Friday, May 6, 2011
A Cry In The Night
Mary Higgins Clark
Amazon Blurb -
When Jenny MacPartland meets the man of her dreams while working in a New York art gallery, she's ecstatic. Painter Erich Krueger -- whose exquisite landscapes are making him a huge success -- is handsome, sensitive...and utterly in love with her. They marry quickly and Jenny plans a loving home on Erich's vast Minnesota farm. But lonely days and eerie nights strain her nerves to the breaking point and test her sanity. Caught in a whirlpool of shattering events, Jenny soon unearths a past more terrifying than she dares imagine...tragic secrets that threaten her marriage, her children, her life.
Jennie is a single mom living in Manhattan who’s ex husband is a wanna be actor and a dead beat dad who comes to her for money constantly. She works in an art gallery that is having a show featuring young handsome up and coming artist Erich Krueger.
In the Gallery window a painting of Eric’s mother Caroline shows the striking resemblance of Jennie to her. All the guests actually thought she was the subject. Eric takes her to lunch wanting to get to know her. He tells her how his mother died when he was ten in a tragic accident. The two hit it off and start a whirlwind courtship that ends with him wanting to adopt Jennie’s two very young daughters and moving them all to his farm in Minnesota.
This was very suspenseful but I had a hard time since it was an audio-book and the narrator was horrific. The inflection and emotion for some parts just ruined the crap out of it for me. Also, Jennie did some things that would’ve shot flares up big time if I was there. Like the fact that he made her wear his mother’s lingerie on their first night and then would only be with her if she had it on. Um, no don’t think I’d ever do that! She becomes pregnant and when Eric sees that the baby has red hair like the girls he jumps to the conclusion that her ex Kevin is the father. What does the wack a doodle do? He names the baby Kevin, when Jennie says do not put that on the birth cert, she doesn’t follow through to make sure he didn’t. Cuhrazy with a capitol C!!
Eric does other odd things and has a possessive streak a mile wide. He won’t let her go anywhere, never leaving the car keys for her and fumes if she does stuff with the girls and doesn’t wait for him. His farm hands all are petrified of him and Rooney the farm manager’s wife is slightly looney herself adding to the drama. I’d recommend this book for those who love a scare, just read it don’t listen.
I read this for my MHC challenge hosted by Marce from Tea Time With Marcy and I look forward to READING not listening to my next book. I haven’t read her in many many years and look forward to getting re-acquainted with Mary again.