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A Stranger Is Watching

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  18,319 ratings  ·  356 reviews
Ronald Thompson knows he is not guilty of the murder for which he is about to be executed. There are only two days left to unmask the real villain - a terrifying psychopath who has killed before and has unfinished business with his victim's family.
Paperback, 322 pages
Published 2005 by Pocket Books (first published 1977)
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Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Stranger is Watching is a very simple story, but the killer here is not given God like status. He needs to work hard so as to avoid being brought in by the New York police. Eventually bad luck, plus some hard work on behalf of those people on the angels' side, literally catch up with him.

I think that the author will never kill a main character, unless the latter has died in the past, viewed via flashbacks. It's kind of understandable, it makes sense. The blow of death is softened, because the
سارة سيف
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خليفة أجاثا كريستي؟؟.. بل أشد، تملك موهبة رائعة، أجاثا رواياتها رتيبة، قليلة الشخصيات، إلا من إثنتين أو ثلاث كمحور الأحداث، أما مارك كلارك فتنتقل من مشهد إلى آخر كأحداث فيلم سينمائي مثير، لا تُنهي مشهد دون أن يحتوي على الإثارة في آخر سطوره.

أجاثا تفتعل الجريمة وتختم بكشف المجرم، أما ماري فتخبرك بالجريمة وتعرفك على القاتل من أولى الصفحات، فلا تمل من التكملة لمعرفة كامل الحكاية.

رون، شاب متهور وبدأ في العودة لاتزانه، جريمة افتعلها بغير وعي جعلته المشتبه الوحيد في قتل نينا، يراقب القاتل الحقيقي محا
When I first read this, I started and then forgot to stop. What it lacks in some qualities it makes up for with the fact that there is no right place to take a break and put it down. I started it one school night and had to stay up until three to finish it. Don't tell my parents.
Karine BZH
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mon premier Mary Higgins Clark et sûrement aussi mon premier policier. Je me souviens ne pas avoir réussi à le lâcher tant que j'avais pas lu le dernier mot. Une grande écrivaine à suspense!
Jul 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I needed a book to read....still can't get my hands on the book club I raided Zach's bookshelves. He likes Mary Higgins Clark and buys them at the .25 cent library sales. He said his teacher read this to them in 10th grade. I had never read any Mary Higgins Clark, as popular as she is. I was hooked! Very well-written and fun suspense story. And yes, I was able to fall asleep. I was worried about that since all of my reading time is usually at a result I ofte ...more
محمد الفره
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
يا رباااااااااااااااااااااااه
كمية تشويق وإثارة كبيرة للغاية
ماري هيغينز كلارك اصبحتي من الكتاب المفضليين بالنسبة لي
رواية مشوقة واحداث متسارعة تجبرك على الاستمرار في القراءة
اسلوب الكاتبة في الانتقال بالمشاهد وكأنك تتباع فيلم هوليوودي
تستحق الخمس نجمات
James Bohrer
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I chose to read the book "A Stranger Is Watching" by Mary Higgins Clark. This book follows the story of a man named Steve as well as his son Neil and Steve's girlfriend Sharon. One day when Sharon is watching Neil alone, a mysterious man only calling himself "Foxy" kidnaps them both. From then on, the story follows individual characters ranging from Steve to Sharon and even Foxy himself as Steve tries to save his girlfriend and his son. We are given several viewpoints of the situation through th ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Mary Higgins Clark pretty much never disappoints. I was actually surprised to find that this was originally published in 1977. It was only when I found myself asking why the characters were using payphones rather than cell phones that I looked up the publication date.

A good, fast-paced mystery. I picked it up off my shelves of books I pick up at thrift stores for $0.25-$0.50 while trying to decide what to read next, knowing it would only take me a day or two to finish. It was an engrossing stor
Sarah ~
Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
المرة الأولى التي أقرأ فيها رواية للكاتبة الأمريكية ماري هيجنز كلارك ..

اعتدت على كتابات أجاثا كريستي البوليسية وهي البارعة في هذا المجال ..

الرواية لم تعجبني كثيرا ..
فهي ضعيفة من وجهة نظري وايضا
مكتوبة وكأنها فيلم
فنحن نقفز بين " اللقطات " أقصد الأحداث ..
وهي طريقة صعبة المجاراة ..
المهم انها تتحدث عن قضية إعدام شاب ..
ليتبين عبر الرواية انه بريء ..
مع وجود قاتل متسلسل وقنبلة وقضية اختطاف .
قصة اعتيادية في الكثير من الأفلام الأمريكية .
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A minha estreia com MHC, em versão bolso. Muito bom
Frans  Leemker
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het boek speelt het zich af in een tijd, dat er nog geen mobieltjes zijn. Maar dat doet niets af aan het verhaal. Het leest heerlijk weg. De spanning blijft er voortdurend in.
Jack Stringer
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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May 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the overall concept of this book, but some parts of the way it was executed caused me to feel a bit disappointed. I have read books by Clark in the past that I loved, so I was taken aback when I found this book to be different than expected and overall disappointing. The time frame got a little confusing when going back and forth between the different characters. And there were even times where I became confused about who was speaking. Granted, these are small aspects of the story, but t ...more
Allyson Abbott
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-pleasure
A Stranger is Watching
I have to admit that this is the first book I have ever read a book by this famous author. I love mysteries so I don't know how I have missed such a classic writer. I am only reading it because it was left in a holiday apartment I am renting.
I could not put this book down. It is fast paced, you feel empathy for all the characters as Clark, brings them all to life with their tales from the past and heart wrenching stories. I could visualise Grand Central Station, from the gr
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
This book was quite good. Alexandra's 3 year old son was kidnapped two years ago which ended in the destruction of her marriage because her husband blamed her for the kidnapping because of the young babysitter she hired. This book has a lot of twists and turns and some good mystery and a surprising ending. I enjoyed it.
Jul 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Hee, hee, it was fun seeing the pricing in this book from 1977. The sentence said, "he had paid $140 (at which point I'm thinking, Wow, only $140 a night for a hotel in NYC) for THREE nights at the Biltmore Hotel across from Grand Central Station." Other than prices giving away the book's year of publication this was classic Mary Higgins Clark suspense.
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polars
Ok, that's a great book, alright. But I "only" give 4 stars because of the stereotypes in this book: to quote only 1 of them: in Grand Central Station,the description. The women run to go home to prepare dinner and are anxious to be late, and the business men going home earlier because of (something).
I'm sorry but morally I can't give 5 stars, don't resent me.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My all-time favorite of her books.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente, la pluma de esta escritora es magnifica, una trama con suspenso hasta el final.
El tema de la pena de muerte deja mucho que pensar.
Me ha gustado mucho.
Oumaima Karim Allah
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just like every book I read of this majestic author, It was literally unputdownable.
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Vanessa Kay
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Last Saturday, while I was dusting my bookshelf, I just realized I have some bunch of new books I haven't read yet. I know I want to read some good ol' MHClark book so I just blindly picked what book to read, and it's A Stranger is Watching!

This story started with the culprit's POV, as usual, no name dropping and that's when the guessing game started. What I always love about MHC's stories is that we got to act like a real detective and gather all the information so we could guess who's the bad
Art the Turtle of Amazing Girth
Not so much a whodunit as a will they find them in time.

The kidnapper/killer is introduced early on, not by name, but we honestly have no hope of learning who it is until late in the story.

There's a good undercurrent story here of a woman struggling to win over her new boyfriend's son. The little boy lost his mother a few years earlier, and as such has closed off from the world. It's touching how they attempt to bond and survive.

Lally, the woman who lives in the train station, is unnecessary to
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story I wasn't sure I would enjoy. Usually anything short of almost 400 pages isn't nearly developed enough for my tastes. I quickly learned that this was not the case. Ms. Clark can quickly and what is seemingly effortlessly spin a tale that captures your attention and holds it throughout. I was in awe of her ability to tell the story from each individual character's viewpoint, and do not regret picking up this short read.

Steve Peterson lost his wife to a brutal murder, and Ronald Tho
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
A Stranger is Watching is an interesting book on a few levels, but mostly that it is so unabashedly anti-capital punishment. Like most readers, I like my personal views to be exalted in fiction. I am being cheeky, mostly. Clark does a nice job with the plot as it moves at a rapid case and no one acts too idiotically in order to stop things from happening. The only reason that I can't give it a four-star rating (although I definitely give it a three and a half star rating) is because I cannot bel ...more
Julie C-F
Plot is MHC signature: different characters and slowly building up the story till everything comes together for the ending.

Steve is a widower with a son. His wife was killed at home which the son witnessed and where an innocent young man was jailed and about to be executed for the murder.

Fast forward to two years when the execution is about to happen, Sharon, the one he has his eye on had been kidnapped along with Neil, his son.

The events leading to the end of the story are all fast and a bit
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find that Mary Higgins Clark has changed her way of writing, nowadays it looks like detective novels but back then it was a psychological thriller. I finished this book in a few days. I remember reading it when i was young and being scared. Today i m not as scared but i actually couldn’t close the book before i knew what would happen in this end. I finished this book in 3 days... and read most of it tonight. It’s not the best book to read before bed as i couldn’t drop it and now it’s 4am. It i ...more
Lauren Roberts
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this plot. Loved how it focused in detail on one central plot and really dove into the characters development. Written in the 1970s I don't know if that helped with the depth of writing, it felt fully plotted and not rushed like most books nowadays.

Superb thrilling plot and was deliciously unravelled so at times you really didn't know whether they'd discover Nina's real murderer in time. Brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyable
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-in-2018
I didn't go into this book with any expectation and so I was pleasently surprised. A good thriller with interessting characters. Although, I have to say, there is only so much, that you can do on such few pages. So no imense charcter building or shooking plott-twists can be expected. But if you like you're average thriller, this is one of the good ones.
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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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