No Place Like Home: A Novel

by Mary Higgins Clark

Hardcover, 2005



In a riveting new thriller from America's Queen of Suspense, a young woman is ensnared into returning to a place she had wanted to leave behind forever -- her childhood home. There, at the age of ten, Liza Barton had shot her mother, trying desperately to protect her from her estranged step-father, Ted Cartwright. Despite his claim that the shooting was a deliberate act, the Juvenile Court ruled the death an accident. Many people, however, agreed with Cartwright, and the tabloids compared her to the infamous murderess Lizzie Borden, pointing even to the similarity of their names. To erase Liza's past, her adoptive parents change her name to Celia. At age twenty-eight, a successful interior designer in Manhattan, she marries a childless sixty-year-old widower, Laurence Foster, and they have a son. Before their marriage, she reveals to him her true identity. Two years later, on his deathbed, he makes her swear never to tell anyone so that their son, Jack, will not carry the stigma of her past. Two years later, Celia is happily remarried. Her peace of mind is shattered when her new husband, Alex Nolan, surprises her with a gift -- the house in Mendham, New Jersey, where she killed her mother. On the day they move in, they find the words little lizzie's place -- beware painted on the lawn, splotches of red paint all over the house, and a skull and crossbones carved into the door. More and more, there are signs that someone in the community knows Celia's true identity. When Georgette Grove, the real estate agent who sold the house to Alex, is brutally murdered and Celia is the first on the crime scene, she becomes a suspect. As Celia fights to prove her innocence, she is not aware that she and her son, Jack, are now the targets of a killer.… (more)


½ (240 ratings; 3.5)

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LibraryThing member Kathy89
A horrible childhood secret is about to be revealed to her family
LibraryThing member Fantasma
A fast-paced thriller, as it's usual by this author, with some creepy scenes that make us turn around to see if anybody is watching us :)
But, if you've read many or all of her books, as is my case, the ending is sooooo predictable. And I mean SOOOOOO!! Just a small surprise... Anyway, we still want
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to understand all that happened and it's a good read.
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LibraryThing member mumstheword
Good story but more editing would have helped. Ran on a little too long.
LibraryThing member skinglist
Typical MHC book. Fluff. This one wasn't really that surprising. She gave all the hints of who you were supposed to think it was but left enough that you could be fairly sure of who it really was. I found the ending to be rushed and the epilogue to be rather odd - much like JK Rowling's HP7 finale.
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Rather meh. Filled the gap between books quite well.
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LibraryThing member kallmon75
A very good book. It's a mystery/suspense so it kept you guessing the entire time and then took an unexpected turn at the end
LibraryThing member frozenplums
Not the most original of Clark's stories (I seem to remember reading a few novels by her about women whose names were changed during childhood to escape a past), but not bad either. Clark portrays Celia's overwhelming sense of helplessness so well. I might reread this one.
LibraryThing member AnarchicQ
This books take too long to give us a reason to care about the characters. The identity of the culprit is obvious from the get-go, but the motivation is from left-field and lame. The climax is about a page long, and everything gets wrapped up in a "Oh by the way, they confessed!" Epilogue.
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This is not worth reading and the only reason I finished it was pride. I couldn't let this book beat me!


I knew Alex was in on it, but his money-grubbing motivation was stupid. I thought Alex was torturing Celia for not telling him her real identity. I thought he felt betrayed and decided to f*ck with her. But no. It was the all-mighty dollar. AGAIN.
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LibraryThing member christinejoseph
One of her best — fails to follow t/ the intense emotions after Liza found out whole deal @ stepfather, new husband — is all wrapped up in 2 pages

Liza's adoptive parents change her name to Celia and try to erase all traces of her past. Widowed after a brief marriage in which she had a son,
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Jack, she remarries a young lawyer. Celia is happy until, on her birthday, he presents her with a gift -- the house where she killed her mother. On moving in, they find the words LITTLE LIZZIE'S PLACE - BEWARE painted in red letters on the lawn. When the real estate agent who sold the house to her husband is murdered, she becomes a suspect. As she struggles to prove her innocence, Celia and her little son are being stalked by the killer.
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LibraryThing member Shiinale
With Clark's novels, you can usually guess who the culprit is from the very beginning. Though this was the case with this book, it was still a fun read.
LibraryThing member edwardsgt
I thought the story a little old-fashioned in style and the characters rather one-dimensional. I'd guessed that the main villain was the person it turned out to be. Undemanding reading for a wet day.
LibraryThing member Andrew-theQM
Mary Higgins Clark delivers another very good book with plenty of twists and quite an in-depth plot. This was one book where I actually did figure out who had done it before the end but this still didn't spoil my enjoyment of this book. I always enjoy Mary Higgins Clark books and this was no
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exception. 4 stars.
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LibraryThing member purple_pisces22
Typical Mary Higgins Clark. A nice quick "who done it?"
LibraryThing member ElizabethCromb
Good tight plot-line of murder, mystery, mistaken blame, greed and collusion.
LibraryThing member RoSands
It was a good mystery from Mary Higgins Clark. I enjoyed it.


Simon & Schuster (2005), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages

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0743264894 / 9780743264891


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