Before I Say Goodbye
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Before I Say Goodbye

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A young woman probing into the mysterious circumstances of her husband's death receives a message from a medium claiming to be his channel in Mary Higgins Clark's #1 bestselling thriller,


When Nell MacDermott learns that her husband, architect Adam Cauliff, and three of his business associates have died in an explosion of his new cabin cruiser, she

Published 2000 by Simon Schuster
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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
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, 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...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  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
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...more
S.L. Dixon
That was wildly ridiculous.
Last year I read A Stranger is Watching by this author. It was a thriller, it was good, a little predictable, but fun, fast and all around good. This story wasn't in the same league.
BUT, to be fair this was a different sport altogether. This book could be a manual on how to write for a very specific age bracket, for that alone this book was well done. The author knows who reads her books and writes accordingly.
Examples: Grown woman is helpless without the advice from...more
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
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...more
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...more
"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
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...more
Vanessa Kay Concon
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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...more
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
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
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...more
Nell MacDermott is a politically ambitious woman living in the Mahattan silk stocking district. She wants to run for a congressional seat butm her husband has been accused in a real estate and construction scam. When her husband and his associates are killed in a boat explosion, Nell feel guilty she was not speaking to him at the time of his death. She wants to clear his name by using her psychic gift and the help of a medium. She wants to know if he was the target or if it was one of his associ...more
When Mary Higgins Clark first started publishing, I couldn't put her stuff down. Where Are The Children was terrific and the next 6 or 7 to follow were great too. Then it seems she went to a formula, which was still okay because I enjoyed her books. Now I think she may be just a little out of touch with the way people actually speak and interact with each other. In one of her latest, a cop said, "Tell us where those little girls are, you bum!". Not realistic. Note to MHC - try reading some of yo...more
Neil's husband is dead from a terrible accident. What bothers Neil is the fact that they had a fight the night before about her running for office. As the people and circumstances of the accident are revealed, Neil finds she is in the thick of a much bigger plot of deception. Wanting to find the truth for herself, she starts to find pieces that just don't fit. Comments that are out of place and a associate of her husband that seems to be on the take. Throw in a Medium that can talk to her deceas...more
an all-linked plot with many characters and facts just as I like, with just a little bit of romance as MHC always puts in her novels.
Story took a while to come together but was good.
Amy Parris
This one has mediums and things like that
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Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark Conheeney, best known as Mary Higgins Clark, (b December 24, 1927 in the Bronx, New York) is an American author of suspense novels. Each of her twenty-four suspense novels has been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries, and all of her novels remain in print as of 2007, with her debut suspense novel, Where Are The Children, in its sevent...more
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