Book Review – All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark | Blushing Geek

Book Review – All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark

All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark | Blushing Geek

All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark
First Published
January 1st 1992 by Pocket Books
Genre: MysterySuspenseThriller
352 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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When Laurie Kenyon, a twenty-one-year-old student, is accused of murdering her English professor, she has no memory of the crime. Her fingerprints, however, are everywhere. When she asks her sister, attorney Sarah, to mount her defense, Sarah in turn brings in psychiatrist Justin Donnelly. Kidnapped at the age of four and victimized for two years, Laurie has developed astounding coping skills. Only when the unbearable memories of those lost years are released can the truth of the crime come out—and only then can the final sadistic plan of her abductor, whose obsession is stronger than ever, be revealed.


All Around the Town is another Mary Higgins Clark’s most unforgettable book for me because of the plot. It’s no secret that my first ever favorite English author is her and it was also because of her books that I learned to love English books and this genre (obviously *wink). I love that everytime I read her books, I always get transported into this exciting world of mystery where all my attention is focused solely on the story and that any word or sentence I skip might be the reason for me not being able to name the real culprit. And for this story, MHC didn’t fail me. The suspense, the mystery, the thrill, all of them circling in my mind that I was really doubting all of my guesses.

During the first few chapters, I was kind of surprised with how MHC had written this story. I’m used to her whodunit but this one’s different because the culprits were already named as early as the first chapter. But my! Along the way I realized I was wrong because there it is! The whodunit I’ve been waiting for!

The reason why I find this story unforgettable was because of the plot. MHC has given me creepy plots almost all the time, some we’re really ingenious it’s hard for me to think that I could be able to pinpoint the real culprit, but for this one, it wasn’t really considered a fresh plot because I know some of you have read stories with multiple personality disorder already but it was the first time for me. I’m very reserved in this genre so I don’t read much from other authors aside from MHC (but I am working on changing that this year, *wink) so this MPD is kind of exciting and really interesting for me. Yes, during the first few chapters I find it quite ridiculous, and I’m really ashamed of that. I may not know anyone with MPD personally but I actually believe that it’s real.

Another thing I love about MHC’s books is the slight addition of romance and for this book, we’ve got two pairs to look out for. Yes, there’s romance but it didn’t sway away from the story and ofcourse most importantly, the mystery. I could say, MHC is really good with that. And lastly, MHC did a really great job with the ending too. I could say it was a perfect HEA, *wink.

There’s some numerous characters you need to get familiarized with and that usually fazed me (since I’m not really good with names, haha), but for this one, it was all good. Maybe because I learned to only look out for the important characters and never dwell long on the characters that I think we’re just there to confuse me. For the main leads, I don’t have any complaints at all. Almost all MHC’s heroines were really likeable and I like that for this story, it’s not your typical me-against-the-world scenario because there were some really good people who helped both the sisters out.

I don’t know why I’m still having some reservations even after reading this story, so for now, I am giving this one a 4-star rating.


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