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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (971 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Jennifer Beals Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780743582872
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When her husband is diagnosed with leukemia, Catherine Dornan and their two young sons accompany him to New York, during the Christmas season, for a life-saving operation. Hoping to divert them from worry about their father, Catherine takes the boys to see some of the city's Christmas Eve sights. When they stop to listen to a street musician, Brian, the younger boy, sees a woman find his mother's wallet, which also holds a precious family memento he believes will save his father's life. Unable to get his mother's attention, Brian follows the woman into the city's subways -- beginning a journey that will threaten his life and change that of his mother and of the woman as well.

Written with warmth, yet set against a background of menace and thrilling suspense, Silent Night sings with the spirit of the season, celebrating the mysteries of faith renewed and faith rewarded that we honor every holiday season. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Genuinely thrilling and suspenseful.”

    Detroit News

  • “The tense-but-tender tale of the most harrowing Christmas Eve any mother could imagine...with an ending that’s nothing short of miraculous. We promise there won’t be a dry eye in the house!” 

    Literary Guild

  • “Clark...crams lots of intensity and suspense into little space.” 

    Booklist

  • “Teens will appreciate the realistic, paradoxical description of the relationship between Brian and his older brother: caring, concerned, and name-calling at the same time. Although readers know that the ending will be a happy one, they won’t expect the coincidences and the touching holiday details.” 

    School Library Journal

  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

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

    " A very beautiful yet simple story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moira | 1/17/2014

    " any book about christmas that i can read in one night in the middle of summer is a winner "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael J. Bourgault | 1/9/2014

    " Never a disappointment when you read a Mary Higgins Clark Mystery. "

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

    " I listened to this while driving. Kept me awake. Just what I wanted it to do. It is nice having familiar characters as they become like good aquaintances "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jane | 1/2/2014

    " This was a really fun quick mystery read. It was great for the holidays! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 12/31/2013

    " Chilling and suspenseful, Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark, is a 'happy ending' Christmas story. When Brian Dornan disappears from his mother's side on a cold New York Christmas Eve night, her world just about collapses. Her husband, Dr. Tom Dornan, recently diagnosed with leukemia, had life-saving surgery just hours before. She took her two young sons to view the Christmas sights and sounds of New York, in an effort to relieve them all of their stress. In the blink of an eye, Brian is gone. What follows is a tangled triangle suspense filled game of cat and mouse between the Dornans, a convicted felon named Jimmy Siddons,and Jimmy's sister, Cally Hunter. Jimmy escaped prison by shooting a guard and his life hangs in the balance. Jimmy shows up on Cally's doorstep wanting money and assistance and gets it by threatening her and Catherine Dornan's son, Brian. Clues about Jimmy's escape are known to the reader, but not to the participants, until a clever cop named Chris McNally saves the day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey Williams | 12/22/2013

    " I loved this book. It was a quick read with a little mystery mixed with a little drama all set at Christmas time. I have always been a Mary Higgins Clark fan but haven't read a book by her in a long time. Picked up this gem at the library sale and I'm so glad I did. Good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 11/22/2013

    " A quick and easy read, though quite predictable, but entertaining all the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karissa | 10/11/2013

    " I used to love her books, but they all seem the same. It took me years to finish this book, slow start, but I love a happy ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 9/28/2013

    " It was fun to read a holiday book...but it was awfully predictable. Also, tough to read about a seven year old boy lost and then kidnapped in NYC. Now, I never want to take the kids to New York! Quick, easy read, book #50 for the year!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 9/23/2013

    " Long a fan of Mary Higgins Clark, this autographed book was received in 1995 from my best friend. It's a special story about the power of love and the courage and faith of a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/7/2013

    " Fun, light read... I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 4/26/2012

    " great book...first one from this author and led me to read more of her! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books.com) | 3/19/2012

    " Quick holiday read. One of those "makes you feel good" stories, but lacks character development and has a formulaic plotline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Noah | 2/17/2012

    " Quick read. The outcome was very predictable. Love MHC books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Ann | 2/15/2012

    " I always feel weepy when I read this Christmas story. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/19/2011

    " M.H. Clark with a little Christmas mixed in... Why not? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronda | 11/27/2011

    " Enjoyed it. Easy to read and get involved with the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Bettis | 10/25/2011

    " I usually don't like these types of books, but somehow this one captured my interest and I have now read it multiple times and thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sinta nisfuanna | 9/1/2011

    " bukunya tipis tapi ceritanya seruuu plus tegang "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 7/22/2011

    " Nice quick easy read. Fast paced story. Tear jerker. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jose | 6/23/2011

    " Predictable...follows well-trodden paths. I wanted to stop reading after five chapters but plodded along compulsively just to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 4/21/2011

    " One of the author’s better Christmas mysteries. Brain candy with a holiday flair and a gloss of traditional Catholicism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 4/11/2011

    " I loved this book! it is amazing! one of the best ever! definately a cliff hanger! "

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

    " A very small holiday novel that is so touching and chock full of emotions. A wonderful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/15/2011

    " Better than the first MHC book I read, but still just okay. Her reads are so quick though that I'll definitely try again another time. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/29/2010

    " A nice short read that had me on the edge of my seat sometimes. I'm also a sucker for Christmas books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryann | 12/21/2010

    " A sweet, short Christmas story. Not amazing or life changing, but a quick, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 12/15/2010

    " Although it is a short book it sure packs a punch, a lot going on in the plot and although it has less mystery than her usual work, I still recommend it at Christmas time. Be prepared, it will pull your heart strings and make you bite your nails a little! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 12/13/2010

    " I read all of Mary Higgins Clark books which is kind of a family tradition. I grabbed this one since it was set in New York at Christmas and I was going to be there. I was a two day read and a fine story but not overly compelling or suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/6/2010

    " I was almost 40 pages into this book when I realized I had seen a TV version. I still couldn't remember how it eneded. This is a short book and a fast fun read. I liked the little boy and how the author was able to reveal his thoughts by making them as simple as a 7 year old would think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janelle | 12/1/2010

    " Read it in two sittings. Short, kind of predictable, but entertaining none the less. It was ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 11/19/2010

    " Anyone with a child will relate to this mother as she faces her worst fear on Christmas Eve! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 11/15/2010

    " Okay--I would die if this story happened to me but okay read for the holidays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 10/30/2010

    " A short, fast read, but a story that keeps moving and makes you want to see how it's going to come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 8/31/2010

    " If you ever read any of her books you will not be able to put it down. Full of suspense and horror a mystery to be mastered! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 6/30/2010

    " I usually don't like these types of books, but somehow this one captured my interest and I have now read it multiple times and thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tirzah | 6/5/2010

    " MaryHiggins Clark is my favorite mystery novel writer. She always writes a clean and intriguing story. I read this one almost every year around Christmas time(especially on a cold snowy night...)It's quick too so perfect when I don't have a lot of time but I want to slip away for an hour or two. "

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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.