Mary Higgins Clark - Author

About the Author

Born and raised in New York, Mary Higgins Clark is of Irish descent. "The Irish are, by nature, storytellers," says Clark, who considers her Irish heritage an important influence on her writing.
 

She was awarded the Grand Prix de Literature of France in 1980. Her books are published in translation around the world and are world-wide bestsellers. She is a #1 bestseller in France.
 

She was Chairman of the International Crime Congress, held in New York in May 1988. She was the 1987 president of the Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, on the Board of Directors of the Mystery Writers of America.

Featured books by Mary Higgins Clark

Piece of My Heart

Piece of My Heart

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Audiobook Release Date: 17/11/2020

In the latest thrilling collaboration from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, television producer Laurie Moran must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée’s nephew—just days before her wedding. Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancée, Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are just days away from their mid-summer wedding, when things take a dark turn. Alex’s seven-year-old nephew, Johnny, vanishes from the beach. A search party begins and witnesses recall Johnny playing in the water and collecting shells behind the beach shack, but no one remembers seeing him after the morning. As the sun sets, Johnny’s skim board washes up to shore, and everyone realizes that he could be anywhere, even under water. A ticking clock, a sinister stalker, and fresh romance combine in this exhilarating follow up to the bestselling *You Don’t Own Me—*another riveting page-turner from the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and her dazzling partner-in-crime Alafair Burke.

Audiobooks of the Month
Daddy's Gone A-Hunting

Daddy's Gone A-Hunting

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

A dark family secret puts the lives of two sisters in grave danger Hannah Connelly is plunged into a nightmare when she learns that Connelly Fine Antique Reproductions, the family business founded by her grandfather, has been levelled by a huge explosion. The ashes reveal a startling and grisly discovery. Could the explosion have been deliberately set? And what was Kate, Hannah's sister and a highflyer in an accounting firm, doing in the building in the middle of the night? With Kate lying in a coma in hospital, it is now down to Hannah to discover what truly happened. But little does she know that someone will do anything they can to prevent Kate regaining consciousness. Will Hannah find out the truth before that person kills to save himself?

eBooks of the Month
Where Are You Now?

Where Are You Now?

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2009

Mac disappeared 10 years ago but every year he phones his mother on birthdays and Mother’s Day telling her all is fine. Now his sister, a lawyer, decides to try and find him. What ensues is an involved tale throwing up some alarming twists, as expected from this accomplished American ‘Queen of Suspense’. They are easy to read, highly addictive and very satisfying mysteries. Comparison: Hilary Norman, Joy Fielding, Sandra Brown.

eBooks of the Month
A Stranger is Watching

A Stranger is Watching

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2007

An innocent man is going to be put to death for a murder he didn’t commit and the real killer is about come back in to the lives of the family whose world was cruelly destroyed two years ago. This is a great suspense novel seeing things from the perspective of the victims and the psychopath intent on causing as much pain as possible. This will keep you on the edge of your seat.

eBooks of the Month
Night-time is My Time

Night-time is My Time

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2005

A real page-turner with the plot unfolding from the point of view of all the main characters. Highly suspenseful, from a major American author. If you are new to her you have 24 backlist titles to catch up on! Some are seriously better than others, and this is one of the best.Comparisons: Nora Roberts (some), Hilary Norman, Barbara Vine.Similar this month: Val McDermid, Hilary Bonner.

eBooks of the Month
No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/10/2008

At the age of ten, Liza Barton shot her mother in their New Jersey home while trying to protect her from her violent stepfather. Despite her stepfather's claim that the shooting was a deliberate act, the Juvenile Court ruled the death an accident. Trying to erase every trace of Liza's past, her adoptive parents changed Liza's name to Celia. At the age of twenty-eight, she married a sixty-year-old widower, and they had a son. Before their marriage, Celia confided the secret of her earlier life. On his deathbed, her husband made her swear never to reveal her past to anyone, so that their son would not carry the burden of this family tragedy. Happily remarried, Celia is shocked when her second husband presents her with a gift-the New Jersey house where she killed her mother. On the day they move in, the words BEWARE -- LITTLE LIZZIE'S PLACE have been painted on the lawn. Determined to prove that she was the victim of her stepfather's psychotic behavior, Celia sets out to gather the evidence. When the real estate agent who sold the house is brutally murdered she is once again branded a killer. As Celia fights to prove her innocence, she is not aware that her life and the life of her son are in jeopardy.

eBooks of the Month
I Heard That Song Before

I Heard That Song Before

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/10/2008

Mary Higgins Clark takes you deep into the mysteries of the human mindwhere memories may be the most dangerous things of all. Kay Lansing grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, daughter of the landscaper to the wealthy and powerful Carrington family. One day, accompanying her father to work, six-year-old Kay overhears a quarrel between a man and a woman that ends with the man's caustic response: "e;I heard that song before."e; That same evening, young Peter Carrington drives the nineteen-year-old daughter of neighbors home from a formal dinner dance at the Carrington estate, but she is not in her room the next morning and is never seen or heard from again. Decades later, a cloud of suspicion hangs over Peter, not only for his neighbor's disappearance but also for the subsequent drowning death of his own pregnant wife in their swimming pool. But when Kay Lansing, now a librarian in Englewood, asks Peter's permission to hold a literary benefit cocktail party on his estate, she comes to see Peter as misunderstoodand when he begins to court her, she falls in love -- and marries him. However, she soon makes a discovery that leads her to question her husband's innocence. She believes that the key to the truth lies in the identities of the man and woman whose quarrel she witnessed as a child. What she does not realize is that uncovering what lies behind these memories may cost Kay her life.

eBooks of the Month
Remember Me

Remember Me

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/11/2012

A Mother's Love...Haunted By Ghosts Of Terrors Past... Menley Nichols as never stopped blaming herself for the accidental death of her two-year old son, a tragedy that strained her marriage and her sanity. When she and her husband Adam, a high-profile attorney, are blessed with a beautiful new baby daughter, they dedicate themselves to rebuilding their lives together---unaware that someone in their midst has a very different agenda for them. Yearning to return to his Cape Cod roots for a late summer respite, Adam moves his family into Remember House, an 18th-century sea captain's house as legendary as it is picturesque. But the Nichols are immediately drawn into a dark and threatening web of events that disrupt the seemingly peaceful seaside town. As mysterious incidents amass into a cloud of menace, Menley must soon confront the shadows of the past...and the mounting fear for her beloved daughter's life...

eBooks of the Month
Before I Say Goodbye

Before I Say Goodbye

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/05/2012

After her husband Adam is killed when his private boat explodes, Nell McDermot is thrown into a pit of grief. She wants answers and she wants more than anything to say goodbye - but both now seem impossible. That is, until a medium contacts her claiming to be Adam's channel. When the investigation proves the explosion was not an accident but a bomb, Nell goes to visit the medium. And, soon enough, she is receiving instructions from Adam from beyond the grave. Or is she? Haunted by grief, Nell undertakes the instructions - unaware that a terrifying chain of events is about to be unleashed. With a dangerous loop closing around her, Nell doesn't realise that she might be going to meet Adam a lot sooner than she thinks . . .

eBooks of the Month
I've Got You Under My Skin

I've Got You Under My Skin

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

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 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 . . .

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Mary Higgins Clark

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/11/2020

AN ELECTRIFYING NEW THRILLER FROM 'QUEEN OF SUSPENSE' MARY HIGGINS CLARK . . . When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a 'CRyan' describing her 'terrible experience' while working at REL, a high-profile television news network, including the comment 'and I'm not the only one,' Gina knows she has to pursue the story. But when Ryan goes silent, Gina is shocked to discover the young woman has died tragically in a Jet Ski accident while on holiday. Meanwhile, REL counsel Michael Carter finds himself in a tricky spot. Several female employees have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Carter approaches the CEO, offering to persuade the victims to accept settlements in exchange for their silence. It's a risky endeavor, but it could well make him rich. As more allegations emerge and the company's IPO draws near, Carter's attempts to keep the story from making headlines are matched only by Gina Kane's determination to uncover the truth. Was Ryan's death truly an accident? And when another accuser turns up dead, Gina realizes someone-or some people-will go to depraved lengths to keep the story from seeing the light. The novels of Mary Higgins Clark are perfect for fans of Sabine Durant, Shari Lapena and everyone who loves a good mystery... *** Praise for Mary Higgins Clark *** 'I adore Mary Higgins Clark' Karin Slaughter 'Trust Mary Higgins Clark to know what frightens us to death' New York Times 'Clark plays out her story like the pro that she is . . . flawless' Daily Mirror 'Should come with a warning: start in the evening and you'll be reading late into the night' USA Today

I've Got My Eyes on You

I've Got My Eyes on You

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/01/2019

The extraordinary new thriller from the Queen of Suspense and global bestseller, Mary Higgins Clark. Eighteen-year-old Kerry Dowling is found fully dressed at the bottom of the family pool. She threw a party the night before, while her parents were away; her house was full of people. But no one saw anything. The police immediately suspect her boyfriend, with whom she had a bitter argument at the party. But other people had a grudge against Kerry, too, including her twenty-year-old neighbour. Everyone knows he wanted to come to the party. Everyone knows how angry he was that Kerry didn't invite him. As the police flail about for answers, Kerry's older sister Aline decides to take matters into her own hands. But by trying to solve her sister's murder, Aline may be putting her own life in danger... * * * Praise for Mary Higgins Clark * * * 'I adore Mary Higgins Clark' Karin Slaughter 'Trust Mary Higgins Clark to know what frightens us to death' New York Times 'Clark plays out her story like the pro that she is . . . flawless' Daily Mirror 'Should come with a warning: start in the evening and you'll be reading late into the night'USA Today

All By Myself, Alone

All By Myself, Alone

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

The thrilling new novel from the multi-million copy global bestselling author, 'Queen of Suspense' Mary Higgins Clark. A glamorous cruise on a luxurious ocean liner turns deadly... Fleeing the humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewellery expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship, the Queen Charlotte. On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood - the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to a museum after the cruise. But three days out to sea Lady Emily is found dead - with the necklace missing. And the list of suspects is large and growing. Celia sets out to find the killer, not realizing that she has put herself in mortal danger before the ship reaches its final destination...

Mary Higgins Clark Collection

Mary Higgins Clark Collection

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 23/03/2016

THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE At age eighty-three and in failing health, Olivia Morrow knows she has little time left. The last of her line, she faces a momentous choice: expose a long-held family secret, or take it with her to her grave. But as the pressure of Olivias impending choice weighs down on her, little does she realise that there are people who will stop at nothing to silence her... not even murder.ILL WALK ALONE Two years after the day that her son, Matthew, was kidnapped in broad daylight, Alexandra Moreland is still torn between hope and despair. As no trace of Matthew was ever discovered, she found it impossible to give him up for dead. But now, on what would have been Matthews fifth birthday, photos surface that seem to show Alexandra kidnapping her own child. Hounded by the press, under investigation by the police and attacked by her angry ex-husband, Alexandra sets out to discover who is behind this cruel hoax. Now she is putting herself - and those she loves most - in mortal danger.THE LOST YEARS An ancient parchment stolen from the Vatican centuries ago was assumed to be lost forever - until now. The artefact falls into the hands of Dr. Jonathan Lyons, an esteemed academic. Then Jonathan is found brutally murdered in his own home. As secrets in his personal life unravel, detectives soon suspect Jonathans wife, who suffers from Alzheimers. The couples 28-year-old daughter, Mariah, is determined to expose the true motive behind her fathers death, but the web of secrets is more tangled than she could possibly know...

The Melody Lingers On

The Melody Lingers On

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Lane Harmon, assistant to a renowned interior designer, is used to meeting the rich and famous in their opulent homes. But when she is called to the Bennett house, she knows this job will be different. Parker Bennett has been missing for two years - since just before the discovery that billions of dollars had vanished from a fund he managed. The scandal has not died and a cloud of suspicion remains around his name. Did he commit suicide or was his disappearance staged? His wife is convinced Parker is innocent - and alive. But there are people after him who are determined to learn the truth at any cost. And the more Lane gets drawn into the Bennett's world of glamour and intrigue, the most she puts her life and those of her family in jeopardy... With the hair-raising skill that has made her a multi-million copy global phenomenon, Mary Higgins Clark combines a huge financial scandal and a breathtaking tale of deception and betrayal into one of her finest novels yet.

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2015

A collection of Mary Higgins Clark's acclaimed short stories, with her most famous unfinished story finally completed. From the first-ever published story (1956's 'Stowaway'), to classic 'Alvirah and Willy', 'My Gal Sunday' and many more, Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Storiesgives readers the chance to revisit the short story highlights from the prolific 'Queen of Suspense'. As a grand finale to this collection of previously published hits comes a brand-new novella showcasing the dazzling and dangerous world of high fashion in 1970s New York City: 'Death Wears a Beauty Mask'. When Janice steps off the plane in New York City with her new husband Mike, she can barely contain her excitement knowing Alexandra is waiting at the gate. It's been nearly a year since Janice saw her glamorous, fashion model older sister, whose busy workload even kept her from attending Janice and Mike's wedding. But when Alexandra doesn't meet them at the airport as promised, Janice begins to worry. Even worse, no one has seen or heard from the beautiful model since she returned from shooting a campaign in Europe for the latest in luxury cosmetics: Beauty Mask. As Janice and Mike race around New York searching for clues, they are swept into the secretive world of modeling agents, fashion photographers, and high-stakes advertisers who are all as desperate as they are to find Alexandra, and learn the truth behind the Beauty Mask.

Csak a dallam el tovabb

Csak a dallam el tovabb

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/11/2015

A New York Times bestseller szerzoje, a feszultsegteremtes kiralynoje, 100 millio eladott peldannyal a valaha volt legnepszerubb szerzok egyike.Legujabb, nagy sikeru krimije eppugy felkerult a legfontosabb sikerlistakra, mint Clark szinte minden muve.A fiatalon megzvegylt Lane Harmon, az tves Katie desanyja lakberendezA , fnyA zA otthonokba bejratos. Egy alkalommal, amikor fA nke megbzza, hogy rendezzen be egy szerny sorhzat, meglepve tapasztalja, hogy a megbz nem ms, mint egy hres-hrhedt pnzember felesge. A frj, Parker Bennett, kt ve tA nt el a Karib-tengeren hajzva. A cgben lvA tmillird dollrral egyttVajon l-e mg? Vajon kze van-e a millirdokhoz? s vajon mit tud a felesg?Lane egyre jobban belebonyoldik az gybe, s egyre kzelebb kerl Bennettk fihoz, mg vgl mr megszllottan prblja bizonytani a csald rtatlansgt.Azzal azonban nem szmol, hogy ezzel magt s kislnyt is veszlybe sodorjaBotrny, csals, ruls s szerelem a kritikusok s az olvask szerint ez az tvenktetes Clark letnek egyik legjobb regnye.ElA szr a pnz a tt. Utnaa szerelem. Vgl az leted.

Melody Lingers On

Melody Lingers On

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 23/06/2015

From #1 New York Times bestselling Queen of Suspense comes a thrilling novel about missing billions, a disgraced financier, and those determined to learn the truth at any costAs the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tri-state area. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating, and loves the reward of exceeding the expectations of their often-demanding owners. When she is called to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she knows the job is unusual. Then she learns the home belongs to the wife of a notorious and disgraced financier named Parker Bennett. Parker Bennett has been missing for two years. He dropped out of sight just before it was discovered that the $5 billion dollars in the fund he had been managing had vanished. Bennett had gone out on his sailboat in the Caribbean. Was it suicide or had he staged his disappearance? The scandal around his name has not died down. His clients and the federal government all want to trace the money and find Bennett if he is still alive. Lane is surprised to find herself moved by Mrs. Bennetts calm dignity and apparently sincere belief in her husbands innocence. Gradually, Lane finds herself drawn to Eric, the Bennetts son, who is similarly determined to prove that his father is not guilty. Lane doesnt know that the closer she gets to the Bennetts, the more she puts her lifeand her daughters lifein jeopardy. With the hair-raising storytelling skill that has made her Americas Queen of Suspense, Mary Higgins Clark combines a headline-making financial scandal and a breathtaking tale of deception and betrayal into one of her finest novels.

I've Got You Under My Skin

I've Got You Under My Skin

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

In this suspenseful novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, a Manhattan ER doctor is brazenly murdered in front of his young son in a city playground. Five years later, his killer is still at large.Meanwhile his widow, Laurie Moran, is now an award-winning TV producer. Still haunted by her husbands murder, she has been raising their son alone. Laurie and her TV crew have just received the green light to produce a new cold case series. Revisiting unsolved crimes one at a time, she and her TV crew will gather a victims friends and family, who have lived under suspicion of guilt for many years. By getting paid to reenact the crime on TV, each will have the chance to clear their nameunless, of course, someone is guilty The first case centers on the murder of a wealthy Westchester matron, who was killed overnight while her college-aged daughter and her three best friends were having a sleepover following their celebratory graduation party Now grown, the four women reunite to re-create the scene of the crime From the reigning Queen of Suspense comes a fascinating mystery that once again demonstrates a true mastery of the craft that has made her books international bestsellers. Fast-paced, exciting, and expertly plotted, Ive Got You Under My Skin is Mary Higgins Clark at her best.

Cry In The Night

Cry In The Night

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/05/2012

Divorcee Jenny MacPartland's struggle to support herself and her two small daughters is not helped by her irresponsible ex-husband. But suddenly a new man steps into her life. Rich, handsome Erich Krueger sweeps her off her feet and off to his mansion in the country.

Lost Years

Lost Years

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/04/2012

A Simon & Schuster audiobook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every listener.

PRETEND YOU DON'T SEE HER

PRETEND YOU DON'T SEE HER

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/03/2012

What happens when a young woman is accidentally caught up in a dangerous murder investigation, having merely been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Lacey Farrell, a rising star on the Manhattan real estate scene, is witness to a murder - and to the final words of the victim. The dying woman is convinced her attacker was after her dead daughter's journal, which Lacey gives to the police, but not before making a copy for herself. It's an impulse that later proves nearly fatal. Placed in the witness protection programme and sent to live in Minneapolis, Lacey must assume a fake identity, at least until the killer can be brought to trial. There she meets Tom Lynch, a radio talk-show host whom she tentatively begins to date - until the strain of her deception makes her break it off. Then she discovers the killer has traced her whereabouts. Armed with nothing more than her own courage and clues from the journal, Lacey heads back to New York determined to uncover who is behind the deaths of the two women before she is the next casualty.

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/12/2011

In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are preparing for the annual Festival of Joy. With preparations in full swing, a group of employees at the local market, recently cheated out of their Christmas bonus by their boss's new wife, learn that they have won $180 million in the lottery. On the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, one of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute not to play. He goes missing and the next day his girlfriend Flower also disappears. A second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the next town but the winner hasn't come forward. Could Duncan have secretly bought it? The Clarks' endearing heroes - Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly - have arrived in Branscombe for the festival. Alvirah and Regan are just the people to find out what is amiss. As they dig beneath the surface, they find that life in Branscombe is not as tranquil as it appears. So much for an old-fashioned weekend in the country ...

I HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE

I HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/12/2011

When Kay Lansing marries wealthy widower Peter Carrington, she is well aware of the rumours surrounding the mysterious death of Peter's first wife Grace, who was found floating in the family pool ten years ago, pregnant at the time. Kay also discovers that Peter is a chronic sleepwalker who suffers from periodic nightmares. When the police arrive at her doorstep with a warrant for Peter's arrest in connection with another murder - that of a woman Peter had escorted to a high school senior prom twenty-two years ago - Kay begins to fear that she has married a sleepwalking murderer, and she resolves to find out the truth behind the puzzling deaths. But are the two deaths linked? And why does a melody that Kay cannot identify keep playing in her head every time she approaches the family chapel?

JUST TAKE MY HEART

JUST TAKE MY HEART

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/12/2011

When Natalie Raines, famous Broadway star, is found in her home in Closter, New Jersey, dying from a gunshot wound, her former husband, Gregg Aldrich, whom she was in the process of divorcing, is the chief suspect. What no one knows is that, only days before she was murdered, Natalie accidentally came face to face with the man who killed her former roommate, Jamie Evans. Two years later, career criminal Jimmy Easton, comes forward to claim that Aldrich hired him to kill his wife, but he turned the job down. Based on Easton's testimony, Gregg is charged with the murder of his wife. Handling the case is Emily Wallace, an attractive thirty-two-year-old widowed assistant prosecutor. As Aldrich's trial is making headlines, Emily's boss, Ted Wesley, warns her that this high-profile case will reveal personal matters about her, such as the fact that she had a heart transplant. And, during the trial, Emily experiences sentiments which defy all reason and continue after Gregg Aldrich's fate is decided by the jury.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Author: Mary Higgins Clark Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/12/2011

Liza Barclay, aged 10, shot her mother while trying to protect her from her violent stepfather, ex-FBI agent Charley Foster. Despite her stepfather's claim that it was a deliberate act, the Juvenile Court ruled the death an accident. Many people, however, agreed with Foster and tabloids compared Liza to the infamous murderess, Lizzie Borden, pointing even to the similarity in name. Growing up with adoptive parents who tried to erase every trace of her past, her name is changed to Celia. Always, though, the fear hung over her and the family - that someday, her vengeful stepfather would reappear to harm her. Aged 25, a successful interior designer, she marries a childless sixty-year old widower and they have a son. Before their marriage, she had confided her earlier life to her husband. Two years on, on his deathbed, he tells her that he would want her to re-marry, but makes her swear never to reveal her past to anyone, so that their son would not carry the burden of this family tragedy - a promise that plunges her into a new cycle of violence. Three years later, happily re-married, Celia is shocked when her second husband presents her with a gift -- the house where she killed her mother. When the real estate agent who has made the sale recognises her and, soon after, is murdrered, Celia is accused of the crime. Once again, she is home -- the place where she is stamped as a murderess.

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