The Shadow of Your Smile
by Mary Higgins Clark
Editor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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Suspense Queen Mary Higgins Clark brings us another best-selling New York Times that she “so carefully prepares and performs with such delight” (The New York Times Book Review) about the search for identity by the adopted man’s daughter at birth, who may be the heiress of her great fortuneAt the age of eighty-two and omitting health, Olivia Morrow knows she has little timeThe last of her line, she is confronted with a great choice: expose a family secret, or take it with her on his graveOlivia has in her possession letters from her late cousin Catherine, a nun, today beatified by the Catholic Church – the last step before the canonization.During her lifetime, Sister Catherine founded seven hospitals for disabled children.Now, the cure of a four-year-old boy dying of brain cancer that is attributed to hisAfter her case was medically pronounced hopeless, the desperate mother’s boy, had organized a prayer crusade of Sister Catherine, leading to her miraculous healing.The letters Olivia holds are proof that Catherine gave birth at the age of seventeen to a child, a son, and gave him for adoptionOlivia knows the identity of the young man who fathered Catherine as a child: Alex Gannon, who became a famous doctor, scientist, inventor and medical dress patentsToday, two generations later, thirty-one years later, pediatrician Dr. Monica Farrell, Catherine’s granddaughter, presents herself as the legitimate heir to what remains of the family fortune.But, by telling Monica who she really is, Olivia would have betrayed Catherine’s wishes and reveal the story behind Monica, the ancestryThe only people aware of Olivia’s impending choice are the people who exploit Gannon’s legacySilence Olivia and warn Monica of learning the secret, some of them will stop before anything, not even murderClark’s Roman riveting explores the juxtaposition of medical science and religious faith, and a man’s daughter’s search for identity as a
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