Picks and Pans Review: A Cry in the Night

updated 11/08/1982 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/08/1982 01:00AM

by Mary Higgins Clark

In traditional gothic novels, the heroines were always virgins. In this new variation, the heroine has two tiny daughters and an ex-husband who is a penniless actor. She works at a New York art gallery. When a handsome, wealthy artist comes in for the opening of his exhibit—which, of course, is a smashing success—she promptly falls in love with him. One of his old paintings, however, includes a woman in a swing who looks strangely like her. Clark, who wrote the best-selling A Stranger Is Watching, always has a psychopath around to do the dirty work, and her prose fairly seems to tremble at times. Fear mounts and plot details echo Rebecca, Psycho and The Picture of Dorian Gray. If this is nothing more than a routine thriller, though, it is slickly written. Clark fans should enjoy it. (Simon and Schuster, $13.95)

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