|In her latest and most terrifying psychological thriller, Mary Higgins Clark, the "Queen
of Suspense," and author of the #1 best-seller Loves Music, Loves to Dance,
weaves a spellbinding tale of obsession, multiple personality, and murder. Laurie
Kenyon, a twenty-one-year-old college senior, is accused of murdering her English
professor, Allan Grant. When he is found stabbed to death, her fingerprints are everywhere
- on the door, on the curtain, on the knife.
Arraigned on a murder charge, a shocked and bewildered Laurie has no memory of the crime. Traumatized by abuse she suffered after she was kidnapped at the age of four and held for two years, she has developed multiple personalities. Laurie, the host personality, does not know that others coexist with her, nor is she aware that one of her alternates, Leona, has been writing Allan Grant crazed love letters and secretly entering his home.
Bic Hawkins. Laurie's abductor, an unsavory drifter, had been scratching out a living singing in taverns and acting as a fundamentalist preacher. Now he has become a celebrated television evangelist, who has achieved fame for his talent to mesmerize people. Before releasing her, Bic had threatened six-year-old Laurie with death if she ever talked about what he had done to her and, terrified, she has erased the experience from her mind.
Attorney Sarah Kenyon has quit her job as an assistant prosecutor to defend her younger sister. Sarah brings in psychiatrist Dr. Justin Donnelly, a specialist in the treatment of multiple personalities, to save her sister by unlocking the unbearable memories of her lost years that she has been suppressing.
Bic's obsession with Laurie has never diminished. Now it is rivaled by his fear of exposure. He is compelled both to be close to her and to eliminate her forever.
Simon & Schuster - 1992
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