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Praise for Mary Higgins Clark's I'll Walk Alone:


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

“A gripping plot, a likable female lead, and a wonderfully eclectic cast of supporting characters.”
Library Journal Express

“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

“One of Mary Higgins Clark’s most suspenseful books. Fans and newcomers alike will find themselves staying up all night to find out what happens next.”
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About the Author

Mary Higgins Clark is the author of thirty bestselling suspense novels, three collections of short stories, a historical novel, and a memoir. She is coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five holiday suspense novels. With more than 100 million copies in print in the U.S. alone, her books are worldwide bestsellers.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439180970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439180976
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
And certainly her editors were asleep at the wheel.

The writing is SO bad, facts don't match, the plot is obvious, the main character is insipid, and I abhor learning the story's history through eavesdropping on the character's own thoughts - expressed in the first person, no less. What???! People don't think like that - telling themselves the whole story of a past event, in excruciating detail, while sitting around alone in their bathrobe!

Completely, totally unbelievable.

Zan's assistant finds charges for clothes that, although they were her size, Zan did not purchase. Department stores include sizes on their credit card statements now?

Zan picks up two news magazines and ONE of them has a story about the kidnapping. Two pages later she is sure that someone has seen THOSE articles in those magazines.

Where is the editor?????

I honestly think there is a "ghost writer" involved here - and one who flunked freshman English to boot.

I would give this book no stars if that were possible.
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