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Book Review – Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark

Genre: Suspense/Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 289
Published: April 8, 2008 by Simon & Schuster
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Sypnosis:
From America’s Queen of Suspense comes a gripping tale of a young woman trying to unravel the mystery of a family tragedy — a quest with terrifying repercussions. It has been ten years since twenty-one-year-old Charles MacKenzie Jr. (“Mack”) went missing. A Columbia University senior, about to graduate and already accepted at Duke University Law School, he walked out of his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side without a word to his college roommates and has never been seen again. However, he does make one ritual phone call to his mother every year: on Mother’s Day. Each time, he assures her he is fine, refuses to answer her frantic questions, then hangs up. Even the death of his father, a corporate lawyer, in the tragedy of 9/11 does not bring him home or break the pattern of his calls.

Mack’s sister, Carolyn, is now twenty-six, a law school graduate, and has just finished her clerkship for a civil court judge in Manhattan. She has endured two family tragedies, yet she realizes that she will never be able to have closure and get on with her life until she finds her brother. She resolves to discover what happened to Mack and why he has found it necessary to hide from them. So this year when Mack makes his annual Mother’s Day call, Carolyn interrupts to announce her intention to track him down, no matter what it takes. The next morning after Mass, her uncle, Monsignor Devon MacKenzie, receives a scrawled message left in the collection basket: “Uncle Devon, tell Carolyn she must not look for me.”

Mack’s cryptic warning does nothing to deter his sister from taking up the search, despite the angry reaction of her mother, Olivia, and the polite disapproval of Elliott Wallace, Carolyn’s honorary uncle, who is clearly in love with Olivia.

Carolyn’s pursuit of the truth about Mack’s disappearance swiftly plunges her into a world of unexpected danger and unanswered questions. What is the secret that Gus and Lil Kramer, the superintendents of the building in which Mack was living, have to hide? What do Mack’s old roommates, the charismatic club owner Nick DeMarco and the cold and wealthy real estate tycoon Bruce Galbraith, know about Mack’s disappearance? Is Nick connected to the disappearance of Leesey Andrews, who had last been seen in his trendy club? Can the police possibly believe that Mack is not only alive, but a serial killer, a shadowy predator of young women? Was Mack also guilty of the brutal murder of his drama teacher and the theft of his taped sessions with her?
 
Carolyn’s passionate search for the truth about her brother — and for her brother himself — leads her into a deadly confrontation with someone close to her whose secret he cannot allow her to reveal.

Review:

OMG! This book is really really good. Well, it’s pretty obvious because of the resurrected 5 stars rating! I can’t believe that I waited this long to read another Mary Higgins Clark book! The feeling of excitement and the confusion on who’s the culprit was is very gratifying. And I must say that I really missed that kind of feeling. As usual, I still suck on pointing out the real culprit (like, duh!)

I really wanted to tell you guys what’s the story all about, but darn, I can’t. I might not be able to control myself and spoil the suspense, so right now, I’m all clam out, zipped mouth, and still having a book hangover. But I guess, there’s no need for any further introduction of the book because of the generous written book summary above 😉

Dang! This book is really a must read. Suspense, humour, a little lovestory (not the cheesy one) and ofcourse, my ever favorite happy ending all packed in this single book. It was just a short read so I can’t really believe how Clark manage to make them look like a long story to me. A lot of things happened and a lot of confusing characters came out which, sort of, so hard to keep track of. Well, I guess I need to get used to it, for that’s what mostly Clark’s book composed of. And also, she uses very easy to understand words, which ofcourse, what I always like about her books.

Well, I would be honest with you guys, the ending was quite a let down. And please forgive me for this spoiler, but I really need to say this. I was a bit disappointed and confused why the culprits (yeah, plural word, because there are more than 1 culprit, haha) ended just like that. I mean, the book has been very thrilling, wherein you feel that your blood is boiling because of the suspense. So I was really expecting something great on its ending. Well, I think that’s what you get for expecting too much (blee, haha). So if that’s the case, why the 5 stars eh? Well, it’s all because this book made me feel alive. You know the feeling of staying late at night even if you have work tomorrow just to finish the book? Haha, that’s what this book made me. And you could also consider the fact that I love its happy ending. (wink) I don’t want to talk more about it for I don’t want to spoil you again.

So I think that would be all. 🙂 Oh my! I just finished my reading list for this love month, yeabah! I’ll be featuring a new book in a few days which was requested of me by a new author. I hope this one’s be great 🙂 Thanks for reading, and oh, please feel free to drop some reaction about this book. Did you enjoyed it as much as I do?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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