Where Are the Children Now?
by Mary Higgins Clark; Alafair Burke
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Pub Date 18 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 18 May 2023
Of the fifty-six bestsellers the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark published in her lifetime, Where Are the Children? was her biggest, selling millions of copies and forever transforming the genre of suspense fiction. In that story, a young California mother named Nancy Harmon was convicted of murdering her two children. Though released on a technicality, she was abandoned by her husband and became such a pariah in the media that she was forced to move across the country to Cape Cod, change her identity and appearance, and start a new life. Years later her two children from a second marriage, Mike and Melissa, would go missing, and Nancy yet again became the prime suspect—but this time, Nancy was able to confront the secrets buried in her past and rescue her kids from a dangerous predator.
Now, more than four decades since readers first met Nancy and her children, comes the thrilling sequel to the groundbreaking book that set the stage for future generations of psychological suspense novels. A lawyer turned successful podcaster, Melissa has recently married a man whose first wife died tragically, leaving him and their young daughter, Riley, behind. While Melissa and her brother, Mike, help their mom, Nancy, relocate from Cape Cod to the equally idyllic Hamptons, Melissa’s new stepdaughter goes missing. Drawing on the experience of their own abduction, Melissa and Mike race to find Riley to save her from the trauma they still struggle with—or worse.
Just like the original, Where Are the Children Now? keeps readers guessing and holding their breath until the very last page.
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Average rating from 168 members
Oh baby!! Wow! Such a great sequel to Where are the Children!!
***Although it's been over
40 yrs since the original was published, you don't have to reread the original unless you want to. But if you haven't ever read it, I recommend you do! They did add a synopsis for us readers as a reminder.
I was a huge fan of the first one and have to say what a great continuance of this story! I loved the writing and how everything flowed at such a great pace. It was nice to see Nancy, Melissa and Mike and what they've been up to 40 yrs later. Although much trauma in their youth and even though they are still dealing with it, it was nice to see Melissa and Mike have become successful in their lives.
This is mainly Melissa's story. Melissa is now married to a man she met while going to counseling. She has a
3 yr old step-daughter that goes missing, from her locked house, while Melissa is sleeping and her hubby Charlie is out of the country.
Meanwhile the police are trying to figure out the mystery as to who took Riley and why, and how did she disappear?
I will say I did begin to figure it out towards the end, then bam!!! Plot twist! Just love them!!!
This is a must read for those that love twists, turns, and WTH just happened moments!
I just love Mary Higgins Clark's books and the addition of Alafair Burke whom helped bring this to fruition!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can not recommend it enough. Please make sure to grab a copy when it releases in April 2023!!
Thank you to Alafair Burke, Simon & Schuster, and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced digital copy in exchange for a honest review
What a wonderful way to honor MHC,and let us revisit with Melissa and her family. Twisted, entertaining , and I must say, I never saw the end coming. A totally enjoyable read.
I wish I could read this book for the first time a million times over. It was so good! The writing was incredible, as expected. The suspense had me racing through the book. I loved all of the characters. You can read this as a standalone but having read the first one, I loved seeing the old characters back. Easy 5 stars!
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