Nighttime Is My Time

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Narrator: Jan Maxwell
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense, Detective Stories
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: April 2004
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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"The definition of an owl had always pleased him: a night bird of talons and soft plumage which permits noiseless flight...applied figuratively to a person of nocturnal habits. 'I am The Owl,' he would whisper to himself after he had selected his prey, 'and nighttime is my time.'"

Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out to her hometown to attend the twenty-year reunion of Stonecroft Academy alumni, where she is to be honored along with six other members of her class. There is something uneasy in the air: one woman in the group about to be feted, Alison Kendall, a beautiful, high-powered Hollywood agent, drowned in her pool during an early-morning swim. Alison is the fifth woman in the class whose life has come to a sudden, mysterious end.

Adding to Jean's sense of unease is a taunting, anonymous fax she received, referring to her daughter -- a child she had given up for adoption twenty years ago.

At the award dinner, Jean is introduced to Sam Deegan, a detective obsessed by the unsolved murder of a young woman who may hold the key to the identity of the Stonecroft killer. Jean does not suspect that among the distinguished people she is greeting is The Owl, a murderer nearing the countdown on his mission of vengeance against the Stonecroft women who had mocked and humiliated him, with Jean as his final victim.

Reviews (17)

Written by Sandra Dragisic on April 16th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Good mystery! I enjoyed this, and it had quite a twist at the end!


Written by Anonymous on August 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book. Author and reader made a good team. The story well written and read.

Definitely not her best

Written by Ncrnation from Bloomfield, NJ on November 24th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

If you want a good Mary Higgins Clark go for While my Pretty one Sleeps, Weep No More My Lady or Cry in the Dark. Those are her best. Nighttime was just corny and not all that exciting. However, loads better than anything her daughter's ever written!

Nighttime is My Time

Written by Anonymous from Jackson, WY on November 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Frankly I'm surprised this book received so many good reviews. The story line was okay, but most of the dialog was repetitive (like the reader is not capable of keeping characters straight). It was just too schmaltzy and predictable for me.

Good to the last drop

Written by June Frost on November 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was a good listen. Typical Clark style that keeps you guessing until the last page. If you are looking for deep, significantly intelligent information, this is not the book for you. Instead, if you are looking for a fun, easy listening book to take your mind off drive time, this is it.

Nighttime Is My Time

Written by Connie Rutter from Roswell, GA on April 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Jan Maxwell is the narrator of this book and did a great job in my opinion. This book takes place in a town outside WestPoint and while there is not much description of the surrounding areas that is okay. I enjoyed this book by Mary Higgins Clark very much. I have not read a lot by this author, but I probably will in the future. Her characters are very nicely described and I could see them as I was listening to the book. I didn’t guess who the murderer was in this book as everyone seemed suspicious and appeared to have a motive. I liked this book too, because it did have a happy ending and all the loose ends were tied up. The only thing that I didn't care for, was there were too many characters and it was hard to keep them all straight in the audio version. I don't think it would have been as difficult if I would have read in print.

Night time is my time

Written by Kay on March 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Mary Higgins Clark has always been a favorite of mine and this book proved to be just as great. It was a very attention holding read. I would recommend it to everyone!

Nighttime Is My Time

Written by Anonymous on September 13th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Enjoyed listening to the book. The story teller is very good.

Nighttime is My Time

Written by Terry Hadley on August 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This audio book kept me in suspense throughout. I was never bored with any of it. Highly recommend this audio book.

Nighttime is my Time

Written by Anonymous on July 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great story, almost too many characters to keep track of

Author Details

Author Details

Clark, Mary Higgins

Mary Higgins Clark's books are world-wide bestsellers. In the U.S. alone, her books have sold over 80 million copies. She is the author of twenty-four previous suspense novels, Where Are the Children? (1975), A Stranger Is Watching (1978), The Cradle Will Fall (1980), A Cry in the Night (1982), Stillwatch (1984), Weep No More, My Lady (1987), While My Pretty One Sleeps (1989), Loves Music, Loves to Dance (1991), All Around the Town (1992), I'll Be Seeing You (1993), Remember Me (1994), Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1995), Silent Night (1995), Moonlight Becomes You (1996), Pretend You Don't See Her (1997), You Belong To Me (1998), All Through the Night (1998), We'll Meet Again (1999), Before I Say Good-Bye (2000), On the Street Where You Live (2001), Daddy's Little Girl (2002), The Second Time Around (2003), Nighttime is My Time (2004) and No Place Like Home (2005). She is the author of three collections of short stories, The Anastasia Syndrome & Other Stories (1989), The Lottery Winner: Alvirah & Willy Stories (1994) and My Gal Sunday: Henry and Sunday Stories (1996). A re-issue of her first book, a biographical novel about George Washington, originally titled Aspire to the Heavens, was published with a new title, Mount Vernon Love Story, in June 2002. Her memoir, Kitchen Privileges, was published by Simon & Schuster in November 2002 and in trade paperback by Pocket Books in October 2003.

She is co-author, with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, of three suspense novels Deck the Halls (2000), He Sees You When You're Sleeping (2001) and The Christmas Thief (2004).

Two of her novels were made into feature films, Where Are the Children? and A Stranger Is Watching. Many of her other works, novels and short stories, were made into television films.

Mary Higgins Clark's fame as a writer was achieved against heavy odds. Born and raised in the Bronx, her father died when she was eleven and her mother struggled to raise her and her two brothers. On graduating from high school, she went to secretarial school, so she could get a job and help with the family finances. After three years of working in an advertising agency, travel fever seized her. For the year 1949, she was a stewardess on Pan American Airlines' international flights. "My run was Europe, Africa and Asia," she recalls. "I was in a revolution in Syria and on the last flight into Czechoslovakia before the Iron Curtain went down. After flying for a year, she married a neighbor, Warren Clark, nine years her senior, whom she had known since she was 16. Soon after her marriage, she started writing short stories, finally selling her first to Extension Magazine in 1956 for $100.

Left a young widow by the death of her husband from a heart attack in 1964, Mary Higgins Clark went to work writing radio scripts and, in addition, decided to try her hand at writing books. Every morning, she got up at 5 AM and wrote until 7 AM, when she had to get her five children ready for school. Her very first book was a biographical novel about George Washington, inspired by a radio series she was writing, "Portrait of a Patriot." Originally published in 1969 by Meredith Press with the title Aspire to the Heavens, it was discovered years later by a Washington family member and re-issued in 2002 with the title, Mount Vernon Love Story.

Mary Higgins Clark's first suspense novel, Where Are the Children? was published by Simon & Schuster in 1975. It became a bestseller and marked a turning point in her life and career. It is currently in its 75th edition in paperback and was re-issued in hardcover as a Simon & Schuster classic.

Freed to catch up on things she always wanted to do, she entered Fordham University at Lincoln Center, graduating summa cum laude in 1979, with a B.A. in philosophy. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Fordham University in 1998. She is a past trustee of Fordham University and a current trustee of Providence College and the Hackensack College Medical Center. She has eighteen honorary doctorates.

She is # 1 fiction bestselling author in France, where she received the Grand Prix de Literature Policière in 1980 and The Literary Award at the 1998 Deauville Film Festival. In 2000, she was named by the French Minister of Culture "Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters."

Mary Higgins Clark was chosen by Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An annual Mary Higgins Clark Award sponsored by Simon & Schuster, to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, was launched by Mystery Writers of America during Edgars week in April 2001. She was the 1987 president of Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, served on their Board of Directors. In May 1988, she was Chairman of the International Crime Congress.

Active in Catholic affairs, Mary Higgins Clark was made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a papal honor. She is also a Dame of Malta and a Lady of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. She received the Catholic Big Sisters Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and the Graymoor Award from the Franciscan Friars in 1999. Honors she has received include the Gold Medal of Honor from the American-Irish Historical Society (1993), the Spirit of Achievement Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (1994), the National Arts Club's first Gold Medal in Education (1994), the Horatio Alger Award (1997), the Outstanding Mother of the Year Award (1998), the Bronx Legend Award (1999), the 2001 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Passionists' Ethics in Literature Award (2002), the first Reader's Digest Author of the Year Award 2002 and the Christopher Life Achievement Award in 2003. She is an active advocate and participant in literacy programs.

In 1996, Mary Higgins Clark married John Conheeney, the retired Chairman and CEO of Merrill-Lynch Futures. They live in Saddle River, New Jersey. Between them, they have sixteen grandchildren -- Mary's six and John's ten.