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All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark

This week I’ve got a pretty interesting book, All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark. I picked this one out of the top shelf of Psychological & Suspense section of a book store. I love reading something mysterious which makes me crave the answer all the time, but this book has something else install for me…

All Around the Town was a story about a young girl, at the age of four has been kidnapped from her front yard by a man and a woman. Being sexually abused and traumatize for two years, when she finally returned home she was never the same. The indescribable painful past caused her to develop multiple personalities which severely damaged herself when she found to be a suspect of the murder investigation. The story is also involved around her big sister, a rising-star attorney who was coming into her rescue while her shameful past trying to get back into her life again.

Personally, I really don’t like the stories of child adduction, being a mother it makes me so uncomfortable and scare. It’s a true nightmare any parent can have and I was like “Let’s get out of here and live in the forest like “The Village” people.

I faced my fear reading the story with two drops of tear that never quite fell out of my eyes. It was overwhelmed by pain and sadness at the beginning. Later, when I find out that the story is also about multiple personality, it was getting more and more interesting. Multiple personality is really my subject of interest. I first learned this term when I watched the Oprah show 10 years ago. It is fascinating how this kind of complexities allowed developing within one human being. I have never seen any body with multiple personality in person. Do you guys know anyone? What do you think about it?

I love the thrill and excitement that lead on till the end. I just hope that there were more twists to it; it was a little bit predictable at the finale. But despite the straight forward story line, this novel grasps and shakes you pretty intensely. If you are the fan of suspense and thrill, you have to let this book take you to emotional stirring ride.

Have a wonderful day,

8 comments to All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark

  • Patty

    Very nice review, Tes!!!

  • Oooh, I don’t like the idea of child abduction and abuse either! But the book sounds very interesting.

    I’ve read other books about multiple personality. One I remember well is Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber. It’s non-fiction and it’s really, really interesting – and easy to read, nothing medical or so. The writer is a psychoanalyst who tells about her patient Sybil who had (I checked this on wikipedia: 16 !!! personalities.

  • As a mother I agree with you, Tes, it scares the life out of me!

  • I read this book a long time back and loved it , it’s a wonderful book . There is a similar one by Sidney Sheldon called Tell me your dreams , if you haven’t then try reading it , I am sure you’ll love it .

  • I can’t either read about child abuse or abductions, too hard to handle. Multiple personality disorders are intriguing though, I know very little about it, most of what I’ve come across has been through popular media (films) which rarely gives a realistic image… sound like an interesting book!

  • Thanks for this review Tes! I read another of her books several years ago, and liked it, but just haven’t read another. Too many good authors out there. However, I do like your review and find it very interesting. I also read “Sybil” many, many years ago. Disturbing but spellbinding book! I’m going to have to pick this one up and read it. Great review!

  • abi

    I read this book a very long time ago and it still sticks in my mind. multipe personalities (or,disassociative identity disorder) has always intrigued me. showtime has an excellent show called united states of tara that is about this disorder as well. great review thanks!

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