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Night Time Is My Time
Mary Higgins Clark
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Night Time Is My Time

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  9,787 ratings  ·  401 reviews
The definition of an owl had always pleased him: a night bird of 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 night-time is my time."

Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out to her hometown in
370 pages
Published 2004 by Doubleday
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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
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
Jean goes back to her hometown for a school reunion, someone has found out she had had given up a daughter for adoption when she was 18 and they are sending her messages making her believe Lily's life is in danger. when one for her classmates goes missing young reporter points out that 5 of the girls that used to sit at the same lunch table at school have died in the past 20 years and there is only 2 of them left including Jean.
We do know that the killer is one of the honorees who attended the r
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
Why do I keep trying Mary Higgins Clark? I can't stand her books.
Finished reading: July 20th 2013
Rating 1,5
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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
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
For the 1st half of the book I was convinced it was one guy, then I decided that was too obvious. Then I thought it was a different guy for totally different reasons but I changed my mind quickly. For the last 50 pages I was convinced that I finally figured it out. However, I was very wrong. The guy I least suspected to be the killer was the one. It was one thing that he did that completely convinced me that he couldn't possibly be the killer. This book is full of twists and turns and Ms Clark k ...more

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
The second Mary Higgins Clark book I've read recently, and they are certainly enjoyable. Very Dickensian, all good characters vs. all bad. I enjoy these a lot better than the action type stories, in which every person who has a piece of the puzzle is murdered before they can provide their evidence. Clark's expertise is suspense, as the pieces pile up in the possession of different people and it takes forever for it to coalesce, and always just in time. At a 20th year reunion of a school, two of ...more
Nighttime Is My Time is virtuoso!!
Clark resuscitated my very being! This is a tremendously amazing novel and I utterly enjoyed it. Every teensy-weensy bit of it! :D

"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.'"

It's really hard to miss a reunion
La nota real que le doy al libro es un 7, aunque aquí se vean 3 estrellas.
Es el primer libro que leo de esta autora y la verdad es que no me ha disgustado. Es más, me ha parecido muy interesante y poco usado hoy día la táctica de escribir capítulos cortos e intensos, que es lo más destacable a nivel de aprendizaje que extraigo de la novela.
En cuanto al contenido de ésta, creo que la idea principal, es decir, una persona que en su adolescencia ha sido machacado por sus compañeros y busca venganza
I read a suspense/thriller novel after a very long time and loved it. I was desperate to know who the killer was after a while and the guy I guessed was not the murderer. I love the way she built the tension and suspense. The story is pretty long and slow moving but interesting.
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
Seven people sat at a lunch table together in school. Five have died from what is known as accidents or suicide. Only two remain, but how long do they have to live when the murderer is within touching distance at times? When reading this book I enjoyed the complex plot, however it referenced many different graphic ways the people at the lunch table died. These parts I did not enjoy because it was shocking how much evil the murderer could do. This book is considered to be an adult book so if you ...more
Jean Sheridan is off to the 20 year school reunion for Stonecroft Academy. She and several others from her class will be honored for their achievements. A reporter for the school newspaper notes that all but one of Jean's school friends have died, some under mysterious circumstances. In fact he points out that the girls have died in the order they were sitting in a yearbook photo. Further clouding the event for Jean are the letters she's received threatening to harm her daughter "Lily" whom she ...more
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"The definition of an owl had always pleased him: a night bird of 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 to attend the twenty-year reunion of Stonecroft Academy alumni, where she is to be honored along with six other memb
Feb 16, 2012 Sara rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Kari Anderson

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
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
(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
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
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
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
Easy to read mystery.

Just an FYI: The books I choose to read, find me. They are free through various organizations I belong. When I see an author, I enjoy, I grab up the book, read it, an pass it along.

That being said. I do enjoy the way Mary Higgins Clark writes. I don't like gory stories, Clark is easy and light and keeps my interest in the whodunnit scenarios. Her chapters are short, sometimes only two pages, so it makes it perfect to read right before I sleep

Daniel Devereux
With mountains of red herrings and a large unremarkable cast I finally finished this. I say finally because it has been a dreadful slog. I have only finished it because my boyfriend's mother gave me the book. A seldom few of the characters actually left an impression. At best those impressions were superficial and lacking. At the big reveal of The Owl I had to go back and re-read portions of the beginning to even recall who he was. Let alone what his storyline was. Jean's storyline is the only r ...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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