On the Street Where You Live

by Mary Higgins Clark

Hardcover, 2001

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Description

When lawyer Emily Graham stumbles upon the skeletal remains of her long-dead great aunt, missing since 1892, next to the body of a teenager who had vanished nine years earlier, she investigates both killings and discovers many similarities.

Rating

(281 ratings; 3.6)

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LibraryThing member bookwitch24
A very interesting mystery, spanning two different time periods.
LibraryThing member cindyloumn
Good book. I read it very fast. Lots of suspects, so it was hard to figure out at times, but good.
LibraryThing member mnd88
A recently divorced lawyer buys her family's ancestral home and moves to a quite coastal town. Once there, she becomes aware of a serial killer operating on the same schedule as a series of murders from a hundred years before. A light read, it's the perfect book for a rainy Saturday afternoon.
LibraryThing member DSlongwhite
I always enjoy buying books at airports and I always enjoy Mary Higgins Clark, so I was happy with this purchase at Logan Airport on the way to Mark Juniors graduation from Southwestern Adventist University. However, of all the MHC books I've read I liked this one the least. Perhaps it was because I just finished a wonderful Anne Tyler book with her amazing character development. I found the plot in this book predictable and I never felt closely connected to the characters.

At the end of the book, there are questions and answers for the author. The first question mentions this book and says it is a "thriller." I couldn't believe it. I never thought of it in that category.

Emily Graham has made a large sum of money as a defense attorney. She purchases an old Victorian home for $2m cash in the coastal town of Spring Lake, NJ. The house had been in her family several generations back. Her grandmother's sister, Madeline Shapley had lived there. She disappeared as a teen-ager in 1841 and although foul play was suspected, a body was never found.
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LibraryThing member jannief
This is the second book by MHC that I've read and I liked this much better than "A Cry in the Night". This book was much more suspenseful and I liked that it kept you guessing until the end as to who the bad guy was. I'll try some more of her books but so far, there's something missing that I can't quite put my finger on. I don't know if it's because of the large volume of books that she writes in a relatively short amount of time that causes the quality deficiancy or what. But there is something definitely lacking in her stories. But, they're a quick read and entertaining.… (more)
LibraryThing member MsBeautiful
Easy to read, average mystery
LibraryThing member miyurose
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite "summer reading" authors. I especially like her books when I can't guess the who in the whodunit. No guessing in this one! It was actually pretty unexpected.
LibraryThing member sallyawolf
On the street where you live.by Marry Higgins-Clark
This book is about a small suburb is in an uproar over the newly discovered remains of two young women that disappeared over a century apart.Soon there is a race to figure out if this killer is a copycat or something more mysterious before he strikes again.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 I think that this is a great who done it novel that keeps you guessing till the end and.it is well worth the read.
This paper back book was acquire from the McKay s free bin.
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LibraryThing member rosuojoy
A recently divorced lawyer buys her ancestral home and skeletons are discoverd during excavation for a pool, one the skeleton of her ancestor,who was declared missing decades ago, and another of a young girl who was recently declared missing...soon her own life is in danger
LibraryThing member Schmerguls
This 2001 novel is the author's 20th but the first one by her I have ever read. The central character is a woman lawyer who has had much success as a criminal defense lawyer. She moves to New Jersey and immediately is involved with a series of murders,apparently copying a series of murders which happened in the 1890's. It is all pretty fantastic and unlikely but things keep happening and one is happy to keep reading to see who the murderer is. And the characters are not prone to objectionalble language. But it is not great writing nor a very subtle plot. I don't regret reading the book but whether I will ever read another of the author's books I doubt.… (more)
LibraryThing member CarmenMilligan
Very nice murder mystery. I didn't see the end coming. Recommended summer reading.
LibraryThing member sallyawolf
On the street where you live.by Marry Higgins-Clark
This book is about a small suburb is in an uproar over the newly discovered remains of two young women that disappeared over a century apart.Soon there is a race to figure out if this killer is a copycat or something more mysterious before he strikes again.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 I think that this is a great who done it novel that keeps you guessing till the end and.it is well worth the read.
This paper back book was acquire from the McKay s free bin
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LibraryThing member frozenplums
This was the first Mary Higgins Clark book I ever read, and looking back I was entirely too young for it, but it remains one of my favorite books. A history buff, a researcher, a stalker, a serial killer, security cameras, reincarnation, and romance. You can't go wrong with this one.
LibraryThing member moonshineandrosefire
Emily Graham is a criminal defense attorney who has already been through so much during her lifetime. Having already endured an exasperating ex-husband and the acrimonious breakup of her marriage - as well as the traumatic experience of being pursued by an obsessed stalker - Emily feels the need to get as far away from home as possible. So, deciding that she deserves a change of scenery, she eagerly accepts an offer to leave Albany and take up a position with a major law firm in Manhattan.

Feeling a strong desire to reestablish her roots, Emily buys her ancestral home - a restored Victorian mansion situated in the historic seaside resort town of Spring Lake, New Jersey. Her family had chosen to sell the house back in 1892, after the mysterious disappearance of nineteen-year-old Madeline Shapley - a distant relative of Emily Graham. Unfortunately, Madeline Shapley was never seen again.

More than a century later, as the house is being renovated and the backyard excavated to install a pool, the skeletal remains of a young woman are found. She is soon identified as Martha Lawrence, someone who went missing from Spring Lake over four years ago. However, Martha doesn't seem to have been buried alone - she has another woman's finger bone clutched within her skeletal hand. The lady's finger bone still has a ring on it - a ring that turns out to have been a Shapley family heirloom.

Now, as Emily seeks to discover the link between her family's past and the most recent murder, she actually finds herself haunted by both murders - despite the one hundred and ten years that separate them. Emily's subsequent investigation reveals that both crimes seem to be related to each other, yet this information isn't actually what frightens her the most. What actually begins to frighten Emily the most, is that she has somehow attracted the attention of a very devious and seductive killer - someone who ultimately sees her curiosity as a threat, and has chosen her as his next victim...

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this particular book. Actually, the story gave me the slightest impression that I was reading an Agatha Christie-style mystery - which means that I hadn't any clue at all who the perpetrator was, but absolutely no one was beyond suspicion. In my opinion, it was an intriguing and intricate plot that held my attention all the way through. I would definitely give this book an A!

I may have said this before, but I will say it again: to me, Mary Higgins Clark is a bit like Barbara Delinsky in terms of enjoyment of their books. The books that I have read by Ms. Clark have all been very entertaining and enjoyable, but sometimes she is a bit of a hit-or-miss author for me.
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LibraryThing member TVNerd95
So this was the first Mary Higgins Clark I’ve ever read and I just really loved it. I’ve seen other reviews that say it isn’t as good as some of her others but for me it is one of my favorite mysteries. I liked all the characters, even the annoying ones and felt the suspense was perfect. Mary Higgins Clark did a fabulous job of intertwining the past with the present and bring into question fate and reincarnation.

I also really liked reading a story where the cops were actually trying to help and didn’t write off the main characters thoughts as paranoia. The main character in this story is great but flawed in her inability to realize the risk she is putting her own life in but what is even better is that several of the other characters call her out on it.

The author does a really good job of closing the loop on several side plots and really weaves the two current mysteries together as well as find closure for the past mystery. I don’t this isn’t a real detailed review but I just really enjoyed this story and found it completely entertaining and engrossing. It will become one of my re-reads.
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LibraryThing member kmmsb459
Her books are always easy and entertaining to read.
LibraryThing member JBarringer
The ending seemed a bit unsupported and forced, but not to terribly. It is at least unexpected, and there are plenty of red herrings and extra suspects in this serial killing murder mystery. The fashions are a bit dated- the women in this novel wear an awful lot of pantsuits- but the damsel in distress is at least a rational, capable, respected lawyer who stays in character throughout the book. The introduction of reincarnation as a supernatural plot twist is interesting, too, and kinda works. For a fast-reading murder mystery, this one's on my recommended books list. It's definitely not a book from which readers are likely to learn a lot or gain new wisdom and insight, but it is great brain candy to read while mulling over heavier stuff.… (more)
LibraryThing member TinyDancer11
Another great fast paced mystery by Mary Higgins Clark.

Publication

Simon & Schuster (2001), 327 p.

Original publication date

2002-04-01

Pages

317

ISBN

0-7432-0602-9 / 9780743206020

Language

Original language

English
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