Synopsis: When Natalie Raines, famous Broadway star is found in her home in New Jersey dying from a gunshot wound, her former husband Greg Aldrich is the chief suspect. What no one knows is that only days before she was murdered, Natalie came face to face with the man who killed her former roommate, whom she’d known when they were struggling young actresses.
Handling the case is assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace. During the trial, Emily experiences sentiments which defy all reason and continue after Aldrich’s fate is decided by the jury. Disconcerted by her reaction, and caught up in working out what it could mean, little does she realize that her own life is now in grave danger.
I found the book to be an easy read. The story moved at a fairly good pace and there were several sub-plots woven into the story. The characters were mostly likeable and those I didn’t like, were the ones I wasn’t supposed to. For me, much of the details of the court room experience were a little boring, but I’ve never been a fan of court TV type dramas. There was also a tiny subplot (that I don’t want to give away) involved with the main character, I thought was a bit too much, but hey…that’s just a personal preference and it didn’t really take away from the story overall.
While I had deduced who had committed the crime fairly early on, I still felt the author put on a good show, with several twists and turns thrown in for good measure. I would give the book 3 and a half stars if I could, but since I can’t, I had to go with 3 stars. I’m not sure if it is an author I would read again, but I’m not ruling her out.
If you’ve read a book by Mary Higgins Clark that you really enjoyed, please share it in the comments below and I’ll put it on my “to read” list.