The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark

melody-lingers-onGenre: Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: June 2015

As the assistant to a renowned, upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon is no stranger to lavish homes and their wealthy owners. Despite the challenges, she finds her work rewarding and depends on it to care for her five-year-old daughter, Katie. However, when commissioned to assist with the redecoration of a townhouse in Bergen County, her mostly simple life takes a drastic turn.

Two years ago, financier Parker Bennett vanished along with the billions people had invested through him. Wanting to flee the disgrace of her missing husband’s reputation, Anne decides to move and hires Glady and Lane to prepare her new place.

As Lane befriends Anne and her son, Eric, she finds herself drawn to them and their plight. For months, Parker’s alleged actions have cast a stigma on his family, and Lane is determined to help them clear his name. However, unbeknownst to Lane, the renewed interest in the case and the attempts to unearth what really happened, have landed her and her daughter in the middle of the scandal, placing them in harm’s way.

In recent years, Mary Higgins Clark’s novels have been hit and miss. The Melody Lingers On definitely falls under the hit category. Chockfull with suspense and mystery, Clark doesn’t leave the reader guessing by making characters look innocent and then delivering a shocking twist at the end. Rather, she makes everyone appear guilty but leaves the reader just enough reason to doubt the veracity of the ever-mounting incriminating evidence. This kept me pinned to my chair flipping pages, desperate to know the truth.

Clark created a full cast that yanked me deep into the tangled web. I could empathize with Lane’s struggle to be loyal to Anne and Eric, while wanting to do the best by her daughter. Anne’s heart-wrenching character drew me in the most with her unwavering love and devotion to her husband and the way she remained kind and caring despite everything. Eric is a strong man who still manages to extract the reader’s protective instinct as s/he witnessed all the struggles and prejudice Eric has faced because of his father. Glady, Lane’s boss, is that character one loves and hates at the same time. While difficult and demanding, she also has her good points.

While the ending doesn’t come as a shock because Clark masterfully paved the path that led to the culminating event, it didn’t arrive without inflicting a tinge of sadness at the pain and betrayal brought on by some. I recommend The Melody Lingers On to Clark and suspense fans alike.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Life is Story.


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