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Lacey Farrell, the heroine of Mary Higgins Clark's 15th novel, is having a bit of an identity crisis. While working as a real estate agent in New York, Lacey witnessed a client's murder, and now she's in hiding with a new name and a new life. But changing her identity doesn't completely remove Lacey from the web of danger and deceit that surrounds the crime; new clues keep popping up that suggest some kind of link between Lacey's family and the murder. Meanwhile, a new man comes into the heroine's life, further complicating an already murky situation. As any fan will tell you, Mary Higgins Clark never fails to deliver plot twists and turns that are as unexpected as they are thrilling. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Clark's lucky 13th novel shows that falling in love is hard work when you're in the federal witness protection program.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This time (apart from a story which formally resembles any of Clark's detective novels like an egg resembles another egg), a reader has a chance to find out how such a thing as witness protection program works, in which a person (the heroine, realtor Lacey Farrell from New York) is given a whole new identity from the police in order to be protected from threatening deadly harm.
Despite some false clues Clark deliberately scatters throughout the story, "Pretend You Don't See Her" ranks among her most satisfying detective novels, along with "While My Pretty One Sleeps" and "Remember Me". But my personal favourite by her still remains "A Stranger Is Watching", a tale more psychological than detective, where a murderer is known from the beginning but that does not diminish the suspense. There, Clark got close to the best works of the queen of British psychology-crime fiction, Ruth Rendell.
"Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark writes about attractive, independent young women who are in peril. I always picture a young Jacqueline Smith playing all of her heroines. This novel is not one of her best. It is full to overflowing with a cast of forgettable characters meant to keep us guessing which one could be the villain. The plot unfolds at a snail's pace and is padded with minute and distracting details that lead nowhere. A new character, introduced in the last chapters, changes the outcome, which feels suddenly rushed and trite. Clark has written many nail-biting thrillers; Pretend You Don't See Her is not among them.
Lacey Farrell has a job she enjoys, selling real estate in her beloved New York City. When the apartment of a singer who had died in a car accident is put on the market, Lacey is glad for the opportunity to sell it. After all, it's in a great part of Manhattan, the asking price is six hundred thousand dollars, and it's sure to earn her a decent commission. She becomes friends with the late singer's mother, and one night as she goes to pay her a visit, she also unwillingly becomes a witness to her murder. Unfortunately, the killer sees Lacey as well, and she's then forced to join the witness protection program, where she struggles to make a new life for herself, constantly watching over her shoulder on the off-chance that the murderer may have finally caught up with her.
PRETEND YOU DON'T SEE HER kept me turning pages well into the night. I finished it quickly, as I found the fast paced writing style enjoyable. The characterization was intriguing. I genuinely liked Lacey, who came across as courageous, caring and altogether realistic. Her genuine feelings for her family and her attraction and unwillingness to lie to a man she met while in the witness protection program made her even more endearing. I found myself wishing that the relationship between her and Tom had been more detailed, but that's what I get for reading a mystery novel rather than a romance!
This was my first experience with one of Mary Higgins Clark's books, and it certainly won't be the last. She's indeed just as talented as her reputation led me to believe, and I look forward to reading more of her work.
One afternoon when Lacey is supposed to meet with Isabelle, she is witness to her murder. Her last request to Lacey is to read and then deliver the journal pages to Heather's father, certain that the explanation of the mystery surrounding Heather's death is somewhere in those pages.
Lacey is now in desperate trouble. The murderer tries to get the journal, but fails. She makes two copies of it, one for Heather's father and one for herself, then gives the original to the police.
After Lacey's young niece is shot, Lacey enters the witness protection program. She is relocated, re-identified, and moved to Minneapolis while the police and federal agents look for the murderer. What follows is a classic hide-and-seek chase with the killer always two steps behind the victim. Of course the killer is caught and arrested which makes a satisfying end to the book.
This novel was written using the time period of somewhere between the 1980's to the present time. You can tell this by taking note of the reference to the fashion of clothes, the cars mentioned, the technology being used etc. Using that time period made the novel more appealing to me, knowing that it could happen today. There are several different locations to which make up the setting of the novel, New York City, New Jersey and Minneapolis.
Mary Higgins Clark uses lots of vivid language that creates lots of images for the reader.Read more ›
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Easy read. Typical Mary Higgins Clark style. I enjoyed it but I was able to find the suspect before the end.Published 18 months ago by JC
This is my first Mary Higgins- Clark book, and I did not find it that great. I liked how she developed Lacey's character, but the so called romance betwwen her and Tom was... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Miss Nori
I was very disappointed in this book. I usually enjoy Clark's novels, but this one was sort of a drag. It had a weak plot with even weaker characters. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Ryan
This book is about a girl named Lacey Farrell, a real estate agent in Manhattan. She gets offered a co-op and she is witness to a murder. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by Jordan Buno
This was a well researched book with interesting insight into the witness protection program. Unlike a lot of detective/ thrillers, this novel was easy to follow. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by avid reader
Pretend you dont see her by Marry Higgens Clark is about a girl named Lacy Farrell, a Manhattan real estate agent. Read morePublished on May 27 2003
Plot Summary: The book starts off with Lacey Farrell, a famous New York real estate agent, gets a call from Isabelle Waring. Ms. Read morePublished on April 30 2003 by Gregory Moniz