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Mary Higgins Clark, America's "Queen of Suspense," delves into the mystery of psychic powers and communication with the dead in her gripping new thriller, Before I Say Good-Bye.
When Adam Cauliff's new cabin cruiser, Cornelia II, blows up in New York harbor with him and several close business associates aboard, his wife, Nell MacDermott, is not only distraught at the los
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Published April 1st 2000 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2000)
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Nathan Burgoine
Y'know how sometimes you pick up a book and you think, "Wow, that's an interesting cover," and you flip it over and read the back and think, "Wow, that's an interesting plot set-up," and then you check out the author and you think, "Crap. That's an author I can't stand."

There's the sitch.

Thing is, I participated in an audiobookbox trade thingy on bookcrossing.com, and a whole box of audiobooks arrived, and this was in it. I have a thing for paranormal stories, and this title involves, at least t
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Drebbles
Nell MacDermott is devastated when her husband, Adam Cauliff, dies in a boat explosion. Her grief is made worse because she had quarreled with Adam the day before he died about her desire to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and run for political office. When people start questioning whether Adam was involved with shady real estate deals, Nell struggles to clear his name before it ruins her political chances. She reluctantly uses the help of a psychic who claims that Adam is speaking to her ...more
Jeff Miller
I have been really enjoying the last couple of her books I have read this year. In this novel there was one plot point I was highly suspicious of since the author is a faithful Catholic. Turned out it was good to be suspicious.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I think this was supposed to be a thriller. Not in the least bit thrilling, though. Slow moving, predictable and boring, with two dimensional characters. Despite the main protagonist being female, the women were unintelligent, gullible and naive. Almost all wrapped their lives around men. I can't believe I finished it. The most annoying thing was that when the characters were thinking or feeling anything it was said in the first person. For example, a woman alone in her apartment might think (no ...more
Shaambhavi Pathak
predictable plot, slow painful reading and unimpressive characters.. Ms. Clark could have done better.
Val
Mary Higgins Clark was born on December 24, 1927 in the Bronx, New York, USA. She published her first short story in 1956. When she was widowed in 1964 she had five children to care for so she decided to try her hand at writing books.

Clark was president of Mystery Writers of America and has an award named for her. I chose to read the book Before I say Goodbye because I had never read anything by this acclaimed author before. I really enjoyed the book and found it easy to read.

The story is a myst
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Nora
Although there were quite a few characters in this book to keep track of, it was entertaining to read. Of course, Mary had them all entwined somehow. It was an easy read, not very complicated to keep up with and easy to understand. None of those BIG words...lol.
destinugrainy
Nell merasa sangat kehilangan atas kematian Adam suaminya dalam sebuah kecelakaan kapal layar. Bersama
Adam ada 3 orang lainnya yang ikut tewas dalam ledakan kapal itu. Namun saat Nell berusaha memulihkan hidupnya, sedikit demi sedikit terungkap banyak kasus yang melibatkan suaminya. Salah satunya adalah tuduhan korupsi atas proyek yang sedang dikerjakan Adam.

Salah seorang kerabat Nell menghubungkan Nell dengan seorang cenayang yang mengatakan mendapatkan penglihatan mengenai Adam. Nell awalnya s
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An Odd1
Nell, orphaned at 11, under care of grandad Congressmen "Mac" MacDermott 82, loses husband of three years architect Adam Cauliff, after argument over her running for election. His yacht blows up with partners in latest scheme, secretary Winifred Johnson 52, builder Sam Krause, foreman Jimmy Ryan, all now blamed for shoddy materials, bribery and corruption. Entrepreneur Peter Lang missed the meeting.

Nell has premonitions, feels oncoming fire, sees auras. So why not walk out when obvious set-up m
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Jessie
"Before I Say Good-Bye", by Mary Higgins Clark is an interesting mystery. Nell MacDermott lost her parents at a young age, and was raised by her grandfather, Mac, a well known politician. Nell's husband, Adam Cauliff, is an up and coming architect. Nell and Adam have a disagreement about her intentions to run for a political office, and he leaves the house angry. That evening, as Adam is hosting a business meeting on his boat, it explodes, presumably killing everyone on board. Who did this, and ...more
Michelle
I skimmed reading this. It was boring, predictable and disappointing read.

Nell was a weak character. I didn’t like her one bit. But worst was Adam. He was despicable and it was a wonder Nell was so blinded by him. For a supposedly powerful, influential politician, Nell’s grandfather failed to protect his granddaughter, in my opinion. How and why did he not make a basic background check on Adam? I am sure if presented with concrete evidences; Nell would see things and not marry Adam. There were
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Mel
I gave up on Sacajawea, by Anna L. Waldo for the moment as it was getting tiring and I was forcing myself to read it. So much information and the plot really slowed down. I’ll go back to it at some point. I wanted something that wasn’t so long and would be a page turner, so I decided to go with one of the mysteries I’ve had for a while but not read yet.
I found this book very easy to read with great characters that felt real. A delightful time spent reading it and the plot was really good. The o
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Cathy
I have yet to read a Marry Higgins Clark mystery that didn't satisfy. This was yet another page turner and throughout the book, I kept changing my opinion as to what happened, whodunit, etc. I would give it 5 stars. But then, I'd give everything she writes 5 stars....

I rarely figure out whodunnuit.... and when I do it's more often than not blind luck rather than deductive genius. In this case, I came to the same (incorrect) conclusion that Nell did, and the only thing that got me through several
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Laura Beasley
I give this book 4.5 stars. This is one of my favorite books of hers I have read. The story grips me and I didn't want to put it down. Nell's husband Adam and 3 other people are killed when his boat explodes. Why were they murdered? Nell wants to run for congress but will this hurt her? She wants to win the seat her grandfather once held. Some paranormal in the book but on the whole a great story. More and more turns up and did someone really survive? Did Adam and others take bribes and cut corn ...more
Agent Bookworm
The story started when Nell, fifteen-year old, lost both her parents from a plane crash. And leaving her with the custody of her grandfather Cornelius MacDermott, a legendary congressman from New York. Seventeen years later, Nell is now married to Adam, an architect. Her grandfather persuades her to run for the congress to take over his seat which was to be vacated by Bob Gorman. She accepted the offer to run though it could ruin her relationship with her husband. Some days later, her husband to ...more
Dawn
This is definitely the best book of hers I've read by her in ages. The whole psychic/spirit channeling was a little hokey, but it was the first time in years every time I thought I had the book figured out, another twist was thrown in the plot and I found myself guessing again. Did her grandfather, the legendary Congressman have anything to do with blowing up her husband and his associates on his boat because he never once tried to hide his disdain and disapproval for who was essentially a nobod ...more
Lainy
I am torn between giving this a 2 or 3 star rating. The start of the book was fine, fairly decent pace to getting the story started and building a bit of background. However I feel that it took an age to get to the good stuff and it dragged a lot. There was quite a few things going on, psychic vibrations and mediums so you thought the ghost aspect was going to be quite big. Also there was a lot of individual side stories going on which does happen in a lot of books but normally they get to a hug ...more
Victoria
Mary Higgins Clark’s books always make me a bit nostalgic for summers when I was a child. My grandmother and I would trade these books back and forth, discussing and comparing notes on who had correctly guessed the plot. This novel, at thirteen years old, still counts as more recent novel and one that I hope my grandmother had a chance to read. It is certainly one of MHC’s better novels. Mixing together politics, psychics, and architecture, the plot unfolds in a fast-paced and entertaining fashi ...more
Annemarie Donahue
Okay even though I knew the killer by then end of the third chapter (spoiler alert, obviously the husband wasn't dead and the boring swimming awards were a red-herring!) it was still fun to read. I really love MHC's protagonists. They (especially Nell) are strong, smart women who love their husbands, but love themselves! They are not victims (well in most of the books) and they are being victimized (stalked or spied on) they take action! LOVE IT! Nell is feisty and in this book practically punch ...more
Andrea Bellar
I have read alot of Mary Higgins Clark books but I have never read one like this one. I love how Mary Higgins Clark writes, especially how she writes her characters. She gives them so many details and so much depth that while I am reading about them I feel like they are real people. This book was no different in that aspect it had all the things I love about her books plus a bit extra. This book had a bit of the supernatural mixed in. This is the first book I have read by her that mentions anyth ...more
Robyn
I have not read Mary Higgins Clark in a while and this book lived up to my memories. Devastation right away followed by a vague mystery and not a lot of action and a little budding romance, finishing with non stop action for three pages and it is over, the bad guy is caught and the romance is free to flourish. Some violence, slapping and arson. No sex, no serious language.
Shirley Hall
The plot and story-line was good. The problems I have is the redundancy. I don't know if it is the need to have as many pages in a book or what. Is it really necessary to state each person's first AND last name every time? We all know who Adam Cauliff is in the book. I would think by about half way through, we don't always need to state his last name.
Michelle
When I was reading this book, I thought I guessed the killer right but I was wrong. This story is about a columnist Nell MacDermott, a politically ambitious grand-daughter of legendary Manhattan Congressman Cornelius MacDermott and married to Adam Cauliff, an architect who attended a business meeting aboard his ship which was blown into pieces. Nell grieved over the death of her husband and wish to know the truth of her husband's death and his associates. While mourning her husband's death, Nell ...more
Kristen
If you missed the TV movie version from a decade ago, you could relive the intrigue in the print verison. In another stellar classic mystery from Mary Higgins Clark, Before I Say Goodbye, she took us a place we never went before. For Nell MacDermott, she became distraught, when her husband Adam Cauliff and his close associates were killed in a boat explosion on his new cabin cruiser. She also felt guilt, since they quarreled about her run for Congressional seat, like her grandfather before her. ...more
Paulien
This was a bit of a disappointment. I read a collection of short stories by Mary Higgins Clark a while ago and I liked those, which is why I picked up a novel by her as well. It wasn't badly written, but it wasn't exciting or thrilling either. The blurb was misleading as well. The characters were quite bland. It was a quick read, but also quickly forgotten.
Robin
Fairly good. Murder Mystery. My first M.H.C. book...that i know of. Um while I was reading it i was pretty into it, once I put it down though, there was no real big draw to pick it back up again. I thought it had a slow start but got better in the middle and end. It took chapter upon chapter upon chapter to introduce so many characters. I did put some things together quite easily but i wasn't able to predict the whole book. That's good ... right?

Nell's husband and 3 other people killed on a boat
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Winnie's89
J'ai bien aimé ce livre. Mary Higgins Clark nous fait vivre au rythme d'un thriller de bon goût comme à son habitude. Mais pas seulement. Une partie de ce livre traite de la mort d'un être cher (ici Adam le mari de Nell), et de phénomènes parapsychiques. Nell qui souhaite entrer en contact avec son défunt Mari, ce que lui révèle la médium semble plausible et plus le livre avance, plus les soupçons se portent sur différentes personnes (Peter Lang, Winifred ...). Le suspense tient alors jusqu'au b ...more
Marca
How well do know your spouse? Nell MacDermott thought she knew her husband Adam until he was killed in a boat explosion. Then Adam's skeletons start spilling out of the closets. To complicate things, Nell wants to run for her grandfather's long-held congressional seat, a race which could be affected by scandal. Against her grandfather's wishes, Nell goes to a psychic and is given comforting reassurance. Nell's great-aunt (sister of her grandfather) places great faith in this psychic and Nell is ...more
Inés
Es el segunod libro de la autora que leo y el estilo es el mismo. Debo decir que al principio, el hecho de que merecordará al otro libro, me costó cogerle el gusto, pero hacia el final me ha gustado bastante. También, como la autora divide la historia entre varios personajes que cada vez tienen más sentido unidos hace que durante las primeras páginas, y hasta la mitad o más, te pierdas.

Una historia donde encontraremos relaciones matrimoniales comunes, de familia, asesinatos y problemas de dinero
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Tiffany
I found the story interested but easily figured out a few things early on. I was interested in the pediatrician and how his mother would play into the whole story. I still was not disappointed.
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Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting: she’s written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Hig ...more
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