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*****= An all-time favorite
= Above average
= Good, with reservations
by Mary Higgins Clark
Reviewed December 20, 2004.
Simon & Schuster, New York, 1995. 154 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (F CLA).
I decided to try reading a Christmas story to put me in the mood for
the holidays. Silent Night filled the bill perfectly.
My only complaint was that I hadn’t meant to stay up late reading.
I should have known that an author known for writing suspense isn’t the
best choice if I wanted to stop after a few chapters.
Catherine Dornan’s husband has just had an operation for leukemia.
She wants to distract herself and her sons, so she takes them to Rockefeller
Center to look at the tree. While she is there, she drops her wallet,
and a lady down on her luck picks it up. Her seven-year-old son Michael
sees this happen. No one notices when he tries to explain what happened,
so he follows the woman, desperate to get back the St. Christopher medal
that his Grandma told him would make his Dad get better.
Michael ends up taken hostage by a fugitive who’s broken out of jail.
He says he’ll kill the boy if the police come after him. They’re
on their way to Canada, snow is falling, and it’s Christmas Eve.
The beginning set-up of this novel was perhaps a little forced, but once
it got going, I didn’t want to stop. Mary Higgins Clark managed to
make a heart-warming, lovely Christmas story out of thriller with a child
in danger. Not an easy feat! We have two more of her Christmas
books at the library. If I don’t read them this year, I think I’ll
remember to try them next year.
This is a nice quick read. It’s a holiday story that’s heart-warming
without being mushy. A good yarn to put you in the mood for Christmas
and remind you what really counts.
Reviews of other books by Mary Higgins Clark:
Deck the Halls
Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.