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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,960 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780743582681
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Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out to her hometown to attend the twenty-year reunion of Stonecroft Academy alumni, where she is to be honored along with six other members of her class. There is something uneasy in the air: one woman in the group about to be feted, Alison Kendall, a beautiful, highpowered Hollywood agent, drowned in her pool during an early-morning swim. Alison is the fifth woman in the class whose life has come to a sudden, mysterious end.

   

Adding to Jean's sense of unease is a taunting, anonymous fax she received, referring to her daughter -- a child she had given up for adoption twenty years ago.

At the award dinner, Jean is introduced to Sam Deegan, a detective obsessed by the unsolved murder of a young woman who may hold the key to the identity of the Stonecroft killer. Jean does not suspect that among the distinguished people she is greeting is The Owl, a murderer nearing the countdown on his mission of vengeance against the Stonecroft women who had mocked and humiliated him, with Jean as his final victim.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Creeping menace that is genuinely scary.” 

    New York Times

  • “Clark’s multitude of fans will be happy…to participate in the guessing game.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jan Maxwell gives voice to Jean and her surviving classmates, showing equal skill at terror, timidity, maliciousness, merriment, and vacuous self-absorption…Her performance matches the author’ s skill at subtle storytelling.” 

    AudioFile

  • “ Clark's certainly mastered the art of the page-turner.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Westmoreland | 2/18/2014

    " Loved it! Totally held my attention and is there anything better than a serial killer whose after the mean girls from his prep school and calls himself The Owl? Couldn't put it down and enjoyed every minute of it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 2/12/2014

    " I read a lot of mary higgins clark as a teen, and I always like her until I figured out she writes the same story in every book just different names. As an adult, I find myself getting impatient like she's wasting my time trying to fool me when the main character seems oblivious to the danger around her, and you are screaming for them to get a clue! This one was especially classic since the high schooler seemed to be the most aware of everyone...nice. It's supposed to be a twist ending. Her books always are I guess, but I just didn't feel like she gave enough clues to point to this guy...more like so many clues to make you think it's everyone else that by the end you are fed up with her multiple red herrings. I like to read these types of books on my own time..not so much for a book club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 2/10/2014

    " I think this was the book that made me realize that mystery novels might not be my thing. I don't know, it was tough for me to get into and I had a hard time investing in the characters. Not a horrible read, just not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanie | 2/4/2014

    " Who doesn't like a little Mary Higgins Clark from time to time? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 1/25/2014

    " Um romance cheio de suspense! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 1/25/2014

    " 2.5... this one sort of bugged me... don't know why... maybe i just got so over the fact that the owl's name was kept hidden so much... 'don't say my name out loud'... i was like, really? come up with another way to hide the identity... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 1/18/2014

    " Good thriller. I always like any Mary Higgins Clark stories. This one kept you guessing until the end with a good ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/7/2014

    " An OK page-turner, it was hard to keep track of the suspects due to a lack of character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi Mechling | 12/28/2013

    " This was a good book. Typical murder mystery but worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 12/28/2013

    " As always, love Mary Higgins Clark for a quick read that keeps me guessing. Her books are what they are...pleasurable suspense. Her books are always a go to for me when I need something purely for enjoyment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 12/23/2013

    " Mary really does know how to write real mysterious books. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from the time you pick up the book and begin reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 12/23/2013

    " This is an exciting story of secrets and revenge as a historian returns to her hometown for a class reunion. Five of her classmates have already been murdered, and she is next on the list. Mary Higgins Clark makes this a class reunion not to be forgotten! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 12/14/2013

    " While I enjoyed it up until the end (pure dessert, mystery, who-dun-it story), I was left a little miffed at the simple, not-at-all very clever ending. Just didn't pay off per the lead-up. So 3 stars for the fact that I enjoyed most of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/10/2013

    " The second time I've read this one. It's pretty good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill M. | 12/6/2013

    " Umm...I know it's not like me to say this...but I don't think I can ever look at owls the same. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 12/4/2013

    " One of my favorite MHC books - excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana Cray | 12/1/2013

    " Awesome book!! I had no idea who the killer was until he was finally revealed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer F. | 9/4/2013

    " Full of suspense. Unexpected twist at end. Very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/31/2013

    " Another book listened to in the van while driving the troops around. This one made me WANT to drive them around! I could not figure out who the killer was!!! I can usually figure those things out..but this was a good story...I was surprised! Love how clean MHC is too! Nice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valeri | 3/10/2013

    " Great for a road trip. Watch out for the Owl! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 11/11/2012

    " Typical Mary Higgins Clark. I thought it dragged a little, but I liked the many different options of who the killer would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrianne | 11/7/2012

    " Meh. I didn't devour it like I have with some of MHC's books, but I didn't hate it. Middle of the road for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 9/18/2012

    " One of her better books. I didn't figure out the killer until the end. Kind of creepy, since I have a 25 year class reunion coming up....makes me wonder if I ever said anything to anyone to make them want to kill me before the 25th reunion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 6/3/2012

    " A high school reunion is the setting. A group of friends are finding themselves cursed as one by one they are having "accidents". Lots of red herrings and yet a little predictable. Just an okay Clark mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 3/29/2012

    " Select Editions Vol 6, 2004 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KDawn | 3/5/2012

    " Although I'm not 100% sold on the reader of this book (I think it should've really been a man or it should have been two readers for each main part), the story itself was good fun. And it's been awhile since I read a murder mystery and couldn't guess the end! So, two thumbs up for that! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/7/2011

    " Finally got around to getting into this book. It kept you wondering who the "Owl" was and it was not revealed until near the very end. Once I got into it I read it in a few sittings. A good suspensful thriller! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 10/28/2011

    " A suspenseful thriller that keeps you guessing till the end "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lesley | 8/13/2011

    " Why do I keep trying Mary Higgins Clark? I can't stand her books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Geokowgurl | 6/12/2011

    " I usually love Mary Higgins Clark but for whatever reason, I have tried to get into this book two different times and I can not get past chapter 6. So, I give up. Maybe the beginning is too slow moving? I am not sure what the problem is...maybe it is me. I will try again in a few years... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/9/2011

    " Really love the way this book is structured. The chapters are short and punchy. This was a re-read to help inspire the structure of my novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 5/12/2011

    " Nice, the usual Mary Higgins Clark style--the bad guy is the one you least expect. Good one though--you keep on guessing until the end despite what I said on the previous sentence. But these days I grew tired of Clark's constant changing point of view in every chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 4/22/2011

    " Although it follows Mary Higgins Clark's typical "woman in danger" formula, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I've enjoyed some of her others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julesatc | 4/20/2011

    " Good twist. Thought I had it figured out what a surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anuj | 4/17/2011

    " thats why i like her writings she knows what her readers are thinking while reading her book gr8 book but she is far more better than this "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 4/13/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. A good holiday read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jossie | 4/12/2011

    " a really good book that keeps you guessing till the end I really enjoyed it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 3/29/2011

    " This storyline could have been smart, but instead, it was trite and boring. I was disappointed as this is this author appears to have quite a following. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/7/2011

    " Danielle, this is the book that you and Heather stood in line for me. Mary Higgins Clark signed this book: "Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, and Happy Mother's Day, Laurie! - Mary Higgins Clark 2004. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 3/4/2011

    " Um romance cheio de suspense! ( A Hora Do Mocho ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 2/27/2011

    " Another nice book from Mary Higgins Clark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 2/19/2011

    " Good thriller. I always like any Mary Higgins Clark stories. This one kept you guessing until the end with a good ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/11/2011

    " One of her better books. I didn't figure out the killer until the end. Kind of creepy, since I have a 25 year class reunion coming up....makes me wonder if I ever said anything to anyone to make them want to kill me before the 25th reunion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 2/6/2011

    " There's a killer stalking a high school reunion. While the story is nothing new, Clark writes in such a compelling manner that it's still tense and enjoyable enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/4/2011

    " Good thriller. I have read that the book is full of red herrings and bad leads. This is one of the times that listening to the abridged version of the book was probably a really good thing! The story seemed very logical and easy to follow - although the perp wasn't obvious (a good thing). "

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About the Author
Author Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark’s books are worldwide bestsellers. In the US alone, her books have sold over one hundred million copies. She is the author of over thirty suspense novels and coauthor, with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, of five holiday suspense novels. She was chosen by Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An annual Mary Higgins Clark Award sponsored by Simon & Schuster, to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, was launched by Mystery Writers of America during Edgars week in April 2001. She was the 1987 president of Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, served on their board of directors. In May 1988, she was chairman of the International Crime Congress.

About the Narrator

Jan Maxwell is an American stage and television actress. She made her Broadway debut in the musical City of Angels and has been nominated for two Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards. She won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her Broadway credits include Sixteen Wounded, Match, and The Dinner Party. She is the sister of Obie Award–winning playwright Richard Maxwell.