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In the short novel The Anastasia Syndrome, prominent historical writer Judith Chase is living in London and preparing for her marriage to Sir Stephen Hallett, expected to become England's next Prime Minister. Orphaned during World War II, Judith wants to trace her origins. In this quest, she goes to a renowned psychiatrist and becomes the victim of his experiments in regre In the short novel The Anastasia Syndrome, prominent historical writer Judith Chase is living in London and preparing for her marriage to Sir Stephen Hallett, expected to become England's next Prime Minister. Orphaned during World War II, Judith wants to trace her origins. In this quest, she goes to a renowned psychiatrist and becomes the victim of his experiments in regression. When a woman in a dark green cape sets off bombs in London, Sir Stephen and Judith are faced with an intangible, mysterious force threatening their very existence. Obsessive love is the subject of Terror Stalks the Class Reunion; psychic contact with a dead twin sister is the only defense against a murder in Double Vision; Lucky Day, compared to O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi, begins premonition of imminent danger; in The Lost Angel, mother follows her intuition in a harrowing search for her missing child.


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In the short novel The Anastasia Syndrome, prominent historical writer Judith Chase is living in London and preparing for her marriage to Sir Stephen Hallett, expected to become England's next Prime Minister. Orphaned during World War II, Judith wants to trace her origins. In this quest, she goes to a renowned psychiatrist and becomes the victim of his experiments in regre In the short novel The Anastasia Syndrome, prominent historical writer Judith Chase is living in London and preparing for her marriage to Sir Stephen Hallett, expected to become England's next Prime Minister. Orphaned during World War II, Judith wants to trace her origins. In this quest, she goes to a renowned psychiatrist and becomes the victim of his experiments in regression. When a woman in a dark green cape sets off bombs in London, Sir Stephen and Judith are faced with an intangible, mysterious force threatening their very existence. Obsessive love is the subject of Terror Stalks the Class Reunion; psychic contact with a dead twin sister is the only defense against a murder in Double Vision; Lucky Day, compared to O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi, begins premonition of imminent danger; in The Lost Angel, mother follows her intuition in a harrowing search for her missing child.

30 review for The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories [UNABRIDGED] (Audiobook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Pleša

    Other stories in this book are ok, but they are nothing special... But story named The Anastasia Syndrome is.. absolutely great! I read it 'till 2 o'clock am. It's exciting, very tensed... Other stories in this book are ok, but they are nothing special... But story named The Anastasia Syndrome is.. absolutely great! I read it 'till 2 o'clock am. It's exciting, very tensed...

  2. 5 out of 5

    B.

    These were wonderfully wholesome little suspense stories. Everything wraps up in each of the stories with a happy ending, or at the very least, an appropriate ending to the story. There are no loose ends, and justice is served in each story. All in all it was imminently satisfying. Sometimes you just need a good story, and all of the short stories in this book fit the bill. Quite pleased with this one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    This is a collection of short stories and every one of them is excellent, from an historical time travel murder story, a kidnapping story, a jackpot winner in the lottery and lastly the story of a young child kidnapped by her father. All excellently written and most enjoyable. You know it's good when you read the whole book in one day. This is a collection of short stories and every one of them is excellent, from an historical time travel murder story, a kidnapping story, a jackpot winner in the lottery and lastly the story of a young child kidnapped by her father. All excellently written and most enjoyable. You know it's good when you read the whole book in one day.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alka

    Anastasia syndrome is about the psychoanalysis technique using regression wherein the subject remembers events of past life. A collection of short stories. Keep you guessing. Genre is a mix of mystery thriller and suspense

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Coullard

    Not really my style, but as far as writing goes the stories kept me interested (scared) and wanting to keep reading. One thing I was amused by was the characters’ impeccable sense of style and the details of their outfits whenever they went out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicky Wills

    I’m not a huge fan of short stories to begin with, but these were just so frustrating!! Good writing as always but ugh.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Grace Worland

    Actual Rating: 3.6 Anastasia syndrome- DNF at least for now Terror stalks the class reunion- 5 stars Lucky Day- 5 stars Double vision- 4 stars The lost angel- 4 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    The Anastasia Syndrome is a well-written, psychological thriller about a woman who assumes the identity of a historical figure she’s researching. What may have begun as a standard case of multiple personality disorder (instigated, perhaps, by long hours spent in the library) becomes something of a possession by the long-dead murderess, and Judith must fight to take her life back or lose herself completely. Terror Stalks the Class Reunion tells the story of a man’s lasting obsession with an old hi The Anastasia Syndrome is a well-written, psychological thriller about a woman who assumes the identity of a historical figure she’s researching. What may have begun as a standard case of multiple personality disorder (instigated, perhaps, by long hours spent in the library) becomes something of a possession by the long-dead murderess, and Judith must fight to take her life back or lose herself completely. Terror Stalks the Class Reunion tells the story of a man’s lasting obsession with an old high school sweetheart and how “true love” never wanes. A wonderful look into the head of a stalker. Lucky Day follows a woman’s investigation of the disappearance of an older gentleman friend – a disappearance her own befuddled husband may be at the very root of. Double Vision follows a killer’s return to correct a mistake made years ago: he only learned he killed the wrong sister after it was too late. Or did he? They look so much alike. The Lost Angel, told from the point of view of the angel and her frantic mother, depicts a criminal father’s ultimate con: kidnapping his daughter to enhance his fraudulent schemes. This collection of short stories is proof that Mary Higgins Clark is just as capable of keeping me on the edge of my seat with a terse, pithy story as she is with her traditional full-length suspense novels.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Piepie

    I've always been a great fan of Mary Higgins Clark, and I was delighted to find this book recently at Goodwill. A novel of hers that I hadn't yet read! :) The first story - "The Anastasia Syndrome" - was probably my favorite - it was really well-written, including a certain plot twist that I didn't see coming - I could see all the people and places in my mind's eye - and the ending was chillingly creepy. The next tale, "Terror Stalks the Class Reunion," wasn't as good, and I kept waiting for the I've always been a great fan of Mary Higgins Clark, and I was delighted to find this book recently at Goodwill. A novel of hers that I hadn't yet read! :) The first story - "The Anastasia Syndrome" - was probably my favorite - it was really well-written, including a certain plot twist that I didn't see coming - I could see all the people and places in my mind's eye - and the ending was chillingly creepy. The next tale, "Terror Stalks the Class Reunion," wasn't as good, and I kept waiting for the story to get better. "Lucky Day" was another well-written thriller, a story that kept me in suspense throughout. "Double Vision" was good - as someone who has been involved with theatre, I enjoyed this story as well. The last one - a short story entitled "The Lost Angel" - takes place on Christmas Eve and it was given a happy, heart-touching ending. It was interesting seeing parts of the story from the viewpoint of a four-year-old girl, who is lost and lonely and frightened ... with good reason to be. All in all, a goodly collection of suspenseful stories that will scare you and thrill you!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Plum-crazy

    I really enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's books but what utter tosh this was! The title story "The Anastasia Syndrome" was totally unbelievable. In simple terms,after being hypnotized Judith becomes "possessed" by a seventeenth century woman hell bent on revenge. Now I don't have any problem with any storyline however outlandish, as long as the writer makes me believe in it while I'm reading (my stock example; Stephen King has no problem in making me believe that a car boot can be portal to another w I really enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's books but what utter tosh this was! The title story "The Anastasia Syndrome" was totally unbelievable. In simple terms,after being hypnotized Judith becomes "possessed" by a seventeenth century woman hell bent on revenge. Now I don't have any problem with any storyline however outlandish, as long as the writer makes me believe in it while I'm reading (my stock example; Stephen King has no problem in making me believe that a car boot can be portal to another world) but this was just so lame with unconvincing characters & so many holes I could use it as a collander. The other tales were better but predictable... the end of "The Lost Angel" was too sickly sweet for words & while you could see the ending of "Lucky Day" coming a mile off at least it nearly raised a smile. All-in-all a pretty pathetic effort IMHO & I expected much, much better from this author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is the first book of short stories of Mary Higgins Clark that I have read and I must admit it was very impressed and entertained. I have read a number of her books and felt that they are easy and accessible if at times a little cosy (you know the the kind where the villain gets his come-up-ance and the hero - who is more often than not a heroine, wins the day). But no, in this book the stories are different and sometimes even contrary to what you would expect from a "typical" Higgins Clark This is the first book of short stories of Mary Higgins Clark that I have read and I must admit it was very impressed and entertained. I have read a number of her books and felt that they are easy and accessible if at times a little cosy (you know the the kind where the villain gets his come-up-ance and the hero - who is more often than not a heroine, wins the day). But no, in this book the stories are different and sometimes even contrary to what you would expect from a "typical" Higgins Clark book. For that alone I really enjoyed this book even if it is starting - well my copy at least did - its age. I am not sure if my lack of knowledge of her work or a reluctance by her publishers but I feel that many of the elements I have read in these short stories should be expanded and developed in to novels.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Um, wow comes to mind when I think of how to sum up this book. It was so enthralling, I could not put it down until it was finished. It has a concept that if one is hypnotized and taking into the past (one not there own, I might add), if they witness a death they can become inhabited by the spirit of that person. Its a story idea I have never read before and I found it completely plausible (even though I don't believe it could actually happen). It was so well told, I bought into it and I never Um, wow comes to mind when I think of how to sum up this book. It was so enthralling, I could not put it down until it was finished. It has a concept that if one is hypnotized and taking into the past (one not there own, I might add), if they witness a death they can become inhabited by the spirit of that person. Its a story idea I have never read before and I found it completely plausible (even though I don't believe it could actually happen). It was so well told, I bought into it and I never saw the ending coming, that blew me away.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    This was my first Mary Higgins Clark book, and it's good for what it is - just a light, enjoyable, "waiting room" type of reading. I will say that if you are interested in reincarnation or spiritual possession/channeling/etc., the primary novella's ending will really surprise you. The short stories are predictable mysteries, but that didn't affect my enjoyment level. I'd keep a few of this author's books on my shelf for lazy afternoons when I don't feel like working too hard for results while re This was my first Mary Higgins Clark book, and it's good for what it is - just a light, enjoyable, "waiting room" type of reading. I will say that if you are interested in reincarnation or spiritual possession/channeling/etc., the primary novella's ending will really surprise you. The short stories are predictable mysteries, but that didn't affect my enjoyment level. I'd keep a few of this author's books on my shelf for lazy afternoons when I don't feel like working too hard for results while reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cathie

    I really liked this collection of stories. The first one, the title story, was creepy but I loved the psychological aspect of it and the two personality style theme. The last story, from the child's point of view, was wonderfully done. As a mother it drove me crazy because I couldn't help her, which made it all that more good to read. All of the stories were engaging, interesting and full of suspense. Enjoyed them I really liked this collection of stories. The first one, the title story, was creepy but I loved the psychological aspect of it and the two personality style theme. The last story, from the child's point of view, was wonderfully done. As a mother it drove me crazy because I couldn't help her, which made it all that more good to read. All of the stories were engaging, interesting and full of suspense. Enjoyed them

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erica Poole

    I am generally not the biggest fan of the short story compilation, but a friend gave me her copy to read, and eventually I had to go out and buy this to keep handy and reread. All of the stories were good, but The Anastasia Syndrome itself was my favorite. It involved hypnosis, past lives and even a form of time travel. Great stuff, I still periodically reread it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This was my first Mary Higgins Clark book and I really really loved it! I loved the way the author progresses the events to a powerful (and very unexpected) ending. :) The other stories that are included in this book were quite good as well. I find myself buying more books from this author in the near future.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alesa

    The other stories in this book were okay, but The Anastasia Syndrome was brilliant. MHC definitely has talent for thrillers and mysteries, but this one was beyond anything I had read by her previously. I read it in a single night! I read it back when I was in high school, and it has stuck with me to this day. I only wish I could find the book now for my collection.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ranee Clark

    I read this several years ago and I guess I forgot what a melodramatic writer Mary Higgins Clark is. I used to love her, but actually found it burdensome reading. I'm surprised she's a best seller considering how sloppy her writing is. I read this several years ago and I guess I forgot what a melodramatic writer Mary Higgins Clark is. I used to love her, but actually found it burdensome reading. I'm surprised she's a best seller considering how sloppy her writing is.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    My very favorite by Mary Higgins Clark short story collection...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen Thompson

    I love a good mystery and no one, in my opinion, writes a better mystery than Mary Higgins Clark. I have read all of her books. Great reads!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    weird, but in a good way!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katrin

    Very slow!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gujju Ellen

    Mary Higgins Clarke always gives us a jolt with her stories.You can never be sure what is going to happen in the end! Good reading!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ivanina

    I've read this one in middle school and I was very impressed (the one about the twins I liked the most). I tried some books by the same author years later but I didnt like them at all :/ I've read this one in middle school and I was very impressed (the one about the twins I liked the most). I tried some books by the same author years later but I didnt like them at all :/

  25. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    My favorite story in this collection was Lucky Day.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trista

    I've always loved Mary Higgins Clark's books, but haven't read one in years. I came across this one at work and decided it was time to read another, even if it was a collection of short stories. I was not disappointed. MHC's stories are always enthralling, there's a reason she's the Queen of Suspense. The first in this collection is "The Anastastia Syndrome," which is about a woman named Judith who's writing a book about the English Civil War, but who also is trying to do some research into her I've always loved Mary Higgins Clark's books, but haven't read one in years. I came across this one at work and decided it was time to read another, even if it was a collection of short stories. I was not disappointed. MHC's stories are always enthralling, there's a reason she's the Queen of Suspense. The first in this collection is "The Anastastia Syndrome," which is about a woman named Judith who's writing a book about the English Civil War, but who also is trying to do some research into her own past to discover her family. She is put under hypnosis to try to unlock some long-buried memories, but also unearths the spirit of a crazed woman from the seventeenth century. Judith starts to lose whole spans of time as bombs start going off in London, and she has to figure out what's going on before it's too late. For how short it was, I was impressed with the development of the characters and the plot. Nearing the end I was getting worried that too much was left to tie up in order for everything to end happily. (view spoiler)[ And that's because it doesn't. I was so sad at the end. Judith had finally found her long-lost twin sister, her fiance was just elected Prime Minister and they were going to live happily ever after. But Margaret had to ruin it all. (hide spoiler)] The ending was a complete twist that I never saw coming. The following four short stories are just as good, though considerably shorter, especially the last. I'm always on the edge of my seat with any MHC stories - full-length or not - wondering what twists are coming my way (because I KNOW they're coming!). I think the biggest twist came in "Lucky Day". I've been away from MHC for far too long to remember that the simple answer is NEVER the right one. I might just have to get back in the swing of reading more of her books again. I know there are a number I still haven't read, and I don't think I've ever found one I didn't like, so why stop now?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alishba Nadeem

    Some of the other stories made me want to bang my head against the wall but the main story, The Anastasia Syndrome, OHMYGOD I cant believe how in the HEAVEN'S NAME i'm still functioning. WHEW! The book omg the book it had me looking up the veracity behind this, I found the real story on Wikipedia but no use of LITENCUM anywhere (Its a drug btw, at least in the book). The ending was not unexpected but definitely not hoped for either. The ending was perfect for the book but not for my heart (or my Some of the other stories made me want to bang my head against the wall but the main story, The Anastasia Syndrome, OHMYGOD I cant believe how in the HEAVEN'S NAME i'm still functioning. WHEW! The book omg the book it had me looking up the veracity behind this, I found the real story on Wikipedia but no use of LITENCUM anywhere (Its a drug btw, at least in the book). The ending was not unexpected but definitely not hoped for either. The ending was perfect for the book but not for my heart (or my brain either, because I had to slam it repeatedly against my head to keep myself from screaming out loud at the audacity). The touch of actual historical facts that Clark adds to this bring it to the very brink of reality, just the way I love, a little touch of other-worldliness to very normal people and circumstances (like in the movie, inception e.g love it btw) that make you wonder if its possible in real life. DEVOURED IT.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sara Beth Wade

    I picked this up at a library sale for probably 25 cents, so expectations weren't high to begin with. It's sort of a typical romance/thriller with a nice twist at the end. I'm glad that if she's going to follow easy romantic tropes--slim, beautiful, successful people perfectly matched with no problems ever--then at least she knows how to throw a wrench into the works. "Anastasia Syndrome" is the longest in the book and it's okay--it's got the best twist ending. "Terror Stalks the Class Reunion" I picked this up at a library sale for probably 25 cents, so expectations weren't high to begin with. It's sort of a typical romance/thriller with a nice twist at the end. I'm glad that if she's going to follow easy romantic tropes--slim, beautiful, successful people perfectly matched with no problems ever--then at least she knows how to throw a wrench into the works. "Anastasia Syndrome" is the longest in the book and it's okay--it's got the best twist ending. "Terror Stalks the Class Reunion" isn't anything special. "Lucky Day" is definitely the best in the batch. "Double Vision" is about the same level as "Class Reunion"--pretty meh. "The Lost Angel" is heartbreaking--kids in peril always are--and it's a little better than the others in that the use of a kid's point of view makes it a touch more interesting. It's not terrible for a beach read, but not my general cup of tea.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This set of short stories was published in 1989, so while I’ve enjoyed many books by Mary Higgins Clark before, this one just felt old and outdated. This novel consists of five short stories. The first one, which is the main title of the novel, was ok, but slow moving for me. The other, shorter stories were better, but still lacked details and a connection to the characters that I usually feel in a good book. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve read, but I also wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to a This set of short stories was published in 1989, so while I’ve enjoyed many books by Mary Higgins Clark before, this one just felt old and outdated. This novel consists of five short stories. The first one, which is the main title of the novel, was ok, but slow moving for me. The other, shorter stories were better, but still lacked details and a connection to the characters that I usually feel in a good book. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve read, but I also wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to a friend.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anthony L

    The short story format is often good because it forces the writer or writers to stay focused and skip trivia to increase the page count. Also, if one story is really bad, just move on to the next. The stories in this collection are interesting and sustain the suspense. Many come with a twist near the end. Highly recommended for leisure reading. I got my copy from a book exchange and it was in poor physical condition. If it is not for that, it would be a "keeper" on my book shelf. Like my collecti The short story format is often good because it forces the writer or writers to stay focused and skip trivia to increase the page count. Also, if one story is really bad, just move on to the next. The stories in this collection are interesting and sustain the suspense. Many come with a twist near the end. Highly recommended for leisure reading. I got my copy from a book exchange and it was in poor physical condition. If it is not for that, it would be a "keeper" on my book shelf. Like my collection of Jeffrey Archer short stories.

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