am 2. März 1999
Pretend You Don't See Her is one of Mary Higgins Clark's best. It starts off with a bang and keeps your adrenalin up through out the entire book. You won't be able to put down this incredibly suspenseful novel. I suggest you read it.
The book is about a woman named Lacey Farrell, a real estate agent. One day, while showing a skyline co-op, Lacey is witness to a murder, and the dying words of the victim. The victim tells Lacey to take her dead daughter's jounal, which Lacey makes a copy for herself, then gives to the police. Lacey is put in the witness protection program and sent to live in Minneapolis. She then discovers that the killer has traced her to Minneapolis. Lacey heads back to New York, determined to find out who's behind the death's of two women, before she herself is killed.
am 31. Mai 2000
Well, I like Mary Higgins Clark's style of writing, and I will never put down a book of hers, but I found this one to be not quite up to par with her usual quality.
For one thing, it seemed quite rushed. When Lacey/Alice was thinking that Tom and she loved eachother, it was only the 2nd time or so the two had been on a one-on-one level.
And the culprit (I won't tell you who he/she is!) wasn't the greatest surprise either. I am used to MHC's style of having one of the main characters who you would never expect, be the killer. In this case it was a very small character. The ending also seemed very rushed and a little too conveinently.
But I do not regret reading it, there were parts in the book I loved, and of course, MHC was the author so you've gotta love it baby. --Rachel
am 17. Februar 2000
Lacey Farrel is a real-estate agent in New York. She witnesses the murder of one of her customers named Isabelle Warning. The killer sees Lacey while running out the door. Lacey saves a copy of the journal Isabelle gives her that is her daughter Heather's who was also murdered. Lacey is shot at while she is visiting her family so she is placed in the witness protection program in Minneappolis. She slips and tells her mother where she is staying and somehow the stalker also finds out. She realizes he knows where she is so she takes a plane back to New York where she goes to visit a woman who's husband had been killed and was mentioned in Heather's journal. The murderer was also in the house. Lacey saw and heard him on the stairs and threw a paperweight at him. He was arrested and they found out Heather's dad's partner was behind all the murders. Lacey started her life over again by calling a man she had fell in love with in Minneappolis and telling him who she really was and her whole story. One of Lacey's most interesting aspects was her courage. In the beginning she carries out Isabelle Warning's dying wish by concealing evidence from the police. Lacey is sent to a new place but still tries to start a new life and help the police find Isabelle's killer. Lacey is to determined to save her own life so she visits a woman she belives can help her. She realizes the killer is also there but still gets his gun away. Lacey's courage increased the suspense and made it more exciting. I would definitely recomend this book. It always had me on he ede of my seat and i never wanted to put it down. At times it was scary because the situation seemed so real and seemed it could happen to anybody. This book would be great for anyone who enjoys thrillers and suspense.
am 19. April 1999
In Mary Higgins Clark's novel, Pretend You Don't See Her, Clark gives us an insight on the life of Lacey Farell, a real estate agent who was an eyewitness to a murder case. Lacey Farell was only doing her job as she showed the apartment of the late Heather Landi to a possible buyer named Curtis Caldwell, alias Sandy Savarano. After many customers, Lacey had found a potential buyer in Caldwell but only if Isabelle would give up the apartment as early as possible. A few hours later, Lacey returned to Heather's apartment in search of an answer to why Isabelle had suddenly changed her mind in selling the apartment, instead she heard a scream and a gunshot and recognized Isabelle's killer as Caldwell who fled from the crime scene with a pistol in one hand and what seemed to be Heather's journal in the other. As a result, Lacey posed a threat to the killer, and she was the next target, therefore she was forced to enter a witness protection program which meant leaving New York and starting her life all over again in some strange place. As the story unravels, you will be shocked by who is really behind the killings. Any reader would have almost no problem relating this book to any other thrilling mystery, especially those by Agatha Christie. From the beginning of the book, the reader is introduced to the killer of Heather Landi and her mother Isabelle Waring, but is unaware of the true identity of the mastermind behind these heinous crimes. As the plot thickens and the story unfolds the reader is made aware of who is in fact the guilty party, including Abbot and Savarano, and who were innocent victims at the wrong place at the wrong time, Heather Landi and Isabelle Waring. And like in many mysteries, the threat to the protagonist of the novel is not resolved until the last few pages which creates feelings of relief as the story ends. This book is also very similar to those soap opera's that are broadcasted on the television on weekday afternoons. As a person reads on in the book, they are continuously introduced to new characters in the plot and eventually will learn what the true nature of that character's role actually is. Like in soap operas, the audience will learn that a person's father's best friend is sleeping with his daughter, similarly in Pretend You Don't See Her, Steve Abbot is the murderer of his best friend and partner's daughter There are many instances where the reader can relate to the characters in the novel just as well. Lacey Farell was being stalked and as a result she was forced to enroll herself in a witness protection program in custody of the feds. A change which led her to relocate herself away from her hometown of New York City and basically start her life all over again. She had to make new friends, find new public facilities to use, find a new job, and perhaps worst of all, make up false memories and tell lies to keep her cover up. Many of us have dealt with such situations and we all know that they can be rough. Every year thousands of adolescents are sent off to college away from home and they quickly become distressed and homesick, and like Lacey Farell, they are not living a happy life nor are they in any position to do anything to change their current situation; Lacey is trapped by her fear of death and most students don't dropout in pursuit of an education to lead them to a better life with a well-paid job. It isn't pleasant living out of fear and always having to worry about something, and like Lacey, we all know what that feels like. Another example in the book where we can all recall similar situations is when Isabelle Waring made Lacey promise that she would give the real copy of the journal only to her ex-husband and nobody else. Lacey then had an important decision to make, whether to hand the journal over to the police as evidence or fulfill the promise she made to Isabelle. As it turns out, Lacey makes a wise choice by first making numerous copies of the journal and then handing the original over to the police and giving a copy to Jimmy Landi, thus in her mind making the right decision and keeping her promise without causing any harm. In essence, the book was very thrilling and very interesting to read. It was one of those books that once you started to read, you can't put it down and you have to keep going. Nevertheless, there were many incidents that occurred in the book that seemed almost improbable and most definitely impossible. I mean as I described before, the book was like a soap opera. Every character was related to all the others in some orderly fashion, and it made it seem very unrealistic. Another chain of events that is extremely unlikely to occur is that the hit-man, Sandy Savarano not only tracked down Lacey in Minneapolis where she was hiding out, but after she took a plane back to New York City, he found her there too. New York City is a very overcrowded place with millions of residents and tourists roaming the streets and he still was able to track her down through the melee of traffic. There were just was too many coincidences that occurred in this book for anyone to believe that such a bizarre sequence of events could actually take place in the order of which they did. Overall, I was very intrigued and fascinated by the story line and I am looking forward to reading more works by Mary Higgins Clark.
am 18. Mai 1998
Pretend You Don't See Her is Mary Higgins Clark's clever and terrifying new book. It is the story of Lacey Farrell, a young real estate agent on the Manhattan scene. In the mist of selling a late young lady's skyline co-op, Lacey is witness to the murder of her client, Isabelle Waring, the mother of the late Heather Landi. Ms. Waring is convinced that her attacker is after a journal kept by her daughter up until the day she died. Although Lacey hands over the journal to the police, it is not before she makes a copy for herself-a move that could turn out to be almost fatal. After numerous threats are made on her life, Lacey is placed in the witness protection program and moves to Minneapolis. Here, Lacey must assume a totally new identity until the killer can be brought to trial. At first, it was hard for Lacey to assume her new identity of Alice Carroll, but eventually she grows into the new Lacey. While in Minneapolis, Lacey becomes attracted to Tom Lynch, a local radio-show host. Tom and "Alice" go on a few dates, but due to all the confusion, Lacey breaks off their relationship. Shortly after her break with Tom, Lacey discovers that the killer has traced her to Minneapolis. Fearing for her life, Lacey returns home to Manhattan. Left with only her courage and the clues in Heather Landi's journal, Lacey races against the clock in search of identifying who was after her and the journal. Will Lacey Farrell live long enough to put her murderer away for good? Mary Higgins Clark combines murder, mystery, and fun together to make her fifteenth novel one of her best yet.
am 11. April 1997
Isabelle Waring hires real estate broker Lacey Farrell to sell her
deceased daughter's New York apartment. Lacey takes her client, Curtis
Caldwell to see the apartment. Instead of selling the man a place to
live, Lacey observes Curtis kill Isabelle. Lacey describes the hit man
to the police, whom quickly identify him as a professional, Sandy
Savarano, whose new orders are to silent Lacey.
...... To protect her family, Lacey joins the federal witness protection
program, becoming Alice Carroll (no comments from those in the looking
glass, please). However, Lacey had to leave all her loved ones behind
when she joined the program. Eventually, she slips up to her mother's
pleading blandishments and tells the woman that she lives in
Minneapolis. That is the lead that the mob needs to track down and
silence Alice forever.
....... PRETEND YOU DON'T SEE HER is a typical Mary Higgins Clark novel,
filled with suspense. Lacey is a fabulous working class heroine who
seems to always rise to the occasion. The witness protection program
is brilliantly spelled out within the context of the tale. Though the
killer is not up to the usual quality of depth readers expect from Ms.
Clark, the novel is so well written that does not take away from the
overall story line. Fans of Ms. Clark and suspense in general will
enjoy this thriller.
am 7. Juli 1998
I have heard all of the hype about MHC and how ingenious she is. I picked up this book as a change from my usual mystery repertoire, expecting that at least some of the hype would play out.
What I found instead was the usual mystery formula the talentless writers of today use accompanied by static, under-developed characters. I was frequently bored with the cliche-ridden dialogue and frankly, the characters disgusted me. This reminded me of when I saw Titanic--finding such mediocre talent under a bed of rancid hype.
In short, I wonder just why people flock to MHC. She's the mystery-writer equivalent to Danielle Steele, as both are hooked on their cheap formulas and shallow plots. The fact that MHC remains a best-selling author is merely a comment on mainstream American society. It is a pity that there are so many millions of people with a below-average IQ. I am, however, excluding MHC from that catagory. She was obviously intelligent enough to realize that with little effort she could make millions on catering to the less-than adequate masses.
Holly Burke, PhD.
Clinical Psychologist, Abnormal Psychology Proffesor
Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins Inst.
am 22. September 1999
This exciting novel is about a woman named Lacey Farrell, who lives in Manhattan and is a real estate agent. One day she is witness to the murder of Isabelle Waring, whose daughter, Heather, was killed in a car accident. Lacey is placed in the witness protection program, and sent to live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before Isabelle died, she made Lacey promise to give her daughter's journal to her father, and asked her to read it too. Isabelle was convinced that Heather's death was not an accident. So Lacey takes the journal, gives the original copy to the police, gives a copy to Heather's father, and makes a copy for herself. But then she gets into trouble with the police, because they say that she could be charged with removal of evidence from a crime scene. While Lacey is in Minneapolis, somehow the murderer of Isabelle Waring has managed to track her down. I enjoyed reading this novel, because I liked being kept in suspense and not knowing what would happen next. I recommend this book to people who like to read suspenseful books with unpredictable plots. This novel is so unpredictable, it will keep readers guessing throughout the entire book.
am 3. November 1999
Mary Higgins Clark has not failed us with this one. Pretend You Don't See Her is a captavating story that keeps you always wanting to find out what is going to happen next. At the beginning of the story we are introduced to the main character in the story Lacey Farrell. Lacey is a prominent real estate agent in the hustling city of New York. While preparing to sell an apartment in the heart of the city, Lacey witnesses the murder of her client. From their her life was turned upside down. Being forced into the witness protection program Lacey believes she would be safe. But like any good thriller the plot only thickens by her discovery of new evidence that might capture the killer. By staying involved in the case, even though being warned not too, the murderer is close on Lacey tracks to hunt her down and lay to rest anyone who might be able to tie him or her to the murder. Mary Higgins Clark's Pretend You Don't See Her is an exciting book that keeps you wanting to keep turning the page to find out what will happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery with many twists and turns that keeps the plot interesting.
am 18. Juli 2000
This was a great book. It will keep you wondering what is going to happen next. Lacey is full of strong will and will do anything to keep alive. I admire her strength to carry on. This is one of my favorites by Mary Higgins Clark.