• I Heard That Song Before

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Higgins Clark
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (694 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mary Higgins Clark takes you deep into the mysteries of the human mind where 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: "I heard that song before." That same evening, young Peter Carrington drives the 19-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 misunderstoodÅ and 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.

©2007 Mary Higgins Clark (P)2007 Simon & Schuster Inc

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Great book!

Have been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark for years. I generally like her older
books better, in some cases much better, but this is vintage Clark. Does not disappoint. Edge of your seat suspense and keeps you guessing pretty much all the way through.

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Great listen...

The beginning was a bit confusing as it seemed to have started at the middle of the book but once it got going, it was easy to follow. Lots of twists and turns to keep your attention. Outcome was a surprise for me.

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I heard that song before

Excellent read Jan Maxwell does a fantastic job with narrating this book well as always I highly recommend this read

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Great book!

Excellent book. I love it from the beginning. The plot is amazing. I couldn't put it down.

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Didn't love the reader.

Like someone reading the news. No acting or emotion. Staccato delivery. Story was okay. Better just to read than listen.

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Interesting idea but disjointed

I liked this story in concept and as always Jan Maxwell delivers an excellent reading. Solid production quality and hard work was put into this book.

There are a lot of good ideas in this book and an interesting setting of an old family mansion full of treasures from generations who have passed. Here are all these characters tied up into a decades old crime who each think they know who did but who could all be wrong. The main character has an interesting trajectory and connection to the story. The problem is the good idea struggles against a very disjointed narrative. Events seem to skip around and it is hard to see how much time has passed between events. Scenes like how the main character Kay falls in love with Peter and conversations between them that cover important plot points would have been a lot more interesting then being told in passing it happened. A critical scene where Peter travels to Kay's apartment to return a small item she had forgotten (the act being incredibly important later on) should have been shown. The entire story feels like it needed a lot more workshopping on why Mary Higgins Clark felt this was done, as it feels very rushed. I understand she wanted to get to the mystery but this needed more set up work

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MHC can do better...actually has done better!

the performance was good, the writing....not so much. the story was boring and repetitive to me. I am a fan of MHC not this one.

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Horrible Narration

Mary Higgins Clark always writes great books. This was also a great book but the narrator was horrible. Skip this and just read the book yourself.

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Is it just me?

The narrator made this book intolerable to listen to. Her monotone droning was more than I could take so I fast forwarded to the last few minutes of the book just to see if I was right about who had done it. Given Clarks predictable formula it was fairly obvious from the beginning who the culprit was. I don't understand why people enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's books so much. They are formulaic and predictable. Perhaps a different narrator would have made the book a bit more enjoyable but somehow I doubt it. My quest for a really good mystery writer continues…

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Not Satisfying

The plot was weak there were no interesting twists. I did not feel empathy for the characters. The story was slow. It might make a good short story.

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  • Linzi King
  • 07-18-20

Well paced throughout.

When a book grabs my attention from the first few pages, I'm hooked. MHC is a renowned for this and I love her books.

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