A Cry In The Night Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jenny has two children and is on her own. She makes just enough money to get by in life. She meets the man of her dreams. He is handsome, great with the kids and wealthy. He takes her away to his ranch which is totally isolated and the only people Jenny can speak to are the people who work on the ranch. Jenny's new husband turns out to have odd behaviors. He has an unhealthy obsession with his dead mother. He leaves for days at a time to paint in the cabin she is not to ever visit even though it is on the property. She hears strange noises in the house when she is alone and dreams that someone is watching her while she sleeps. Her ex-husbands body is found in the lake near their house and the police think she had something to do with it.
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The review of this Book prepared by Sherrie L. Jones

Being a single parent is hard, but becomes easier when you are swept off your feet by a prominant artist. After the marriage, strange events make Jenny question her sanity. The ultimate test is when she is a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband. Eric, her new husband, has alienated her from friends when she needs them the most. She has nightmares of being stalked in her own home in addition to a phone call warning her to get out. She wonders what could happen to her if the warning is disregarded. She finds out when her children are kidnapped by the very one who murdered her ex-husband. Past murders come to light as Jenny searches for her children. Will she find them in time?
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 35%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 15% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30%    -   70% Special suspect?    -   lover    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   "All in the family" murder Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   "All in the family" murder    -   solving long-past murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror Story?    -   Yes Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town    -   art/artifacts Horror plotlets    -   Why do they stay in the haunted house/boat? Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker    -   clerk Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   frying (electrocuted)    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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