A Stranger is Watching Essay

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A Stranger is Watching In novels there are many literary devices that an author may use. Suspense is one that is used to grab the reader’s attention and keep reading. Mary Higgins Clark demonstrates suspense throughout her novel, A Stranger Is Watching by giving only so much information then she will direct your attention to something else so the reader keeps reading. Some suspenseful scenes that the author demonstrates in the novel are when an intruder is in the Peterson home and is pointing a gun at Sharon’s head, another is when Sharon is in the kidnapper’s car and cleverly puts her ring in the seat so maybe someone would find it, and when Mrs. Perry comes to the Peterson home and tells everyone that she knows the voice of …show more content…
This scene is suspenseful because Clark just ends the statement and does not continue to tell who the intruder is and what he may do to Sharon and Neil and what he wants and why he was there.

Another suspenseful scene is while in the kidnapper’s car before being forced to get out of the car she feels a stinging pain in her left hand it was the ring that Steve had given her for a gift. Sharon then takes the ring off and forces it into the seat cushion just before the kidnapper opens the car door. Then making Sharon get out of the car he took a careful look inside the car picking up the gag that had been in her mouth. Sharon holds her breath because she does not want him to see the ring and he did not. This scene is very suspenseful because of the quick actions of the characters and the tension it creates.

While Mr. Perry was at the Peterson home giving information to the FBI Mrs. Perry walked over to the Peterson’s and just stood in the doorway silent. Her face and hair were wet with snow and her face marble white. The pupils of her eyes were dilated and staring, she was shaking tremendously. She was holding a piece of paper in her hand. Mr. Perry ran over to her just in time before she collapsed. Sobbing she tells him that she just got a phone call from the kidnapper and mad her write the message down.

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