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I Heard That Song Before

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  15,527 ratings  ·  991 reviews
When Kay Lansing marries wealthy widower Peter Carrington, she is well aware of the rumours surrounding the mysterious death of Peter's first wife Grace, who was found floating in the family pool ten years ago, pregnant at the time. Kay also discovers that Peter is a chronic sleepwalker who suffers from periodic nightmares. When the police arrive at her doorstep with a war ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published 2007 by Simon & Schuster
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Lisa
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first read of Mary Higgins Clark was not sure how it would go as her writing style is a bit different to what I am used to but by 1/4 way through I was fine.


I found the plot very predictable & knew how it was going to end, the characterisation worked well, but I just thought this did not have enough oomph for me, I felt no tension throughout & the pace was the same the whole way through, that's not to say I didn't like it I did I thought it didn't go far enough into the Carrin
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Jaime
Feb 01, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had all the right ingredients for a good thriller — love, money, murder, drugs, blackmail… Instead it was a hot mess. Very choppy, very hurried in parts, characters you can’t relate to because you don’t *know* anything about them. Kay and Peter’s entire meeting, courtship, wedding, and honeymoon is covered in 4 pages, which makes it very hard to buy their devotion to one another. I finished it to see what the ending twist would be, but it wasn’t very enjoyable.
G.H. Eckel
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
MHC is a master at intricate plotting and clues. The characters are not sparkling nor is her language. But she is remarkable at laying out multiple possible murderers and resolving the story in a way that satisfies.



In this novel, a billionaire is accused of killing three people, including the father of his new, younger wife. Complicating the issue is that he's a sleepwalker and is ready to surrender to the fact that he may be an unknowing murderer. It's his wife who comes to his rescue. She defe
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Dana Moison
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have a weak spot for Mary Higgins Clark’s books. Her suspense novels were the first ones I’ve ever read as an adolescent – and certainly not the last. I was immediately captured by riveting murder mysteries and dark secrets, unraveling themselves with every turning page. I don’t know why should a 12 year old girl be more interested in detective mysteries than teen books, but what can I say, it was a perfect match.

By then I knew I loved books, and I knew that one day I’d grow up to be a writer
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Description: When Kay Lansing marries wealthy widower Peter Carrington, she is well aware of the rumours surrounding the mysterious death of Peter's first wife Grace, who was found floating in the family pool ten years ago, pregnant at the time. Kay also discovers that Peter is a chronic sleepwalker who suffers from periodic nightmares. When the police arrive at her doorstep with a warrant for Peter's arrest in connection with another murder - that of a woman Peter had escorted to a high school ...more
Rajesh Bookrider
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

Kay Lansing has a old connection with Carrington estate. When Kay was 6 years old, she overheard a man and a woman's harsh and angry whispers. She had her own reasons to stay hidden, while she listened, so didn't see them. But that precise moment stayed hauntingly in her memory.
On that same day, a girl was murdered.

When Kay marries Peter, she also marries the Carrington estate, with its legacy of secrets.

Two young women have died mysteriously because of their connection with the Carrin
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Moira
Mar 17, 2008 rated it liked it
I haven't read Mary Higgins Clark in a long time. Years ago, I remember finding her books really terrifying and yet really clever. Perhaps I have become jaded or perhaps she is slipping, but this book was a bit ho-hum. The premise of a sleepwalker being charged with a crime was very interesting and the idea of the young girl marrying the older wealthy man who lives in a mansion was reminiscent of the old Gothic romance. I was hoping for a new twist on the type of book I read as a teenager. But i ...more
Sara
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was really bad. The characters are so flat that calling them two dimensional would be a compliment and tend to do and think things that haveno basis in reality.
The story is predictable and written in such a way that I found myself thinking, after every few pages, "Ah yes, the author is trying to trick me into thinking xyz, but it won't be." It was done in such an obvious way that I actually felt insulted. This story is written from the perspective of everyone who has even thought of s
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Pamela(AllHoney)
Kay Lansing's father once worked for the wealthy Carrington family until he was fired and then commits suicide. Before her father died a girl disappeared and was found dead. The son, Peter Carrington, was a person of interest. Now years later Kay approaches Peter Carrington about the use of the mansion for a fundraiser. A romance follows and they get married. Meanwhile a case is being built against Peter.

It was alright. I have enjoyed Mary Higgins Clark in the past but this one didn't grab me li
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Dlora
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a whirlwind romance (glossed over in a few sentences), librarian Kay Lansing marries extremely rich, high-society Peter Carrington who has had many tragedies in his life: his mother died when he was young, a girlfriend disappears after a party at their house and is presumed murdered, and Peter's first wife who is drunk and pregnant is found drowned in their swimming pool. Kay's own father, who was a landscape gardeners for the rich Carringtons, committed suicide in her early life. All thes ...more
 Readaholic Jenn
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
This is one of my favorite Mart Higgin Clark's books.
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
I still enjoy Ms. Clarks books. This really was a twisted one.
Karen
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version, which was well done. This was a light mystery, not at all suspenseful, but a pleasant "listen." I've always enjoyed the works of Mary Higgins Clark and would recommend all of her books to anyone who enjoys a good, clean, well thought out mystery.
Jana Heinzelmann
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
I Heard that Song Before is again another recommendable book written by Mary Higgins Clark. It is about the Carrington Family – one of the US’s richest families. There are three murder cases and all characters try to figure out who the murderer is. In the beginning everything seems to point to Peter Carrington who was in a relationship with two of the victims. But is this notorious sleepwalker really capable to murder three people. And if yes, did he do it conscious or during one of his sleepwal ...more
Megan
This book was a bit of a chore to read, unlike any of the other MHC's books I've read. I was between two characters from the beginning for the murderer, but was leaning more toward one of them and that one ended up being the culprit.

The romance part was too sudden, I felt as though several chapters were missing because I was confused at first by what had happened.

The ending wrapped everything up, but I didn't enjoy this story much at all. Not a book I'd recommend.
Katya Mills
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I need to start by saying I have been reading MH Clark's books since I was a teenager way back in the eighties, when computers were the size of small houses, Ronald Reagan was president, electric typewriters were fashionable, and photographs had to be developed to be seen (unless you had a slide projecter or viewfinder...uhh... S.O.S... what the hell is she talking about)? Anyway, libraries were still libraries and books were still books, then, and I read a lot of them in my alligator tee shirts ...more
Spencer
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Kay meets a guy, Peter, and three weeks later she marries him. Peter has an odd sort of background. He was married previously to a woman named Grace, who was pregnant with his baby. But, Grace, apparently became drunk when she was seven months pregnant and fell into the pool and drowned. Since it was a very mysterious death, Peter was under suspicious of having murdered her. However, no clear evidence ever came to light, so he's been free for years. Peter is also under suspicion of another woman ...more
Angie
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is my second Mary Higgins Clark book. I didn't love the first one, but decided I'd give her a second read since she has such a huge following.

She has a way of introducing the mystery and dragging the reader in, but then it kind of drags and flops at the end. "I Heard That Song Before" was no different. I almost gave up in the middle, but endured on just to find out "whodunnit." It was predictable and not very climactic.

So, Ms. Clark, I've read two of your books and was not all that impress
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Lance Greenfield
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Just what one expects from a Mary Higgins Clark formula: a few possible suspects from the outset, some twists and turns, and a fairly predictable ending. This is her formula. I always enjoy trying to predict the killer within the first twenty pages. Occasionally, I begin to doubt myself as I turn the pages, but I am usually right with my initial prediction. But this is what makes these books such fun to read!

Almost two days of my reading time on the beach were taken up with this one, and I don'
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Pantea
Aug 27, 2008 rated it liked it
I have read almost every book this author has written and was excited to come across this fairly new story last week. As always it was a page turner... completely captivating and a very easy read. If you've read enough of her books you can usually pick out the murderer in the first couple of chapters... this time I narrowed it down to two and picked the wrong one (but I was close!)! Very typical MHC - fun to read, interesting plot, not a lot of character development but enough to make you want t ...more
Jason
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
There is no denying Ms. Clark's success as an author, but I was disappointed with this book. I read it because I finished my first book on vacation too quickly and I wanted something else to read. I came very close to putting it down early on but I hate doing that, so I pushed through and finished it. I was glad I did finish it but it wasn't easy. The book borrows heavily from "Rebecca" and the author's wanton usage of cliches, especially to close chapters, became annoying and repetitive. If you ...more
Doaa
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
this book was my start with Mary Higgins

intersting book
Jesse Menoni
Oct 12, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
blech-- boring. i was relieved when it was done.
Donna
Apr 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
I always enjoy Mary Higgins Clark - this one is not one of my favorites - a little too predictable. An easy read; characters are believable...enjoyed it but looking forward to her next one!
Susan
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Good clean (no sex, violence, profanity) suspense! Page turner and it kept my interest! Well done Mary Higgins Clark!
Jodie
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was boring. I only finished it because I hate to not finish books. By the way the characters spoke I wasn’t sure if we were in England or New York. I feel like because the author is very dated.. her writing style was also very dated. I tried, but I won’t read another one of her books again.... meh
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Finished reading: February 28th 2014
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Kelly
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book has been a permanent fixture on my bookshelves for so many years that it was starting to become the longest relationship that I have been in, so I made the executive decision to finally open its cover.

Why didn't this book appeal to me? Why had it been sitting on the shelf collecting dust?

The premise.

My book pet-hate is a novel that has a crime - dum dum dum duuum - but luckily, there is a suspect - Yay! - Oh wait... - shock - the suspect is actually innocent! But *Introducing high-t
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Georgiann Hennelly
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When Kay Lansing was only six she sneaked into the hidden chapel of the Carringtons ,new jersey manision and over heard a conversation between a man and a women that night 18 year old Susan Altrop disappeared .twenty two years later she is now married to peter carrington who is still being persucuted because he had given the girl a ride home.. the d.a believes he is guilty of the girls murder when her body is found 22 years later on the grounds of his estate. he is arrested. and tried for the cr ...more
Yousra
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The more I learn the less I know"

This is what I found myself thinking after finishing this book. it is a breath-stopping thriller that will leave you in awe.
Three murders: Susan Althrop, Grace Meredith, Jonathan Lansing all committed presumably by the same man; the handsome millionaire Peter Carrington; who happens to have frequent episodes of sleepwalking...

From the beginning the writer will have you doubting each and every one until you'd think it would remain unsolvable. But by the end I f
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