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Nighttime Is My Time

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"The definition of an owl had always pleased him: a night bird of prey...sharp talons and soft plumage which permits noiseless flight...applied figuratively to a person of nocturnal habits. 'I am The Owl,' he would whisper to himself after he had selected his prey, 'and nighttime is my time.'"

Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out to her hometown

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Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2004)
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Alisha
I've never read a Mary Higgins Clark book before, and yes, they're clean as a whistle but BORING! I could barely make it threw the "page turner". I didn't care who the killer was because I didn't care about any of the characters and her style of writing is so boring. Maybe I would have liked her in, say, junior high. But even then I would have known the book was an easy read. I found myself hoping her main character Jean would be knocked off, big surprise, she wasn't!!! Are all her main characte...more
Jerry
Tighter editing might have improved murder mystery...

We are longtime readers of Clark [every book except her memoirs:] and would like to express some amazement that she keeps pumping them out at age 75. But while the premise of this attempted thriller is OK, the storyline gets tiresome -- the novel might well be somebody's master's thesis on red herrings! The plot reveals that in the over 20+ years since a male classmate, playing an owl in a school skit, is humiliated by his classmates, he syste...more
Lesley
Why do I keep trying Mary Higgins Clark? I can't stand her books.
Rachel
I needed something to read while we waited for a plane, so I bought this at a bookstore in the airport. Overall, I found the story a bit shallow. The author's efforts to keep the murder's name hidden from the reader, in my opinion, were painfully forced. Her efforts to build suspense up until the final reveal in the end were overwhelmingly blatant, but effective. It was so effective that the reveal seemed like a let down. I think the book would have been much better if she had just revealed the...more
MJ


What a page turner! I really enjoyed MHC's suspense novel. The plot of the reunion was very interesting and the profiles of the honorees made it hard to figure out who was murdering some of the graduates. The subplot of the baby daughter Jean gave up at eighteen who is also threatened made it heart wrenching. I suspected everyone at some time in the story, but then narrowed it down to two. You don't find out until the very end, and it was so emotional. This book made me cry and I was so relieve...more
Aparna
I am surprised to see this come from an author who gives us spine chilling mysteries. Makes me wonder if she wanted to take an easy take on her mystery like her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark. I did not like any of Carol Higgins books, though that is a story for another post. Coming back to this novel, it seemed to have too many characters, too many twists that lead no where or simply end in an expected alley.

Mary Higgins Clark started as usual on a high note with the introduction of "The Owl" w...more
Jill
I found this novel at the resort I was staying at on Holiday. Her books are always easy reads...and that is exactly what you want on a sunny beach slathered in sun tan lotion. The plot revolved around a high school 20th reunion...and the killing starts from page one and keeps on going...just when you think you know who the murderer is...wrong...and it keeps on going. It is like she keeps tempting you and then she keeps killing people hoping you will guess the right killer...who in fact is reveal...more
Andi
I started this book while on my honeymoon three years ago. It never really 'hooked' me, and I put it down immediately upon returning home. When I came across it last week, I felt compelled to finish what I started. The book was such a let-down, especially when compared to other MHC books that I've read. There were far too many characters to keep track of and not nearly enough time to develop any one of them. Overall, I'm glad I finished the book, but it definitely doesn't measure up to the quali...more
Sara
Feb 16, 2012 Sara rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: readers of romantic suspense
Shelves: 2012
I like Mary Higgins Clark. No matter how distracting your environment or schedule, they’re an easy read. Despite the fact that many of her books have 12-plus major characters, all Clark’s thrillers are told from multiple points of view and she excels at making her protagonists sympathetic and distinctive from the rest of the characters. The chapters are also short, often no more than two or three pages, and the tone is conversational, making it easy to read whenever you have a few free minutes.

I...more
Kara Jorges
Another near miss, this book made it obvious Mary Higgins Clark has spent a little too much time in collaboration with her daughter. Carol Higgins Clark’s books are lighthearted farce mysteries, and the Christmas collaborations with her mother stay in that vein. Mary’s solo works have always been a little darker and more serious, most of them murder mysteries. Mary Higgins Clark attempted to put some lightheartedness into this book, and it fell flat. It’s not her thing, and this book would have...more
Beth Peninger
She does it again. She gets me EVERY TIME! I try so hard to figure out who the villian is and I think I have it narrowed down to 1-2 people and EVERY TIME Mary Higgins Clark surprises me and stumps me, it's never who I have it narrowed down too! And that is one of the many reasons why I love her books. She is truly an artist.
In this book Clark's story revolves around a 20th High School Reunion. Mine is coming up in a year so it kind of caught my eye for that reason. I hope mine doesn't turn out...more
Kari Anderson
From Amazon.com:

Historian Jean Sheridan returns to Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, excited about her twenty-year high-school reunion at Stonecroft Academy. But a dear friend of hers soon becomes the fifth woman in the class to meet a sudden, mysterious end.

Then Jean receives a taunting fax about a child she gave up for adoption, whose existence she had kept a secret but whose life may now be in danger. For present at the reunion is The Owl, a murderer on a mission of vengeance against women who o...more
Carole
A 20-year high school class reunion honoring six top achievers turns into a riveting whodunit. Protagonist, Dr. Jeanne Sheridan, college dean and author is among the six. Laura, a fading soap opera diva and four men, previously class nerds who have since made it big, are the other honorees. Ironically, another former student scheduled to be honored was discovered dead in her swimming pool only days before the event. Her death adds to the uneasiness among the group because five women comprising t...more
Darla
(genre:mystery)I don't have much recreational "reading time" right now, so I picked this up on CD at the library to help the housework be a little less boring. Mary Higgins Clark has several shelves of books at our local library and after hearing from several sources that her writing isn't overly explicit, I thought I would give her a try. This story centers on a private high school's 20 year reunion. A small group of alumni have been chosen to be honored for their career achievements. One of th...more
Boof
I am a huge Mary Higgins Clark fan. Her books are what I class as comfort mysteries; I can always rely on them for a quick, page-turning read and I have never been disappointed by one yet. This one was no different – to me it’s like snuggling up in a cosy blanket by the fire.

In this book, Jean Saunders attends a school reunion (2o years after graduating). She is on the honour list of ex-pupils who are now authors, actors etc. There is Jean herself, her old friend Laura and 5 guys she went to sch...more
Mrs Pearl
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Genre: Mystery, suspense
Rating: 9

I read this book while I was reading The Great Gatsby. I tend to be one who enjoys mystery novels, so I read it mostly for fun. I enjoyed reading this book, and I liked the various twists and turns that the book took. The weren't too forced, nor were they outrageous or reached for, which I think can be accredited to the fact that Clark is truly the queen of this field.

The book revolves around Joan, and her graduated class who is back in...more
Heather
Aug 21, 2007 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people like mystery/suspense and don't mind a good soap opera.
Dr. Jean Sheriden is returning to her home town for her 25 year highschool reunion, but so has a seriel killer who over the last 25 years has been targeting her highschool friends.


This book was slow to get started. I actualy began the book, several years ago, lost interest, and put it aside until now when I finally decided to finish it.

The chapters are amazingly short--I think the longest one I encountered was 5 pages long--and the story is told in the omniscient 3rd person viewpoint. Often rev...more
Jimbo Pantas
What is this? Are you trying to make me laugh, Mrs Clark? Well, here you go: Ha-ha ha-ha. This is an adult fiction, you say? Why, oh, why did it sounded to me like it was written by a third grade student from a school with a klutzy English teacher then? You call this a suspense novel? Where? Tell me, where was the suspense, Mrs Clark? All you had to offer me with were blunders within the characters and within the plot. There are so many unrealistic parts in the book. And the fact that the person...more
Carol
One of my favorite authors has hit a homerun yet again. I thought I had read all of her books but then found this one. She is a masterful suspense writer and is one of the few authors who can keep me guessing about the killer up to the end. I could not put this down (a very dangerous habit during tax season!). I have a copy if you would like me to pass it on to you.
Doris
This book was well written, and clues were dispersed throughout which should have led me to determine the stalker's identity. However, I missed it. I was able to eliminate a few but did not decipher the guilty person. To me, that is the standard of a well written novel: the reader isn't constantly wanting to be able to tell the clueless victim that they are dining with/dancing with/sleeping with the person who is out to get them.

This book dealt with the twisted pysche from an adult viewpoint, bu...more
Eames Demetrios
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Alice
I've never read a bad Mary Higgins Clark mystery/thriller. I am hooked from beginning to end through all the suspenseful moments and red herrings. This book invloves the graduates of Stonecraft Academy as they gather at a 20th reunion to honor six who've had very successful careers. Jean Sheridan, a famouse historian/author, recevies a mysterious fax about Lily, her daughter she gave up for adoption 19 years ago. Another cloud hanging over the reunion is the death of Alison kendall, another alum...more
Tamara Kimbrough
I have to say that overall I did enjoy the book for a few reasons. First off, the author is always a fairly easy read with all her books. They are very easy to follow even though the flow of so many characters seem to be overwhelming at first . But eventually you get accustomed to who each character is. With this book I was definitely intrigued with the next page because I think that she did an excellent job in putting most of the characters as a suspected killer. I had no clue who she would cho...more
Melissa
I normally love Mary Higgins Clark's books but I just wasn't majorly fond of this one. I believe there were too many main characters and I had a little trouble distinguishing who had done what. A lot seemed to drag and I kind of lost interest. I still love Mary Higgins Clark though and will continue to be a fan.
J. Ewbank
Clark's work is well known. In this book she is excellent in dialogue, characters, and plot. To those of us who read mysteries we know that she is undoubtedly one of the best. An enjoyable book.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
Dale Safford
Once again, there are so many involved characters in this Mary Higgins Clark novel that it gets a bit confusing. The plot line was a good story, though, and I liked the inclusion of the adopted teenage daughter.

It is the 20th class reunion of Jean Sheridan's high school, and she is being honored along with several others since she is now a historian. But just before the reunion, a friend of hers is the 5th woman in the class to be murdered, this time in a swimming pool. Jean receives a frighteni...more
Jill
I read a lot of mary higgins clark as a teen, and I always like her until I figured out she writes the same story in every book just different names. As an adult, I find myself getting impatient like she's wasting my time trying to fool me when the main character seems oblivious to the danger around her, and you are screaming for them to get a clue! This one was especially classic since the high schooler seemed to be the most aware of everyone...nice. It's supposed to be a twist ending. Her book...more
Laura Williams
This was a weak mystery. The premise is that there is a group of successful alumni who come together for their 20 year high school reunion. They have a few things in common: they all overcame difficult childhoods to become very successful in their fields. But there is one strange thing: 5 of the women from the two female alumni have died in the last 20 years.

It soon becomes clear that one of the men in the group is a serial killer. There are 5 clear suspects during the whole story. They all app...more
Marca
Good, solid mystery. No sappy romantic complications. The heroine is not too bright (for a PhD) - she falls for a scam several times, but she is otherwise capable and and not annoying (the reader helped a lot with this - audio book). At a class reunion, it is discovered that nearly all the women who shared a lunch table years ago in high school are now dead, and one goes missing from the reunion. Jean Sheridan (the PhD) fears she is next and so do the police. Added to the mix is a threat against...more
Melanie
Classmates coming home for a reunion realize that 5 of the 'lunch table' group have died over the last several years. They must figure out who it is before another is killed. Still not as good as her earlier novels, this was still a good read.
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