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He Sees You When You're Sleeping

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  5,576 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
From the “Queen of Suspense,” Mary Higgins Clark, and bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark—the acclaimed mother/daughter duo—comes this holiday treat, a heartwarming tale of redemption and love.

Sterling Brooks has been cooling his heels in the Celestial Waiting Room for forty-six years, waiting for admission to heaven. Finally, just days before Christmas, he’s summoned

Mass Market Paperback, 230 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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David Caldwell
Dec 25, 2011 David Caldwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, holidays
I am going to start with a little story.I like to read Christmas related books around Christmas.Usually I go with mysteries since they are the easiest to find.This year I was lucky enough to find the reprints of the Christmas mysteries by Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter Carol Higgins Clark.Upon reading them I realized I was missing one.I could not find He Sees You When You Are Sleeping.My mother also read all of the books I found and looked for the last one as well.I figured I was going to h ...more
May 31, 2011 MeChell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book and a week or so later got a kitten. I had no name for him and everything did not fit. I had put this book on the shelf and remembered there was a name I liked. I opened the book and said, "Sterling?" he let out a meow and I said a gouple more names then again I said "Sterling" and he meowed. He was MY Christmas Angel.
Sudah lama juga nggak baca lagi novelnya MHC. Ini juga sudah beli sekian tahun lalu, eh tiba-tiba kemarin kelihatan di rak, seakan memanggil-manggil minta dibaca :D. Baiklah, wahai buku, kau kubaca.

Masih genrenya MHC, yakni misteri. Tapi kali ini dibumbui sedikit fantasi. Tentang seorang pria, Sterling Brooks, yang 46 tahun tertahan di ruang tunggu surgawi sebelum bisa masuk ke surga. Pasti ada apa-apa dong kenapa Sterling belum bisa masuk surga? Ya, Dewan Surgawi (8 orang suci yang menentukan k
Danylle DuPris
Feb 12, 2013 Danylle DuPris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"He Sees You When You're Sleeping" by Mary Higgins Clark is such an amazing book, I did not want to put it down once I started reading it. It's such a inspiration. Sterling is such a kind hearted person since he found out he was really selfish. Sterling had to make a deal with The Heavenly Council, help someone on Earth and if succeeded, be able to go to the Heavenly Christmas Party. He went back to help this little girl, Marissa. If Sterling could help Marissa she could finally have her wish co ...more
Nov 29, 2007 Johnsergeant rated it really liked it
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Narrator: Carol Higgins Clark
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2001
Length: 4 hours and 36 min.

Publisher's Summary
Meet Sterling Brooks. His was not an exemplary life; his misdeeds were few. His were sins of omission, not commission.

A few days before Christmas, Sterling watches those around him gain passage through the celestial gates. The Heavenly Council poses a test - Sterling will be sent back to earth and given an opportunity to prove his worthiness by helping
Jul 14, 2009 Farah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, novel, reviewed
Bacaan ringan sebelum tidur. Gue membaca buku ini selama beberapa malam sebelum gue tidur.

Biasanya, buku yang gue suka banget, selalu gue 'habiskan' maksimal dalam dua malam. Tapi buku ini, kayaknya hampir semingguan deh HAHAHAHA..

Bukannya ngga menarik. Buku ini menarik. Kalo gue bacanya pas tahun 90-an kali yah. Pas gue masih sd. Jadi feelnya masih berasa.
Soalnya kayaknya latar belakang ceritanya juga rada jadul gitu. Jadi berasa nonton film dimana pemeran wanitanya rambutnya keriting dikuncir
Jul 24, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice novella for Christmas -- goes well with hearth/home...

We've enjoyed virtually every Mary Higgins Clark book (all of them), including her last Christmas season book also co-authored with her daughter Carol (who we're not particularly fond of), but it's not really obvious two authors are at work (unlike, for example, the two Stephen King / Peter Straub collaborations). This pleasant little tale of an angel wannabe coming back to earth to earn his full passage through the pearly gates has j
Jul 25, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on tape, and found it very slow going. The protagonist, a deceased lawyer trying to earn his way to heaven, tries to help a little girl who's separated from her father. It's sweet, but the plot is so simple that it could have been told with much less tedious detail. I also thought the authors' view of heaven was a bit strange. Oh well, maybe it's just not a good book to hear read aloud.
Jul 25, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Linda Sullivan
I loved this book. Fast paced and very funny. Junior and Eddie are hilarious! A couple of bumbling idiots. Their mother is also funny. I love how Sterling realizes his mistakes he made in life while he was alive...
Jun 05, 2014 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute Christmas read in the style of It's a Wonderful Life.
Jan 24, 2017 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because of its title and having read books by these two authors I was sure it would be a quick read with an excellent story line. Well I laughed, wondered, smiled, and just pushed Sterling along as he helped Marissa whose wish was to have her father and grandfather back for her birthday. Sterling was never able to go to the Heavenly Christmas Party, but now he was getting his chance to help someone other than number one. What Marissa didn’t know was that both of them had to go ...more
Feb 24, 2017 Jacquie rated it really liked it
I did give this a 4 star rating, but its more of a 3.5. Overall, I did enjoy this book, but there were some parts I felt was missing something. Sterling is jump I g from place to place and then all the sudden it is over and he gets to enter heaven. I wish it had just a little more detail, but overall not too bad.
Donna D
Dec 05, 2016 Donna D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. If you're looking for a somewhat sappy, silly , Christmas themed book, then you might like it. I didn't.
Catherine Franklin
Cute story and sweet characters. Plot is a little predictable and not very well written. But still a cute, short read.
Ashlee Jontz
Dec 29, 2016 Ashlee Jontz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eh, it was OK. Easy read but a little corny.
Michael Brown
Another small story with good character development and a simple problem that is well defined and the resolution a good read.
Shawna Marion
I was looking for a cheesy Christmas story and that's what I got. Good book overall, I'd recommend it if your looking for a feel good holiday quick-read.
Vanessa Kay
Mar 16, 2014 Vanessa Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the “Queen of Suspense,” Mary Higgins Clark, and bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark — the acclaimed mother/daughter duo — comes this holiday treat, a heartwarming tale of redemption and love.

The story circled around a man who died and can only go to heaven by returning back to earth and prove his worth by helping someone in need.

Just like her other holiday books she incorporates suspense in it which drew me into reading it. One thing that I liked about this book is aside from being a su
Jan 12, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After forty-six years of sitting in the celestial waiting room right outside the gates of heaven, Sterling Brooks is finally summoned before the Heavenly Council. Eight female and male saints explain to Sterling that he did not use his time on earth performing good deeds. For the most part he remained an uncommitted and indifferent person, more interested in himself than anyone else. He is given a chance to make up for his previous failings on earth by returning there and helping a person who ne ...more
Dec 09, 2015 AnyMousse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big believer that the mark of a good book is one with good pacing, a plot that keeps you turning the pages, a good mixture of dialogue and action. But most importantly, a good book is also one that pulls you in, makes the characters real and makes you care about them so much that you spend the entire book rooting for/against them.

This book has all these things, and more. What begins as a simple story of a man wanting nothing more than to be admitted into heaven, becomes a story of hope, fa
Debby Gwyllt-smith
Didn't overly enjoy this book.
Cathy Cramer
This was another engrossing book from this pair of authors. Somewhere I had heard it referred to as similar to "It's A Wonderful Life," so it was interesting to read it after just having watched that.

The similarities end with the idea of a deceased person trying to gain angel status from good deeds. In the Clarks' book, the problems are much more dramatic than that of the "It's a Wonderful Life" movie, and it is interesting to watch this would-be-angel solve them. I thought of a different soluti
Dec 23, 2011 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The concept of a Celestial Waiting Room freaks me out a lot, actually, so I had to sort of set myself away from the core of the story from the outset--never a good idea if you're trying to get into the characters. Really, my favorite part of this was the constant references of Sterling's being behind the times. It's fun to look at the stuff that is completely familiar to you and realize how short a time it's been in vogue--fashion and language being the easiest examples. And even then, this book ...more
Suzanne Strack
To be fair, this just wasn't my 'type' of book. I enjoy reading suspense and mystery, and knowing Mary Higgins Clark, I assumed that's what I was getting when I picked this up at a used book sale. So it's not a bad book, it's just not my thing.
Also, it had a very strong "It's a Wonderful Life" theme, where the main character, Sterling, "gets his wings," or becomes an angel. I didn't really like this, because it's been done before.
Finally, I almost felt that my 12 year-old could have written this
Dec 24, 2011 Inés rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un hombre, Sterling, lleva esperando más de 40 años para entrar en el cielo. Durante esa espera a visto pasra a cientos de personas por las puertas que desprenden una maravillosa luz. Tras quedarse solo en la "sala de espera", el consejo celestial le da una oportunidad de entrar si ayuda a alguien en la tierra. Él cree que va a ser algo tan fácil como ayudar a una ancianita a cruzar la calle, pero en realidad va a ser algo mucho más grande que hará que cambie para toda la eternidad.

Sterling tien
Apr 07, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, from the title, alone, I thought it would be a murder mystery; or at least a story of someone being stalked. Far from it. The principal characters are a once-upon-a-time lawyer who has spent 46 years in the "waiting room" of Heaven, waiting to go through the Pearly Gates. Rather self-centered and somewhat of a curmudgeon, he had never really done anything significant for anyone. The "Heavenly Council" sends him to Earth to find someone who desperately needs his help. Enter a little gir ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, christmas
In Mary Higgins Clark's and Carol Higgins Clark's He Sees You When You're Sleeping, they team up again to collaborate in their second Christmas novella story. A few days before Christmas, Sterling Brooks have waited for 46 years to make his entrance to Heaven to receive his wings. The Council have given him a test back on earth to help someone else. In Manhattan, he met a seven-year-old girl named Marissa who was separated from her family. Both of her grandmother and father were in the Witness P ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sterling Brooks, who after passing, was forced to stay in Heaven's waiting room for over forty-six human years. Finally he was called upon by the Heavenly Council and was told that in order to get through the gates in time for the holiday party/gathering, he had to go back to Earth and help someone.

Back on Earth he meets 7 year old Marissa who seems very troubled; with her father Billy Campbell and his mother Nor Kelly in the Witness Protection Program. Sterling, with the Heavenly Council's hel
Following classical tradition, the Clarks begin their tale “in media res,” their protagonist being tossed into the midst of a messy situation, and having to determine how it all began. Having failed to measure up to either hot or cold standards of the afterlife, Sterling Brooks is spewed out of the celestial waiting room back to earth with instructions to try to measure up to something.

His second sojourn on earth throws him into the turbulence of a much needed, though unlikely, Christmas miracle
Jul 26, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was at the place I'm renting at the beach. It was okay - a light, cute book. I found the whole idea of a heavenly waiting room creepy, though. The main character was flawed, to be sure, but it was not passive-aggressive behavior but self-centered thoughtlessness he displayed. Making him wait almost half a century before even clueing him in on his faults? I'd say it was the Celestial Council who were passive-aggressive! It was clear the authors don't know what the term means. But a biza ...more
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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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