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Book Review – A Cry In The Night by Mary Higgins Clark

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Pages: 352
First Published: January 1, 1982 Pocket Books
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When Jenny MacPartland meets the man of her dreams while working in a New York art gallery, she’s ecstatic. Painter Erich Krueger — whose exquisite landscapes are making him a huge success — is handsome, sensitive…and utterly in love with her.

They marry quickly and Jenny plans a loving home on Erich’s vast Minnesota farm. But lonely days and eerie nights strain her nerves to the breaking point and test her sanity. Caught in a whirlpool of shattering events, Jenny soon unearths a past more terrifying than she dares imagine…tragic secrets that threaten her marriage, her children, her life.

I first read this book 2 or 3 years ago and I remember it being a suspense story and full of thrill. When I decided to read it again I couldn’t recall all the details of it. I only recall about the psycho husband and the reason why the baby died. I never thought I would still like it even after reading it for the second time. Most books don’t really hold up, but this one managed to still make me feel uneasy like the way I first read it.

In this creepy book, Jenny, is a struggling mother of two young girls named Beth 3 years old and Tina 2 years old. She then meets Erich, a man who seems to be her Prince Charming. After a whirlwind romance, Jenny, together with her girls moved in Minneapolis with him. While living in his mansion, she discovers a lot about him. She realized how stubborn, perfectionist, manipulative, abusive and even a lot worst about him.

It was a fast pace story though it was a bit slow in its first few chapters. I recall I almost fell in love with Erich for he was so sweet and romantic with Jenny in the first few chapters of the book most especially with their first acquaintance. But on the next chapter, I noticed that there’s something wrong with him especially on how organized he was. He organized things without consulting Jenny first. I know I remembered about a psycho husband and I assumed it’s him.

One thing I don’t like about the character of Erich is that he was so insecure, so jealous, super dominant, and inconsiderable. He used to be a very nice guy and a prince charming in the first chapter. I also noticed how she was so fond about Caroline, his mother. He even told Jenny to use her mother’s evening gown. Woah! Imagine wearing a gown who belongs to a dead person. That’s really creepy.

There’s a lot of suspense scene in the story and was introduced in a very detailed way. And her “who done it” style never really fails on confusing me. Even after reading it the second time, I’m still confused on who the bad guy was. Though honestly, I already know who the killer is, but while reading the story, it makes me doubt if I really do know the real suspect or not.

Actually, I suspected a lot of characters in the story. They all seemed guilty. I even suspected Jenny. It was because she seems like she really do a lot of things while sleeping. That was really so lame of me. This story will really make you guess until the end.

This is definitely one of my favorites. I like how she combines mystery and romance together. I’m always a sucker of her happy endings but honestly, I kinda didn’t like the ending of this book. But overall, it was a very nice story to read. I remember how I managed to stay late that night just to finish the story.  I salute Clark for she still managed to get me hook after reading it for the second time.

I am forever her huge fan and I would definitely recommend this to everyone. It sure worth your time!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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