Friday, February 19, 2010

Book Review - Where Are The Children? by Mary Higgins Clark

When I first started writing I read a ton of books and found I really liked romantic suspense. Though a great deal of those novels had profanity or sex scenes, which made me uncomfortable. I skipped a lot of pages in some books. Then one day, I happened upon a little book titled, Where Are The Children? by Mary Higgins Clark. No profanity or sex scenes, what a relief! The book doesn't reach out and grab you with the first sentence, oh no, it teases you in with what you think are everyday people until you suddenly realize something is very wrong and by then you're hooked and you have to read on to make sure everything turns out all right.

Here's the back liner of the book:

Nancy Harmon had fled the evil of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, the hideuos charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her hair, moved from California to New England. Now she was married again, with two lovely new children and a happiness-filled life...

...until the morning when she looked for her children and found only one tattered red mitten and knew that the nightmare was beginning again... Where Are The Children?

Here's what one of my all-time favorite authors said about this book:

"Superb, engrossing suspense. I found myself experiencing the cold and sleet on Cape Cod, and fearing the threat of the secretive house by the sea. The reader is touched and involved and caught up in the terror." --Phyllis A. Whitney.

What I liked about the book is it's not only told through the protagonist's eyes, but also through the villain's. Yikes! But boy did that draw me into the story in a creepy sort of way because I could see what he was doing next and what he was thinking. Talk about heightening tension.

I was soooo worried for those children that I could hardly put the book down to fix dinner or make the beds. So a word of advice, make sure you have the time to read when you start this book.

I fell in love with Mary Higgins Clark's writing and read quite a few of her books. I would always know when I picked up a novel written by her there would be no worries of coming upon profanity or graphic sex. There would be romance and there would be sit-on-the-edge-of-your seat, heart-thumping drama which was exactly what I wanted.

I eventual met Ms. Clark at a writers conference. She is one classy lady and a speaker I could listen to for hours. She graciously let me take her picture as she signed my book. It was an experience I will always remember. And rats, I couldn't find my picture, but here's one thanks to Google.

I hope you'll read this little book and let me know what you think.

(Dell Publishing Co. Inc. published this book. I bought this book and reviewed it simply because I liked it. I have no financial ties to its success)


  1. I've enjoyed Mary Higgins Clark's books for years. She was probably my first introduction to romantic suspense. She can do multiple points of view well and she always makes you suspicious of most (if not all) of the men!

  2. I've read several of her books too and I love the suspense. She's amazing, really!

  3. Jemi:
    I'm happy to find another fan of hers. She is a master of romantic suspense. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  4. L.T., I think she is amazing, too.
    Thanks for stopping by!



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