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Shvoong Home>Books>Mystery & Thrillers>Silent Night Review

Silent Night

Book Review   by:Shirley     Original Author: Mary Higgins Clark
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It is a sad and frightening Christmas Eve for two New York women. Catherine’s husband has just come out of emergency surgery and is in hospital with leukemia. Cally’s brother has just escaped prison by shooting a guard and Cally is terrified that he will come to her for help to escape; she is frightened that she will once again be wrongly imprisoned because of him, leaving her small daughter in foster care. Catherine and Cally’s lives intersect when Catherine drops her wallet in a crowd and Cally picks it up and takes it home, intending to mail it to the owner. Catherine’s seven-year-old son Brian witnesses the incident and follows Cally home intent on retrieving the St. Christopher medal inside the wallet because he believes that the medal will make his dad well. When Cally gets home, her brother Jimmy is waiting in her apartment intent on getting enough money to escape to Canada. Jimmy discovers Brian lurking in the hallway and takes him hostage for the trip north. Cally knows she should call the police, but earlier in the day she was threatened with arrest if she helped Jimmy in any way. She knows that if she calls and the police do not believe she was coerced, she will lose her daughter Gigi. Catherine is frantic to find her young son. Cally is terrified of losing her daughter. Both women must find extraordinary strength and courage to save the missing child and put an end to Jimmy’s murderous career. The police are racing against time in tracking down Jimmy, not knowing in which direction he is running, but feeling sure that he will kill the child. Jimmy has stolen a car, but no one yet knows it is missing; in the midst of heavy snow and in holiday traffic, having no description of the vehicle, he is difficult to spot. This is a story about the triumph of goodwill over evil and of kindness over cruelty - a heartwarming tale perfect for Christmas reading.
Published: July 12, 2005   
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