Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark


Silent Night, Mary Higgins Clark, 2000

My favorite quote: “God rest you merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay.” While this is obviously not the intellectual property of Ms. Higgins Clark, it’s the best collection of words in this book

Notable characters: I don’t know that I’d call any of them “notable,” but the main characters are Catherine Dornan, a mother; Tom, her dying husband; Michael and Brian, her sons; Cally Hunter, some rando who steals Catherine’s wallet; Jimmy, Cally’s brother, who kidnaps little Brian

Most memorable scene: If there was a memorable scene here, it must have slipped past me

Greatest strengths: It tried very hard to capture the spirit of Christmas. Like any wise spirit, however, it fled. Slippery little bastards 

Standout achievements: On the cover of the copy I had, there was a bulbous-headed little boy pressing himself against a car window, looking out in what I assume to be terror as the car drove away. I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed at a book cover before but this one made me chuckle

Fun Facts: I recommended this to the small book club I belonged to, and when we were finished a new rule was set in place: No more Mary Higgins Clark. Ever. It’s the only rule our club has ever had 

Other media: Who knows. I was about to go look it up and then I was like, meh … who cares

What it taught me: That flat characters and predictability can hollow out even the swiftest pace 

How it inspired me: It convinced me never to use the old “life-saving-operation” trope in anything I write, ever. It just feels tired and trite. Or, at least it does in the hands of the “Queen of Suspense,” anyway

Additional thoughts: Of all the Mary Higgins Clark books I’ve read, this one’s my favorite. That’s not an endorsement

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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.

2 thoughts on “Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark

  1. Go ahead, tell us what you REALLY think of the book.:-) Oh well, not every book is gonna be a winner with every reader. It’s got a lot of good reviews on Amz, but it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea either.

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