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A Cry in the Night

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  16,510 ratings  ·  713 reviews
Divorcee Jenny MacPartland's struggle to support herself and her two small daughters is not helped by her irresponsible ex-husband. But suddenly a new man steps into her life. Rich, handsome Erich Krueger sweeps her off her feet and off to his mansion in the country. Everything seems to be perfect, and Jenny feels like a fairy-tale princess. But gradually the fairy-tale tu ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published 2004 by Pocket (first published 1982)
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May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book years ago and remember it being a thrilling, suspenseful story. When I picked it up to read it again I couldn’t recall the details of it – only that it was a keeper. I’m happy to say it remains one after a second reading. I didn’t expect it to be quite as good the second time. Sometimes books just don’t hold up. But this one still managed to give a good ride despite some very minor flaws.

In this wonderfully creepy book the main character, Jenny, is a struggling mother of two you
May 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspenso
One of the worst books I've read in my life. If this would've been my first book by Mary Higgins Clark, it would had been the last. It is not my first book, but it is definitely the last one.
The plot is slow, the characters are not believable nor lovable. It's too bizarre. Every page makes you want to make up for the lost time... but, in the hope of a better ending or a twist, I finished the book, and I must say that 1 star is too much.
If I see it in a bookstore, i would probably hide it, so nob
Jim C
Feb 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is about a divorced woman who lives in New York and is struggling to raise two children. She meets an artist and after an quick whirlwind romance she agrees to marry him and move to Minnesota. She realizes that her marriage is not "happily ever after" and she is in the middle of a nightmare.

A couple of years ago I picked up a novel from this author and I liked it. Since then I have read two more books and I believe she is not for me. I don't mind the damsel in distress book but when th
Written by "The Queen of Suspense", I was expecting something to scare my socks off! I could see the WHO, just didn't know the WHY. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I will try other books by this author. Too bad this one didn't really cut it for me. ...more
Nov 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Jul 22, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: don't do it!
When I travel, I bring along pulpy or fluffy mysteries to leave at the airport when I'm done. This one ended up with me, and it was absolutely ridiculous. People like this author? Her protagonist was pathetic from the get-go, and continued to ignore her internal warnings. The guy gets a tiny stain on the wall paper and then has it re-wallpapered? He disappears for days on end without leaving access to a phone or vehicle? Sure, he's a good one. At least it was pulpy--I read it through to the end ...more
Bonnie Gleckler Clark
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
To paraphrase I review I'd recently read concerning this book:

I absolutely love Mary Higgins Clark and I believe that I have read all of her books (well at least 30), but A Cry in the Night is one of the shining star of her collection. She takes a very naive woman who is trying hard, as a single mother and working full-time to support her family, and puts her in this comfortable and convenient position that she just can't say NO to.

I've found Mary Higgins Clark to create interesting and beautifu
Annette mathews
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
The consequences that you have to face when you marry a psychopath.
Jenny meets Erich .
Jenny marries Erich.
They just meet a few times and BAM, Erich pops up the question to Jenny. I was like screaming when Jenny said YES to Erich .How stupid can this girl get .Marrying someone without knowing anything about him or his history .Before i could process what was happening, they get married and Erich whisks her off from the city to his mansion .
Everything seemed perfect at the beginning ,but then slo
Laura Bradford
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an umpteenth re-read for me of this book. I first fell in love with MHC because of this book and I try to reread it every year or so. I know what happens to Jenny McPartland now, but every time I read it, I'm right there with that character again.

LOVE this book!
My first novel by the queen of suspense: "a cry in the night" might not have been the best starting point. The premise was quite poor “getting married within 1 month with the first guy who adores your children and spends money on you” sounds like a pretty naïve and bad decision. I also spotted the man plot miles away… and yet, there was something that made it hard to put the book down. She certainly understands how to keep up suspense and how to make a reader turn those pages. Then, there was ...more
Mansuriah Hassan
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the first book of Mary Higgins Clark that I read and it was so good that I've kept reading her books. I'm a picky person when it comes to what I read, but after I finished this book I wanted more of them to read. I really enjoyed this book to the fullest, and found it hard to put down at all.

It's about Jenny MacPartland, a single mother of 2 little girls, meets Erich Krueger, the man of her dreams. The two hit it off, and they marry quickly in spite of Jenny's friends warnings and first
Amanda McGill
Mar 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
Wow what a horrible book filled with a creepy romance, an unlikable main character and unrealistic plot lines.

Jenny MacPartland is an idiot. She falls in love with millionaire artist Erich Krueger and after a month of knowing the guy she marries him and uproots her and her 2 daughters from NYC to Erich's mansion in the country. I know if I marry someone and move out of state with my children, I would want to know every detail. I would want to know about the person that I am marrying and also se
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm a fan of Mary Higgins Clark books. I love her story lines and the fact that she doesn't use vulgar language and crude sexual references. But this book frustrated me. A lot. The protagonist was a pushover. She tolerated way too much of her husband's psycho behavior. I would get frustrated to the point where I would close the book, throw it down and have to get up and do something else. But I always came back to it because I was so curious to see how it ended. (And also because I have this thi ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, mystery
Many people highly oppose the fact that the main character is not the strongest, most dependent character who has ever been created. If you don't mind having an unorthodox protagonist, then this book is fantastic and eerie- not every book has to have a strong leading character. Therefore, I think this book stands our among Mary Higgin Clark's books because it follows a different style of characters. It does not lead as much of a surprise as many of her novels but the moments within are very well ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mary Higgins Clark did it again. This is one of those books that I couldn't put down. This is a great romance/mystery/suspense type of book. The ending for this book was kind of short. It seems to me she could've added a couple chapters to bring more closure for the main character, Jenny. But overall a great book. ...more
Connie N.
What an exciting book! As with all Clark books, I was caught up in the story right from the very beginning. Jenny works at an art gallery, but she is a busy single mom and struggling to make ends meet because of a charming but deadbeat dad. When she meets Erich, a talented and handsome artist, and he begins to make himself indispensable in her life, she's caught up in a whirlwind romance and marries him. When they move to his home farm in Minnesota, things start to get strange with his erratic a ...more
Nicky Wills
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I hate to give a MHC book 2 stars but I just couldn’t deal with this one! From the get-go I was annoyed with the main character and just had a feeling of unease throughout the whole book. The main character’s responses to the events in this book just didn’t make sense. It was a necessary read on my journey through MHC’s works, but if I hadn’t been working through all of them I would’ve quit this one pretty early on.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
I love Mary Higgins Clark. I listened to this not sure if I had read it before. It was vaguely familiar.
This time around I listened to it and it must have been an abridged version because it only had 4 parts so It went really quick. It had me chuckling throughout. Jenny is a complete moron and made obviously horrible choices from the first page. Creepy story and entertained me while I cleaned for my mom so oh well.
Lottie Panebianco
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book years ago and remember it being a thrilling, suspenseful story. When I picked it up to read it again I couldn’t recall the details of it – only that it was a keeper. I’m happy to say it remains one after a second reading. I didn’t expect it to be quite as good the second time. Sometimes books just don’t hold up. But this one still managed to give a good ride despite some very minor flaws. In this wonderfully creepy book the main character, Jenny, is a struggling mother of two yo ...more
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The day is bright with the sun in your eyes. You are walking down the road, admiring the beautiful blue sky. You feel it’s all too perfect when an eerie feeling shoots up inside you. You look around with unease and see nothing. Everything is the way it was just a few seconds ago. You keep walking but you’re not able to shake the feeling. You feel watched, followed, violated. If you can imagine what that feels like, that is what you’d feel when you progress through this book.

I came across this no
Feb 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
So I get that whats-her-face (I don't even remember her name bc her personality is practically nonexistent) is a struggling single mom so I understand the whirlwind romance aspect to an extent, but she gave legal rights over her beloved children to a virtual stranger?!?! Moved across the country and gives away all her money even after screaming red flags? She's not portrayed as being unintelligent. She's not a very young woman inexperienced in human interaction (she's 27 I think). Her decision-m ...more
Not her best but kept me reading.

I am a big fan of Mary Higgins Clark. This is the first book of hers I have read in a while and while I liked it, it was more predictable than some of her others. I think it should be a big red flag to any woman if she looks exactly like a man's mother, who died tragically.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my two favorite books!
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Carol Casale
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book! This was the first book of hers that I read. I have reread it at least 3 times since. I could not put it down!!
Jose Moa
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
A entertaining trhiller over a psychopatic love and a psychopata
Jenny is a single mum of two girls struggling to make ends meet when she bumps into Erich Kreuger, a wealthy and reclusive artist. He effortlessly charms the dregs of common sense (if any) off her and asks her to marry him because he thinks she's perfect for him. The fact that she looks a lot like his dead mother, whom he supposedly adores, is not at all weird. Not. One. Bit. Nope. Nah-uh!
I hated the main character and wanted to smack her blue with a pair of stilettos I can't wear. I loved how
Tanaya Deshmukh
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I had picked this up for a buddy read and this was one of the most fun buddy reads. We ranted and cribbed about the protagonist so much, you'll understand when you read the book. Although I guessed the end, I liked the story. I got little bit of 'Rebecca' vibes from this story, as the story revolves around a person who's dead and yet it feels they're not. The story was creepy, and I loved the setting of a big house near a farm, scary cabins. I felt the protagonist was too dim witted and I comple ...more
I was unable to connect to the characters on any level (though given Erich's neuroses, maybe that's a good thing) -- very suspenseful, and I found myself wondering what would happen, but the characters were too unrealistic and the plot too unbelievable for me.

If you're looking for something by MHC, try out Daddy's Little Girl instead. It left a lasting impression on me when I read it in my youth.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot as it did not follow the usual murder mystery formula of: introduce characters; find a body; solve the crime. This book is quite different and very enjoyable to read. You can always count on this author to deliver a good book. An aside: this book was published in 1982. I found it interesting that the characters could not use cell phones or email.
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-eight suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a his­torical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. With bestselling author Alafair Burke she wrote the Under Suspicion series. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels.

Clark’s books have sold more than 100 milli

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