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Where Are the Children?

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Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her hair, and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal -- until the morning when she looks in th ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published 1975)
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Andralynn
Jun 30, 2011 Andralynn rated it it was ok
I think I've gotten pickier as I've gotten older. I devoured Mary Higgins Clark's novels when I was in junior high and high school. I loved being a little scared and trying to figure out who the killer was. (I think that may have been a carryover from my elementary-aged love of Agatha Christie novels.) I didn't have as much fun with this one.

I picked up this book at the library because I hadn't read a novel like this in ages. And now I kind of remember why. As enjoyable as the story was (who doe
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Michael
Unfassbar, welche gymnastischen Übungen MHC dem Zufall in WINTERSSTURM abverlangt; tagelang wird das Schicksal nach diesen Dehnübungen massiver Muskelkater geplagt haben. Nicht minder strapaziert wird die Gutgläubigkeit des Lesers, wenn an einem einzigen Tage, dem Geburtstag von Nancy, ihre zwei Kinder entführt werden, ein ehemaliger erpresserischer Belastungszeuge nach Jahren wieder auftaucht und ein griechischer Gastronom just die Immobilie besichtigt, in dem die Kinder gefangen gehalten werde ...more
Karin Slaughter
Nov 14, 2013 Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing
If you look at this book in the context of its time, it's actually sort of shocking. The plot is really tightly wrought and the characters are strong and likable in a way that seems natural today, but was very bold back in the day.

I see Mary a lot at crime writing functions and she is always the best dressed, most glamorous author in the room. (Granted, this is not a high bar, but still)
Mafalda
Nov 13, 2015 Mafalda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: os-meus-livros
Opinião completa http://soberanadanoite.blogspot.fr/20...


Foi, pura e simplesmente, incrível!
A história faz-nos dar voltas e voltas à cabeça, a tentar juntar peças, a pensar "hum... Foi aquele" "afinal parece que não. Deve ser este". Até que, a 1/4 do final do livro... Oh meu deus! A sério? Nunca pensei!! E é nesta altura que as pessoas também começam a desvendar peças que faltavam e que eles percebem quem realmente foi.
E depois é uma correria frenética para salvar as crianças.
Foram 200 pag fanta
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Doris
May 02, 2010 Doris rated it it was amazing
I came across this book when I was in high school. I borrowed it, read it and returned it the next day...

I was horrified, chilled and appalled at the way the main female character was treated, but equally amazed and thrilled at the ending which allowed her to twist the dirty deeds of her tormenter back on herself.

One of the reasons this subgenre became so popular was that until the 1970s (and the movie "The Burning Bed") very few people were willing to admit that a man could hurt his wife. In th
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Lesli
Mar 06, 2011 Lesli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read any of Mary Higgins Clark's books in quiet a while. After reading this one I realized again why I love her writing. Throughout the whole book I was trying to figure out who the kidnapper/murderer was and what happened to Mack. Every time I thought I was right I was proven wrong. Her books are so easy to read and flow nicely through the chapters.
Emir Ibañez
Reseña completa aquí:
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Todos los thrillers de Mary Clark tienen tramas oscuras y psicológicas pero muchas veces esa trama queda opacada por los personajes totalmente olvidables que la protagonizan. Es un libro de esos que después de leerlo te dejan angustiado por un instante pero que luego queda para el olvido. No sé si lo recomendaría, pero a mi me entretuvo.
Mucho machismo reflejado por la época, pero bueno, sacando eso de lado, solo te queda la línea de la
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Kristin
Jul 19, 2010 Kristin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-school
This book was horrible.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 19, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
The story involves an innocent woman, Nancy Harmon, who was at one point convicted of the murder of her two young children and sentenced to the gas chamber in California. Released on a technicality, the key witness had disappeared so she couldn't be retried. She dyed and cut her hair, changed her name, moved to Cape Cod and married and had two more children. And now, the secret of her true identity has come to light in her new community and her five-year-old son Michael and three-year-old daught ...more
Andrew
Sep 05, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
Mary Higgins Clark is a best seller for a reason - and that is she is predictable, not necessarily in plot or style but in that her books are readable and enjoyable - yes there may be a formula you quickly get the feel for and the characters may sometimes feel like they have been lifted right out of one story in to the next - but still they are well written and fun reads. I didnt realise how much I had been drawn in to the story until I realised how few pages there were left in the book. And eve ...more
Shane Malcolm
My first time reading MHC, even though she started writing just a couple of years before I was born. This is her first novel, and I raced through it. Very well paced, suspenseful, with a great twist. She definitely crams A LOT of characters into a short space, and interestingly, we get background information on most of them, even ones who appear literally on just one page. Not sure if this is a trademark of her style, but I do plan to read another one of her thrillers. This book also deals with ...more
Brian
Oct 30, 2011 Brian rated it liked it
* Mary Higgins Clark's second novel and her first suspense novel.

* Number 50 on the Mystery Writers of America's list "The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time." This list also includes Agatha Christie's book, The Witness for the Prosecution. Oh, wait. That was a short story, not a novel. Memory is a funny thing, isn't it? Not only can it turn short stories into novels, I think it can turn novelty into greatness. My 30th Anniversary Edition of Clark's book includes an Introduction by Clark in whic
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Kelli
Jan 06, 2012 Kelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: substance-books
This book was disturbing and intense and shook me. I was all parts intrigued, riveted, consumed and wholly disgusted. I'm not sure I've ever read a book that page after page I wanted, sometimes needed, to put down because of the awful way it made me look and think about humanity and at the same time keep turning the page. I was possessed I needed to know what was going to happen, I was desperate to know if things would work out...
This book made me question the abilities of man on every level. Th
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Andrea
Nov 20, 2011 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I liked the story and it was an interesting concept. It had a good flow and I didn't feel that it was slow in any parts. Really, my only problem with the book had to do with the authors descriptions. For example, she would take the time to describe the main characters clothing which sounded like things my 60 year old mother would wear, not a 28 year old. And has anyone referred to jean as dungarees in the past 50 years? Also, her description of the characters 900 sq. ft. apartment made it sound ...more
David
May 27, 2015 David rated it really liked it
This was a really thrilling book and good read. I love how she used each character in the book. I'll be adding Mary Higgins Clark to my list of go-to authors.
Valerie
Jul 02, 2011 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funbooks, fluff, mystery
Nancy (Harmon) Eldredge moved to Cape Cod from California to escape a haunting past: her children Peter and Lisa were murdered, and she was accused of and tried for their deaths. Over six years, she has remarried and created a new life for herself, complete with a home, husband, and two children. But, on her 32nd birthday, that all changed when her two children (Mike and Missy) were kidnapped and her past and true identity were revealed in the local paper. Now, Nancy must face her past and force ...more
Shaun
Mar 19, 2014 Shaun rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Great suspense but "blah" characters.

In her first suspense novel, Clark does a great job of developing the tension by offering up enough red herrings to ensure a gradual reveal, but also enough solid hints to allow the reader to figure it out. Unfortunately, her characters were weak cliches and not particularly interesting.

All in all this was an okay and easy read that will be most appreciated by fans of the suspense novel.



Jim C
Apr 13, 2016 Jim C rated it liked it
This is the debut novel from this author and this book launched her career where she has penned many books. In this one, a mother has created a new life after a horrible tragedy happened to her seven years ago. The problem is that it seems that history is about to repeat itself.

This is your typical cozy mystery book where the reader tries to guess the culprit before the big reveal. The author does a good job progressing the mystery and building up the tension as we race to the finale. In my opin
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Catarina
Este livro foi a minha estreia com a autora, e pelos vistos foi também a primeira obra da mesma.

Com isso em mente, e agora que já passaram umas horas desde que terminei a leitura, posso dizer que vou, certamente, ler mais livro da autora! Para mim Mary Higgins Clark é como que uma Agatha Christie com mais drama, mais moderna, se for possível dizer assim.

Apesar de sensivelmente a meio do livro ter percebido a trama, o mesmo não deixou de me manter agarrada e curiosa, porque embora já soubesse a i
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Huda Al-Anbar
Aug 09, 2015 Huda Al-Anbar rated it really liked it
Mary Higgins Clark is known as "The Queen of Suspense" and she every bit worthy of that title!

Nancy Eldredge is the perfect house wife on the outside: she lives in the wonderful Cape Cod sea side, her husband runs a family owned real estate company, her two kids are well behaved and healthy. But she has a secret: 7 years ago, her other 2 children went missing without a trace, and she was blamed for their ultimate demise. And now, it all happens again, her children are gone, and all the fingers a
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Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
My Rating: Three & 1/2 Stars

This was actually really, really good for a debut novel. Considering the subject matter, it clearly demonstrates that Mary Higgins Clark was ahead of her time when she wrote the book in 1975. I can see why it was a real standout; the shocking, suspense-filled thriller must've had everyone talking. Compared to present-day novels, Where Are The Children? is still a very good mystery. It aged well, but I did have a few problems that kept it from being a standout expe
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Samantha
Oct 31, 2008 Samantha rated it it was amazing
The name of my book is " Where are the Children " by Mary Higgins Clark. Nancy Harmon moved to Cape Cod to escape her former life. She was accused of killing her two children, Peter and Lisa, and was put on trial. When she was found not guilty, she fled California to cape cod, hoping to leave the tragedy behind her. In Cape Cod, she meets Ray who was a realty salesman. They get married and have two children together. Everything seems so perfect and their life seems like it cant get any better, u ...more
Daniella
Oct 27, 2010 Daniella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the genre.
There were a lot of things about this book that really annoyed me. Namely, the pervading attitude towards women. There was so much undisguised misogyny in these scant 290 pages that I was several times overwhelmed by the distinct urge to toss the book in the oven and turn that fucker on broil. The only thing that stopped me was the fact that it was a library book, so if I charbroiled it, I'd have to pay for the damn thing, which: a) I'm broke; and b) I refuse to pay a single cent for something s ...more
Ryn
Sep 11, 2011 Ryn rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Mary Higgins Clark really was the earliest prototype of the gripping mystery. It was well written with a few good twists, and I loved the story and the fact that I could read it in less than three hours. There was minimal gore and yet the plot was still interesting and plausible. Take note, modern suspense authors who seem to feel that a novel without the most bizarre, bloody, insane quirks is no sort of novel at all. Yes, I mean you, Karin Slaughter.

Don't get me wrong, I really like Slaughter'
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Jana
Aug 30, 2010 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
There are three different types of crime novels: The ones in which you read from the perspective of the murderer and you know from the beginning who it is but all the other characters in the plot do not have a clue. Then there are the ones where you are in the same position as all these characters and the third form is when you get some bits and pieces of information of the murderer throughout the story but nothing really concrete. Where are you now is one of those crime stories. There are some ...more
carolyn
Jan 03, 2010 carolyn rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by Mary Higgins Clark. It was about a woman who was accused or murdering her two children and then she moved to another state, changed her name and appearance, remarried and had two more children with her new husband. She thought all of this past was behind her when one day her picture appeared in the local newspaper on the anniversary of her first childrens murders (which also was her birthday)and exposed who she was and her past to all the locals now in her t ...more
Andre Dumas
Aug 10, 2015 Andre Dumas rated it liked it
Phew. This book is like one giant breath of suspense that gets yelled in your face. This was Mary Higgins-Clark's first suspense novel and while it shows slightly due in part to the quick-fire narration, it also explains how she got to be so damn popular and guaranteed an eternal spot in the supermarket book rack.

If you're looking for a quick thrill ride--pick this up. I guessed the 'bad guy' almost immediately but luckily the real thrill goes further than that.
Corey
Jul 03, 2014 Corey rated it it was ok
Really about 1 1/2 stars. An implausible, jerry-rigged plot, bad writing with a tin ear for dialog, and cliches taken from every made-for-TV kidnap thriller: these elements are what make authors millions of dollars? While authors like John Barth have to teach to get by?
And yet....I read every word. Why? Because I'm a sap. To quote Pauline Kael (talking about the movie 'An Officer and a Gentleman" I think): "It's crap. But it's crap no a motorcycle."
Anqelica
Dec 07, 2009 Anqelica rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people interested into suspence
Recommended to Anqelica by: my english teacher
In the novel "Where are the children" written by Mary Higgins Clark, is set in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The author experiences a bad past life. She tries changing her life by moving to another place. Also marries another man. Everyone thought she murdered her first two children. She moves and begins her new life when , she thought is was going well and her to other kids Michael and Missy and kidnapped. She goes outside and sees Missy's mitten but didnt think anything about it because shes always ...more
Rick
Sep 07, 2014 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when I was a teenager back in the '70s (or the olden days) and loved the suspense. I wanted to see how it held up after all these years. I must have matured because, while this is still an enthralling premise, the execution was only mediocre.
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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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