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Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her hair, and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal -- until the morning when she looks in th Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her hair, and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal -- until the morning when she looks in the backyard for her little boy and girl and finds only one red mitten. She knows that the nightmare is beginning again....


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Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her hair, and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal -- until the morning when she looks in th Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her hair, and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal -- until the morning when she looks in the backyard for her little boy and girl and finds only one red mitten. She knows that the nightmare is beginning again....

30 review for Where Are the Children?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    It's been too long since I read a book that I rated a 5 star rating. The plot thickens from the second chapter onward. The book is about plotting and characterization. There weren't too many 'big' words in the book. Consider, that even popular thriller writers, say, like David Baldacci, often throw in a difficult word or two. Mary Higgins Clark doesn't waste any words. They came piling in, one after another, until I felt sure, each sentence will make me understand a new thing about the Cape (the It's been too long since I read a book that I rated a 5 star rating. The plot thickens from the second chapter onward. The book is about plotting and characterization. There weren't too many 'big' words in the book. Consider, that even popular thriller writers, say, like David Baldacci, often throw in a difficult word or two. Mary Higgins Clark doesn't waste any words. They came piling in, one after another, until I felt sure, each sentence will make me understand a new thing about the Cape (the setting) and its people. It was a delectable experience to read Where are the Children. The plot of the books is like many of its kind, but what I want to underline is that the book has aged well. There are so many thrillers saturating the market that I feel I need to try and make you read this one, just in case you overlook it. It's one of the best books by the author, and I will go back for more, especially if it is of the same. The same in terms of quality. The same in terms of pacing. The same in terms of expectations. The book is not brilliant, but the achievement of the author is that she makes it look easy. She does the simple thing simply well. You might say I liked the book. You are right. I think you might too, and I hope I'm right as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karin Slaughter

    If you look at this book in the context of its time, it's actually sort of shocking. The plot is really tightly wrought and the characters are strong and likable in a way that seems natural today, but was very bold back in the day. I see Mary a lot at crime writing functions and she is always the best dressed, most glamorous author in the room. (Granted, this is not a high bar, but still)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andralynn

    I think I've gotten pickier as I've gotten older. I devoured Mary Higgins Clark's novels when I was in junior high and high school. I loved being a little scared and trying to figure out who the killer was. (I think that may have been a carryover from my elementary-aged love of Agatha Christie novels.) I didn't have as much fun with this one. I picked up this book at the library because I hadn't read a novel like this in ages. And now I kind of remember why. As enjoyable as the story was (who doe I think I've gotten pickier as I've gotten older. I devoured Mary Higgins Clark's novels when I was in junior high and high school. I loved being a little scared and trying to figure out who the killer was. (I think that may have been a carryover from my elementary-aged love of Agatha Christie novels.) I didn't have as much fun with this one. I picked up this book at the library because I hadn't read a novel like this in ages. And now I kind of remember why. As enjoyable as the story was (who doesn't like a mystery every once in a while?), there was no characterization. The main characters could have been anybody on the street. I had no tie to them and no reason to care about them, other than that their two little kids were missing, which obviously tore at my heart. Clark also has no eye for detail. There would be scenes where I thought only two people were in the room, and suddenly a third person was talking and I couldn't figure out where in the world they came from. Clark also has absolutely no subtlety when it comes to foreshadowing. A character discovers that his neighbor Nancy Eldredge is actually Nancy Harmon, who was convicted of killing her two children seven years earlier and got off on a technicality. Only after this character figures that out do we start hearing about how Nancy always looked familiar to him. I need to hear about those nagging little inklings before they're realized, not after. Also, Clark freaking SUCKS at writing children's dialogue. She just does. Every novel of hers that includes a child has the worst and most stilted dialogue. I have never heard any child speak like the kids in her books. Basically, my editing brain would not shut up during this whole novel. I just couldn't make that voice in my head go away. It kept telling me to make this change, and make that change, and ask the author what the crap is going on here...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zahra Rhm

    یک داستان جنایی هیجان انگیز که تا تمومش نکنی نمیتونی بگذاریش کنار. داستان در مورد زنی هست که در هفتمین سالگرد کشته شدن بچه هاش، دو تا بچه ی دیگه ش گم میشن. برای خواننده ای که جنایی زیاد خونده، به قدری سرنخ از قاتلِ آدم ربا هست که سریع تشخیصش بده. با این وجود همچنان جذاب و هیجان انگیزه. شخصیت "ری" خیلی دوست داشتنی بود. پدری که بچه هاش گم شدن و همسرش مظنون اصلیه. اون حتی نمیدونه که آیا بچه هاش رو بار دیگه میبینه یا نه اما از همسرش حمایت میکنه. در حقیقت نمی خواد همسرش رو هم از دست بده.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    Mary Higgins Clark based her first suspense novel on the real life case of Alice Crimmins. Alice was a beautiful young mother who dominated the news in 1965 when she was accused of murdering her two young children. Mary Higgins Clark read about the case and as she explained in the forward of the book she based Where are the Children? on her suppositions of Alice's life after she was finally paroled. In this story Alice is reimagined as Nancy Elderage a young woman who was tried for the murder of Mary Higgins Clark based her first suspense novel on the real life case of Alice Crimmins. Alice was a beautiful young mother who dominated the news in 1965 when she was accused of murdering her two young children. Mary Higgins Clark read about the case and as she explained in the forward of the book she based Where are the Children? on her suppositions of Alice's life after she was finally paroled. In this story Alice is reimagined as Nancy Elderage a young woman who was tried for the murder of her own two children, Peter and Lisa. After her husband commits suicide and she is released from prison she starts life over in Cape Cod. She remarries and has two more children Michael and Missy with her new husband Ray Eldridge. One day the children disappear while playing outside and when her past is conveniently revealed in the town's newspaper on the day of the disappearance suspicion naturally falls on her. I picked this book up because I saw a piece on Many Higgins Clark on CBS Sunday morning. I was so impressed with her life story and the book's connection to a real crime that I wanted to read it. The book is so specific to the 1970's. It's a real time trip. As for the mystery itself it was quite well thought out if somewhat predictable. The topic of pedophilia was not discussed much in the 70's so I can imagine the topic of this book was quite shocking when it came out. Overall it was a quick and enjoyable read. I also enjoyed learning more about Mary Higgins Clark. When her children were quite young her husband died leaving her the sole breadwinner of her family. She decided to become an author to support her family and despite many rejections and the failure of her first book she preserved to eventually become the Queen of the suspense thriller. If you would like to lean more about Mary Higgins Clark, her interview with CBS can be found here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mary-higg...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Unfassbar, welche gymnastischen Übungen MHC dem Zufall in WINTERSSTURM abverlangt; tagelang wird das Schicksal nach diesen Dehnübungen massiver Muskelkater geplagt haben. Nicht minder strapaziert wird die Gutgläubigkeit des Lesers, wenn an einem einzigen Tage, dem Geburtstag von Nancy, ihre zwei Kinder entführt werden, ein ehemaliger erpresserischer Belastungszeuge nach Jahren wieder auftaucht und ein griechischer Gastronom just die Immobilie besichtigt, in dem die Kinder gefangen gehalten werde Unfassbar, welche gymnastischen Übungen MHC dem Zufall in WINTERSSTURM abverlangt; tagelang wird das Schicksal nach diesen Dehnübungen massiver Muskelkater geplagt haben. Nicht minder strapaziert wird die Gutgläubigkeit des Lesers, wenn an einem einzigen Tage, dem Geburtstag von Nancy, ihre zwei Kinder entführt werden, ein ehemaliger erpresserischer Belastungszeuge nach Jahren wieder auftaucht und ein griechischer Gastronom just die Immobilie besichtigt, in dem die Kinder gefangen gehalten werden. Übrigens ist die dabei anwesende Maklerin eine Partnerin des Vaters der Kinder, und wem es an Zufällen noch nicht reicht, der freue sich darüber, dass an diesemTage X gerade ein Jurist den Fall er ersten Kindestötungen studiert hat – denn vor sieben Jahren sind schon einmal zwei Kinder Nancys getötet worden und sie geriet unter Tatverdacht, und nun genau wie ein hinzu geeilter Arzt, der Nancys Mutter liebte, der Armen zur Hilfe springt. Wollte man in die Details gehen, so werden diese Zufälle immer haarsträubender und legen die Vermutung nahe, dass MHC für ihren ersten Thriller zahlreiche Einfälle hatte, sich nicht entscheiden konnte und schließlich alle bunt kombiniert hat. Dabei wird der Leser nicht gefordert, im Stile eines Who-Dunnit zu mutmaßen, wer der Entführer ist, denn das erfährt er gleich auf der ersten Seite, sondern die Spannung resultiert aus der Frage, ob die gekidnappten Kinder dieses Mal gerettet werden können. WINTERSTURM richtet sich an Leser, die vorzugsweise lieber mitfühlen als mitdenken. Dialoge und Charaktere kommen lauwarm daher und die Spannung hält sich in Grenzen. Überzeugend ist nur der eisige Sturm, der über Cape Cod tost und für Gänsehautfeeling sorgt.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mafalda

    Opinião completa http://soberanadanoite.blogspot.fr/20... Foi, pura e simplesmente, incrível! A história faz-nos dar voltas e voltas à cabeça, a tentar juntar peças, a pensar "hum... Foi aquele" "afinal parece que não. Deve ser este". Até que, a 1/4 do final do livro... Oh meu deus! A sério? Nunca pensei!! E é nesta altura que as pessoas também começam a desvendar peças que faltavam e que eles percebem quem realmente foi. E depois é uma correria frenética para salvar as crianças. Foram 200 pag fanta Opinião completa http://soberanadanoite.blogspot.fr/20... Foi, pura e simplesmente, incrível! A história faz-nos dar voltas e voltas à cabeça, a tentar juntar peças, a pensar "hum... Foi aquele" "afinal parece que não. Deve ser este". Até que, a 1/4 do final do livro... Oh meu deus! A sério? Nunca pensei!! E é nesta altura que as pessoas também começam a desvendar peças que faltavam e que eles percebem quem realmente foi. E depois é uma correria frenética para salvar as crianças. Foram 200 pag fantasticas! Adorei cada uma! E Nancy e Ray formam um casal de sonho! Estamos, sem dúvida, sob um excelente romance policial. Estava com as expectativas baixas e surpreendeu-me imenso!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lesli

    Haven't read any of Mary Higgins Clark's books in quiet a while. After reading this one I realized again why I love her writing. Throughout the whole book I was trying to figure out who the kidnapper/murderer was and what happened to Mack. Every time I thought I was right I was proven wrong. Her books are so easy to read and flow nicely through the chapters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    I came across this book when I was in high school. I borrowed it, read it and returned it the next day... I was horrified, chilled and appalled at the way the main female character was treated, but equally amazed and thrilled at the ending which allowed her to twist the dirty deeds of her tormenter back on himself. One of the reasons this subgenre became so popular was that until the 1970s (and the movie "The Burning Bed") very few people were willing to admit that a man could hurt his wife. In th I came across this book when I was in high school. I borrowed it, read it and returned it the next day... I was horrified, chilled and appalled at the way the main female character was treated, but equally amazed and thrilled at the ending which allowed her to twist the dirty deeds of her tormenter back on himself. One of the reasons this subgenre became so popular was that until the 1970s (and the movie "The Burning Bed") very few people were willing to admit that a man could hurt his wife. In this book the audience - the readers - see that it is all too easy for a man to do so, especially when he appears to be suave and good and nice. I recently read another Clark book and it had a different theme, but was based on a twisted phsyche as well. The things that people do to each other...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dion Ribeiro

    Nem sempre o que parece, é! Uma leitura bastante empolgante e cheia de surpresas... gostei muito.

  11. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    Not my thing but very well done. Fast-paced, hard to put down. Not a deep character study. Not a mystery. But a...domestic thriller? I'm not sure what to call it. It moves as fast as a Patterson (and I suspect he studied some of the author's techniques at some point) but stays grounded in home and family. What I don't like about it is that it's a button-pusher, not so much focused on telling a story as provoking the reader. It does that sort of thing very well--but again, not my thing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This book was horrible.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emir Ibañez

    Esta autora forma parte de uno de mis desafíos de este año. Hace un par de meses estaba recorriendo la estantería de mi suegra y me encontré con Un Grito en la Noche, de Mary Higgins Clark, "la reina del suspense". Este título me quedó haciendo ruido así que lo leí y me encantó su estilo. Es muy, muy sencillo, tanto en su narrativa, como en su trama, pero son de esos libros que cuando lo cerrás quedás satisfecho. Obviamente, si los agarrás sin mucha expectativas. Así que, como cada autor nuevo que Esta autora forma parte de uno de mis desafíos de este año. Hace un par de meses estaba recorriendo la estantería de mi suegra y me encontré con Un Grito en la Noche, de Mary Higgins Clark, "la reina del suspense". Este título me quedó haciendo ruido así que lo leí y me encantó su estilo. Es muy, muy sencillo, tanto en su narrativa, como en su trama, pero son de esos libros que cuando lo cerrás quedás satisfecho. Obviamente, si los agarrás sin mucha expectativas. Así que, como cada autor nuevo que quiero leer, decidí comenzar con este, su primer libro. Y debo decir que me decepcionó un poco. La trama era interesante pero el desarrollo era poco atrapante. No queria dejar de leerlo porque, en sí, no era un libro para abandonar, pero me molestaba que un libro tan sencillo me costara tanto terminar. En fin, eventualmente llegó el final y no quedé muy convencido, pero asumí que fue solo por ser su novela debut. Teniendo ya experiencias con libros suyos posteriores, me sirvió para ver el crecimiento literario de Mary. Sus novelas tienen algo que no me dejan soltarla, quiero seguir conociendo más de sus historias. Todos sus thrillers tienen tramas oscuras y psicológicas pero muchas veces esa trama queda opacada por los personajes totalmente olvidables que la protagonizan. Este, en particular, es un libro de esos que después de leerlo te dejan angustiado por un instante pero que luego queda para el olvido. No sé si lo recomendaría, pero a mi me entretuvo. Otra particularidad de Mary es que, bueno, si nos enfocamos en esta, fue publicada en 1975, el machismo podía notarse fuertemente en cualquier ámbito y era algo normal si se quiere. No hay un personaje femenino en este libro que no te den ganas de sacudirla para que salga de la sumisión, y los personajes masculinos son para putearlos de arriba a abajo. Es interesante porque te permite analizar las diferencias culturales entre esa época y la actual. Me gustaría leer sus novelas actuales, a ver si sigue arraigada en ese pensamiento o si fue cambiando con el correr de los años. Pero bueno, sacando eso de lado, solo te queda la línea de la historia que, en esta oportunidad, nos trae un thriller que envuelve la desaparición de dos niños. Va aportando datos hasta la resolución final que, si bien uno lo ve venir, no deja de sorprender. Muy digno de Mary. De más está decir que seguiré leyendo sus trabajos. Tiene muchos libros en su haber, así que tengo Mary para rato... Seguime en: Instagram Twitter Mi blog

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Harmonybites)

    The story involves an innocent woman, Nancy Harmon, who was at one point convicted of the murder of her two young children and sentenced to the gas chamber in California. Released on a technicality, the key witness had disappeared so she couldn't be retried. She dyed and cut her hair, changed her name, moved to Cape Cod and married and had two more children. And now, the secret of her true identity has come to light in her new community and her five-year-old son Michael and three-year-old daught The story involves an innocent woman, Nancy Harmon, who was at one point convicted of the murder of her two young children and sentenced to the gas chamber in California. Released on a technicality, the key witness had disappeared so she couldn't be retried. She dyed and cut her hair, changed her name, moved to Cape Cod and married and had two more children. And now, the secret of her true identity has come to light in her new community and her five-year-old son Michael and three-year-old daughter Missy have disappeared. As a rule, if I get through an entire book and don't want to hurl it at the wall, I give it at least three stars, but somehow I don't want to give this book so much credit. It's pretty short, about 65,000 words or so, and being written at a grade school level really in syntax and vocabulary pages do fly by before you know it, and I read this in a few hours and not once did I slow to savor a nice piece of writing or want to speed up because I found it at all suspenseful. I found the prose pretty pedestrian. Predictable is what I found the plot. In an introduction, the author says her inspirations included Agatha Christie and Josephine Tey, but she doesn't have their ability to keep me guessing or deliver a jaw-dropping twist. (Or their witty prose and ability to write memorable characters.) I think that's at least partly because the central mystery involves events years in the past and across the country, which means given the little we're told, I knew by 15 pages in that the kidnapper of the children could be one of only two possibilities, and by 20 pages in guessed which of the two was probably guilty--and the nature of the "twist" and I was right. Even though this isn't a terrible novel, I can't even really recommend this as an airplane or beach read. Just too meh.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I first read this book in junior high, and remembered being unable to put it down. I've read a few Mary Higgins Clark books since then, and they've been ok, but nothing that really grabbed me. Then I came across Where Are the Children at a used book sale and decided to read it again. And I finished it in two days flat. It would have been one, but I did have to be a parent during the time I was trying to read. :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky ♡The Bookworm♡

    My Rating: Three & 1/2 Stars This was actually really, really good for a debut novel. Considering the subject matter, it clearly demonstrates that Mary Higgins Clark was ahead of her time when she wrote the book in 1975. I can see why it was a real standout; the shocking, suspense-filled thriller must've had everyone talking. Compared to present-day novels, Where Are The Children? is still a very good mystery. It aged well, but I did have a few problems that kept it from being a standout expe My Rating: Three & 1/2 Stars This was actually really, really good for a debut novel. Considering the subject matter, it clearly demonstrates that Mary Higgins Clark was ahead of her time when she wrote the book in 1975. I can see why it was a real standout; the shocking, suspense-filled thriller must've had everyone talking. Compared to present-day novels, Where Are The Children? is still a very good mystery. It aged well, but I did have a few problems that kept it from being a standout experience. First, I had a difficult time connecting to the characters. It wasn't really until the very end that I even remotely liked Nancy. It helped once I understood what had happened to her, but then I struggled with her sudden turn around from the meek reclusive woman, to the She-Cat of Cap Cod. Anyway, I still enjoyed watching the transition and was able to suspend belief just because Nancy deserved something positive. I'm mean...c'mon...she'd been through enough. Who am I to rain on her "I am woman, hear me roar!" parade? Mom's do get a little crazy when it comes to protecting their babies. I would know. Also, I had to struggle to make myself keep reading during the first half of the book. There was too much predictability and the dialogue was just boring. Granted, it's Clark's first novel and my first time to read her work...take it with a grain of salt. Maybe I was just sleepy or something. I did like the overall plot of the story and the way multiple sub-plots all came together in the end. It's not a terribly long novel, either, so pick it up and give it a try! I'll be picking up one of her recent books soon as I'm super eager to see how the Queen of Suspense has grown in her writing over the years!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    This book was disturbing and intense and shook me. I was all parts intrigued, riveted, consumed and wholly disgusted. I'm not sure I've ever read a book that page after page I wanted, sometimes needed, to put down because of the awful way it made me look and think about humanity and at the same time keep turning the page. I was possessed I needed to know what was going to happen, I was desperate to know if things would work out... This book made me question the abilities of man on every level. Th This book was disturbing and intense and shook me. I was all parts intrigued, riveted, consumed and wholly disgusted. I'm not sure I've ever read a book that page after page I wanted, sometimes needed, to put down because of the awful way it made me look and think about humanity and at the same time keep turning the page. I was possessed I needed to know what was going to happen, I was desperate to know if things would work out... This book made me question the abilities of man on every level. The ability of man to be so bad and then also so good, how we are all so weak and then also so strong. It really got to me - the duality of man-kind but also no matter how dark and disconcerting life and nature can be through this book - and life actually - it's all sewn up with this one golden running stitch of hope. It was a beautiful reminder actually that people will surprise you and that there is quite possibly more shining exemplary examples of good people than there are evil and in the face of all that is awful and ugly that is usually when people pull together and form a community - even if they were not necessarily ever very close before - that strengthens them. The sheer power in numbers and support is quite possibly why good generally prevails over evil. All in all the book was a little hard for me to read in parts, it was totally aggravating, choking and often a horrifc read but totally worth every grimace, every sharp intake of breath, every groan of frutstration, and every single rushing worried thought. This is the book that you'll close before bed but you won't really. It'll wear on your mind until you pick it up again because you, just like their mother, need the question answered: Where Are The Children?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    * Mary Higgins Clark's second novel and her first suspense novel. * Number 50 on the Mystery Writers of America's list "The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time." This list also includes Agatha Christie's book, The Witness for the Prosecution. Oh, wait. That was a short story, not a novel. Memory is a funny thing, isn't it? Not only can it turn short stories into novels, I think it can turn novelty into greatness. My 30th Anniversary Edition of Clark's book includes an Introduction by Clark in whic * Mary Higgins Clark's second novel and her first suspense novel. * Number 50 on the Mystery Writers of America's list "The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time." This list also includes Agatha Christie's book, The Witness for the Prosecution. Oh, wait. That was a short story, not a novel. Memory is a funny thing, isn't it? Not only can it turn short stories into novels, I think it can turn novelty into greatness. My 30th Anniversary Edition of Clark's book includes an Introduction by Clark in which she states that at the time of publication, child molestation was still largely a taboo subject. In fact, she says, two publishers turned the book down because of it. Simon & Schuster got lucky--or were the only publisher who recognized the value of novelty. * Where Are the Children? isn't a great book. Stripped of its novelty value, it's revealed as a competently written thriller with serviceable characters and a sufficiently dreadful plot. Good, but uninspired. If the MWA's list had been a ranking of 100 random mystery novels, putting this one in at No. 50 sounds about right: middle of the road. That's not a bad thing. Having just read Coma--a wildly implausible tale populated by preposterous characters--this couldn't be more clear. * Though nearly 50 years have erased the taboo-skirting enticements the book once offered, it's interesting to note that the bad guy remains one of the story's most compelling elements. Clark avoids explicitness in favor of suggestion, but he comes through for all that: he's a creepy creep and that's a fact. * Based in part on the Alice Crimmins case, of a young wife and mother accused of killing her two children.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I liked the story and it was an interesting concept. It had a good flow and I didn't feel that it was slow in any parts. Really, my only problem with the book had to do with the authors descriptions. For example, she would take the time to describe the main characters clothing which sounded like things my 60 year old mother would wear, not a 28 year old. And has anyone referred to jean as dungarees in the past 50 years? Also, her description of the characters 900 sq. ft. apartment made it sound I liked the story and it was an interesting concept. It had a good flow and I didn't feel that it was slow in any parts. Really, my only problem with the book had to do with the authors descriptions. For example, she would take the time to describe the main characters clothing which sounded like things my 60 year old mother would wear, not a 28 year old. And has anyone referred to jean as dungarees in the past 50 years? Also, her description of the characters 900 sq. ft. apartment made it sound like a 90 sq. ft. apartment. I had an 800 sq. ft. apartment that had one bedroom with walk-in closet, decent size bath, living/dining area (with enough room to fit a rectangular table for 4 and seating around the entertainment center), kitchen, office area, as well as a walk in laundry room. I don't understand how in 900 sq. ft. you would only have enough space for a futon and table for 2. Is the author just rolling in dough so much that she can't even comprehend someone being able to live comfortably in 900 sq. ft. I just though that was really odd.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Mary Higgins Clark is a best seller for a reason - and that is she is predictable, not necessarily in plot or style but in that her books are readable and enjoyable - yes there may be a formula you quickly get the feel for and the characters may sometimes feel like they have been lifted right out of one story in to the next - but still they are well written and fun reads. I didnt realise how much I had been drawn in to the story until I realised how few pages there were left in the book. And eve Mary Higgins Clark is a best seller for a reason - and that is she is predictable, not necessarily in plot or style but in that her books are readable and enjoyable - yes there may be a formula you quickly get the feel for and the characters may sometimes feel like they have been lifted right out of one story in to the next - but still they are well written and fun reads. I didnt realise how much I had been drawn in to the story until I realised how few pages there were left in the book. And even though the story is quite traumatic (I think any storyline with children treads the line between being disturbing and annoying - I hate the whiny crying children who just want to sit there and annoy you, thankfully here they were not and in fact full on for being what I think are realistic and believable kids) So I will admit as a change of pace and flavour this was as good as any and for me Mary Higgins Clark at her best.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Nancy (Harmon) Eldredge moved to Cape Cod from California to escape a haunting past: her children Peter and Lisa were murdered, and she was accused of and tried for their deaths. Over six years, she has remarried and created a new life for herself, complete with a home, husband, and two children. But, on her 32nd birthday, that all changed when her two children (Mike and Missy) were kidnapped and her past and true identity were revealed in the local paper. Now, Nancy must face her past and force Nancy (Harmon) Eldredge moved to Cape Cod from California to escape a haunting past: her children Peter and Lisa were murdered, and she was accused of and tried for their deaths. Over six years, she has remarried and created a new life for herself, complete with a home, husband, and two children. But, on her 32nd birthday, that all changed when her two children (Mike and Missy) were kidnapped and her past and true identity were revealed in the local paper. Now, Nancy must face her past and force the police to focus on other suspects to save her children before it is too late.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    Great suspense but "blah" characters. In her first suspense novel, Clark does a great job of developing the tension by offering up enough red herrings to ensure a gradual reveal, but also enough solid hints to allow the reader to figure it out. Unfortunately, her characters were weak cliches and not particularly interesting. All in all this was an okay and easy read that will be most appreciated by fans of the suspense novel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicky Wills

    I so enjoyed this book. This is MHC’s first suspense novel and it is so well written. I read it years ago but it’s been long enough that I didn’t remember how it ended. Excited to get into the next one!

  24. 4 out of 5

    David

    This was a really thrilling book and good read. I love how she used each character in the book. I'll be adding Mary Higgins Clark to my list of go-to authors.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anna Dowdall

    PERILS OF PAULINE: Having read a little Mary Higgins Clark, I still didn't know what to expect from this iconic book that catapulted her to suspense thriller fame in 1975. She is said to have gone back to her early suspense reading (and keep in mind she was born in 1927) as an inspiration for this book. A part of me is in awe at the way she plots and how she ratchets up the tension. This is a book you really can't read at night. Another part of me was, well, amused by the gender stereotyping, wh PERILS OF PAULINE: Having read a little Mary Higgins Clark, I still didn't know what to expect from this iconic book that catapulted her to suspense thriller fame in 1975. She is said to have gone back to her early suspense reading (and keep in mind she was born in 1927) as an inspiration for this book. A part of me is in awe at the way she plots and how she ratchets up the tension. This is a book you really can't read at night. Another part of me was, well, amused by the gender stereotyping, which is of course true to the original source material, with its tendency to portray mustache twirling villains, emotionally-addled virgins in desperate straits, and the dashing men who save them. And then, ta da, in the conclusion, Nancy Harmon suddenly finds the brains and strength to do something to save her own children (even helped slightly by three female characters whose purpose isn't really clear until MHC gives them this role.) What to make of that. The book is still full of tall dark and soigne types who more or less sideline Nancy (the truth serum scene! a tiny bit illegal surely??) while leading the charge. And the trouble is, following her bold gesture, Nancy promptly goes back to her coffee cake baking self, leading the reader to wonder how significant her moment of strength really was. The other couple of books of MHC that I've read are later efforts. They are full of suave patriarchs too, despite some pasted-in "career women" who are still often pretty traditional underneath. Perhaps this is the author being subtle in inverting the genre, perhaps in 1975 this is as much as she felt she even wanted to shake it up. And yet, if I could bottle the essence of the plot of Where Are the Children? I feel that I too would be sought after for $64 million publishing contracts.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sorina T

    In Where are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark, the book starts off with the kidnapper himself. He speaks of the two children he is going to kidnap and plans with himself, introducing the main characters from his point of view. Nancy Harmon had moved across the country after the kidnapping and murder of her two children, which she had been blamed for. Nancy escaped on the account that a witness had disappeared across the Canadian border, and she started her life over again. On the her birthday In Where are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark, the book starts off with the kidnapper himself. He speaks of the two children he is going to kidnap and plans with himself, introducing the main characters from his point of view. Nancy Harmon had moved across the country after the kidnapping and murder of her two children, which she had been blamed for. Nancy escaped on the account that a witness had disappeared across the Canadian border, and she started her life over again. On the her birthday and the anniversary of her children being kidnapped, Nancy wants nothing more than to stay at home, safe and sequestered with her new children. But when she goes outside to collect them, all that’s left is the rocking swing and a red glove. Now Nancy has to relive all of her trauma to find out who kidnapped her children and save them before they wash up on shore again. Where are the Children? has brilliant use of pacing, point of view, an unexpected twist, and out of order storytelling. Clark dances back and forth between the first kidnapping and the current one, building suspense by trying to make you put the pieces together from the beginning. At the very start of the book, the kidnapper is already known, but it’s not his only identity, and there’s not a full motive as to why he would kill the children. The book begins very fast, but as soon as you have all the evidence as to who kidnapped her children, the pace slows down, and it builds suspense while you wait for them to figure it out as well. At the end, you know who did it, you know why, you know how, but Clark still manages to surprise with the final reveal of the kidnappers true identity. I really enjoyed Where are the Children? It was my first mystery novel from Clark. The way she builds a new kind of story or structure is very interesting. I really enjoyed the characterization for the most part, however Nancy herself seemed somewhat bland in my opinion. She didn’t seem to have any emotions at many points. The part I enjoyed the most was how Clark began with the plot itself, with the crook. You didn’t really understand who he was yet but it was a vital part to the pacing and storytelling. I also really enjoyed putting all of the pieces together. She starts with the basic answer, and leaves you to put together the much deeper solution, the psychological and secret solution.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lihl

    This is my second Mary Higgins Clark novel that I've read. I rated the first one a ONE because I didn't like it at all. Well, suffice it to say, I have tried again and I just can't get into it, because it's not dangerous enough or something. This one was a little better than the last one at least, but I knew who the person in question was that kidnapped the kids, but by the time I figured that out, I was a bit bored of the story and wanted it to end, so I really didn't care. I guess I just like This is my second Mary Higgins Clark novel that I've read. I rated the first one a ONE because I didn't like it at all. Well, suffice it to say, I have tried again and I just can't get into it, because it's not dangerous enough or something. This one was a little better than the last one at least, but I knew who the person in question was that kidnapped the kids, but by the time I figured that out, I was a bit bored of the story and wanted it to end, so I really didn't care. I guess I just like more complicated dangerous, mysterious and thrilling novels than this kind of story. I've just read some REALLY good mysteries in my life and this one just doesn't cut it for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I read this book many years ago, and just re-read it as I remembered that it was one I had really enjoyed. I had forgotten the story, so enjoyed it just as much the second time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    My first Mary Higgins Clark novel & I enjoyed it. Fast read & though I saw the twist coming, you still don’t know how it’s going to end, until it does! Read for popsugar 2018 challenge prompt: A book with song lyrics in the title

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kennedi

    where are the children is a book about Nancy Harmon and her past she was convicted of killing her first to children peter and Lisa. After the trial was determined a miss trial, because he key witness didn't show, Nancy moved to cape cod and remarried to a man named Ray Eldredge. Nancy then had two more children Micheal and Missy. No one knew of her past until her children where kidnapped, or so she says. once the police did a background check on her everyone was convinced it was her except her h where are the children is a book about Nancy Harmon and her past she was convicted of killing her first to children peter and Lisa. After the trial was determined a miss trial, because he key witness didn't show, Nancy moved to cape cod and remarried to a man named Ray Eldredge. Nancy then had two more children Micheal and Missy. No one knew of her past until her children where kidnapped, or so she says. once the police did a background check on her everyone was convinced it was her except her husband and new trusted friends. This book was good i liked it a lot. I could really imagine the characters and the scene of the story. One thing i really like about the book n general is that you get the side of everyone thoughts and feelings. MY favorite characters in the book was Micheal and Ray. I liked Ray because Ray believed his wife even with her past which too a lot of trust and courage. I also liked Micheal because while being kidnapped he tried to protect his little sister and used quick thinking to try and get out of the house to get help.

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