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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  6,806 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Slipped under the door of her Georgetown home, the note was an ominous reminder of Pat Traymore's past. The beautiful young television journalist had come to glamorous, high-powered Washington to produce a TV series. Her subject: Senator Abigail Jennings, slated for nomination as the first woman vice president of the United States.
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Published May 25th 2000 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1984)
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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
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
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
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
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
Beverly Johnson
Jul 28, 2014 Beverly Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
Laurie D'ghent
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.
Debbie Heaton
In Clark’s mystery suspense novel, journalist Pat Traymore moved to Washington to produce a TV series surrounding Senator Abigail Jennings, destined to be the first woman vice president of the United States. Teaming with Congressman Sam Kingsley, Pat delves into the senator’s background only to find dark secrets that could easily destroy her up-and-coming career. But more sinister are the connections Pat stumbles across that appear to be connected to her own childhood nightmare.

Chilling…you can’
Feb 01, 2011 Fuglsang rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Eustacia Tan
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
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
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
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
Dec 02, 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
Great story! didn't have it figured out until the very end.
Pat Traymore, is a journalist who has moved to DC to head up a new TV Series on women in government. Delving into the life of her first subject--a Senator who may very well become the next Vice President, Pat discovers secrets hidden in Abigail Jennings' past and also puts herself in danger.
Not as good as other Mary Higgins Clark books I have read. The plot just seemed to be lacking something and didn't really move in places. The end was also a little lack lustre. However Mary Higgins Clark's writing is far superior to many, in my opinion, and therefore I still give it 4 stars as a worthy read.
This was not one of my favorite books of hers. It was good but I found the story, the mystery taking too long to develop. There wasn't enough happening to really keep you guessing or coming back for more and then everything happened in the last couple of chapters. The pacing just felt a little off to me.
4 Stars - Stillwatch is the 5th mystery/thriller written by Mary Higgins Clark, the "Queen of Suspense". A "master plotter" with the ability to slowly draw out the tension while making readers think everyone is guilty. ...more
It is a political thriller. I think you will enjoy it.

At times, I felt the storyline was convoluted.

Anyone else have that deja vu experience when they think either the story is not making sense or I did not read something right?

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

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
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
Marian Anderson
Great read

Another winner. I enjoyed reading this book very much. It holds your interest thru the whole book, keeping me awake at night so I can finish the book.
A beautifully crafted novel with the suspense meant to make you not put the book down till you reach the end! Loved every character and the way they entwined to make the plot.
Lybo Buchanan
This was the first of Mary Higgins Clark's books I read. I wrote in the margin of the book "Excellent". I have since read about 20 more, and have enjoyed them all.
Debra Ellis

It grabbed you from the beginning and kept you wanting more even after it ended. Maybe a sequel. Pat and Sam continued.
Quick good read

Grabs you from the beginning and keeps you interested till the end. Higgins does quite a few plots in this mystery.
I really enjoyed the writing style Mrs. Higgins Clark used throughout this book. I also liked the use of the Kennedys and Watergate throughout.
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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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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