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Nighttime is My Time Sure I love red herrings in my mystery novels Who doesn't? But this was just ridiculous Too many red herrings in this one; everything felt chaotic and topsy turvy Plus Jean the protagonist was so stupid she deserved to die Ugh I have so much hate for her character I don't think I am a Mary Higgins Clark kind of reader It was okay but somewhat boring I could barely tolerate it at times on my walk If it hadn't been for the fact that I liked the narrator so much I likely would have abandoned it long before the last half of the book Sorry It is what it is Just not for me I don't think I will try another one Too slow Tighter editing might have improved murder mysteryWe are longtime readers of Clark every book except her memoirs and would like to express some amazement that she keeps pumping them out at age 75 But while the premise of this attempted thriller is OK the storyline gets tiresome the novel might well be somebody's master's thesis on red herrings The plot reveals that in the over 20 years since a male classmate playing an owl in a school skit is humiliated by his classmates he systematically murders off the list of seven girlfriends who always ate lunch together Five are already dead when the 20th reunion arrives but he has been so clever that nobody in law enforcement has even suspected foul play let alone the connection between the deaths As the classmates arrive for the big weekend he is not only planning the imminent deaths of the remaining two Laura and Jean but also plans to off Jean's adopted at birth baby girl whose identity he has somehow learned The prime male attendees are all suspects for the Owl including dark playwright Carter caustic comedian Robby real estate tycoon Jack sit com producer Gordon and talk show psychiatrist Mark For a couple of hundred pages short chapters alternate between all these players throwing out suspicion after suspicion to keep us readers totally on edge Unfortunately the red herrings soon grow into a mountain and we just started getting tired and wanted the whole thing over When the Owl kidnaps Laura but conveniently keeps her alive so that he can kill Jean and her daughter while she watches and then Jean it's a long stretch to believe the women would follow his commandment to never utter his name so that we wouldn't know who In the end while the bad guy was a modest surprise we were pretty much beyond caringThis time Clark's story took on a somewhat different nature She lately has featured high achieving leading ladies who go on to solve any and every crime despite the best but ineffective efforts of the professionals Sometimes these women are unbelievably gorgeous smart and resourceful which gets to be a strain of credibility But in Nighttime the serial killer gets most of the attention which may help explain why we weren't that thrilled by the climax we just weren't that terror stricken for the intended victims If some of the nearly hundred chapters all short and almost all featuring numerous changes of scenes and speaking characters could have been pared and led us straighter line to a satisfying ending we might have been enad with this tale As it is we hope Clark will go for higher uality next time or get better editors or gasp consider whether it might be time to retire the word processor We'd prefer the former I've never read a Mary Higgins Clark book before and yes they're clean as a whistle but BORING I could barely make it threw the page turner I didn't care who the killer was because I didn't care about any of the characters and her style of writing is so boring Maybe I would have liked her in say junior high But even then I would have known the book was an easy read I found myself hoping her main character Jean would be knocked off big surprise she wasn't Are all her main characters kind dumb well educated good people? I won't read any of her books to find out If I had to chose between reading another of her books or staring at a wall for an eual amount of time I'd pick staring at the wall At least then an original thought or a shred of human insight might pop into my brain I needed something to read while we waited for a plane so I bought this at a bookstore in the airport Overall I found the story a bit shallow The author's efforts to keep the murder's name hidden from the reader in my opinion were painfully forced Her efforts to build suspense up until the final reveal in the end were overwhelmingly blatant but effective It was so effective that the reveal seemed like a let down I think the book would have been much better if she had just revealed the assailant's identity slowly Then she could have used the uestion of whether or not the assailant would kill off the major characters to drive the suspense Her efforts to try to use both even though one was obviously awkward the hiding of the assailant's identity irritated me and made the book much less enjoyable A class reunion provides the backdrop for this novel A serial killer appears to be at work Much of the book concerns itself with one member missing and others concerned the last member of a group will be the next victim I did not enjoy this book Too much action came from tiresome conversation I never got past apathy for all the characters I considered abandoning the book several times but I wanted to read a book by Clark after her death I obviously picked the wrong one from my library's e book collection De Mary Higgins Clark a aclamada Rainha do Suspense uma história de segredos vingança e de incisiva intuição psicológica Jean Sheridan professora universitária e proeminente autora parte para a sua cidade natal de Cornwall on Hudson Nova Iorue para estar presente numa reunião de alunos onde irá ser homenageada em conjunto com seis outros membros da sua antiga turma A acrescentar a isto Jean vê se confrontada com um segredo do seu passado Acabara de receber um fax anónimo ue faz referência à filha ue tivera com um jovem cadete de Weat Point há vinte anos e ue dera para adopção A existência desta criança sempre fora um segredo por isso uem a descobrira E poruê só agora a ameaça velada do faxMais um empolgante romance de suspense psicológico de Mary Higgins Clark consagrada autora deste género literário Em A Hora do Mocho somos levados ainda mais fundo penetrando atrás da fachada dos estatutos sociais e da respeitabilidade e entrando na mente de um assassino For me the story line progressed to slow I ecpected jeas character to be smarter in her choices and reactions I did end up skimming several pages This was my first Mary Higgins Clark book I really liked it I wasn’t able to figure out who “The Owl”murderer was I had it narrowed down to 2 characters was completely wrong I love that in a book My only complaint is that there were SO MANY characters I had a hard time keeping them all straight Definitely look forward to reading MHC books Jean goes back to her hometown for a school reunion someone has found out she had had given up a daughter for adoption when she was 18 and they are sending her messages making her believe Lily's life is in danger when one for her classmates goes missing young reporter points out that 5 of the girls that used to sit at the same lunch table at school have died in the past 20 years and there is only 2 of them left including JeanWe do know that the killer is one of the honorees who attended the reunion but we don't know which one he refers to himself as The owl and there is something about all of them that makes them sound guiltyWith the help of Sam Deegan a detective Jean needs to find out where her daughter is and who adopted her to warn them that her life is in danger and also figure out which one of her classmates is The OwlThis was my first Mary Higgins Clark book and I absolutely loved it I cannot wait to check out her other books

  • Capa mole
  • 371 pages
  • Nighttime is My Time
  • Mary Higgins Clark
  • Portuguese
  • 18 June 2016

About the Author: Mary Higgins Clark

Alafair Burke she wrote the Under Suspicion series With her daughter