All By Myself, Alone

All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

This is Clark’s newest book, and it does not disappoint. This book comes with a slew of characters, all of varying degrees of importance. This book tells the story of the maiden voyage of a brand-new ship, being compared to the Titanic. But, like with the Titanic, tragedy is bound to strike. When someone dies, an investigation is underway, as well as the search for the Man with 1000 Faces who is rumored to be on the ship in search of the priceless emerald necklace. What first starts as a trip of a lifetime,  turns into a trip of disaster, begging the question, “Will you survive?”

This book has many characters that are introduced one after the other and at first it takes a little time to remember who is who. But once the book gets started, it is easy to follow. With each chapter, the viewpoint of the story shifts, allowing all sides of the story to be told. 

If you pay attention to the clues it is easy to decipher who committed the crimes, but it was a quick and easy read. I couldn’t wait to finish the book and can’t wait for her next one to be released!

The Sleeping Beauty Killer

The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

It has happened again. A book that I could not put down. I had to squeeze in time where ever I could to read this book, and I did between work and other commitments in a matter of 2 days. It was amazing. I love how cohesively these two are able to work together on this project of Under Suspicion novels. They have done an outstanding job.

We find ourselves with Laurie, again looking for another case for her new TV series. She now no longer has Alex as her host as he is diving back into his career. Instead she is left with Ryan as the new host. There are many problems that come with Ryan, mainly that she fears he is a favorite from Brett, without much consideration of her input for her new host. But, is he really that bad? You might learn to hate him, then again you might learn to love him, but don’t let Laurie completely jade your opinion of him from the get-go.

In this new book, Laurie takes on the case of “Crazy Casey” the woman convicted of being the “Sleeping Beauty” killer and killing her fiance, but not remembering a bit of what happened. She already served her time, but wants to use Laurie and her show to help clear her name. We have many important characters including Casey, Angela (her cousin), Paula (her mother), Charlotte (who we know from the last installment), and many people from Hunter’s family (Casey’s fiance that she was convicted of killing). All these people have different perspectives on what happened and why. Everyone has secrets to hide. When do they not? While reading, I had a hunch as to who did it early on, and my hunch was well-rewarded. I was correct, but I will leave it at that. All the clues are there. Read and tread carefully. There are also a lot of red herrings thrown throughout the book, that though they are important bits of information, if you look too much into them, it will throw you onto the wrong track. Alex is no longer involved in the case as he normally is when he worked on the show, but he is still involved. Oh, is he involved, but not how you think. By the end of the book, justice is served, as always.

In this book, since it is one of getting a new sense of justice for a client it takes a different spin than the previous ones where they are trying to prove someone else’s guilt and get the limelight off the innocent. There is a lot of character jumping, but this book wouldn’t be half of what it is if it were not for all those character jumps. It helps the reader to see the bigger picture and truly understand what is going on. No character jumps just happen, everything happens with some type of break.

One more side note on Alex, yes he isn’t “involved” in the case like he usually is, but he is involved. And, without giving too much away, by the end of the book, I despise his character, to the core.

Oh, and there will definitely be another installment with how the book ended, but Alex, justice better be served…

A Cry in the Night

A Cry in the Night by Mary Higgins Clark

Clark is at it again! I cannot get enough of her books. She is an amazing author and does a spectacular job at creating a suspenseful environment! In this novel, Jenny MacPartland is a single mom of two young children, whose father does not care much for them. The father, rather than providing for his kids and helping with expenses, comes to Jenny to ask for help with his own expenses, even when he knows she has very little. Jenny’s open heart makes her gullible to this as she feels unfair to not help out her children’s father. Knowing this about Jenny is important to understanding her reasoning and why she acts the way that she does.

Jenny works at an art gallery in NYC when the famous painter Erich Krueger, a landscape and portrait painter, holds an exhibit. She immediately falls in love with him. He seems perfect, and longs her for in the same way. It is a whirlwind romance, and before she knows it she is married and whisked away from her city life, to life with him in the country. Erich hides himself away in his cabin to work on his paintings in solitude to be able to work without interruption. Jenny accepts this, as he has accepted her children as his own and even got her ex to give over his parental rights. Erich is very peculiar about certain rooms in the house, rooms that may not be entered or touch because they are as they were when his mother left him forever. Jenny looks identical to his mother, adding to this odd attraction as everyone on the farm is astounded by this notion. As the days continue, Jenny is sending her further into solitude and soon, she has been disconnected from her own children as well at the hands of Erich. With lonely days streaming ahead of her, and hints of Erich’s mother’s ghost roaming the halls and property at night, Jenny sets out on her own adventure to uncover the truth about his past. When tragic events collapse upon each other, Jenny discovers a horrifying truth that threatens to forever change her future.

This was a captivating read and a true page-turner. Clark leaves clues throughout the story so that you can uncover the truth yourself, but there are parts that you do not see coming that will chill you to the bone. This novel does begin with a cut scene from further in the book, but it truly sets the stage for the novel and makes you begin to question everything that happens and if you really can trust what you hear and see. Falling in love can be tragically beautiful, or tragically dreadful for all involved.