You Belong To Me Paperback – Apr 1 1999
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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.
From Library Journal
Jayne Atkinson reads this suspenseful work with increasing credibility. Psychologist Susan Chandler, host of a call-in radio show, runs a segment on missing women. These women left behind only the suspicion of foul play. Susan had no way of knowing that the wrong people would be listening that day or that her program would set off another chain of murders with herself poised as the penultimate victim. Atkinson gives the myriad characters unique inflections. She is also effective at tracking the fast-paced point-of-view leaps that mark the abridgment; minor characters are thoroughly introduced and killed off all in a single paragraph. However, the red herrings are particularly well done. Unfortunately, when the killer is finally unmasked, his/her motivations aren't really defensible not even in the madness of a killer's mind. Nevertheless, Clark's popularity and Atkinson's skill make this a must-buy for public libraries.AJodi Israel, Norwood, MA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Sarah
I'm not the type that usually reads mystery books. In the past I favored fiction and science fiction books. Read morePublished on March 29 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by K. DeLong
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 morePublished on Sept. 27 2003
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 morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by Beverley Strong
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 morePublished on June 14 2003 by G. Hewitt
Mary Higgins Clark has always written great books, so I knew You Belong to Me would not be an exception. Read morePublished on April 13 2003 by Stacy Cronemiller
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 morePublished on Feb. 6 2003
The Book "You Belong To Me" by Mary Higgins Clark, is a suspensful and hair rising novel about a serial killer whose victims are vulnreable women. Psychologist Dr. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002 by Alejandra
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