The Shadow of Your Smile

The Shadow of Your Smile

Read by: Jan Maxwell
Jonathan and his identical twin brother, Charles, are obstetricians who share a thriving practice in Manhattan. Even Jonathan’s wife Olivia, a psychologist, has difficulty telling them apart. When Charles is found murdered in his midtown apartment, Olivia helps her husband mourn the loss of his twin— until, as the months pass, she begins to suspect that it was not Charles who was killed, but her husband Jonathan. Her search for the truth plunges her into life-threatening danger. Clark’s stunning new novel explores the family ties that bind, and what evil forces may break them.


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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Shadow of Your Smile includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Mary Higgins Clark. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Elderly Olivia Morrow knows she doesn’t have much time left, and faces a momentous choice. Should she reveal a family secret—that her cousin, Sister Catherine, a nun about to be beatified by the Catholic Church, had once been violated and had given up her baby for adoption—or should she take the secret to her grave? Catherine’s attacker, a world-renowned doctor and scientist, made a vast fortune for his medical inventions. Catherine’s granddaughter, Dr. Monica Farrell, is his rightful heir, but Olivia would have to betray Catherine’s wishes to reveal Monica’s parentage. There are, however, people aware of Olivia’s impending choice—those now squandering the money. To silence Olivia and prevent Monica from learning the secret, one of them will stop at nothing—even murder.

Discussion Questions

1. Olivia Morrow has strong memories of Catherine, her cousin, even as a young girl. Why was she so drawn to Catherine? What about her see more

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About the Author

Mary Higgins Clark
Photograph © Bernard Vidal

Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-four suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel; two children’s books; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.