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While My Pretty One Sleeps

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  19,353 Ratings  ·  316 Reviews
Neeve Kearny may be the only person in New York worried about the disappearance of Ethel Lambston. Ethel, a bestselling author famous for her juicy exposés, is one of the best customers at Neeve's exclusive Madison Avenue boutique. But Ethel's ex-husband, her parasitical nephew, and the fashion moguls skewered in her latest article all have reason to be glad she's no longe ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 25th 2000 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 1st 1989)
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Apr 06, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
compelling,interesting and great storytelling...1 of my favorite books by this author...(paperback!)
Maria João Fernandes
"Que pode a Primavera fazer, a não ser renovar a necessidade que tenho de ti?"

"Enquanto a Minha Bela Dorme" é o primeiro livro que leio da Mary Higgins Clark e quando cheguei ao final, questionei-me porque demorei tanto tempo a finalmente decidir conhecer a autora.

A história tem como pano de fundo o competitivo mundo da moda, que ao contrário do que dá a entender, nada tem de verdadeiramente belo. Como se por si só não fosse suficientemente catastrófico, o mundo da moda colide com o mundo da lit

Mais um cartucho explodido da Mary Higgins Clark que não me deixou desiludido. Vários suspeitos com o propósito de nos deixar mais baralhados. Mas desta vez acertei logo a meio do livro quem seria o assassino... Basta estar atento que uma frase revela tudo! ;)
Mar 08, 2013 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
While My Pretty One Sleeps is another harrowing mystery novel by Mary Higgins Clark. I liked the story but it wasn't as exciting as some of Clark's other works. The plot revolves around the death of Ethel Lambston, the best-selling author who wrote shocking articles about famous personalities. Ethel was a wealthy public figure with a scumbag, leech of a nephew and a hot-tempered ex-husband who was going bankrupt after paying her a total of 12,000 dollars a year worth of alimony; not to mention a ...more
Jun 08, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scary, mystery
I really enjoy Mary Higgins Clark I find that I have to have enough time to read because I get so involved in the book that I need to have everything right with the world again before I can stop reading.
Jun 15, 2009 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Got to page 56 and quit reading. VERY boring!
Saándhra Solita
La novela tiene una prosa sencilla y fácil de leer. Si bien es una novela sobre un asesinato, su trama es bastante entretenida y muy poco escabrosa, con bastante personajes y misterios por resolver.
Aunque no es una gran trama policial ni será un clásico del género, sirve para pasar un buen rato y entretenerse leyendo porque la historia tiene un ritmo bastante ágil .
Un poco predecible su final ya que las pistas que se van dejando sobre todo llegando al final hacen que sea fácil de adivinar quien
John Mcconahey
The last four or five books I’ve read by women authors seem to place a lot of emphasis on fashion, either as a theme or as a supporting characteristic of the plot. This book is no exception.

Neeve Kearny’s uncle is a prominent fashion designer. He set Neeve up in an elite boutique in New York. Ethel Langston, a writer, is one of Neeve’s better patrons. Ethyl is offed. Because the corpse is not dressed in the correct stylish attire, Neeve becomes suspicious. Neeve’s daddy is a retired NYC police c
Lottie Panebianco
I really enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's writing style. The reader learns exactly what happens, what people say to each other, what characters are thinking. We see what they are wearing and what their surroundings are like. However, we have to draw conclusions for ourselves--we are given enough clues to figure out the mystery, but we are also given lots of red herrings. The characters are all interesting and understandable--even the villains. This book is no different. Set in the fashion industry in ...more
Eve Nolon
Interestingly enough, to me, MHC wrote WHILE MY PRETTY ONE SLEEPS smack dab in between two of my favorites by her: WEEP NO MORE, MY LADY and LOVES MUSIC, LOVES TO DANCE. Unfortunately, I didn't love Neeve like I love Elizabeth and Darcy. Neeve may actually be one of the most dishrag yet annoying heroine to date (although I think SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE's heroine has that one on lock), and she made just about everything around her two-dimensional. I didn't like her relationship with her dad or her l ...more
Jamie Rose
This was not bad. The trouble is, the story is set in the fashion industry circa 1988, so the necessary descriptions of outfits provide a slightly comical air when reading in 2014.

A writer is murdered, shortly before a damming article is due to be published. Ethel happens to be the best client and a friend of Neeve Kearny, whose mother was murdered in oddly similar circumstances when Neeve was a child.

Neeve's father is a retired police commissioner, but despite the best efforts of his detectives
Amanda McGill
Jul 13, 2016 Amanda McGill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Good story, but I'm getting tired of MHC's typically one- dimensional female leads.

Ethel, a bestselling author, has gone missing and Neeve, a fashion store owner, is quite concerned. When Ethel is found dead, there are a number of suspects that wanted her dead. Neeve is determined to find the killer.

I liked the way that a number of stories and characters were intertwined. I found myself wondering how a certain character fit into the story and everyone ended up fitting in quite nicely into the
Apr 01, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I've read almost everything this author has written, and while she's definitely not my favorite author, I do like that she writes a clean and fun mystery with a little romance on the side. I read a lot of her books in high school, and I was thinking yesterday after bookclub that I would definitely recomend this author to my daughters when they are teenagers looking for a good mystery/romance. A teenager cannot go wrong with one of these books. While some of her work gets to feel like mor ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
In Mary Higgins Clark's While My Pretty One Sleeps, Neeve Kearny might be the only one worried about Ethel Lambston's disappearance. Ethel Lambston was a best-selling author and famous for her juicy exposés, and one of Neeve's best customers at her boutique, too. But some people were glad she was no longer around--her ex-husband, her nephew and featured fashion moguls in her writings have every reason to see her gone. But when Ethel was found dead with her throat cut, memories of her mother's lo ...more
Kate B
Judge me if you must, but I'm a longtime MHC fan, & I'm not embarrassed to admit it. Her books are easy to read & easy to become engrossed in, the perfect little criminal escape to keep me page-turning & wondering whodunnit. Truth be told, this book was not her best - it fell a little flat, plot-wise & in terms of the characters & the typical twists & turns I expect from her novels - but it still made for enjoyable reading during my stay in a cabin in the woods. Books lik ...more
Claire Shefchik
I'm about 100 pages into this and I'm going to stop because nothing. is. happening. I'm tired of hearing about clothes, I'm tired of hearing how pretty and successful the passive, boring heroine is, and I'm tired of hearing about what a saint her dead mother is. No, I haven't guessed the culprit yet, but I haven't really tried, because honestly, I don't care.
Dec 01, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a re-read or a read again book. I credit Mary Higgins Clark with a lot of my love for reading....Just as good all these years later...
A pesar de que Mary Higgins Clark es una de mis autor@s favoritos, esta novela me ha decepcionado.
MARTI Clemons
Feb 25, 2017 MARTI Clemons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Mary Higgins clerk and I am enjoying reading this book.
Janet Sketchley
Totally did not see the ending coming, but looking back, it makes perfect sense. Very well plotted.
Nov 30, 2008 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Molly by: Mom
"It was all right now, he told himself. He was safe!
"It was just as he was draining the last warming sip of bourbon that he realized the one ghastly mistake he had made, and knew exactly who would almost inevitably detect it.
"Neeve Kearny."
~pg. 16, Chapter 1

Oh I love a good thriller. And by "good" I mean something that I can whip through in a few sittings, that keeps my brain turning over theories in between visits with the pages, and that gives me a decent shot at solving the crime near the en
Camilla (Lettrice In Soffitta)
Potete leggere la recensione anche sul mio blog:

In seguito alla buona partenza con un primo romanzo, seguito da altri due purtroppo scadenti, la Clark fosse in grado di risollevare le mie aspettative con questa sua storia le cui prospettive erano assai buone, stando alla quarta di copertina. Ma in fondo, non è quello il lavoro delle quarte di copertina?
Fatto sta, che questo romanzo giallo, thriller e mistery non è niente di tutto ciò. L'enigma c'è ma non
This was a bit of a yawner. It was a solidly-constructed mystery, but I figured out the killer pretty early on, and it got boring from there.
Julie Schilz
Oct 12, 2014 Julie Schilz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There is a very thin line between friends and enemies. Mary Higgins Clark's book While My Pretty One Sleeps, stresses the idea that your closest friends can be your worst of enemies. Throughout this very mysterious and exciting book, Clark emphasizes that realizing everyone is not as whom they seem, is extremely important.

First, throughout the text Clark shows that trusting your instincts is key to for solving a mystery. She uses a character by the name of “Neeve Kearny” to show and express th
Feb 26, 2017 Laika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-so, read-in-french
Typical Mary Higgins Clark.
Shalet Jimmy
Since January, I haven't posted a book review. Though I was not too lucky with the book I started, I thought I could go ahead my reading with a Mary Higgins Clark. Her books always helped me to break serious reading blocks. But this time I was not too successful.I took several months to finishher book ' While my pretty one sleeps'. There could be two reasons for it. Either, may be I was suffering from a serious reading block or her book did not inspire me read at a gulp.

Anyway I am glad that I
Nov 30, 2016 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I read I've Got You Under My Skin Mary Higgins Clark and her "Under Suspicion" series quickly became my favorites and I was excited to find that my Dad had several more Mary Higgins Clark books tucked away in his bedroom. This is the first of his collection that I have finished reading.

I have to say there are multiple similarities with I've Got You Under My Skin . There is a female heroine with a father who was in law enforcement. In both books the father has a heart condition and is ove
The BookChick
Book Description:
Neeve Kearny may be the only person in New York worried about the disappearance of Ethel Lambston.

Ethel, a bestselling author famous for her juicy exposés, is one of the best customers at Neeve’s exclusive Madison Avenue boutique. But Ethel’s ex-husband, her parasitical nephew, and the fashion moguls skewered in her latest article all have reason to be glad she’s no longer around.

When Ethel Lambston is found with her throat cut, Neeve’s memories of her mother’s long-unsolved mu
Christian Scala
Questi sono i libri che sembrano sbucare all'improvviso nella tua libreria, non si sa bene da dove vengono, sembrano essere usciti da un buco spazio-temporale ed essere finiti direttamente nel tuo scaffale. Non ti ricordi dove lo hai preso, ti stupisci perché è lontano dalle tue abituali letture e ricordi a malapena di averlo letto.

Comunque la trama è presto detta: una famosa e poco amata scrittrice mondana viene assassinata e il mondo della moda è in subbuglio, poiché nel libro a cui lei stava
Raeez Jacobs
May 24, 2013 Raeez Jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book I had initially neglected to peruse with any real seriousness, reminiscent of my usual approach to literature in general, and subsequently regretted; finding myself rather appeased at a second glance, shall we call it...
In a previous Clark book, "Moonlight Becomes You", I had been rather enthralled by her robustly feminine approach to crime fiction; a gasp of fresh hair, having been accustomed to your Jonathan Kellerman, Dan Brown, and Sydney Sheldon, masochistic and sometimes one-sided s
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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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