I HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE by Mary Higgins Clark - SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOKSee all titles by Mary Higgins Clark.
In a riveting psychological thriller, Mary Higgins Clark takes
the reader deep into the mysteries of the human mind, where memories
may be the most dangerous things of all.
At the center of her novel is Kay Lansing, who has grown up in
Englewood, New Jersey, daughter of the landscaper to the wealthy and
powerful Carrington family. Their mansion -- a historic
seventeenth-century manor house transported stone by stone from Wales
in 1848 -- has a hidden chapel. One day, accompanying her father to
work, six-year-old Kay succumbs to curiosity and sneaks into the
chapel. There, she overhears a quarrel between a man and a woman who is
demanding money from him. When she says that this will be the last
time, his caustic response is: "I heard that song before."
That same evening, the Carringtons hold a formal dinner dance after
which Peter Carrington, a student at Princeton, drives home Susan
Althorp, the nineteen-year-old daughter of neighbors. While her parents
hear her come in, she is not in her room the next morning and is never
seen or heard from again.
Throughout the years, a cloud of suspicion hangs over Peter Carrington.
At age forty-two, head of the family business empire, he is still "a
person of interest" in the eyes of the police, not only for Susan
Althorp's disappearance but also for the subsequent drowning death of
his own pregnant wife in their swimming pool.
Kay Lansing, now living in New York and working as a librarian in
Englewood, goes to see Peter Carrington to ask for permission to hold a
cocktail party on his estate to benefit a literacy program, which he
later grants. Kay comes to see Peter as maligned and misunderstood, and
when he begins to court her after the cocktail party, she falls in love
with him. Over the objections of her beloved grandmother Margaret
O'Neil, who raised her after her parents' early deaths, she marries
him. To her dismay, she soon finds that he is a sleepwalker whose
nocturnal wanderings draw him to the spot at the pool where his wife
met her end.