No Place Like Home (novel)

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No Place Like Home
Author Mary Higgins Clark
Country United States
Language English
Genre Thriller Mystery novel
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
April 2005
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 368 pp
ISBN 0-7434-9728-7
OCLC 65190581

No Place Like Home is a thriller novel written by Mary Higgins Clark and published in 2005.

Plot summary[edit]

The story starts with 10-year-old Liza Barton accidentally shooting and killing her mother and shooting and injuring her stepfather Ted. She is acquitted of the crime and is later adopted by some distant relatives.

Twenty-four years later, the story picks up with Liza determined to bury her past. She has changed her name to Celia Foster and married Alex Nolan after her first husband Larry's death. Alex, not aware of Celia's past, gifts her with a surprise birthday present—the keys to her own parents' home in a neighboring town Mendham. Alex, Celia and her 4-year-old son, Jack, move into the home to find that it has been vandalized. Unsure of how Alex would react to her past, Celia decides to hide it from him for some more time.

Flashes of the night her mom died come back to Celia as she sets out to find out more about what really happened that night. She discreetly tries to find information about her father's accident that led to his death a year before her mother's death. One by one, a few of the older residents of the town are murdered and some of the evidence leads to Celia being suspected. Celia finds her own life in danger, as the pursuit of the murderer's identity picks up pace.

Critical reception[edit] described the novel as a "suspenseful murder mystery".[1] New York Times writer, Marilyn Stasio, said that the novel "taps into the tensions that go along with the joys of moving into a new home".[2]


  1. ^ "Mary Higgins Clark novel inspired by 19th century Lizzie Borden case". April 4, 2005. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (April 10, 2005). "Blues Clues". The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2010.