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In her latest novel Mary Higgins Clark, the beloved, bestselling "Queen of Suspense," exposes a dark secret from a family's past that threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly, when the family-owned furniture firm in Long Island City, founded by their grandfather and famous for its fine reproductions of antiques, explodes into flames in the middle of the ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)
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Vin9
Dryer than sand, full of naive and stupid characters, Clark is getting worse with every new novel. This had a good premise of classic Higgins but it was so poorly executed with flat dialogues that it felt like I was reading a brochure.

Also am I only one who find Clark's recent novels being way too 'political conservative' disturbing? First of all she bitches on and on about the economy, understandable, but then she goes on introducing Christian themes with all church stuff for few chapters that
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Katrina
This pains me because MHC has always been a favorite of mine, but good grief! This book is awful. There is no character development whatsoever. We get Kate is tall and blonde, Hannah looks like dad and is short, dad is an asshole, etc. We get it because its told to us in every chapter.

The dialogue is stilted, immature and unrealistic. There are too many periods and not enough comma's. She inserts inane facts in the oddest of places. It's just weird.

Sadly, I think it's past time for Ms. Clark to
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Janet
Now we are back to another "not her best". It was very unbelievable from the first page. There is no way a successful educated Kate would cause an explosion in her families furniture business no matter how upset she was over the money it was losing. Totally unbelievable and since that was the main plot of the story, it made it unenjoyable. There were way too many sub-plots. Too many "other" murders and suspects and storylines to keep track of. And while I get the title, the red shoe (yes the dea ...more
Catherine
This book was an entertaining and fast read. As a long time MHC reader, the twists and turns keep the reader's interest. It is clever how several murders intersect people's lives and for some allow painful closure. I do not want to give out spoilers, but recommend it as a entertaining read.
Neena
I was not very keen on this latest book by MHC. Her latest books tend to be disappointing usually. I have always liked Clark’s older books better. However, the title pulled me and reading the synopsis I found it interesting and just thought about trying it for 50 pages or so. This book did not disappoint me at all. It has tight plot, twists and turns and story is full of suspense.
The story is about two sisters, Kate and Hannah; Kate is left in comma after a deadly fire in their family owned war
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Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Διαβάζοντας ένα ακόμα βιβλίο της νέας Χρυσής Σειράς των εκδόσεων Μεταίχμιο, την “Ένοχη Νύχτα”, ένιωσα ανακούφιση και ικανοποίηση, αλλά και απορία συνάμα. Οι λόγοι, είναι απλοί. Έχοντας διαβάζει προηγουμένως το “Έρωτας Εξ Αποστάσεως” της ίδιας σειράς, το οποίο και με απογοήτευσε, αισθάνθηκα ανακούφιση ξεκινώντας να διαβάζω ένα βιβλίο που από τις πρώτες κιόλας σελίδες του, προμήνυε πως αυτό που ερχόταν μπροστά μου, ήταν κάτι περισσότερο από καλό. Προχωρώντας την ανάγνωση, ένιωσα ικανοποίηση και αυ ...more
Kathy
Mary Higgins Clark is an excellent storyteller. While there are predictable elements to each of her novels, there is always a great story that draws the reader in and provides much enjoyable reading time. To me, it's akin to the Mystery Theatre on the radio that I used to listen to when traveling. You settle yourself in to what you know is going to be a mystery lover's delight. Although Clark is not the deepest, most profound writer that I read, she is consistent in a well-written mystery that I ...more
Alla
In “Daddy’s Gone A Hunting” by Marry Higgins Clark, Kate Connelly nearly dies in the explosion of her father’s furniture antique reproduction company, when she goes there in the middle of the night to meet up with Gus Schmidt, her friend and a laid off craftsmen who gets killed as a result of the explosion. As Kate falls into a coma, it is up to her sister Hannah, a fashion designer, to try to piece everything together while their father Doug Connelly, a drunk womanizer who hasn’t been managing ...more
Gaele
AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall: 3 Narration: 4 Story: 3

I am a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark, and have read probably every title released up until 2010, and then sporadically as time permitted. While I had not read this title, I had high hopes for the book, and was really excited to be approved to review the title.

Sadly, I didn’t find the story as intriguing or suspenseful, nor was the ending at all surprising. The overwhelming sense I have from this audiobook is that the ending was created fi
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Stauroula Sta
πολυ ωριαο βιβλιο , δικαιη επιλογη να μπει στην χρυση σειρα του μεταιχμιου!!!! ειχα αρκετο καιρο να διαβασω ενα βιβλιο μονο μεσα σε λιγες ωρες!!! αν και αστυνομικο εχει αγωνια!!!!!!!το συνιστω!!!!
Gary Branson
I read MHC every three to four years to remind myself why I only read her every three to four years. This one is OK, better than some, nowhere near as good as her earlier novels. I had the feeling I had read this one before... Not sure why, just felt very familiar. Interestingly, the solution seemed too easy.
Shadini Zabaneh
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a story! I would have never guessed how this story would unfold. I developed so many theories about what was going on and who did what but my suspicions were waaayyyyy off. What a twist! Thumbs up for keeping the suspense going until the end!
Heather Antoy Stephenson
Some parts of this book were just so mind numbingly STUPID! I expected great things from Clark and she sadly didn't deliver! Far too many sub plots, and as much as I love reading about food, I've never felt so bored reading about ham and Swiss on rye and bloody salads! Clark took a bunch of strings and attempted to tie them together into a beautiful knot but instead ended up with a tangled ugly mess. The chapter I hated the most was the two priests discussing the minutiae of the boating accident ...more
Jill
Mary Higgins Clark has become known as the “Queen of Suspense” in the years since her first novel, Where Are the Children (1975) and for good reason. Her suspense/mystery books are reminiscent of Agatha Christie with plot twists and turns, multiple red herrings, and a dramatic conclusion that the reader comes to understand only in the last pages of the book. Her novels for the last decade or so have focused on the uncanny sleuthing skills of Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy and did not have ...more
Julie
The premise was twisted and original and as always seemed well-researched. I love the dynamic themes that MHC uses in her novels, she reminds me of my grandmother in her curiosity of a wide variety of things. Some of her recent novels have become kind of a stock formula and the baddie is easily predictable, this one I called only barely before the ending.

A downside was that the characters were not too developed. The main two, Hannah and Kate, seemed generic. And the character names are repetiti
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Sara
It was not this author's best work she thought. And thus the problem with the book. The plot is fine, but the writing simply isn't up to par. And, the "he thoughts she thoughts" for each character in the book drove me crazy. In addition, it felt as though spell check did a find and replace on the book that removed all grammar contractions-which is the opposite of where language is headed.
Susan Snodgrass
I have been reading Mary Higgins Clark's books since she wrote 'Where Are The Children?' in 1975. She always knows her stiff and no matter how hard I try, I can't figure out the bad guy/girl.

I love her books and always will.
Jessica
This was not bad. Not as bad as her last one, at least. I'm getting sick of all of her characters (in every book) eating the same meals, though. You like pasta with clam sauce, Mary. We get it.
Lois Downs
Very Good book. Author always writes great books
Wendy
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Nancy
Apr 14, 2013 Nancy added it
In this new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, the reigning “Queen of Suspense,” a dark secret from a family’s past threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly. When the family-owned furniture firm, including the mansion where priceless antiques are kept, explodes into flames in the middle of the night, Kate must escape to save her life. But the suspicious circumstances point to her involvement. Was the explosion set deliberately? Why was Kate, ...more
Jerry
We had read a significant percentage of this author’s booklist when we gave up on the aging M.H. Clark several years ago when it seemed her books were invariably about leading ladies barely surpassed in talents by “Wonder Woman”. Snagging this recent novel on a whim for a vacation, we were pleased to see a complex plot featuring a bunch of characters who were mostly mere mortals like the rest of us! Indeed, a series of incidents spanning 30-40 years were so intricately wound together, the final ...more
Katie Watkins
Kate and Hannah are in the middle of a mystery when their family's antique furniture store/museum/warehouse explodes, leaving Kate in a medically-induced coma and a former worker (and friend) dead. Meanwhile, there are several other unsolved murders around New York City that seem to be possibly tied in somehow.

Some of Mary Higgins Clark's books have me going back and forth and here and there, trying to figure out who did it. For me, this was one of those books. Maybe others can figure it out, b
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Laurel-Rain
When Kate Connelly was three years old, her mother, her Uncle Connor, and some friends were killed in a boating accident. She still has memories of dancing with her parents on one special night, and brief flashes of inexplicable memories that occasionally haunt her.

Bereft at the loss of his wife Susan, Douglas Connelly, Connor's twin, must go on as the head of the family business. Now, many years later, Kate is lying in a hospital bed, in a coma, after a strange explosion at the family's furnitu
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Brenda
Kate and Hannah Connelly were only very young when they lost their mother and uncle in a dreadful boating accident. At three years old, Kate was just old enough to remember her mother…she remembered her beautiful red high heeled shoes, and how Mummy danced with her and Daddy, the three of them happy, just the night before the accident. But Hannah was only a baby, and remembered nothing of her life back then.

Their father was the owner of a large antique furniture company in Long Island City, whic
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Monnie
Half-stars aren't possible at Goodreads, but if they were, I'd bump up my rating by an extra half. But going up to four, unfortunately, just wouldn't be an honest appraisal. Within minutes after starting, I almost stopped; the whole thing seemed extremely simplistic, with a few things that just didn't add up.

One of the first characters who's introduced, Kate, lost her mother in a boating accident when she was just three years old. Not long after that, a younger sister, Hannah, appears in the cas
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Laura
I've been reading Mary Higgins Clark books since I was a teenager, and I'm a huge fan. However, I'm not sure what to think about her latest book.

It's hard to summarize the plot because there are several different story lines/threads/back stories that are woven together for a great plot. I liked all of the characters. Most are typical MHC....strong women who figure things out with the help of a few great guys.

Yet, something was a little off with the story. I don't know if it a few spots where t
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Marion
I am a sucker for Mary Higgins Clark book. They are an easy read with a lot of suspense. I love to try and figure out who done it and just when I have she changes things up so that I question "who done it!". She always has a number of characters which she develops quickly and incorporates each new character into,the developing plot! there is always a love story woven into the mix and this time two developed as the story progressed, again in my mind I was making matches for the characters as she ...more
Karen Vasquez
What a story! Great suspense, great writing by the author. I was suspicious of Doug, what a great twist. I always knew that his assistant had some connections to the girls. I loved this book, so refreshing from the others I read recently, nothing about sex. Kudos to the author.
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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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