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Monday, June 12, 2006

Mary Higgins Clark: Scaring the daylights out of me

I had a reading experience last night that I haven't had for a long time. I read a book that so frightened and enthralled me that not only could I not put it down, I couldn't move while reading it.

I'd been to a garage sale on Friday afternoon and picked up a handful of books that I figured would make some light summer reading. They included a couple of titles by Mary Higgins Clark. I'd read one book by her and knew that she was an extremely popular author. So I wanted to see more of her stuff. I'd previously read You Belong to Me, a novel I found entertaining and had enjoyed.

The book I read of hers last night was A Cry in the Night. I grabbed it as I was going to bed, thinking that I would read a chapter or two before I fell asleep. Thankfully, I had gone to bed early that night because three hours later when my husband came to bed he found me rapidly turning pages. He tried turning out the light and I told him that I couldn't stop reading now or I'd have nightmares all night. I found myself truly terrorized by the book even though I was pretty sure I knew what was happening.

Since my husband wanted to sleep, I moved to the bathroom where I discovered that I had several neck and back crimps because I hadn't moved at all since I started to read (except for the movement necessary to turn pages.

It's reading experiences like that which make me such a fan of reading.


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