On the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark

On the Street Where You Live, Mary Higgins Clark, 2001

My favorite quote: “If you want to be happy for a year, win the lottery. If you want to be happy for life, love what you do.”

Notable characters: Emily Graham, a criminal defense attorney; Madeline, her ancestor; and a whole bunch of other people who weren’t interesting enough to bother keeping track of 

Most memorable scene: When the bodies are dug up in Emily’s yard. I hope it gave her nightmares for years to come

Greatest strengths: On the Street Where You Live has a pretty cover. I like red books

Standout achievements: Well, it certainly wasn’t Mary Higgins Clark’s ability to conceal the identity of the killer … 

Fun Facts: This is Mary Higgins Clark’s 24th book. Whee. 

Other media: N/A. And I don’t think I’ll be watching any Mary Higgins Clark movies. I can’t even imagine what that must look like

What it taught me: That if you’re going to use a dizzying amount of characters and side stories in a book, they need to be well-developed and distinguishable if you want your readers to be able to follow along. It also taught me that I’m not a fan of Mary Higgins Clark — a valuable lesson in a world of great books out there just waiting to be read

How it inspired me: It didn’t. Not even a little. On the Street Where You Live reads like an especially weak episode of Murder, She Wrote. Except I like Murder, She Wrote a lot more than I liked On the Street Where You Live. Or anything by Mary Higgins Clark 

Additional thoughts: On The Street Where You Live is one of several books I’ve read by Mary Higgins Clark and at the risk of sounding insulting, she always comes off to me as a dumbed-down Agatha Christie for folks who don’t like getting their hands dirty. I don’t see the appeal. I’ve tried and tried. This one is especially flat, even for Mary Higgins Clark. I can’t even understand how a book that has murderers, stalkers, cheating spouses, broken marriages, hidden bodies, and reincarnation can be dull … but in On the Street Where You Live, she somehow pulls it off. 

Hit or miss: On the Street Where You Live is yet another miss for me from the so-called Queen of Suspense

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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