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I'll Walk Alone: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Mary Higgins Clark
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)

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THE QUEEN OF SUSPENSE IS BACK! Mary Higgins Clark’s new novel—the thirtieth and most spine-chilling of her long career as America’s most beloved author of suspense fiction— is about the newest and most up-to-date of crimes: identity theft.

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.

Deeply satisfying, I’ll Walk Alone is Mary Higgins Clark at the top of her form.


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“Teeming with tantalizing twists, Clark’s crackling tale of identity theft, revenge, and murder, is a tempting and thought-provoking thriller.” —Booklist

“Hang on to your hats for this latest page-turner. . . . Scary.” —Fresh Fiction



“The plot rocks along to a surprising but logical conclusion.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Fans will bite their nails to the quick.” —Kirkus Reviews

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  • File Size: 2253 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0083VZ40Y
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043RSKF8
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Overall I enjoyed this book and it not only focused on an unsolved crime but also idendity theft in a very intriguing way. The story's heroine is Alexandra "Xan" Moreland, a Manhattan based divorcee whose reputation is being destroyed by a person or persons unknown. She is even being accused of kidnapping her own small child, Matthew. The other protagonists include Xan's ex husband publicist Ted Carpenter, her amateur detective friend Alvirah Meehan, and Fr. Aiden O'Brien. At the same time Zan needs to survive in the competitive field of interior design and is faced with being a direct competitor of her former boss. Mary Higgins Clark focues on various characters in each chapter from Fr. Aiden O'Brien pondering a shocking confession that he had heard to the sympathetic thoughts of a prospective client of Zan's to thoughts of the babysitter who was sleeping when Matthew had been kidnapped. There are many red herrings throughout the book. I was able to guess who was responsible early on despite this. This is a highly recommended entry in the Higgins Clark series. The only quibble is the lack of character development in some of the protagonists. I had to backtrack in one case to recall one of the characters in the plot towards the conclusion of the book.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spine-tingling 'what if?' April 5, 2011
By Dee18
Format:Hardcover
Alexander "Zan" Moreland has lived through every mother's worst nightmare - the abduction of her child. When he was just three years old, young Matthew Moreland was nabbed from his stroller while his babysitter slept nearby. For years after his disappearance Zan, at the time an up and coming architect, believed her former boss and business rival was responsible for her son's kidnapping. She spent huge sums of money on private investigators and psychics in the search for her son . . . to no avail.

Two years later and Zan is dreading Matthew's upcoming fifth birthday, yet another year she will have to mark his absence from her life. But then something happens that gives Zan hope that Matthew is still alive, coupled with the choking torment of false accusation.

A surveillance video surfaces of that awful day in Central Park, the day Matthew was taken. Except Zan appears in the grainy footage - or someone who looks like Zan - and she is seen taking Matthew from his stroller.

Shortly after this video surfaces, Zan's accounts are drained and her identity stolen.

Suddenly the grieving mother becomes the number one suspect in a two-year old cold case. Zan's friends think she killed Matthew and nobody believes that a doppelganger is out to wreck her life.

But is this identity theft, or is someone out there intent on stealing Zan's entire life?

`I'll Walk Alone' is the latest suspense thriller from Mary Higgins Clark.

If you can believe it, this is actually my first ever Higgins Clark read. Of course I have heard a lot about her, and even watched a few telemovie adaptations of her novels. But `I'll Walk Alone' is the first novel of hers I've read, and I've got to say it's about time.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MHC Wrote This????? April 8, 2011
By JanaB
Format:Hardcover
I read this book in one day, but about halfway through the novel I was skimming over pages just to finish it. This was definitely not one of her best novels (and I guess the villian half-way through). It felt like the author was just putting something down on the page because she had a deadline to meet. None of the characters were very sympathetic, and the motivation of the "bad guy" was just not believable. My favorite MHC novel was "Remember Me," a thriller set on Cape Cod. Now that was a great book! The characters felt real, you understood what motivated them, and the plot kept you guessing. I was hoping for another Remember Me, but this wasn't it. I'm still a big MHC fan, though.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ya Know, There's Just Something about Mary... April 25, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have been a fan since I was 12-years-old and read WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN while on a lake vacation with my family. I am now 48 and I still get excited each Spring when Mary Higgins Clark releases a new book. It's almost like a rite of passage. While I agree with many reviewers that her later books aren't up to par, there's just something comforting about a Mary Higgins Clark book.

This latest book does require some suspension of disbelief, as details/evidence seem to appear miraculously and the characters are composites of every other Irish Catholic character she's created...but we know that going into it. Clark has never claimed to be Tolstoy. Her books are light, somewhat eerie, and mostly a lot of fun.

Unlike other reviewers I had no idea whodunnit in I'LL WALK ALONE. After I finished reading it last night I felt slightly ripped off because there is NO WAY the person who did it would really do it. That just added to the fun of the whole reading experience. This book was pure escapism for me and I LOVED every minute of it. I am kind of sad that I finished reading it so quickly because now I know it will be another year before I get to read a new one by her. It also means I'll be another year older. A far cry from the 12-year-old who was held rapt by WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN at Lake Lacey all those years ago.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strains Credibility April 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Clark's latest book, I'll Walk Alone, features recurring character Alvirah Meehan in a subordinate, but important role. Alvirah, a former cleaning woman who won a forty million dollar lottery, is a columnist, author and amateur detective. In this romantic suspense novel, Alvirah and husband Willy come to the aid of their friend Zan Moreland, a young interior designer whose son has been missing for two years. After new evidence surfaces that Zan may have kidnapped her own child, the Meehans stand beside her even when they suspect she really is guilty.

The novel is readable, but not one of Clark's best. Suspense is generated by characters who lie, choose not to reveal important information, cannot conceptualize something they've seen, and possess relevant information that no one takes the time to hear. Even acknowledging that fiction is allowed to take liberties, some of the coincidences strain credibility far too much, as does the elaborate kidnapping plan and the length of time it has successfully been in place. Zan's romantic interest is too abrupt and undeveloped to be satisfying. Even as a mother who has lost her son, Zan fails to generate much sympathy - at least in this reader - as she weeps and cries and screams and shrieks her way to the conclusion of her story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Higgins Clark never disappoints.
I love both Mary and Carol Higgins Clark novels. It was a mystery right up till the end this time. I would recommend this one to any mystery lover.
Published 1 day ago by kristy adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mystery
This book is one of those mysteries you don't want to put down. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, so to speak. I enjoyed it tremendously.
Published 3 days ago by Meli
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary Higgins Clark. I'll walk alone
A good read with Mary H_C's usual good writing, twists and turns. Not her very best though as I felt she tried to mix new and previous characters not too successfully. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mary Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, Kacey
MHC Always writes an interesting novel, This is one of her better ones, really enjoyed it.keeps you reading until the last page.
Published 16 days ago by Kacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
I've been reading these books for years. Mary Higgins Clark never lets you down. Love her books!! Always looking forward to the next one!!
Published 22 days ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary Higgins Clark always a good read.
I have been a fan of Ms. Clark since I read her first book. Always waiting to a new story by her. This book was very good and kept me interested from start to finish. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Grandma Joanie
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll walk alone
It was a page turner with a surprise ending that I never suspected but made a lot of sense. It was a wonderful book.
Published 28 days ago by Mary Higgins Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoy the way her plots unfold. Her writing holds my interest. I like the way she ties all the loose ends together..
Published 28 days ago by marilyn brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Higgins Clark I'll walk alone
Her books are always interesting until the end . She 's a great writer and I read all her books
Published 29 days ago by Rose Potter
3.0 out of 5 stars I didnt figure out who done it!
I enjoy Mary Higgins Clark books I love the Christmas books and thought I would give this one a read. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Priscilla
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If I were to define myself in one sentence, I would say, "I'm a nice Irish Catholic girl from the Bronx."

I was a Christmas Eve baby all those years ago, the second of the three children of Nora and Luke Higgins. Mother was pushing forty when they married and my father was forty-two. My older brother was named Joseph. Nineteen months later I, Mary, was born. Three and a half years later, my little brother, John, came along.

We lived in a very nice section of the Bronx on a street off Pelham Parkway. I loved our house. I still love it. After my father died, when I was eleven, my mother had to sell it.

I went to Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School. Two years ago I went back and was Principal for a Day. Escorted by two of the tiniest children, I was led into the auditorium while the whole student body sang "Hello Mary. You're back where you belong." I still tear up thinking about it.

I was awarded a scholarship to Villa Maria Academy which is in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, otherwise I couldn't have afforded to set foot in it.

I went to Woods Secretarial School and at eighteen had my first full-time job as Secretary to the creative director of Remington Rand's in-house advertising agency. If I were making that choice now I would have gone to college even though God knows we needed the income. On the other hand the three years I spent in Remington Rand was a tutorial in advertising which served me well when I was widowed with five small children. Another plus was that I left Remington to be a flight stewardess with Pan American Airways and when my contemporaries were seniors in college, I was flying to Europe, Africa and Asia.

Warren Clark and I were married on December 26, 1949 and had five children in the next eight years; Marilyn, Warren, David, Carol and Patricia. Warren died of a heart attack in 1964. The highest compliment I can pay my kids are that they are like him.

I sold my first short story when I was twenty-eight. It was alled 'Stowaway'. It had been rejected forty times before a magazine in Chicago bought it for one hundred dollars.

My first book was about George Washington. It was published in 1969 and disappeared without a trace. Three years ago Simon and Schuster co-published it with the Mount Vernon Historical Society and retitled 'Mount Vernon Love Story', it became a bestseller.

My first suspense novel 'Where Are the Children' was bought in 1974 for three thousand dollars by Simon and Schuster. Thirty-three books later, I'm still with S&S.

Time to wind up - at least for the present. As soon as I sold 'Children' I enrolled in Fordham College. Went there for five years at night and earned a B.A. in Philosophy. Summa cum laude, if you please.

I never thought I'd marry again but ten years ago I threw a cocktail party on St. Patrick's day. My daughter, Pat, urged me to invite John Conheeney. Her opening words about him were, "Have I got a hunk for you!" He came to the party and we were married eight months later.

I'm Honorary Chairman of FraXa Research. My grandson, David, has the Fragile X syndrome, which is the second leading cause of retardation after Downs Syndrome. Basically the brain of the people who have it can't send out the proper signals because there's a kind of short circuit in the synapses that carry the signals. We raise money for research with the goal of finding a medication that will work around that short circuit. I go all over the country to the fund-raisers as new chapters of FraXa are opened.

I'm always asked to name my favorite book. They're ALL my favorites. If there is one book that is very special to me, it is my memoir 'Kitchen Privileges' because writing it made me relive my early life including those first struggles to become a writer. I think 'Kitchen Privileges' is both tender and funny and it's me.

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