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He Sees You When You're Sleeping [School & Library Binding]

M. Clark
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July 2003
It is a few days before Christmas. For forty-six years Sterling has been awaiting his summons into Heaven. Will he be deemed fit for entrance into heaven this year? At last the day comes and the Heavenly Council settles on a test for Sterling - he will be sent back to earth and given an opportunity to prove his worthiness by helping someone else. Sterling Brooks finds himself in Manhattan, at the skating rink in Rockefeller Center. Among the skaters is a heartbroken seven-year-old named Marissa. Her sadness comes from her separation from the father she adores, a talented singer, and her sparkling grandmother, owner of a popular restaurant. Both have been forced into the Witness Protection Program because two mobsters, the Badgett brothers, have put a price on their heads to prevent their testifying against them in an arson case. As Sterling soon realizes, it is Marissa he has been sent to help. Sterling, who is able to move back and forth in time and place, masterminds a plan to eliminate the threat from the Badgett brothers and reunite Marissa with her loved ones. Filled with suspense and humour, HE SEES YOU WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING is a delightful and warmhearted tale of perseverance, redemption, and love.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • School & Library Binding: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613629531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613629539
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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It's just before Christmas and Sterling has been waiting 46 years for his summons into Heaven. At last the Heavenly Council settles on a task for him - he must return to Earth - to the skating rink at the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan and reunite seven year old Melissa with her loved ones. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mary Higgins Clark is the author of thirty-one worldwide bestselling suspense novels and a memoir. She lives with her husband John Conheeney, in Saddle River, New Jersey. Visit . Carol Higgins Clark is the bestselling author of eleven Regan Reilly mysteries. Carol lives in New York City and Los Angeles. Visit www.carolhigginsclark.com . DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW is the fifth holiday suspense novel Mary and Carol have written together. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 6 Mar 2013
By heather
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the first one of her books i have read. Brilliantly written and the story wants you to finish the book. Definately recommended.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DYNAMIC DELIVERY OF A YULETIDE THRILLER 25 Nov 2001
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
The Clark ladies are a formidable literary pair, often co-authoring to offer double dips of pleasure for mystery loving readers. Now, they've taken a leaf from the classic Christmas film "It's A Wonderful Life" and spiced it with danger. Carol Higgins Clark gives authentic voice to their story.
Sterling Brooks might be everyman--except for the fact that he's in heaven's anteroom, where he's been waiting for almost 50 years for admission to heaven. In his case patience isn't its own reward, and the Heavenly Council proposes a test for him. Sterling must return to Earth and prove his Pearly Gates eligibility by helping someone else.
Where to start but Manhattan and the Rockefeller Center skating rink? There he finds a woebegone seven-year-old, Marissa, whose family has been placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program due to the threats of the murderous Blodgett family. It is the Christmas season and Marissa is separated from those she loves.
It does take some work and thought on Sterling's part but, of course, the tale has a happy ending. After all, even almost-angels have mysterious powers.
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Check Your List Twice Before You Buy 20 Nov 2001
By James E. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sterling Brooks is marking time in the celestial waiting room watching everyone else get their wings. As a lawyer during life, described as the kind of person who was first in the lifeboat, who never went out of his way for anyone and who was too smug and self-absorbed to notice what was going on around him (trial lawyers won't like that portrait of one of their own), it's not going to be easy for Counselor Brooks. Summoned by the Heavenly Council and informed that his only chance for admission will be his participation in an earthly experiment to recognize someone with a problem and help them solve it, Brooks is off to earn his wings. Transported back to Rockefeller Center during the holiday season, Brooks doesn't have that much time to help seven year old Marissa get reunited with her father and grandmother. The road to heaven may be paved with good intentions; but Brooks' trip takes him to the underworld of gangsters Junior and Eddie Badgett who have scared Marissa's father and grandmother into the witness protection program because of something they know.
While this book may fly off the shelves this holiday season because of its authors' following, it's not destined to take up residence next to Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" or Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life" in this reviewer's holiday collection. Sure, it's probably not expected to be a classic, but even as an afternoon read with Mel Torme crooning in the background and the chestnuts roasting on an open fire, it's a disappointment.
There's not enough humbug in me to say don't read this book during a free moment in the holiday rush. It is short at 199 pages. It's just that I think mother-daughter authors Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark could have done much better if they lightened up on the sugar coating.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry folks, I love Mary H. Clark but this one is a bomb! 14 Jun 2002
By Lynne P. Caldwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I know I now need to get ready for all of the unhelpful reviews but at least I'm honest! The entire time I was reading this book I was asking myself why was I reading something so stupid! These ladies took "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" and changed it around to something so lame that I can't believe it was even published. I enjoy reading M. H. Clark because she has some nice, mild thrillers with great stories. This book was not a thriller, nor was it a great story! A lawyer is sent back to earth (to get his wings--hmmmmmmmmmm where have we heard that before?) to help a slightly sad little girl who has a great life. There, I've told you the story and you don't have to read it!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome suspense 27 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I don't give book reviews but here goes. This one will get you to sit straight up, no slouching. My wife told me my eyes would be so wide open at times... and she was right. I can't see why anyone would not enjoy this good writing. Mary has a very real and capturing way. We have all seen movies and read books about the person who needs to do the good deed on Earth to gain rights to Peter's gate, but this one is arousing. I am not a regular reader of Mary's, my wife is, she also says this is intense. I want to recommend another book my wife ordered here, and is as satisfying, SB 1 or God By Karl Mark Maddox.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I must be some sort of a humbug, but.... 31 Dec 2001
By P. G Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Like many Mary Higgins Clark fans, I raced to the bookstore to get my annual Higgins fix....and was sorely disappointed. I just read everyone else's review, so I see I'm in the minority, but I found this less than a page turner. I put it down SEVERAL times and didn't really care that much to pick it back up except that I felt I should somehow. I thought the characters were shallow with little real motivation. The plot was contrived. The outcome was obvious. The book had none of the suspense or twists I've come to admire. Just label me Scrooge, I guess!
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