Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out for her hometown to attend the twenty-year reunion of Stonecroft Academy alumni, where she is to be honored along with six other members of her class. Among the guests she greets is a murderer on a mission of vengeance against the Stonecroft women who had mocked and humiliated him.
This was my first MHC book, though I liked the story and suspense element to some extent yet I did not enjoy reading this book much, reason being MHC’s writing style. It became so irksome at times that I just wanted to close the book once and for all but the suspense element pulled me back to finish it finally. The story started good with so many (annoying) characters and as the story moves on curiosity increases but after so many build ups about the killer the ending was just plain and disappointing. Overall, all I can say is this book was something new yet unsatisfactory read for me.
The characters seemed well crafted and the story was built up very well. Clark keeps feeding you little snippets of information that make you think: I know who The Owl is, but still I was never quite correct. The ending was good, although the epilogue made it just a little 'cheesy' for my taste.
In the beginning I did mix up the names of all the male honorees. They were all a little bit strange and nerdy growing up, so I had problems keeping them apart.
If like fast moving suspense books that keep you fully engaged I would recommend this book. Enjoy!
Ties up all ends in last chapter
Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out to her hometown in Cornwall-on- Hudson, New York, to attend the twenty-year reunion of alumni of Stonecroft Academy, where she is to be honored along with six other members of her class. There is, however, something uneasy in the air: one woman in the group about to be feted, Alison Kendall, a beautiful, high-powered Hollywood agent, died just a few days before, drowned in her pool during an early- morning swim, the fifth woman in the class whose life has come to a sudden, mysterious end.
While the reunion part was disappointing, the other plotlines that were introduced picked up the slack. Essentially, the reunion is there to provide a plethora of suspects, and Clark skilfully makes it seem as though they all could be the killer. Of course, tension ramps up towards the end. Nothing surprising, but a quality crime read nonetheless.
So. Not a raving review, but simply a solid whodunnit.