Picks and Pans Review: Still Watch

updated 11/12/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/12/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Mary Higgins Clark

This new neogothic suspense novel by the author of Where Are the Children? and A Cry in the Night is as confused in its plotting as are all of Clark's books, though that never stops them from becoming best-sellers. Her heroine is a TV news interviewer who takes a job in Washington, D.C. Ignoring a spooky voice that warns her not to do it, she moves into an old house in Georgetown, where a murder and suicide took place 20 years earlier. While dealing with that domestic problem, she plans her first program, about a woman senator who may be the next Vice-President of the U.S. It's typical of the book's unconvincing plot that the senator has complete approval over everything that goes into the television show about her—Mike Wallace or Barbara Walters would laugh at such an arrangement. Clark is also the kind of writer who, when a minor character is violently murdered, comments, "Now that attractive, vibrant woman was dead." Now this negative, unhappy review is over. (Simon and Schuster, $14.95)

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