The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories Author:Mary Higgins Clark The Anastasia Syndrome. In the title novella, inspired by the true story of Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the grand duchess Anastasia, daughter of the Russian Czar, a woman in love is forced to confront the demons of her past - and present - as a haunting sense of deja vu inexorably draws her toward the appalling truth about a wave ... more »of terrorist bombings.
The remaining four stories in the collection are all miniature masterpieces of suspense that probe the inner secrets of the human mind. A supernatural phenomenon occurs in 'double vision', a nightmarish thriller about twin sisters stalked by a psychopath. Obsessive love is the theme of 'Terror Stalks the Class Reunion,' a story which draws much of its verisimilitude from Mary Higgins Clark's fascination with actual criminals. 'The Lost Angel' is a tender Christmas story, well on its way to becoming a classic. And 'Lucky Day,' a twisty tale of love, death, and a lottery jackpot, has been compared to O. Henry's masterpiece, "the Gift of the Magi".« less