On The Street Where You Live Book Summary and Study Guide

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An easy to read fast paced thriller concerning a young lawyer who has bought a house that belonged to her family more that a century earlier. During that time three young women disappeared in the town. Emily Graham is determined to solve that earlier crime but someone is copying the acts and two young women have been murdered in the present day one buried in the garden of Emily's house beside the body of one of the women who disappeared in the 1890's. There are a lot of suspects and there is someone stalking Emily which may be connected to the killings.
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The review of this Book prepared by Penny

In this novel of suspense, a young woman Emily Graham is haunted by two murders that are closely linked-despite the one hundred and ten years that separate them.

When Emily's marriage has a bitter end to it, she accepts a job in Manhattan and work as criminal defense attorney in a major law firm.

Feeling a need for roots, she buys her ancestral home, a restored Victorian house in the historic New Jersey seaside resort of Spring Lake. Her family had sold this house back in 1892,after one of Emily's forebears, Madeline Shapely, then still a young girl disappeared.

Now, more than a century later, as the house is being renovated and the backyard excavated for a pool, the skeleton of a young woman is found. She is identified as Martha Lawrence, who disappeared from Spring Lake over four years ago. Within her skeletal hand is the finger bone of another woman with a ring still on it-a Shapeley family heirloom.

In seeking tofind the link between her family's past and the recent murder, Emily becomes a threat to a very devious and seductive killer.

The review of this Book prepared by Boppy

A woman move into a house in Resort Town, Shady Lake, New Jersey. The town is usually quite safe. Ten days later the town is under siege from a serial killer who reveals two women's deaths from the last few years. The killer targets Emily Graham, the newcomer who is a defense attorney and descendant of one of the victims from 110 years ago. The horror actually happens when Emily is having a pool built in her backyard for her family, although she doesn't really want it. The diggers find remains of two victims, one killed quite recently and the other, centuries ago. Emily finds out when she gets home from grocery shopping. She then immediately calls 9-1-1. Emily thinks if she can find the link to everything she can identify the killer, not yet knowing that she is the next victim. This story is very suspensful.
The review of this Book prepared by Lindsey Robbins

Higgin's new book is one of mystery and intrigue. Murder, spooky houses, family secrets, forensic evidence, and missing people all seem to find there way into Higgin's new book.

It is a great read for anyone who like "who-done-it" type stories. Mary Higgins Clark has delighted us once again!
The review of this Book prepared by Jessica H.


Simon & Schuster, Apr 2001, 26.00, 317 pp.
ISBN: 0743206029

    Resort town Shady Lake, New Jersey is a bucolic place to live as it is near enough to the big city to commute to work. Normally a quite safe place, in the next ten days the town will be under siege from a serial killer who reveals the remains of two women he killed in the last few years. The murderer prepares to kill the third female in order to complete a cycle started over a century ago.

    The assailant targets newcomer Emily Graham, a defense attorney and descendent of one of the victims from the incident of one hundred and ten years ago. The horror actually begins when men digging a hole for a swimming pool uncover interred bones of a dead person from a few years ago and those of someone who died over a century ago. The killer informs the world through Emily where a similar pairing of the remains of two victims can be found. Emily believes that if she can find the link she will be able to identify the perpetrator, not yet realizing that she is the next victim.

    Mary Higgins Clark shows why she is so popular from the start as she hints at the climactic ending in the first chapter yet keeps her audience needing to know what happened. There are suspects galore including several people guilty of other crimes yet the real killer is difficult to identify even with clues throughout the plot. ON THE STREET YOU LIVE is taking a deserved Ms. Clark back to the New York Times bestseller list.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 16.7%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 26.7%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 36.7%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Murder of certain profession?    -   lawyer creatures Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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