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Mary Higgins Clark has delivered to readers the fifteenth of her bestselling suspensers In thestarring role this time is Lacey Farrell a big-wheel real estate agent Lacey sells luxury condos inNew York City and becomes friends with one of her clients Isabelle Landi Their conversationsare centered around Isabelles daughter who died a couple of years ago in a car crash howeverthe mother is terribly disturbed because she does not believe that it was an accident She isconvinced that the answer lies in a journal that her daughter kept until she died As a result of hercuriosity Isabelle is murdered in her daughters apartment just as Lacey enters the front door Inher final moments the dying woman gives her friend the journal -- which Lacey imprudentlyphotocopies before handing over to the police Now she is herself targeted for death and theonly thing standing between Lacey and a killer is the Federal Witness Protection Program On the run from the killer Lacey has been relocated to Minnesota and now has to wear a maskand embrace an identity that is not her own Looking over her shoulder every waking moment ofthe day she is far from having even the replica of a normal life To make things worse the killerhas tracked her to Minnesota With the stalker too close for comfort she returns to New York inan effort to catch the killer and save herself The only element of the novel that intrigued me was the cat and mouse chase with the killeralways two steps behind the victim Aside from this the novel had a lot of serious flaws Themotive was not well illustrated and we never learn anything about the villain -- so when she isfinally unmasked the reaction is puzzlement rather than catharsis Furthermore the motive turnsout to be very unimportant compared to the number of lives lost which makes the story appearto be pretty unrealistic There were too many characters for a book of this
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