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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.
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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?Read more ›
There is a serial killer in Spring Lakes. But he isn't any normal serial killer. He is a killer who is repeating the serial killing what he had done One hundred years ago. On the other words he has been reincarnated.
Emily Graham has just moved to Spring Lakes from New York after divorcing her husband. Her ancestors were from Spring Lakes. Her great grandaunt was killed in spring lakes. Her great-grandaunt was one of the victims of that serial killer one hundred years ago. Now he is back again. He is committing the same crimes he had done hundred years ago.
Right after Emily bought her ancestors house after she has moved to Spring Lakes workers had found out her great-grandaunts body who had disappeared hundred years ago and one other body which had disappeared 5 years ago at the same day when Emily's great-grandaunt disappeared hundred years ago.
The question on the book was is the killer was reincarnated or he was just following the killer who had committed 5 murders hundred years ago. Was he just repeating? Or was he reincarnated.
While the premise itself was interesting, I found its execution to be quite sloppy. The characters were not developed very well (I kept getting them confused, as Clark provided very few details to bring them to life in the reader's mind), and all seemed to be cardboard cut-out clones of each other. They talked the same, thought the same, even dressed the same (all the women -- even the young ones -- wore pantsuits!).
The villain was dreadful, and seemed to come out of nowhere. Not enough hints were dropped that this person could be the killer, so when it was finally revealed, it was rather disorienting. Besides this, the villain was kind of over-the-top... you know, the moustache-twirler who gleefully explains his plot to the hapless heroine right before he tries to kill her. There was also a strange switch in the point of view halfway through, and the killer suddenly starts talking to the reader in the first person.
All in all, I was highly disappointed, and felt like I'd wasted my time. I read this book because Mary Higgins Clark is so famous, and I want to see what all the fuss was about.
I don't get it.
Most recent customer reviews
I love this book!! You'll be guessing the whole way through the book and on the edge of your seat. It's wonderful!Published on June 3 2004
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... Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by jenny92
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... Read morePublished on April 12 2004
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... Read morePublished on April 9 2004
Lawyer Emily Graham has just moved into her ancestral home in a picturesque seaside village when a series of murders begins. Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by Kona
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I am a commuter and spend around 2 hours a day on the train. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by J. Gielow
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 morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Kate Morgan
~~~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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by A reader