Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book Review: Where Are You Now

Where Are You Now?: A Novel

Book Details
Title: Where Are You Now
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
2008, Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416566380

From the Cover
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.

My Review
This was my first Mary Higgins Clark novel. AND I don't normally read suspense novels! So, I was a little nervous to read this book at first. But I found it very good and it kept me guessing until the very end. I have to say I had a hunch about who did it, but I could never figure out HOW it could be that character, so it took me to the end to find out. It was very compelling.

My one complaint about this book would be the AMOUNT of characters. Wow! I had a really hard time at some points trying to keep track of all the uncles, nephews, employers, employees, former friends, current friends, family, almost family, etc. I read a review on this book a few weeks ago where the reviewer said they started making a list of all the characters to keep them straight and I can see why. But, on the other hand, it made it really hard to figure out who the bad guy(s) were!

Apparently Mary Higgins Clark is named the "Queen of Suspense" and she does write a good novel. I will be checking out some more of her books. I appreicated that it was clean (not really any bad language and no sex). I was expecting a little more of on the edge of my seat suspense though.

This book was on my list for the Fall Into Reading Challenge. To see my list of books and how I'm doing, check out the original post here.

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