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No Place Like Home    by Mary Higgins Clark order for
No Place Like Home
by Mary Higgins Clark
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Simon & Schuster, 2005 (2005)
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* *   Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella

Liza Barton is carted away one night after a shooting at her house, that kills her mother and injures her stepfather. She never quite clears her name, the story continuing to create interest in her small town. She is taken in by distant cousins and raised with a new identity.

Celia Nolan seems to have a picture perfect life. She is married to a successful lawyer and has a beautiful son, Jack (fathered by her first husband, a much older man who left her a young widow). Celia's husband decides to surprise her with a new house. The problem is that it is the one her mother died in - someone knows she's back, despite her new identity. People start dying and when the detectives show up, they find a picture left with the body.

Celia promised her first husband she would never tell who she was, so that her son could grow up without the stigma of being little Lizzie's son, but now she feels the need to come clean with her present husband. The reader is guessing and second-guessing throughout the mystery. The plot thickens as the story develops, but does not become confusing. Interesting secondary characters include the detective, the caretaker, the realtor and the secretary.

No Place Like Home is a great book to read on a lazy, rainy afternoon. Beware though - it's hard to put it down. The characters are shaped in a way that makes you wonder who is the villain and who to trust. As always, Mary Higgin Clark spins a tale of deceit whose twists and turns outperform a roller coaster.

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