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Dancing in the Dark

(KEY News #8)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,474 ratings  ·  127 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Mary Jane Clark turns up the heat in a drop-dead frightening novel about an idyllic beach community turned killer's hunting ground

Trying to mix business with pleasure, KEY News correspondent Diane Mayfield has brought her children and her sister to the New Jersey shore town of Ocean Grove to investigate a story on "girls who cry wolf" for
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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Sally Lindsay-briggs
After I started this novel, I found out that the author is one of Mary Higgins Clark's daughters. Mary Jane has a ways to go. This was fairly well written but it didn't flow well. The characters were not really believable and the ending was a relief. I just wanted it to finish. The murderer and kidnapper was a surprise but that was probably the only good part.
Sally Wolf
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dancing In The Dark by Mary Jane Clark ISBN 9780312481172

This book is all about a troubled young girl that goes missing. When she is found three days latter no one seems to believe her story until it happens again. Diane a Key News Reporter has to cancel her trip to the Grand Canyon and instead head to Ocean to interview the lost girl who everyone believes “Cried Wolf” What she finds there is more than what she bargained for. I found that this book takes a good look at what a troubled teen will
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because I got right to the end and hadn't figured out who was doing all the damage.

One thing I noticed about this writer's works is that she has several book titles that are lyrics to a Beatles song. I'm curious about that so will read those or look at her website to see if that was intentional! The titles are as follows:

Do You Want to Know a Secret?
Do You Promise Not to Tell?
Let me whisper in your Ear
Close to you
Nobody Knows
Nowhere to Run
Hide Yourself Away
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Generally likeable lead characters, but improbable plot. News reporter Diane Mayfield is sent to Ocean Grove, New Jersey to investigate the phenomenon of “girls who cry wolf” – they claim to have been kidnapped, held, and freed. Diane is sent to report on the latest girl, Leslie Patterson. The police suspect Leslie staged her own disappearance, even though she was found bound and gagged. Leslie claims that the kidnapper made her dance with him in the dark (weird, but provides the book title). Th ...more
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! This book was outstanding; right from the very first chapter. The suspect could have been any of 5 characters, and you didn't know who until the last couple pages when he/she was revealed. A very, very good read. I'd like to see the tented community of Ocean Grove. Sounds like a nice vacation town. Great setting, great characters, interesting story. I've never read Mary Jane Clark before. Now I think I'll go find one of her other books.
Choppily and sometimes sloppily written. I didn't care about any of the characters. Calling them characters might even be a bit generous for most of the names in the book. It's a lightning-fast read, though, for those who appreciate that.
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Nice mystery & cast. No gore, graphic sex, or language. Pro-homosexual, Christians are represented (as normally) slow-witted, uncaring & generally unnecessary. No noticeable editing errors in text edition. Eliza Foss gives a good reading. © audio, TTS-enabled eBook & hard/soft cover available. ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quick Review: Great book by the daughter of Mary Higgins Clark! Intriguing mystery, compelling characters, and a definite page-turner. I actually figured out the perpetrator before the book ended, first ever for me! Look forward to more books by Mary Jane Clark, a talented mystery writer.
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
just mindless entertainment... nothing really to write home aboutl
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Quick easy read. Author has a choppy style with many characters but does a solid job of tying together at end of book.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diane, a news reporter went to the Jersey shore to investigate an abduction, but was it a real abduction or was it made up. Everyone in the community thought that the girl lied but Dianes findings showed that she was telling the truth when a female turned up dead and another was found. This was an exceptionally great read!
Shirley Kummer
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I did not care for this author. I felt it was quite boring until the end when things finally happen. I have one more book that was given to me by this same author so I will give that one a try and hope it keeps my interest.
Barbie J
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book, especially since I live very close to Ocean Grove, NJ and love the area. The plot was great and I loved the surprise ending. It was a good read, an easy read, and a relaxing read, which is what I love. Great book for the beach!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't care for the writing style, no character development and boring til the end.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun summer read.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5. Interesting but predictable. Anorexic girl wants sympathy & whole NJ beach town is disturbed.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I couldn't put it down!
Nicole M Tschetter
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was well written I didn't see the ending coming
Kellyann Martin
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story poorly planned for abook with barely 300 pages it was a quick grab you quick entertaining read I’d read another by Mary Jane Clark
Basic mystery.
Kristen Landon
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good enough conclusion that I had to go back and reach chapter 1 again.
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
What a great read. This is the second book in the series I have read and I was not disappointed. I usually feel I know who the murderer will be but I didn't have any suspicions at all with this one.
Mary Allen
One of the better reads
Becky Underwood Baldwin
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a good book
Jessica Bates
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable book. Didn’t expect the ending which makes a good mystery book.
Barb Jesse
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book leaves you wondering who the villain is right up to the end.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Surprise ending that I didn't see coming. 4 stars
Jennifer Wardrip
For Diane Mayfield, the last few months of her life have been spent trying to keep her children, Michelle and Anthony, on an even keel. After her husband was sentenced to prison for his part in the financial upheaval of a company who cooked its books, she's been the sole parent and money-maker in a family that once had it all. Her position with KEY News as a correspondent for its Hourglass newsmagazine forces her to give up the family's vacation to the Grand Canyon and instead haul her kids and ...more
Linda Smith
Ocean Grove, New Jersey seems like an idyllic small beach town - until young women start disappearing. News correspondent Diane Mayfield is assigned the story and goes to the site with her two children and younger sister. This was not the vacation that Diane had planned for her family but, with her husband in jail, it is not an assignment that she can afford to turn down. Dancing in the Dark is a good mystery with a sub-plot about anorexic young women that is quite compelling. However, while thi ...more
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Mary Jane Clark is the author of thirteen novels, including 12 in the KEY News media thriller series, and one in her new Wedding Cake mystery series. A veteran writer and producer for CBS News, Clark worked for almost three decades at the network’s New York City headquarters. Her books are published in twenty-three languages. She lives in New Jersey and Florida.

Clark's former mother-in-law and sis

Other books in the series

KEY News (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret? (KEY News #1)
  • Do You Promise Not To Tell? (KEY News #2)
  • Let Me Whisper In Your Ear (KEY News #3)
  • Close to You (KEY News #4)
  • Nobody Knows (KEY News #5)
  • Nowhere to Run (KEY News #6)
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  • Lights Out Tonight (KEY News, #9)
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