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You Belong To Me [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Higgins Clark
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April 1 1999
“The mistress of high tension” (The New Yorker) and undisputed Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark brings us another New York Times bestselling novel that USA TODAY calls “her page-turning best” about a killer who targets lonely women on cruise ships, a masterful combination of page-turning suspense and classic mystery.

When Dr. Susan Chandler decides to use her daily radio talk show to explore the phenomenon of women who disappear and are later found to have become victims of killers who prey on the lonely and insecure, she has no idea that she is exposing herself—and those closest to her—to the very terror that she hopes to warn others against.

Susan sets out to determine who is responsible for an attempt on the life of a woman who called in to the show offering information on the mysterious disappearance from a cruise ship, years before, of Regina Clausen, a wealthy investment advisor. Soon Susan finds herself in a race against time, for not only does the killer stalk these lonely women, but he seems intent on eliminating anyone who can possibly further Susan’s investigation.

As her search intensifies, Susan finds herself confronted with the realization that one of the men who have become important figures in her life might actually be the killer. And as she gets closer to uncovering his identity, she realizes almost too late that the hunter has become the hunted. Is she the next one marked for murder?

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Much like the real-life Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Dr. Susan Chandler, the star of You Belong to Me, is a clinical psychologist who hosts a call-in radio show. She's bright, sharp-tongued, and even has "shoulder-length dark blonde hair." Fortunately for Dr. Laura, the similarities end there. During an episode of Ask Dr. Susan, Chandler unwittingly gets herself tangled in the web of a dangerous serial killer. It begins innocently enough when Chandler invites Dr. Donald Richards, a criminologist/psychiatrist/author to talk about his book, Vanishing Women and the plight of lonely women who are preyed upon by calculating killers. Chandler is particularly interested in the disappearance of woman named Regina Clausen, a high-profile investment advisor who vanished on a luxury cruise. Chandler feels indebted to Clausen--an investing tip she offered on CNBC turned a modest birthday check into a "bonanza"--so the good doctor uses her radio forum to help crack the case. Sure enough, during the last moments of the show, a nervous, married woman who goes by the name "Karen" calls in with invaluable clues. Apparently, she was almost a victim and can identify the murderer, but is frightened to come forward because of an insanely jealous husband. As Dr. Susan pursues her timid witness and digs deeper into the case, she realizes a hair too late that she is also one of the hunted. The fast-moving story line and easily digestible plot of You Belong to Me is vintage Mary Higgins Clark. --Rebekah Warren --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A talk show host's curiosity about a missing woman leads to murder.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You Belong to Me Sept. 10 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The attractive Dr. Susan Chandler, an assistant district attorney turned psychologist in her early thirties with her own popular advice radio show titled Ask Dr. Susan, is bringing in a new guest for today's episode. It is Dr. Donald Richards, a criminologist/psychologist who has come to Susan's show to discuss his new book, Vanishing Women, which focuses on a group of various real-life cases where women have disappeared over the years. On the show, Susan mentions the recent disappearance of Regina Clausen, an internationally known CNBC investments advisor who went missing soon-to-be four years ago when the Gabrielle, the cruise ship she had been on, stopped to port in Hong Kong. Susan requests that if anyone may have any information on Regina's disappearance, they should please call during the show's call-in segment.

During the call-in, most of the phone calls Susan receives are mundane. But finally, the last call is from a frightened woman who will only identify herself as "Karen," which she says is not her real name. Karen tells Susan and Donald that, a few years ago, she herself was approached by a man while on a worldwide cruise. Karen had been separated from her husband during that period because of his anger and jealousy. She almost got off the ship in Algiers with the man, to run away with him. All Karen still has of her mystery man is a gold band embedded with little turquoise stones and the sentimental inscription "You belong to me" on the inside of the band. Karen's case seems remarkably similar to Regina's, only Karen got away and returned to her contrite husband. Susan begs Karen to come to her office tomorrow, and she reluctantly complies.

But it is already too late for Karen, who turns out to be Carolyn Wells.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SEE THE PYRAMIDS ALONG THE NILE... Nov. 29 2008
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:School & Library Binding
As with so many of the author's books, this is a very enjoyable book of suspense. Although somewhat formulaic, it will keep the reader turning its pages. It is a wholly plot driven book with an interesting storyline. It seems that there is a killer out there who is targeting lonely women on luxury cruise liners.

When Dr. Susan Chandler, radio talk show host and psychologist, decides to dedicate a week of her show to the issue of why women should be safety conscious in social situations, one of her guests on the show is a psychiatrist that specializes in criminology. He has written a book about the suspicious disappearances of women from cases on which he has worked. Dr. Chandler decides to make one of them the focal point of her show. It is a disappearance that has intrigued her from the start, as it involved a wealthy investment advisor, Regina Clausen, who gave investment advice on a cable television show from which Dr. Chandler greatly profited and to whom Dr. Chandler has long felt indebted. . The woman had disappeared from a cruise ship after disembarking in Hong Kong from her cruise ship, never to be seen again.

When a mysterious female caller phones in to the show claiming to have information on the investment advisor's disappearance, information that appears to be vital to discovering the killer's identity, Dr. Chandler becomes enmeshed in a web of intrigue. Pursuing leads to discover her mystery caller, Dr. Chandler discover only too late who she was, as it seems that the killer may have gotten to her first. Now, Dr. Chandler finds herself at the epicenter of a killer's determination to tie up all the loose ends surrounding the mystery of the Regina Clausen disappearance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MHC is amazing--one of her best!!! April 15 2004
By Sarah
Format:Mass Market Paperback
MHC is an amazing writer--Her ability to create such suspense in each book never ceases to astonish me. I've read every one of her books, and this was one of the best. The ending was a tad predictable, but the plot and premise of this story were excellent. Her best work, I feel, was All Around the Town, but this definitely is right up there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and rivoting April 11 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mary Higgins Clark writes a well-crafted novel that succeeds in luring the reader in and keeping them turning those pages. In "You Belong to Me" her highly lucrative formula of alternating chapters focusing on the varying third person perspectives works extremely well to keep the reader from guessing the identity of the murderer until Clark sees fit to reveal it at the very end of her story.

The plot revolves around likeable call-in radio psychologist Susan Chandler who inadvertantly triggers a spree of seemingly unlinked killings when she decides to center a few of her broadcasts on the subject of disappearing women, in particular Regina Clausen, a leading financial analyst who disappeared 4 years earlier without a trace while on a cruise in the Far East. As readers, we get a glimpse into the mind of the murderer as he himself listens to the show and strategizes to keep his overall plan a secret by eliminating people who simply get in his way. We are privy to police investigations, and the ruminations of private eyes and eye witnesses. We walk for a while in the shoes of intended victims and share their horror as the murderer moves along his amoral course without regrets. We uncover facts about Dr Susan, immediately understanding that she is undergoing some personal problems of her own regarding her parent's divorce and her father's subsequent marriage to someone she dislikes; her mother's ensueing depression and her sister's angry betrayals. Most entertaining is guessing which of the three men linked to Dr. Susan personally is our deranged serial killer and what motivation has provoked such a terrible vengenance.

Clark doesn't disappoint, she keeps you interested until the last page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Belong to Me
I'm not the type that usually reads mystery books. In the past I favored fiction and science fiction books. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by "hawaiian86"
4.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't read this book, you should!
This book is about a psychologist by the name of Susan Chandler, who has her own call-in radio talk show called "Ask Dr. Susan". Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by K. DeLong
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great
This was the very first Mary Higgins Clark I ever read and I thought it was SO good. I've read 10 or more novels of hers since this one because they are sheer and enjoyment and... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and suspense
When radio psychologist Dr. Susan Chandler interviews the author of a new book about missing women, she recieves a call from a woman who tells her of a like experience she had when... Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2003 by Beverley Strong
4.0 out of 5 stars A grim reminder
MHC does a wonderful job reminding all of us just how vulnerable we are. Not only are there interesting strangers on the street, but there are also dangerous ones as well! Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by G. Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars You belong to me, or do you
Mary Higgins Clark has always written great books, so I knew You Belong to Me would not be an exception. Read more
Published on April 13 2003 by Stacy Cronemiller
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You Belong To Me traces the mystery surrounding the deaths of several lonely young women. Dr. Susan Chandler, radio talk show host, finds herself in the middle of the story after... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by "papilionidae"
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Published on Dec 9 2002 by Alejandra
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