Review: No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In a spellbinding whodunit from the Mary Higgins Clark, a young woman involuntary returns to the childhood home she cerebrally sought to erase from her life -- and where her secreted past appears with a novel and noxious development. While attempting to protect her mother from Ted’s violence, ten-year-old Liza Barton inadvertently discharges her father’s firearm, killing her mother and maiming Ted, her vehement stepfather. With the death ruled accidental, the tabloids brutishly branded little Liza as the modern-day “Lizzie Borden”.

Liza's adoptive parents, in an effort to give her a new life, change her name to Celia and furtively attempt to obliterate all drops and dashes of that fateful period in her life. Widowed and the mother a precocious little boy, she weds an unsavory, young lawyer. Celia enjoys her life, experiencing a happiness, she never thought possible. Until she is presented with a birthday gift, wrapped in the foils of a past not easily forgotten -- the house where she killed her mother twenty-four years earlier.

Ready to enter the new home, the little family finds, in a seething blood-red paint, the words LITTLE LIZZIE'S PLACE – BEWARE on the lawn. Half-heartedly attempting to make the best of returning home, Celia shortly uncovers the answers to the questions surrounding her father’s death, leading to the stunning realization and understanding of her mother’s dying words. When those involved with the house, both past and present, end up murdered, Celia becomes a person of interest. Struggling to remove the “Lizzie Borden” stigma and protect herself and Jack, she realizes that even those closest to you cannot be trusted.

No Place Like Home is a suspenseful story, jam-packed with uncertainty, secrets, shocking displays of loyalty, and enigmas only MHC could pen.


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