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Book Review – I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 337
First Published: 2011 by Simon & Schuster
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Sypnosis:

Who has not read about—or experienced—with a sinking feeling the fear that someone else out there may be using your credit cards, accessing your bank account, even stealing your identity.

In I ll Walk Alone, Alexandra “Zan” Moreland, a gifted, beautiful interior designer on the threshold of a successful Manhattan career, is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards and manipulating her financial accounts to bankrupt her and destroy her reputation, but may also be impersonating her in a scheme that may involve the much more brutal crimes of kidnapping and murder. Zan is already haunted by the disappearance of her own son, Matthew, kidnapped in broad daylight two years ago in Central Park—a tragedy that has left her torn between hope and despair.

Now, on what would be Matthew’s fifth birthday, photos surface that seem to show Zan kidnapping her own child, followed by a chain of events that suggests somebody—but who? Zan asks herself desperately, and why?—has stolen her identity.

Hounded by the press, under investigation by the police, attacked by both her angry ex-husband and a vindictive business rival, Zan, wracked by fear and pain and sustained only by her belief, which nobody else shares, that Matthew is still alive, sets out to discover who is behind this cruel hoax.

What she does not realize is that with every step she takes toward the truth, she is putting herself— and those she loves most—in mortal danger from the person who has ingeniously plotted out her destruction.

Even Zan’s supporters, who include Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner and amateur detective, and Father Aiden O’Brien, who thinks that Zan may have confessed to him a secret he cannot reveal, believe she may have kidnapped little Matthew. Zan herself begins to doubt her own sanity, until, in the kind of fast-paced explosive ending that is Mary Higgins Clark’s trademark, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place with an unexpected and shocking revelation.

Review:

It’s been too long since I’ve read MHC book and I’m really not happy about it. Well, I think we should blame it to my so called “mood” haha. But seriously, it’s been too long that’s why I am really looking forward to experience another “who done it” hunting trip.

I have to admit that since it’s been a long time that I’ve read from MHC, I’d expected a lot from this book. So when I realized how boring it started I really had this urge to browse another book of hers from my reading list. Well, this is what I get for not learning my lessons well. What is that? Expectations are the source of disappointments and could also lead to not enjoying the book you are reading. So for the love of MHC, I pursued this book. And I am beyond happy that I did, because this book is so deym great!

The “who done it” hunting trip started and just like the rest, I’m already in the middle part that I thought I was able to finally figured out the real culprit. But when I reached another chapter, deym! It’s really hard to keep up with my guess. So when I was almost on the end, I come up with two possible culprits and I am really happy that I am improving with my guesses. Because for this time, I was able to guess it right! OMG! Well, I know it shouldn’t be counted because I have two possible culprits, but blee! It’s still counted haha.

This book is about this mother named, Zan, who’s still haunted with the disappearance of her son two years ago. Many unfortunate things happened which includes manipulating her financial accounts to bankruptcy which resulted to ruining her career and a possible identity thief that somehow leads her to be the prime suspect to the abduction of her own son. One good thing about this book is the appearance of two of MHC’s most loved characters, Alvirah and Willy Meehan.

I’ve been too guilty for not reading MHC book for a long time so I’ve read everything in this book, from the cover photo until its back cover. It’s been a ritual for me not to read the summary of a book when I am going to read it on that same day to improve my reading experience, but I accidentally had a glimpse on what this book is going to be about. And deym! All MCH’s intention on making you believe while reading this story didn’t had an effect on me, too bad! So as a piece of advice, it’s better not to read this book after reading my review. Just wait for 3-7 days so all will be fresh and you can totally enjoy this story.

Despite the negative reviews I’ve read, I still think that the story’s plot was great. I haven’t read any book that tackles identity thief like this book has so it’s really interesting for me. I never thought the idea of combining identity thief, a woman who suffered from the death of both of her parents, and also suffering from the disappearance of her son which she turned out to be the prime suspect would be this good! I was even exhilarated with some parts of this book too. See, suspense and thrill wouldn’t be the only thing this book will give you, there’s a lot more including my favorite, romance. You read it right! Just like most of MHC’s other books this one also have romance and a happy ending.

Even though I love this book, there’s one or two that I liked the least here. One was the vague reason why the culprit did those things to Zan and the second one was the somewhat “love at first sight” thing between Zan and his man (shh, I’m not gonna tell the name). I know this book is more on the suspense part so I kinda understand why the romance thingy in here wasn’t that explained, but I was still hoping, that’s why it’s kinda disappointing on my part. You see, only trivial complaints.

Also, what I found out about this book is that there’s only a few violent scenes. I mean, there were no people being killed here, but only a suicide that happened on its ending. I don’t want to destroy the fun so I’m not gonna tell another word about it. *wink

So that’s about it. This book is really worth your money and time. I can’t wait for you to read it, but don’t forget my advice, read this book only after 3-7 days later. Please come back and tell me how you find it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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