The Melody Lingers On

Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,140 ratings)

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From the number-one New York Times best-selling "Queen of Suspense" comes a thrilling novel about missing billions, a disgraced financier, and those determined to learn the truth at any cost.

As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tristate area. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating and loves the reward of exceeding the expectations of their often-demanding owners. When she is called to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she knows the job is unusual. Then she learns the home belongs to the wife of a notorious and disgraced financier named Parker Bennett.

Parker Bennett has been missing for two years. He dropped out of sight just before it was discovered that the $5 billion in the fund he had been managing had vanished. Bennett had gone out on his sailboat in the Caribbean. Was it suicide, or had he staged his disappearance? The scandal around his name has not died down. His clients and the federal government all want to trace the money and find Bennett if he is still alive.

Lane is surprised to find herself moved by Mrs. Bennett's calm dignity and apparently sincere belief in her husband's innocence. Gradually Lane finds herself drawn to Eric, the Bennetts' son, who is similarly determined to prove that his father is not guilty. Lane doesn't know that the closer she gets to the Bennetts, the more she puts her life - and her daughter's life - in jeopardy.

With the hair-raising storytelling skill that has made her America's "Queen of Suspense", Mary Higgins Clark combines a headline-making financial scandal and a breathtaking tale of deception and betrayal into one of her finest novels.

©2015 Mary Higgins Clark (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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Enjoyable topical and great narration!

Fast pacing and good character development
I always enjoy the authors believable
Inside plot and to the characters she writes about.
Well done Audible.

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suspenseful ...true to Mary Higgins Clark!<br /> <br />

This is a must read! Well written & suspenseful as I expected! loved it

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What a mind teaser

I thought I knew good from bad but Clark fooled me. I've loved her books for years. This is my first on audio it's great. On your iPhone you can take it with you everywhere. She had many to choose from. Start listening. 😃

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Loved It

Well written. Although it has a predictable ending it was a good story. Well worth reading.

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Good story but kinda predictable

I appreciate the fact that Mary Higgins Clark doesn't find it necessary to use sex and profanity and crudeness to tell a good story She is one of my favorites

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Loved it

It was a simple story with a predictable ending but I still loved the interplay with the characters.

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I enjoyed the book very much!

Mary Higgins Clark tells a wonderful story. I've always enjoyed all of her books. Jan maxwell excellent job of narrating.

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Wow

Another ace in the hole! Mary Higgins Clark has been a long favorite, and this did not disappoint.

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Slow and Predictable

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

this is not a book that is worth reading. It is slow, more of a cheap harlequin book offers no suspense or mystery. Nothing like the other books I've read from this author.

Has The Melody Lingers On turned you off from other books in this genre?

Only from this author if this is where her books are heading.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jan Maxwell?

the narrator was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Melody Lingers On?

the entire book

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Where did the strong heroine go?

Would you try another book from Mary Higgins Clark and/or Jan Maxwell?

Narrator was good except the "old-lady" type voices. I felt she did a good job though.

Has The Melody Lingers On turned you off from other books in this genre?

Probably.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I'm in my 50's and I, and no one I know in my age group, or even friends I have in their 60's sound like "old women". I assume the narrator is young? None of us have "old-lady voices". Be mindful of that.

Was The Melody Lingers On worth the listening time?

I listen in my car while driving to/from work. When the book finished, I got out of my car and began ranting and raving about how frustrated I was about the women portrayed in this book. If they weren't portrayed as a b*tch, they were meek little women who rely on men and don't have a back-bone. Where have all the strong, intelligent women gone? You have meek, mindless women throughout this book and I was so frustrated with myself that I listened all the way through. I kept thinking that at some point one or more of them would step up and be strong...didn't happen. I'm going back to my post-apocalyptic, or Dean Koontz-type books. This was just too disappointing to see that a woman writer couldn't write a strong woman in her book.

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