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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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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
Nicole Alycia
So I didn't realize I had already read this book until I started it. It was lucky then that I didn't actually remember what happened. It all eventually came back to me, the more I read, but it was still an entertaining read the second time around (a little Mary Higgins Clark humor for you there ... Because she has a book called The Second Time Around ... Okay I'm not hat funny).
There's a reason she's called the Queen of Suspense though and this book lives up to her title. It was action packed,
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
Otro libro que se lee muy bien de Mary Higgins Clark. Aunque luego de leer un par, uno empieza a ver un poco más de la mecánica de la armazón del libro, que se vuelve entonces un poco más predecible en cuanto al alcance de la historia y de los personajes. La sorpresa entonces es menor, aún si, de todos modos, llegar a la última página sigue siendo una necesidad apremiante.
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.
Shaambhavi Pathak
predictable plot, slow painful reading and unimpressive characters.. Ms. Clark could have done better.
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
the book wasnt as exciting as i expected it tobe. from the very start i knew adam is not a good guy i just wasnt sure how he fits in with the story. it is kind of odd for nell to fall in love with him esp since they do not seem to have much in common. i thought mac had something to do with his disappearance but im glad he is a nice guy. but im surprised he didnt do a background check on adam esp they dont jnow anything about him. the reveal about bonnie was unexpected. there were too many charac ...more
Sarah DeBouter
I was intrigued by the supernatural phenomenon that Nell, the main character, experiences. However her utter acceptance of her own experiences and her total disregard for others is annoying. I also felt this could have been explored more.

Nell's interest in politics is exciting, but there is no casual mention of issues she believes in to back it up and give her substance. Nell's most interesting characteristic is her realization that she may be happier with Adam gone.
The way the thoughts are spok
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
Jackie Keating
This was just kind of silly. The plot wasn't great and the writing was worse. I cannot fathom why Mary Higgins Clark has so many fans. This was the first and last book of hers I'll ever read.
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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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
"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
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
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
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
Somehow this book ended up in my house and I began to read it, thinking it seemed familiar. By the time I was a few chapters in, I knew for certain I had read it before, but probably 10 years ago, so I could not remember the ending. The book was good enough to read again to get to the ending! This book is a good, light read with likable characters and does not require much thinking on the part of the reader. I would recommend this book for a vacation/beach read, or for a break in between other, ...more
Nell MacDermott lost her parents as a child and as a teenager nearly drowned in a riptide while swimming in the ocean. Now married to a successful architect, Adam Cauliff, she is pressed by her grandfather, former New York Senator Cornelius MacDermott, who raised her after her parent's death, to run for his old Senate seat. But Adam is opposed to her desire to enter politics, and as they quarrel before he leaves for a business meeting aboard his private yacht, she suggests it might be best if he ...more
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
I don't know that I've read many books of the genre, but this one must be one of the best. Well-plotted, well-paced, suspenseful and slowly unfolding rather than action-packed, all plot ends neatly tied up, but not until the end. If I hadn't been sitting in a chair in a lake on a beautiful sunny day I would probably never have picked it up, but I'm glad I did. Great way to spend an afternoon, engaging, but not so much that I lost track of the sounds of the breezes and the waves.
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
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.
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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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