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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (Oct. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671027123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671027124
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #436,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fans of Mary Higgins Clark and cozy mysteries will relish this Christmas confection. Unlike her previous holiday novel, Silent Night, All Through the Night is virtually free of life-and-death crime. Rather, it is a Dickensian tale of good deeds rewarded and crimes punished.

The wintry story begins on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with 18-year-old Sondra Lewis, an aspiring violinist, tearfully leaving her baby on the steps of St. Clement's Church. Unbeknownst to her, Lenny Centino is robbing that same church on the same night, with his attention particularly on the Church's diamond inlaid chalice. He finds a buggy outside the church and uses it for cover as he flees. Only later does he realize that his take for the night includes the infant Stellina (Italian for star). The narrative then abruptly moves ahead seven years. Clark's lottery-winning protagonists, Alvirah and her husband Willy (introduced in Weep No More, My Lady) return for some amateur sleuthing. Sister Cordelia's thrift shop doubles as an after-school recreation place for neighborhood children (including a shy little girl named Star), but the building has been condemned. Bessie Maher had vowed she was leaving the house to the nun and her children. Now that she is gone, the will indicates that the tenants of the house, Vic and Linda Baker, are the true heirs. As December rushes on towards Christmas, Alvirah struggles to put things right before the children are left in the cold.

Like the best holiday stories, All Through the Night steers toward sentimentality, but it veers back on course with narrative wit and Alvirah's charm. Clark's prose is lean and her plotting is brisk. This is a mystery that would be a pleasure to share aloud with a family gathered at the fireplace for some holiday cheer. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Following Silent Night (S. & S., 1995), Clark's second holiday tale of suspense and sentiment opens with a young unmarried woman leaving her newborn baby on the steps of a church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. At the same time, a young man steals the church's precious chalice. Both the child and the chalice then disappear, and it's up to Alvirah, Clark's lottery winner turned sleuth, and husband Willy to solve the mystery.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
All Through the Night
Mary Higgins Clark
Rebekah Sexton
Of the twelve Mary Higgins Clarks books I've had the privilege of reading, I've found All Through the Night to be among her best. Mary Higgins Clark ingeniously intertwines two plots through one little girl. Sondra's musical career and life hold a promising future for her as her dreams are slowly unfolding, until she becomes pregnant by mistake. She finds herself in a situation she doesn't know how to solve and determines that the only solution to her problem is to leave her newborn girl on the doorstep of a church in New York City. When Sondra returns seven years later in search of her daughter, she tragically finds that her daughter was never found and that the same night she left her, there was a burglary at the church. Left heartbroken, Sondra is left with questions that cannot be answered.
When Kate tragically discovers that her recently deceased sister, Bessie, left the will for her house to go to a couple she wasn't fond of, she becomes tragically aware of her sister's deceitfulness, something her friends were also unaware of. Positive that the will must be fraud, Alvirah, a close friend to Kate and Bessie, sets out to prove that the will is a fraud and that the Bakers are con artists. As Alvirah unfolds the mysteries of the events that happened the night that Sondra left her daughter at the church and of Bessie's will, the story unfolds plots and mysteries that leads one on a ride full of twists and surprises. Clark has once again outdone herself in All Through the Night.
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All Through the Night, by Mary Higgins Clark, contains plenty of suspense to keep the reader turning the pages. Clark's use of dramatic irony keeps readers engrossed in the book. Through all the characters' minds, the reader wonders how each character will resolve their conflict. Next, the reader absorbs all the different stories told, connecting the different people with other characters. Finally, the use of the chalice to connect the characters and their story leaves the reader fascinated at the connections. All Through the Night is suspenseful and fast paced, making it an easy novel to finish.
The audience can see through all the characters' minds, giving them knowledge that the other characters lack. When Lenny takes the baby from the rectory, automatically the reader knows this will be a long lost relationship between the mother and this little baby. While Alvirah Meehan tries to solve the case on Bessie Durkin's will, the reader sees Sondra, the mother of the baby, enter the picture. Sondra struggles, facing the thought of her innocent daughter she left on the rectory steps seven years ago. The reader then views Stellina, the lost baby now seven, and how her life has formed. Clark keeps the audience reading as Alvirah indirectly solves both mysteries.
The mystery of the false will, the separation of Sondra and Stellina, Lenny and his hopes for Stellina, all sub-stories in the novel, are brought together as Alvirah solves them. Seven years after the chalice is stolen, and the baby is not found, Sondra goes back to New York wondering what happened to her baby. Lenny is planning to leave New York and head to Mexico, taking Stellina as a cover-up. Alvirah is trying to solve the false will, when she meets Sondra.
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This was a good book, but i think that it could have been a little faster paced. Through out most of the book it's slow, but sort of fast. It is a confusing book at times. The plot is very real; you can almost visualize it in your mind like you are there. The characters are relistic too. In this book it is almost like there are two stories being told, but somehow they all manage to come together. It talks about howthis mother leave her new born child in front of a church and wants the priest to give her a good home, but there is so much more going on in that one day when she decides to leave the child there. About seven years later she returns to New York in hope of finding her child, which she had left there over seven years ago. Her grandfather had helped her through a lot and now she was in a good school where she playes the violin. Her grandfather knew nothing about the child ever being concived, but when he finds out he is still there for her, like always. I would have liked to give the book four stars because it was a good book and i liked it but there seemed like there was something missing, or that it was just a slow book to me.
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By A Customer on Dec 10 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark, is one example of why she should not be called the Queen of Suspense. This book was one of the least suspenseful books I have ever read. The book is also a little far-fetched. It just happens that two minutes after Sondra, the mother, leaves her little child, Stellina, on the steps of a church a robber comes out and takes the child. Wow, talk about a coincidence. Then seven years later, after the child has been properly cared for by the robber's mother, Sondra tries to find her child. Luckily, this is just when his mother is getting very ill. Other characters are introduced way too soon, which leads to confusion. Stellina also goes to a child care place during the day which also happens to be closing soon, because of the owner dying and more "suspense" is worked up because there is something wrong with the owner's will. Fortunately, one of the other characters is able to figure the whole mess out and save the entire book in about two chapters. All Through the Night was a poor choice for a title because not only did it have little to no relevance to the book, other than it being Christmas time, it defiantly did not keep me reading though the night. The ending of the book is "one in a million", if that one character wouldn't have been introduced nothing would have been complete. Mary Higgins Clark, Queen of Unrealistic books.
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