By Mary Higgins Clark
In a riveting mental mystery, Mary Higgins Clark takes the reader deep into the mysteries of the human brain, the place thoughts could be the most deadly issues of all.
At the heart of her novel is Kay Lansing, who has grown up in Englewood, New Jersey, daughter of the landscaper to the rich and strong Carrington kin. Their mansion -- a ancient seventeenth-century manor apartment transported stone via stone from Wales in 1848 -- has a hidden chapel. at some point, accompanying her father to paintings, six-year-old Kay succumbs to interest and sneaks into the chapel. There, she overhears a quarrel among a guy and a girl who's challenging funds from him. whilst she says that this may be the final time, his caustic reaction is: "I heard that music before."
that very same night, the Carringtons carry a proper dinner dance and then Peter Carrington, a scholar at Princeton, drives domestic Susan Althorp, the eighteen-year-old daughter of buddies. whereas her mom and dad listen her are available, she isn't in her room the following morning and is rarely noticeable or heard from again.
through the years, a cloud of suspicion hangs over Peter Carrington. At age forty-two, head of the kin enterprise empire, he's nonetheless "a individual of curiosity" within the eyes of the police, not just for Susan Althorp's disappearance but additionally for the next drowning demise of his personal pregnant spouse of their swimming pool.
Kay Lansing, now residing in big apple and dealing as a librarian in Englewood, is going to determine Peter Carrington to invite for permission to carry a dinner party on his property to learn a literacy software, which he later provides. Kay involves see Peter as maligned and misunderstood, and while he starts to court docket her after the cocktail social gathering, she falls in love with him. Over the objections of her loved grandmother Margaret O'Neil, who raised her after her mom and dad' early deaths, she marries him. To her dismay, she quickly reveals that he's a sleepwalker whose nocturnal wanderings draw him to the spot on the pool the place his spouse met her end.
Susan Althorp's mom, Gladys, has constantly been confident that Peter Carrington is accountable for her daughter's disappearance, a trust shared by means of many in the neighborhood. brushing aside her husband's protests approximately reopening the case, Gladys, now terminally unwell, has employed a retired long island urban detective to aim to determine what occurred to her daughter. Gladys desires to be aware of sooner than she dies.
Kay, too, has built gnawing doubts approximately her husband. She believes that the most important to the reality approximately his guilt or innocence lies within the scene she witnessed as a toddler within the chapel and is aware she needs to study the identification of the fellow and girl who quarreled there that day. but, she plunges into this pursuit understanding that "that wisdom will not be sufficient to save lots of my husband's existence, if certainly it merits to be saved." What Kay doesn't even remotely suspect is that uncovering what lies in the back of those stories may cost a little her her personal life.
I Heard That track Before once more dramatically reconfirms Mary Higgins Clark's all over the world attractiveness as a grasp storyteller.