Mary Higgins Clark
Published by Simon & Schuster on April 1, 2014
When Laurie Moran´s husband was brutally murdered, only three-year-old Timmy saw the face of his father´s killer. Five years later his piercing blue eyes still haunt Timmy´s dreams. Laurie is haunted by more: the killer´s threat to her son as he fled the scene: Tell your mother she´s next, then it´s your turn … Now Laurie is dealing with murder again, this time as the producer of a true-crime, cold-case television show. The series will launch with the twenty-year-old unsolved murder of Betsy Powell, a socialite, was found suffocated in her bed after a gala celebrating the graduation of her daughter and three friends. The sensational murder was news nationwide. Reopening the case in its lavish setting and with the cooperation of the surviving guests that night, Laurie is sure to have hit on her hands. But when the estranged friends begin filming, it becomes clear each is hiding secrets … small and large. And a pair of blue eyes is watching events unfold, too …
My ReviewThis thriller is one, I was very eager to read.
I read it some years back, so I can´t exactly remember why that was, but I remember that I was happy when I got it and that I couldn´t wait to dig deep into it.
Written in the figural narrative situation, Mary Higgins Clark created a puzzle that seems at the beginning very confusing and none of the pieces seems to fit. But from page to page and scene to scene the reader becomes a more and more clearer picture.
Subliminal fears and long denied feelings lead to a cat-and-mouse play that brings all kind of different feelings to the surface and shows at the end a solution that the attentive reader knew long before that.
Yes, without a doubt, this thriller is without any surprises. But don´t get me wrong. The plot is perfect arranged. The writing style is as always great. It is just the feeling that the story isn´t new and that you can guess what happens next. I don´t know the author that way. Well, now I do.
Laurie works as a TV-producer, has her ups and downs and fights now for a show, she wants to use to solve a long forgotten cold case. She follows her instincts, raises her son with the help of her father, a former police officer, and is happy for every day she stays alive.
Alex Buckley is a very dashing attorney with a razor wit. He becomes the host of the new show, has a very fascinating way to ask questions and get answers people actually don´t want to give; and his style to corner people is charming. Despite that, he sees things and notices what others don´t or what isn´t visible at first sight. His interest in Laurie is more than she wants, but he is already in love with her.
Mary Higgins Clark, born 1928 in New York, lives and works in Saddle River, New Jersey. She sold her first story 1956 for $100 to a magazine. After the sudden death of her husband in 1964, she wrote her first book, a biographical novel about George Washington. Her first suspense novel Where are the Children from 1975 meant a turning point in her life and career: He became a bestseller. She is #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. She is the most successful thriller author worldwide.