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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439180962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439180969
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-two suspense novels; three collections of short stories; an historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges and two children’s books, The Magical Christmas Horse and Ghost Ship. She is the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five suspense novels: Dashing Through the Snow, Deck the Halls, He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, The Christmas Thief, and Santa Cruise. More than 100 million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone, and her books are worldwide bestsellers.

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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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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer from Queens on April 5, 2011
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 By Dee18 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 5, 2011
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 By JanaB on April 8, 2011
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 By Steven James on 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 By Smokey VINE VOICE on April 7, 2011
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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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