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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,397 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780743582650
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At the age of ten, Liza Barton shot her mother in their New Jersey home while trying to protect her from her violent stepfather. Despite her stepfather's claim that the shooting was a deliberate act, the Juvenile Court ruled the death an accident.

Trying to erase every trace of Liza's past, her adoptive parents changed Liza's name to Celia. At the age of twenty-eight, she married a sixty-year-old widower, and they had a son. Before their marriage, Celia confided the secret of her earlier life. On his deathbed, her husband made her swear never to reveal her past to anyone, so that their son would not carry the burden of this family tragedy.

Happily remarried, Celia is shocked when her second husband presents her with a gift- the New Jersey house where she killed her mother. On the day they move in, the words BEWARE-LITTLE LIZZIE'S PLACE have been painted on the lawn.

Determined to prove that she was the victim of her stepfather's psychotic behavior, Celia sets out to gather the evidence. When the real estate agent who sold the house is brutally murdered she is once again branded a killer. As Celia fights to prove her innocence, she is not aware that her life and the life of her son are in jeopardy. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mary Higgins Clark’s awesome gift for storytelling has always been the secret of her strength as a suspense novelist. But let’s credit her as well for something more subtle—her intuitive grasp of the anxieties of everyday life that can spiral into full-blown terror. In the deliciously titled No Place Like Home, this canny writer taps into the tensions that go along with the joys of moving into a new home and comes up with a cunning variation on the haunted-house theme.” 

    New York Times

  • “With sympathy and strength, Jan Maxwell steadily builds the fearful and dangerous path Celia follows to the truth, exposing the sham of her life and the identity of a new killer. This is a standard Higgins Clark formula, but a solid production and tempo offer a hefty helping of chills.” 

    AudioFile

  • “A gripping seat-of-your-pants thriller…The intrigue begins on the first page, and the suspense builds rapidly…This is Higgins Clark at her best, a true mystery to satisfy the most ardent fans of the genre.” 

    RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene Wilson | 2/17/2014

    " Enjoyable listening in the car - round about town for a few days - and then on the way to Melfort - Wed Apr 17/13 - on way to Saskatoon - rode with Cher Cher - to Crit's to go with Leah to band performance at festival (which didn't come about cause the girl got sick!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sadé Hickman | 2/3/2014

    " Even though I hate murder mystery novels - this one caught me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Davis | 2/1/2014

    " Very interesting plot line. I would read this again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia Harrington | 1/20/2014

    " I like this story. However it was a little bit predictable. MHC keeps you guessing 'till the end. However I kind of figured it out very early in the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/14/2014

    " Ok, this book scared the petoot out of me, but I really get scared easily so that isn't saying much. I still liked it though. It is about a little 10 year old girl named Liza Barton who shoots her mother while trying to protect her from her violent step father. The death is ruled accidental, but the tabloits still call her the murderess Lizzie Borden. Her adoptive parents change her name to Celia and try to cover up her past. She grows up, has a brief marriage and a son, her husband dies and she remarries a young lawyer. Her life is happy until her birthday when he presents her with the gift of a new home. The home she grew up in and shot her mom in. There are a chain of events that are horrible after that and that is the part that scared me. A good read though if you like mystery books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Gerhart | 1/12/2014

    " This is my favorite Mary Higgins Clark book. I love the tie in with the Lizzie Borden story. The main character is Eliza Barton. The story is loosly based off the real Lizzie Borden story, of course with some major changes to make the story her own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keli | 1/9/2014

    " I think I like this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liberty | 1/7/2014

    " This was a fantastic book that kept me hooked from the first few pages! Ceila Nolan is given a beautiful house by her new husband as a birthday gift. Unfortunately, its the house that Ceila use to live in as a child-when she was known as Liza Barton and was acquitted of murdering her mother. With her hidden past threatening to be revealed, Ceila struggles to figure out what really happened that night while trying to live a normal life and raise her child in 'Little Lizzie Borden's House'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 1/2/2014

    " Very good read. Mary Higgins Clark knows her suspense murder mystery!! It's easy to read, remember the characters, clean, and the plot keeps you busy the whole way through. There were a few situations that I found a little predictable, but never-the-less, a good book to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Heart | 1/1/2014

    " All the same story no matter which book you read by her. I never fully agree with her points. Like Lifetime women movies in book form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dede Herrick | 12/28/2013

    " Liked this book alot and was very surprised with the ending. Not as predictable as some of her books I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 12/17/2013

    " I ran across this book today and remember reading it some time ago. Of course, I enjoyed it, as I do all of Mary Higgins Clark books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geokowgurl | 12/16/2013

    " What a great suspense novel!! This story was clean and gripping! I want to read more by Mary Higgins Clark! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Erekson | 12/2/2013

    " I liked this book, even brought a tear to my eye. Who knew a thriller/mystery could do that? I really liked Celia, and just felt so sorry for her secret. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 11/18/2013

    " A hang-on to your seat thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 11/12/2013

    " A page turner for sure. Love it! Couldn't put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlee | 11/3/2013

    " Bone chilling, i loved it !!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chynna | 11/3/2013

    " i really liked this book. It creeped me out, but made me wanting more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 *~Sammy~* | 9/10/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and was suprised to find out it was him! Very suspenseful and very interesting! Loved it from start to finish! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 7/8/2013

    " Really enjoyed the book. For me, it was a quick read (two weeks is fast). Recommend reading if you like murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 4/27/2013

    " I listened to this one. It is the first Mary Higgins Clark book I have read/heard. It was good. It was a little predictable but not too bad. There were a few surprises in there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/10/2013

    " a ice who dun it novel and throughly enjoy her writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amara Campbell | 12/22/2012

    " This may be my first MHC read and it was pretty gripping. It felt a little dated, but otherwise a good gripping read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 8/10/2012

    " Good "read" on CD... very surprised ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/18/2012

    " It was fun figuring out the clues, they didn't come together until the very end. I couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody Frey | 1/5/2012

    " WOW! She definitely did it again! Great ending and VERY (as usual) unexpected! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 12/29/2011

    " If you're in the mood for a fun suspense thriller, this is a pretty good one. Basic Mary Higgins Clark style! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 11/11/2011

    " Well written and holds your interset from the first page. Surprise ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 9/7/2011

    " Too long and gets confusing at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Peart | 8/21/2011

    " Typical MHC. I was surprised that I had not read this book yet, simply because I thought I had read every MHC out there. Very quick,light, no brainer... thrilling as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cikgu Wana | 8/17/2011

    " This book is really good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 8/16/2011

    " I was hooked on Mary Higgins Clark when I read her first mysteries. Now I am a little tired of the society column descriptions of her characters and the predictability of her subplots. But it is good escape reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilet | 6/15/2011

    " It's a story of girl who is suspected of killing her own mother. It happened a long time ago, and this girl have change her identity to stop herself from remembering her bad experience. Until something happened on the same house where they once live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 5/15/2011

    " It was an intense mystery, I couldn't put it down. Mary Higgins Clark has outdone herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 4/25/2011

    " There's a reason she's called the "Queen of Suspense". Great read. Lots of suspects, lots of suspicious happenings. Who knows that Celia is really Liza?! Great read right until the last page. Very entertaining!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence | 3/29/2011

    " Girl involved in childhood tragedy is surprised to return to home where tragedy occurred--with no one realizing who she is. Lots of suspense. A good vacation read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 3/14/2011

    " I don't think soft-boiled mysteries are for me. "

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

    " A wonderful book to read from cover to cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzee | 2/20/2011

    " I was very surprised when the mystery uncovered who put together the setup and why. "

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

    " Já li todos os livros desta autora, está no top das minhas preferências, irresistível! ( Lar, Doce Lar ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leeann | 1/27/2011

    " Pretty classic Mary Higgins Clark. I like her books for a quick read. It was suspenseful enough to keep me reading, but like most of her books, it was pretty clear who the "bad guy" was. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katri | 1/9/2011

    " The book gave nothing. Predictable characters and story lines written in a mediocre language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 12/3/2010

    " I give it 3 1/2 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starla | 12/2/2010

    " This is one of my favorite books, it is murder mystery with a twist. I like how you don't know whats going to happen next. If you like books with a twist and murder then read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 11/29/2010

    " Quite predictable but was a satisfying mindless diversion. "

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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.