this title to #1.

Copyright 2001 Cahners 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 Reincarnated killer on the loose? Nov. 14 2001
America's "Queen of Suspense" has done it again. "On the Street Where You Live" is excellent. Emily Graham is a criminal defense attorney who moves to the seaside town of Spring Lake, New Jersey, a town filled with beautiful historic Victorian homes. Emily is compelled, without much consideration, to purchase an older Victorian home that belonged to her ancestors. The house hasn't been in her family since 1892 when it was sold after her ancestor Madeline Shapley's mysterious disappearance. As the backyard is being excavated for a swimming pool, the skeletal remains of a young woman are unearthed; they are the remains of Martha Lawrence, a young woman who disappeared in Spring Lake over four years earlier. Strangely, in the young woman's hand is the finger bone of a skeleton that is over one hundred years old, with the ring still on it. The ring is identified as a Shapley family heirloom. Emily's curiosity and determination to solve the murders that existed one hundred years apart is a threat to her well-being. She soon finds that she is being stalked and taunted with photographs of herself, and the town beings to wonder if they are being tortured by the sick mind of a reincarnated killer. The suspense builds and builds eventually leading to an unexpected ending. Clark has crafted yet another masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Street Where You Live Sept. 3 2006
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Emily Graham, an attractive young New York City defense attorney in her thirties, is very relieved. She is currently on the path of recovering from her nasty divorce from Gary White, a man she thought was in love with her but was only after her money. She also feels safer, now that Ned Koehler---her stalker who became obsessed with silently terrorizing her by sending her envelopes with photos of herself after Emily won the case for the man Ned believes killed his mother---is finally behind bars. She has a new job working for Walter Todd, a prominent New York attorney, as well. What is more, Emily recently came into ten million dollars when she sold her stocks from her friend Eric Bailey's online stock markets. And using a portion of that money, Emily has purchased the late-Victorian mansion that once belonged to her ancestors, the Shapleys, in the old seaside town of Spring Lake, New Jersey.

But when the landscaping crew begins digging in Emily's backyard for the pool, they make a gruesome discovery: the skeleton of a young woman in her twenties identified as Martha Lawrence, who disappeared four years ago. But the truly shocking part is that clutched in Martha's hand, was a fingerbone with a sapphire ring---an ancient Shapley family heirloom---on it. No one doubts that the fingerbone belongs to nineteen-year-old Madeline Shapley, who mysteriously went missing from Spring Lake in the 1890s, followed by two more young women, Letitia Gregg and Ellen Swain. But things become even worse for Emily, who is thoroughly shook up by this finding, when later that night, she finds an envelope pushed under the door, addressed with her name, and inside a photo of her sitting at the kitchen table. Could Emily's true stalker still be out there somewhere?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 4 2004
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I love this book!! You'll be guessing the whole way through the book and on the edge of your seat. It's wonderful!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best. June 1 2004
By jenny92
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I have read many of MHC's novels. This one I must say was sort of a let down. The story involved too many characters, making it hard to follow and easy to forget who all of them were. I didn't think that the ending was all that great, either. Sorry, but this one was just "alright".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, fun read April 12 2004
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I liked this book. It was an easy read and very interesting. I love stories that center around history or historical events and this centers around, what else, murders that happened years ago and are now happening again on the same dates, in the same manner etc. And of course no MHC story would be complete without a little love story, or love triangle, so Clark throws that in as well. This probably would make for an interesting suspense movie, as the general public loves plots like this. I did like this book, but I still love A Cry in the Night and All Around the Town the best.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a let down! April 10 2004
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This was by far the worst book by Mary Higgins Clark and I'm usually a fan of her work. There were way too many characters and they weren't developed enough so you couldn't keep straight who was who and what they had to do with the story. The ending was just plain stupid! The story ended with some of the most important characters on the verge of something important and poof that's that you don't know what happened to them. I closed this book feeling frustrated, disappointed and confused. So confused in fact that I went back and read the last chapter thinking maybe I missed something.....I didn't but I think the author did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This would make a great movie! March 23 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
Lawyer Emily Graham has just moved into her ancestral home in a picturesque seaside village when a series of murders begins. And not just any murders: They replicate to the last detail a series of murders that took place there one hundred years ago, and the anniversary of the last killing is this Saturday...who will be next?
Mary Higgins Clark has created a strong heroine in Emily and filled the story with a large cast of suspects that will keep you guessing until the last minute. My favorite chapters were those narrated by the unseen killer, who may be just demented or may be the reincarnation of the original killer.
The frequent comparisons between town life in the Victorian era and the present make me think this would make a lovely and suspenseful film. And the big question (has the original killer been reincarnated?) makes for fun, if creepy, speculation. Heartily recommended.
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There is a serial killer in Spring Lakes. But he isn't any normal serial killer. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by mohammed
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read !!!
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Published on March 8 2004 by J. Gielow
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay mystery book
I love Mary Higgins Clark as an author and I love alot of her other books. This one was okay, but I found that because of the whole reincarnation deal, I was starting not to care... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by Kate Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars Ouch... not very good!
This was the first book by Mary Higgins Clark I ever read. It will be the last.
While the premise itself was interesting, I found its execution to be quite sloppy. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd book i've read written by her
~~~This is a another great story! Although it's a little confusing, you will get to understand it as you read on further and eventually enjoy it! Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by A reader
4.0 out of 5 stars reincarnation of evil?
I really enjoyed reading this book. It held my interest from the very beginning to the end.
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Published on Dec 24 2003 by "truthandjustice"
1.0 out of 5 stars Novel-reading for dummies...
This is good reading for people who 1. are just learning to read English (no word is harder than "fascinating") 2. never met a cliche they didn't love 3. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2003
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