Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #83

It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring Mary Higgins Clark's latest suspense novel, which I picked up from the library yesterday and will be reading over the weekend.

The Melody Lingers On 

BeginningThirty-year-old Elaine Marsha Harmon walked briskly from her apartment of East Thirty-Second Street in Manhattan to her job as an assistant interior decorator fifteen blocks away in the Flatiron Building at Twenty-Third Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Page 56:  "The friends he had carefully chosen years ago completely accepted him for what they thought he was, a rather shy man, a widower who loved sailing."

My thoughts:  I'm an avid MHC fan, and always await her next novel.  Her stories are usually set in New York City and/or New Jersey, and I enjoy the references to places I've visited.  The Flatiron Building is a famous NYC landmark that houses the offices of Macmillan Publishers, which I have visited several times.

From GoodreadsAs the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tri-state area. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating, and loves the reward of exceeding the expectations of their often-demanding owners. When she is called to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she knows the job is unusual. Then she learns the home belongs to the wife of a notorious and disgraced financier named Parker Bennett.

Parker Bennett has been missing for two years. He dropped out of sight just before it was discovered that the $5 billion dollars in the fund he had been managing had vanished. Bennett had gone out on his sailboat in the Caribbean. Was it suicide or had he staged his disappearance? The scandal around his name has not died down. His clients and the federal government all want to trace the money and find Bennett if he is still alive.

Lane is surprised to find herself moved by Mrs. Bennett’s calm dignity and apparently sincere belief in her husband’s innocence. Gradually, Lane finds herself drawn to Mark, the Bennetts’ son, who is similarly determined to prove that his father is not guilty. Lane doesn’t know that the closer she gets to the Bennetts, the more she puts her life―and her daughter’s life―in jeopardy.
Which book are you reading now or about to start?

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