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Paperback. Pub Date :2011-1-1 Pages: 319 Publisher: Simon & Schuster At age eighty-three and in failing health. Olivia Morrow knowsshe has little time left The last of her line. she faces amomentous choice:. Expose a long -held family secret. or take it withher to her grave. Olivia has in her possession letters from herdeceased cousin Catherine. a nun. now being considered forbeatification by the Catholic Church. These letters reveal that. atthe age of seventeen. Catherine gave birth to a son and gave him upfor adoption and they identify the father as Alex Gannon. aworld-famous doctor. scientist and inventor of medical patents.Now. two generations later. thirty-one year old paediatrician. Dr.Monica Farrell. Catherines granddaughter. stands as the rightfulheir to what remains of the Gannon family fortune. But in tellingMonica who she really is and getting what is lawfully her...
To build up a reputation as one of the most solid and reliable of storytellers, it is not necessary to reinvent the wheel with each new book -- and Mary Higgins Clark knows perfectly well that her legion of admirers expect a certain standard narrative from her without any striking innovations or flourishes. And that dependability is fully on display in The Shadow of the Smile, which delivers precisely the kind of reader-pleasing plotting that the author has virtually taken out a patent on -- no more, no less.
Olivia Morrow is well aware that her life is drawing to a close. At 83, she is the last of her clan, and as death approaches, Olivia is faced with a daunting decision: should she reveal a closely-guarded family secret or allow it to die with her? She possesses letters from a dead cousin, Catherine, who was a nun -- and who is now being considered as a candidate for sainthood by the Catholic Church. But the clandestine letters contain a startling fact: in her teenage years, Catherine became a mother, although she subsequently gave up her son for adoption. This is, of course, is incendiary information about someone who is scheduled for beatification. The letters also name the father, now a celebrated doctor of science. In the present, Catherine's granddaughter, Dr Monica Farrell, is the heir to the family fortune, but should the dying Olivia reveal these facts to her? Soon, the act of murder is weaved into this dangerous scenario, and there are those who want a long-guarded secret to remain just that.
Clark's admirers -- and they are many -- will know exactly what to expect from this latest book; it will glean no literary prizes, but will give great pleasure to those who have followed the writer's career over many years. --Barry Forshaw
Mary Higgins Clark is the author of thirty-one suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, and a memoir. She is the co-author with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, of five holiday suspense novels.
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- Published on: 2011-01-06
- Released on: 2011-01-06
- Original language: English
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- 336 pages
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