Stillwatch


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Reading is extremely underrated in our country today. Those who do read know what Iím
saying. And Iím not talking about Dr. Seuss or Ann M. Martin. I mean REAL books! Books by
Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and other best-selling authors. One best-selling author that I have
the utmost respect for is Mary Higgins Clark. Sheís written chart-topping novels such as Where
Are the Children?, A Cry in the Night, A Stranger is Watching, and The Cradle will fall. The
book that I have recently read by her is entitled Stillwatch. It was a New York Times bestseller for
10 weeks, and I know why!

We meet Pat Traymore, a young, beautiful, and talented reporter living in our nationís
Capital. She is very in love with an older congressman named Sam Kingsley. They had a love
affair two years before the present time, when his wife was dying.

Pat is doing a TV series entitled Women in Government, and her first show is to be over
Senator Abigail Jennings, the first woman to be nominated for Vice President. Well, Pat starts
going back into Abigailís past to find out more about her. What she does find genuinely intrigues
her: murders, love affairs, suicide, an extremely obese mother who wasnít appreciated, and an
ex-fiancé...but thatís not all.

Patís real name is Kerry Adams. She is living in her parentsí old house in Washington. 24
years ago, her parents died. It was said that her father had killed her mother and then himself.
Patís not real sure that was the case. Sheís living in that house so that she can try to conjure up
some memories. And she does...like it or not. Pat begins to remember scenes such as tripping
over her motherís bleeding body, crying for her daddy, and running through the house in a state of
shock.

Pat is seeing Sam again, and Sam canít stand Abigail Jennings OR her burly assistant,
Toby. Toby doesnít exactly have a clean record, and Patís been getting very explicit threats
about doing this show on the Senator. Sam suspects Toby, but he hasnít even thought about
Eleanor Brown.

Eleanor was taken to prison for stealing money from Abigail. Then she got on parole and
disappeared. No one had seen her since. But now sheís living with a psychotic nursing home
assistant who believes himself to be an angel. He thinks that itís his duty to put the elderly people
out of their misery when the time comes -- he kills them. He is who is threatening Pat. As soon
as Pat starts getting the threats, her neighbor, a psychic woman named Lila Thatcher, decides to
keep a vigil over Pat because she senses an extremely dark aura around Pat and the home that
sheís living in. One that Lila also sensed around the time that Patís parents died. Lila is going to
keep a stillwatch.

When Toby finds out Patís real identity, he flips out and tries to kill her when the ďangelĒ
finally attacks, by setting her home afire. But Pat makes it out of her flaming home alive. Toby,
on the other hand, dies in the fire, but before dying, tells Pat what really happened the night her
parents died: Abigail was having an affair with Dean Adams, Patís father. When Abby went to
the Adamsí home, Renee Adams, Patís mother, freaked out and shot Dean. She then shot herself.
Toby was in the car outside when it all happened, and he went in to get Abigail. As he was
picking up her purse, a terrified, young Kerry Adams - Pat - came running up to him. He threw
her up against the wall, and she fell to the floor with a shattered leg and a fractured skull.

Now that Toby is dead, and her entire life has been exposed to the media, Abigail decides
that it is high time she be done with politics. So she doesnít make Vice President, and we hear
nothing else of her. But we do know that Sam and Pat are going to have a romantic honeymoon
after theyíre married the following week.

Pat Traymore was an extremely reasonable and patient woman. We get a clear glimpse of
this reality when Pat receives a call from her stalker: ďI donít know why youíre upset. Tell me
about it,Ē is something that she gracefully requests of her screaming lunatic stalker in the middle
of the conversation. She is obviously