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Mass Market Paperback, 356 pages
Published March 1st 1986 by Dell (first published 1984)
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Xana
Dec 28, 2016 Xana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merece aa 3,5*
Gosto de MHC. É daquelas autoras "conforto", onde volto sempre com a certeza que vou apreciar.
Este é um dos velhinhos, com uma história que me agarrou nas primeiras páginas.
Gosto sempre das personagens dela, mulheres fortes, e Pat não foi excepção.
Gostei bastante. Boa maneira de terminar o ano :)
Maurean
I found this to be an entertaining mystery, and it has convinced me to try other MHC books in the future, but I don't know - based on this one novel - if I would classify her as the QUEEN of suspense (there are other contemporaries of hers that I enjoy just as much, certainly, if not more - Sandra Brown, Linda Fairstein, Heather Graham; all come immediately to mind). But, that's being really nit-picky, isn't it?! The storyline was intriguing, the characters were sympathetic, and it kept me turni ...more
Walt
May 17, 2009 Walt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My wife and a friend, Janice, from our third-Monday book club (we meet at Barnes and Noble) went to see Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter, Carol, speak at the high school recently. Subsequently, my wife bought this to read on her Kindle, so I decided to read it, too. I don't think I had ever read Mary Higgins Clark before. I probably won't read her again.

Pat Traymore is the protagonist, a newswoman with a new job in Washington D.C. Her parents had died violent deaths there when she was a chil
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Fuglsang
Apr 22, 2010 Fuglsang rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who prefer an easy read and who don't mind flat characters
Not quite bad but not quite good either. Sure, it was a fun read, at least the last third of it, but it just lacked something. Come to think of it - that's pretty much how all Clark's books are.

The characters lack some quirks and some spirit. They're not really that unique and they're certainly not gonna stay with me for a very long time, as is the case with all her books. I'm pretty certain I'm gonna forget what the book was all about in a while. Also, calling Clark's 'The Queen of Suspense' se
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Amanda McGill
Jun 20, 2016 Amanda McGill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
There is something about MHC's main characters that I would never be friends with them in really life. Pat Traymore in Stillwatch is no exception. Pat is young (27), a successful news reporter, however she is so boring and lacks any personality. I really don't care about Pat.

Stillwatch is about Pat going to Washington to interview Congresswoman Abigail Jennings. While she is in Washington, she uncovers some facts about Abigail that could ruin Abigail's chances of becoming the first female vice
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Eve Nolon
This is my favorite of Mary Higgins Clark's books, possible tied with A CRY IN THE NIGHT, but where STILLWATCH shines is the politics of Washington, DC and all of the small town deals and double-crosses. Where most of Clark's characters are not all that memorable, Pat Traymore is the exception. I loved Pat's panache and grace, her vulnerability and strength. She's an interesting character because she has so much stake in the intrigue, even when she doesn't know it. The first time I read this one ...more
Connie
Aug 30, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was about Pat Traymore and how she was doing an expose on Abigail Jennings a Senator who was looking to be vice-president. Pat had something from her past that she was trying to remember and it was related to what She was doing the expose on. It was not hard to figure out who the bad guy was, but I really enjoyed this book.
Ashley
Dec 23, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would rate this book at 3.5 stars. Mary Higgins Clark is quickly becoming my favorite author and Stillwatch doesn’t disappoint.

Pat Traymore’s career is at a high point with Emmy nominations and growing acclaim in Boston which helps land her a high profile job in Washington D.C. The job, producing the first episode of a new series “Women in Government,” will have her working closely with Senator Abigail Jennings. Jennings is believed to be the favorite to become the first female Vice Presiden
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Laurie D'ghent
Jul 05, 2012 Laurie D'ghent rated it it was amazing
A perfect example of why I love Mary Higgins Clark--no sex, very little swearing, an intriguing plot line without being evil or mess-your-pants material, antagonists that you can actually see a little of yourself in. Perfect.
Sharol
May 17, 2008 Sharol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
All of her stories blur together over time. I can't recall what most of these are even about because they're all so similar. :)
Enrique
Después de haber escuchado multitud de elogios a Mary Higgins Clark, quien no en vano es nombrada a menudo con el pomposo epíteto comercial de “la reina del misterio”, tenía muchas ganas de leer un libro suyo. El elegido resultó ser El ojo avizor, el cual compré de saldo por apenas 1 euro en una tienda de venta de artículos antiguos.

Patricia Traymore, una joven reportera de una cadena de televisión de Boston, acepta un nuevo trabajo en Washington para hacer una serie de reportajes sobre mujeres
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Reema
Jun 01, 2017 Reema rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love MHC's writing and have read most of her books. But this books lacks suspense or conviction. The characters are vague and weak. the story is quite predictable. Pat Traymore is about to find all she can about the possible candidate who is set to become the first female Vice President of United States of America. But during the course of the research she comes across more than she could ask for. In the mean time she has to deal with her childhood memories which are rather vague and distant. ...more
Arwen
May 26, 2017 Arwen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these Mary Higgins Clark books because my Aunt gave me a stack of them. They are a quick read, and yes a page turner, but not really my cup of tea. Capital politics and intrigue, and a past they will catch up to all the characters.
Emily
Jun 30, 2017 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well paced but teeming with cliches and one-dimensional characters.
Shelley
Jun 30, 2009 Shelley rated it it was ok
I see most people gave this novel a 3 for "liked it". I can't say that I "liked it", so it had to be a 2 for "it was ok" because it was nothing but ok, actually it was pretty disappointed. It's been awhile since I've read a MHC, maybe I've moved on or maybe this was one of her weakest ones?

The story line was good, but the writing and the characters just didn't do it. When MHC was describing people who had money, I noticed they were all beautiful, but when she was describing people who didn't, n
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Sharon Mathews
Stillwatch (Mary Higgins Clark)- Pat Traymore is known for her documentaries. Her success in them has landed her a new job- a tv series focused on important women. Her first assignment is over Senator Abigail Jennings, and she's anxious to start.

Ah, Washington. The hustle, the bustle, and the scandals. With threats coming in over her program over Jennings, and the terrors of her past arising, it'll be a miracle if she makes it out alive.



Let me start off by saying that Mary Higgins Clark is a fa
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Eustacia Tan
Oct 27, 2011 Eustacia Tan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, while it isn't mind-blowing, is interesting enough that I read it in one sitting (thankfully, I finished studying for the day)

The premise is interesting: it starts with Patricia Traymore (apparently this is part of a series), as she moves to Washington D.C to do a documentary on a potential female Vice-President: Congresswomen Abigail Jennings. However, while it takes place (the novel spans one week), she receives threats that escalate in nature.

This book is genuinely exciting. It re
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Elizabeth Pendleton
Stillwatch is one of my favorite books. The early books from Mary Higgins Clark were always well written and interesting, and Stillwatch was no exception.

During Camelot (The Kennedy years for those of you going..huh?), there was a young and attractive Senator, his beautiful wife and little daughter. They appeared to have the world at their feet, until the unthinkable happened, and two parents died in a scandal, their little girl broken and expected to follow them to the grave.

Years later, an i
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Carol
Nov 03, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am discovering I have not read all of Mary Higgins Clark's book. There are a few old ones I somehow missed. So glad someone else found and read them so I would know about them too. Pat Traymore is a born interviewer and has been on a steady climb to success. She is given the chance to move to DC and do a series on women in government. What most people don't know is that Pat lived there as a child and that her parents died in a murder suicide and she was hurt very badly during that episode and ...more
Claire
As Patricia digs deeper in Jennings past, she’s discovering that Abigail might not the woman she’s had admired all these years after all. What will she do when she discovers that the incident with her parents may have involved the good Senator? Mary Higgins Clark is a master of mystery. You’ll be hooked until the end simply because you want to know how everything will turn out. The characters are heartwarming and believable. You feel sympathy for every single character at some point in the book. ...more
Aparna
Nov 01, 2016 Aparna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another engrossing read from Mary Higgins Clark! This is again one of those books you just can't put down. I finished it in just two days.. The story revolves around a TV journalist Pat who moves to Washington DC to shoot a TV show about Senator Abigail Jennings who is expected to be nominated as the next Vice President. This seems like a great opportunity until she starts getting anonymous calls and notes threatening her not to do the show about Senator Jennings.

At the same time Pat is also st
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Beverly Johnson
Jul 28, 2014 Beverly Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like romance/suspense
Great read! Mary has done it again!

Mary Higgins Clark has done it again! "Stillwatch" is a novel that focuses on the life of Patricia Traymore . Pat is hired to put together a documentary on Congresswoman Abbigail Jennings. Pat moves into the home of her birth parents and is looking through her father's information to find out more about them. Pat barely gets settled into the house when she receives a threatening note written..."I told you not to come." Pat literally ignores the note and begin
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2brian7009
Nov 26, 2011 2brian7009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book a couple of days ago. I brought to bed with me beacause I had nothing else to read. I decided to give it a chance because my mom amd sister say this author is really good. So far from what I read I know that there is a journalist that is moving into an old house that she use to live in when she was younger. It just so happens this also the house that her parents died in. She recieves a disturbing phone call at her work from someone she can't decribe. The person on th ...more
Jennifer
I LOVED Mary Higgins Clark when I was in high school (so trashy, I know), so every now and then I get in the mood for a lightweight read, and she typically fits the bill. I don't know why, but there is something in her pseudo-gory storytelling, always laced with a bit of psychology, that makes me laugh and, more importantly, keep reading. I enjoy a good mystery - although I don't know that I'd call this good, more like a good December read when my brain is full of everything else. But I enjoy st ...more
Bonnie Gleckler Clark
Our main character, Pat Traymore, a talented young television journalist, is about to break into the high-powered world of Washington, D.C., politics. She is to do an in-depth interview with vice presidential hopeful, Senator Abigail Winslow. She moves into a house where she lived as a child and where her father murdered her mother and attempted to kill her. She wants to face the past and, with the help of a psychic neighbor, Lila Thatcher, find some answers about this tragic event. In the meant ...more
Kim
Jul 31, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The story starts with Pat Traymouth moving to Washington to start a new series of documentaries on women in politics. She moves into the house that was once her home when she was little. She wants to try and relive the night that her mother and father were killed. She was not suppose to live through that night, but she did and she was raised by her aunt. Now at the age of 27 she is determined to fill in the blanks. She doesn't know what she is up against. She receives threatening phone calls and ...more
Joan
Jun 18, 2016 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual Mary Higgins Clark doesn't disappoint. An up and coming young woman (Pat) with a sad past gets the opportunity do a TV show about a congresswoman who hopes to be the next American Vice President. The woman isn't happy on the idea and doesn't want her early roots investigated. This program is supposed to show that she is the right person for the job but as usual things don't go to plan. While working on the program Pat moves back into her old family home. She starts to remember the terri ...more
Vanessa
Dec 16, 2009 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own

If you pick this book apart from a literary or grammatical standpoint, you could probably find things wrong with it that I don't give a fig about. I started this yesterday morning, and couldn't go to bed without finishing it. This book was just fun to read. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me on the edge, and it managed to create an entertaining, but not too complicated, picture of Washington D.C.

I've always loved Mary Higgins Clark; she was called the Queen of Suspense before writ
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Barbara
Jul 19, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old Mary Higgins Clark book published in 1984. Set in Waschington it points out what we all know so well: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Politics don't change much, just the faces. This thriller keeps you turning pages long into the night. You think you have it figured out when a new twist changes that.

Interesting side note: When I took this book off of the shelf I discovered that it had belonged to a friend of Navarro County and Texas...."Mrs. Aurhter Keeney" was stampe
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Shelia
Feb 08, 2017 Shelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't quite have it all figured out by the end. It had a couple of twists to it. Lots of things going on in the book to keep your attention.
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Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting: she’s written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Hig ...more
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