In The Shadow of Your Smile, worldwide best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark weaves a spellbinding thriller revolving around a long-held family secret that threatens to emerge and take the life of an unsuspecting heiress.
At age 82 and in failing health, Olivia Morrow knows she has little time left. The last of her line, she faces a momentous choice: expose a long-held family secret, or take it with her to her grave.
Olivia has in her possession letters from her deceased cousin Catherine, a nun, now being considered for beatification by the Catholic Churchthe final step before sainthood. In her lifetime, Sister Catherine had founded seven hospitals for disabled children. Now the cure of a four-year-old boy dying of brain cancer is being attributed to her. After his case was pronounced medically hopeless, the boys desperate mother had organized a prayer crusade to Sister Catherine, leading to his miraculous recovery.
The letters Olivia holds are the evidence that Catherine gave birth at age seventeen to a child, a son, and gave him up for adoption. Olivia knows the identity of the young man who fathered Catherines child: Alex Gannon, who went on to become a world-famous doctor, scientist, and inventor holding medical patents.
Now, two generations later, 31-year-old pediatrician Dr. Monica Farrell, Catherines granddaughter, stands as the rightful heir to what remains of the family fortune. But in telling Monica who she really is, Olivia would have to betray Catherines wishes and reveal the story behind Monicas ancestry.
The Gannon fortune is being squandered by Alexs nephews Greg and Peter Gannon, and other board members of the Gannon Foundation, who camouflage their profligate lifestyles with philanthropy.
Now their carefully constructed image is cracking. Greg, a prominent financier, is under criminal investigation, and Peter, a Broadway producer, is asuspect in the murder of a young woman who has been extorting money from him.
The only people aware of Olivias impending choice are those exploiting the Gannon inheritance. To silence Olivia and prevent Monica from learning the secret, some of them will stop at nothing....even murder.
Clark's riveting new novel explores the juxtaposition of medical science and religious faith, and the search for identity by the daughter of a man adopted at birth.
©2010 Mary Higgins Clark (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
There was no mystery here. You know all of the big reveals a long time before they are revealed to any of the pertinent characters. And each one of these reveals are made in first person confessions. It is all told rather than shown.
I felt like all of the action in this book was people thinking about their crimes or their planned crimes rather than seeing them doing anything. It left very little room for intrigue.
Excellent book and worth every minute it took to read it. Highly recommend!!!
I like Mary Higgins Clark and this was a good book but not one of her best.
I liked some of the characters
No extreme reaction
good book, worth read but not great. Some of it was predictable but it's still worth the read.
keeps you suspenseful
When all the mysteries come together
very talented reader
It ended from me, an AHAAA
Great mystery from a great writer
The medical aspect and the child involved
Knowing that good would trump evil
When Monica found the letters
Parts of it seem to drag on more than necessary however it was enjoyable and I purchased another book by the same author that I just began to listen to.
Mary Higgins Clark has done it again. I've never disappointed with her books. They are engaging and always keep you guessing.
I have never listened to a book from this author before, but I totally enjoyed it and couldn't turn off my Ipod. Even if I could guess what would happen, the story was suspenseful. I am going to buy more books from this author right away.
I used to really love Clark's books. But this one is a bit too predictable and I tire of every story is set in NYC. I guess she writes what she knows, but a different setting would be nice.
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