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This book is called On The Street Where you live it was released around 2002 and the story revolves around Criminal Defense Attorney Emily Graham. She decides to leave her home in Albany to live and work in Manhattan. Emily needs to recover from the trauma of being stalked and also from her recent divorce which turned very bitter. Deciding she needs some comfort and also to look to her past she decides to buy her ancestral home. The Victorian house is situated in the seaside town of Spring Lake, New Jersey. The house was sold in 1892 after one of Emily's ancestors, Madeline Shapley disappeared. Her family who were left devastated felt they could no longer live in the house with all the bad memories.
The house is in the process of being renovated when Emily buys the property with a pool also being installed. The renovations are soon brought to a stop when a skeleton is found where the pools foundations will be. The remains are identified as Martha Lawrence, a young Spring Lake woman who vanished several years ago. Within her hand is the finger bone of another woman, with a ring which turns out to be a Shapley family heirloom. Emily becomes determined to find what the connection is between the two victims and to discover who committed both crimes even though they are separated by more than a century. As Emily starts her investigation she becomes a threat to the killer. He has made his mind up that she will be his next victim.
This book often lapses into being written as if seen through the unknown killer's eyes and this gives the book a good edge. As you read on you get a good idea of how evil and calculating this killer is but at no time do you know who this person actually is. Due to this I spent half of the book constantly changing my mind trying to figure out the identity of the killer.
The character of Emily is likeable as she has had enough bad luck in her life already and then becomes prey to an unknown killer. The story has plenty of twists and turns before the eventual reveal as to who the killer is.
I really enjoy reading Mary Higgins Clarks novels they are all well written although some have a slightly better plot than others. This is pretty much the case with most authors though. I have to say that this is one of the better stories of hers that I have read. It has a nice twist being that the murders even though they are connected have happened centuries apart.
Mary Higgins Clark has won numerous awards for her books and I can understand why, her books are generally easy to read. Although I do have to say that the odd novel she has written can sometimes have a number of characters or suspects and you sometimes have to think back to who this person is. However this may be just me having a bad memory!
The majority of her books however are not very complicated so you can easily follow the plot. On The Street Where You Live is one of these books and it also has suspense by the bucket load which is probably why Mary Higgins Clark has gained the nickname "Queen of Suspense"