Thursday, July 19, 2018

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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 a recent read,  I've Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark.  The excerpts shared are from the hardcover version I borrowed from the library.

I've Got My Eyes on You 

Beginning:  Jamie was in his room on the second floor of his mother's small Cape Cod house in Saddle River, New Jersey, when his life changed.

Page 56: "I know he's got a temper, Brenda often thought to herself, but I swear those two drive him to it."
My thoughts:  When popular high school student Kerry Dowling is found dead from a blow to the head in her family's backyard pool, the most logical suspect is her boyfriend, Alan Crowley, who had had a very public fight with her at a party on the premises hours earlier. As the police investigation proceeds, several other persons of interest are identified. Who wants Kerry permanently out of the picture, and why?

Mary Higgins Clark applies her tried and true suspense formula in this latest novel. Although I strongly suspected the right person as the killer, the motive caught me by surprise. I've Got My Eyes on You is a good vacation read.

From Goodreads:   A new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark.

After a party when her parents are away, eighteen-year-old Kerry Dowling is found fully dressed at the bottom of the family pool.

The immediate suspect is her boyfriend who had a bitter argument with her at the party. Then there is a twenty-year-old neighbor who was angry because she didn’t invite him to the party.

Or is there someone else who has not yet been seen on the radar?

Kerry’s older sister Aline, a twenty-eight-year-old guidance counselor, is determined to assist the Prosecutor's Office in learning the truth. She does not realize that now she is putting her own life in danger...


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Bev Bouwer said...

I bet it's not the boyfriend. Mary Higgins-Clark is an accomplished writer in this genre.

Lisbeth @ The Content Reader said...

Good lines. I read Mary Higgins-Clark many years ago and liked the book (although I cannot remember which one!).

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've had my "eyes" on this one! Thanks for sharing...and enjoy, and thanks for visiting my blog.

fredamans said...

I wonder how his life changed... a death? Is he the one with anger too, maybe that would be why.... so much to speculate on. :-) I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

It's a quick read, especially if you're a MHC fan.

Kathy Martin said...

As famous as the author is, I've somehow never read a book by her. This one sounds good. This week I have Murder, She Reported by Peg Cochran - a nice historical mystery. Happy reading!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I've been hooked on MHC from her very first book, Where Are the Children. I think I've read all her novels, except the ones she co-wrote with Alafair Burke.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Your instincts are right on, Bev.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

The excerpts relate to two different characters, but both are suspects. And thanks, Freda, for adding me to your meme. I had visited your blog twice today before the post was up.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

There are several famous authors whose books I've never read and it really surprises me.

Sassy Brit @ said...

This sounds good. I've not read her books in ages, but now I'm wondering... lol

This Friday I'm featuring Spilt Wine by Michael Walsh. Have a terrific weekend, it's going to be a hot one!!

Luv Sassy x

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Hope you enjoy the weekend. Happy reading!

Laura said...

I really enjoy her books. Been too long since I read a new one:)

My Friday 56 from The Haunted Forest Tour

Girl Who Reads said...

I don't read MHC often, but I always enjoy her books when I do. See what I'm featuring at Girl Who Reads

Kay said...

I remember when I read my first book by this author - many, many years ago. At that time, I was still reading a lot of Gothic suspense and her contemporary romantic suspense was new to me. I loved her Althea and Willie characters. And I've read some of her daughter's books too. Mary Higgins Clark has been around for a long, long time. It's been quite a while since I read one of her books. Have you read any of the ones she writes with Alafair Burke?

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Weirdly enough I've never tried this author, but I'm going to have to some time. :)

Lauren @ Always Me

Carole's Random Life in Books said...

It has been a long time since I read Mary Higgins Clark but I do remember enjoying her work. This one sounds great!

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

I always think her books are too scary, but this one doesn't look too bad.

Thanks for always participating in Book Beginnings on Friday!

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