Picks and Pans Review: Weep No More, My Lady

updated 07/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Mary Higgins Clark

"To understand Leila, you had to have lived that childhood, that trip to New York, the fear and the disappointments.... And you had to know that however good it sounded in PEOPLE magazine, it wasn't a beautiful story at all." The Leila in question is a gorgeous, successful actress, who has been pushed to her death from her apartment terrace. Elizabeth, her younger sister, is to be a witness at the murder trial of Leila's fiancé, a wealthy building contractor. It was Leila who rescued Elizabeth from their drunken mother in Kentucky, and now Elizabeth is at a luxurious spa on the West Coast where a group of sinister people, including the fiancé and suspected killer, have gathered before the trial. Clark, the author of several best-sellers including Where Are the Children? and A Stranger Is Watching, has written here a routine gothic romance. Nothing about the plot is believable; the main characters are far too rich and beautiful. But the lurking dangers keep the reader going even' after he knows—much too soon—who the real villain is. There is only one bit of originality: One character is an uncouth, overweight woman from the Bronx who has won $40 million in the lottery and has come to the spa to lose weight and see the famous people she has adored in the tabloids. She is also taping conversations for a series of articles she hopes to write for a New York scandal sheet. This new novel is better than Still-watch, Clark's previous book, but not much. Weep No More is for fans of Danielle Steel who want a little violence with their glamorous love stories. (Simon and Schuster, $17.95)

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