I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
Publication: April 2014, Simon & Schuster, 320 pages
My Source: I borrowed a copy from the library.
Description: When Laurie Moran's husband was brutally murdered, only three-year-old Timmy saw the face of his father's killer. Five years later his piercing blue eyes still haunt Timmy's dreams. Laurie is haunted by more: the killer's threat to her son as he fled the scene: Tell your mother she's next, then it's your turn . . .
Now Laurie is dealing with murder again, this time as the producer of a true-crime, cold-case television show. The series will launch with the twenty-year-old unsolved murder of Betsy Powell. Betsy, a socialite, was found suffocated in her bed after a gala celebrating the graduation of her daughter and three friends. The sensational murder was news nationwide. Reopening the case in its lavish setting and with the cooperation of the surviving guests that night, Laurie is sure to have a hit on her hands. But when the estranged friends begin filming, it becomes clear each is hiding secrets... small and large.
And a pair of blue eyes is watching events unfold, too...
My Review: I've been a fan of this author's for years. What I really like about her books, is that I keep guessing and changing my mind about who did it right up until the very end. In fact, with this one, my son asked me if I had figured it out yet and I said, "No--I still have 15 pages left." Most of the suspects seem to have a shady side or reasons why they really could have done it, so it makes for a fun mystery. The other thing I really like is her books aren't gory. Yes, there's always a murder; yes, there are things that go on that aren't pleasant, but it's never graphic.
This story was a little different in there were two murders and while unrelated, there was a tie connecting them. I loved watching how the connection was made--it wasn't what I expected. Laurie's husband was murdered at the park in front of her young son and a threat against her and her son was given. Now, a few years later, she is doing a tv show on unsolved cases. There was a murder of a socialite 20 years earlier that wasn't ever solved. She attempts to bring back the "key players" to recreate the scene to see if any information surfaces.
I liked Laurie. She is very bright and really thinks things through. She goes the extra mile in life--both with research and mothering. I can only imagine how hard it would be to live with that threat over my head and still try to live life day to day.
Content: murder (not descriptive) and suicide (memories of finding someone, not descriptive), a few swear words (MUCH less than her earlier books), mention of sexual abuse (more implied and no details given) and affairs (again, skimmed over, no details).
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