The Shadow of Your Smile - Mary Higgins Clark

The Shadow of Your Smile

By Mary Higgins Clark

  • Release Date: 2010-04-13
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 506 Ratings


In The Shadow of Your Smile, worldwide bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark weaves a spellbinding thriller revolving around a long-held family secret that threatens to emerge and take the life of an unsuspecting heiress.

At age eighty-two and in failing health, Olivia Morrow knows she has little time left. The last of her line, she faces a momentous choice: expose a long-held family secret, or take it with her to her grave.

Olivia has in her possession letters from her deceased cousin Catherine, a nun, now being considered for beatification by the Catholic Church—the final step before sainthood. In her lifetime, Sister Catherine had founded seven hospitals for disabled children. Now the cure of a four-year-old boy dying of brain cancer is being attributed to her. After his case was pronounced medically hopeless, the boy’s desperate mother had organized a prayer crusade to Sister Catherine, leading to his miraculous recovery.

The letters Olivia holds are the evidence that Catherine gave birth at age seventeen to a child, a son, and gave him up for adoption. Olivia knows the identity of the young man who fathered Catherine’s child: Alex Gannon, who went on to become a world-famous doctor, scientist, and inventor holding medical patents.

Now, two generations later, thirty-one-year-old pediatrician Dr. Monica Farrell, Catherine’s granddaughter, stands as the rightful heir to what remains of the family fortune. But in telling Monica who she really is, Olivia would have to betray Catherine’s wishes and reveal the story behind Monica’s ancestry.

The Gannon fortune is being squandered by Alex’s nephews Greg and Peter Gannon, and other board members of the Gannon Foundation, who camouflage their profligate lifestyles with philanthropy.

Now their carefully constructed image is cracking. Greg, a prominent financier, is under criminal investigation, and Peter, a Broadway producer, is a
suspect in the murder of a young woman who has been extorting money from him.

The only people aware of Olivia’s impending choice are those exploiting the Gannon inheritance. To silence Olivia and prevent Monica from learning the secret, some of them will stop at nothing—even murder.

Clark’s riveting new novel explores the juxtaposition of medical science and religious faith, and the search for identity by the daughter of a man adopted at birth.


  • Good book for a rainy day

    By Eastcoaster58
    Love the characters, and trying to keep track of them, wish the author would not repeat story facts over and over again, almost assuming the reader is inept. Rather figure out what is going on without reviews. Nice neat happy picket white fence ending.
  • Always the best

    By Don't ever stop investigating!
    I have never miss one of her books and have never been disappointed.
  • Wow!

    By Chewy 11
    As always, it was fantastic. Well worth it. Twisted and turns you don't see coming.
  • Excellent! Could not put it down..

    By Betzaida2000
    A must read!
  • The Shadow of Your Smile

    By R Gail Waggaman
    It is so good you just don't want to put it down. You know who the bad guys are but how do they get caught? Keep up the good work Mrs Clark so excited and can't wait to get the new book? Sorry I'm not good at writing a review. But I have had several late nights reading.
  • The Shadow of your smile

    By Pollyanke
    Mary Higgins Clark has a gift, she is a great story teller. She knows how to draw people into her stories from the beginning to the very end of her books.
  • Great book!

    By Gina.Bofina
    I love reading books by Mary Higgins Clark. She is a great writer that tells a heart rendering suspenseful story.
  • The Shadow of Your Smile

    By RDFan
    I've read and enjoyed many of MHG's earliest creations. It saddens me that her latest books have not lived up to the excitement and originailty of her first dozen books.
  • Lil

    By ;:,!$(,
    Excellent as usual
  • The ShadowOfYourSmile

    By subrena777
    Great Read!!!! You have done it again MHC!!!