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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (44 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: 9780743582667
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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.

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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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/20/2014

    " Sometimes I find Mary Higgins Clark a bit scary. This one was a little bit but it had a lot of twists and turns as Clark's stories usually are. I was surprised at the ending. All in all it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holli | 2/17/2014

    " Great book......when you just want to read a good book and not think about anything....this is a good one for that. It hooks you from the beginning and you have to read it...you have no choice :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrin | 2/10/2014

    " I would have never seen her husband as being party to the killer. Very good ending though! She married the DA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/3/2014

    " another novel where the hero/ine is able to solve five crimes, protect themselves, and their most beloved and manage to overcome their greatest fea, all in the space of 2 weeks by thinking poorly and relying solely on serendipity. It was still entertaining, just no charachter development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/13/2014

    " I think Mary Higgins Clarke has a very weird mind but I loved the book. We all have secrets but her characters have some real dooseys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Morris | 1/10/2014

    " This was a really good one from Mary Higgins Clark. It was a quick read and I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 1/7/2014

    " Maybe I've read too many MHC books. I thought this was predictable, but still a good suspense, light, fun-to-read, page-turning book. I don't know that Mary has grown as an author. I liked her earlier books a bit better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/3/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/30/2013

    " Another one of my favorite MHC books, which kept me guessing until the very end. And who saw that ending coming? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starla Smith | 12/30/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amara Campbell | 12/18/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 12/17/2013

    " This was my first MHC and I rather enjoyed it. The book was not the edge-the-seat suspense that I was expecting, and although I was far from surprised at the end, it was still a fun ride. A nice easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 11/9/2013

    " I loved this book. It was a page turner that kept me guessing til the end. One of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ambie | 10/29/2013

    " this book was very interesting and i could not put it down the ending was supprising i did not expect it to end that way "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Anderson-Robles | 10/29/2013

    " this book i thought was one of her best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Davis | 10/21/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne Jay | 9/27/2013

    " I did not think I was going to like this book, but boy was it good. Mary Higgins Clark does suspense well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla VdL | 9/22/2013

    " Really liked it!...i enjoy thrillers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leticia Garcia Bradford | 6/29/2013

    " I must have read this mystery before because I knew whodunit before the end of the story. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the thrilling tale as the plot unfolds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/26/2013

    " A good, quick airport read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia Harrington | 5/2/2013

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzee Kerchinski | 2/11/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/9/2012

    " Fun entertaining read. I got so wrapped up in the book that I almost missed my light rail stop. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/5/2012

    " I was extremely disappointed. I noticed this book was published in 2005 and I actually heard from a few people that the newer novels of Clark's were not that good. I am starting to agree with this. This is the second newer book I've read, and I think I'm going to go back to reading her older stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mabel | 7/5/2012

    " Very entertaining! Clark keeps you in suspense and you want to just keep reading and reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melita | 6/30/2012

    " I loved this book. I could not put it down. This definately one of my favorite books by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlene | 6/29/2012

    " The first half of the book I felt like Celia needed a little more back bone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Berry | 5/11/2012

    " I stayed up until 1:00am to finish this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 2/3/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilet | 12/27/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chynna | 6/16/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ♥adrienne♥ | 5/15/2011

    " I really liked this book. It was good. It's the second book I've read from Clark and I wasn't disappointed. "

  • 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.