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Publisher's Summary

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

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Not her best

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.

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The Shadow of Your Smile

Excellent book and worth every minute it took to read it. Highly recommend!!!

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Excellent Read!!

Excellent book read aloud very well. I love how descriptive she makes the characters. most of all I love how she doesn't give away who did it until the end.

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I enjoyed this book

Very predictable, but most of MHC books are. I still love them. Worth the listen.

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Another great read from Clark!

Mary Higgins Clark is consistent with her wonderful stories. Always captivating and hard to stop!

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Another good one

Very good story! It kept my interest from the beginning. I recommend it and I love the reader.

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Another great book by Mary Higgins Clark

Listened to this one while driving to South Carolina from Tennessee. The book kept me enthralled and alert while driving.

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Good read

Loved this story the best so far. Really liked story line. Liked development of characters.

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Terrific!

I did not want to stop listening. It is a very intriguing story. One that you want to finish the day you start it. As all of Mary Higgins Clark books are. I recommend this book.

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Good Book

Where does The Shadow of Your Smile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I like Mary Higgins Clark and this was a good book but not one of her best.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked some of the characters

Which character – as performed by Jan Maxwell – was your favorite?

Monica

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction

Any additional comments?

good book, worth read but not great. Some of it was predictable but it's still worth the read.