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Where Are the Children?

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  29,489 ratings  ·  733 reviews


He could feel the chill coming in through the cracks around the windowpanes. Clumsily he got up and lumbered over to the window. Reaching for one of the thick towels he kept handy, he stuffed it around the rotting frame.

The incoming draft made a soft, hissing sound in the towel, a sound that vaguely pleased him. He looked out at the mist-filled sky and studied th

Library Binding, 192 pages
Published June 28th 1995 by Lightyear Press (first published 1975)
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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
Karin Slaughter
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)
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.
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
This book was horrible.
* 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.

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
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 19, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2010 Daniella rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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'
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
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
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."
Dec 07, 2009 Anqelica rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
I always love a Mary Higgins Clark book. I like to read her books right after I've read a really long book or one that took lots of concentration. Not that her books are no brainers, but they are just very addictive to read, well written and are defiantly a page turner, even if sometimes the ending of the 'who done it' is a bit obvious. This story is about a woman who was trialed for the death of her two children, and was sentence to death but the trial was acquitted due to a key witness running ...more
A splendid question. I was totally engrossed and continued to enjoy Clark's books for quite a while. I don't know if I could reread it, knowing what happens.
I've always been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark and this is one of her earlier books that I've meant to get around to reading but somehow never have until now. Though her writing isn't as polished in this one as it is in her later books, she still does a very nice job of weaving a plot and pulling you in.

She's also one of the few authors who can weave a mystery that I can't usually unravel by halfway through the story, and though this plot had some minor holes at the end and is more simplistic tha
Lucas Rodriguez
"¿Dónde están los niños?" fue el segundo libro de Mary Higgins Clark, pero el primer en el género del suspense. Por esta razón es uno de sus libros menos logrados por ser primeriza, pero aún así es bastante disfrutable. En una demostración del policial de suspense clásico, tenemos una historia bastante profunda en la que una madre es acusada de matar a sus hijos pero es liberada por falta de testigos; esta misma mujer siete años después se tiene que enfrentar a la misma situación cuando forma nu ...more
Jonathan Rivera
For readers that love suspense, there is no better suspenseful book than "Where are the children?" by Mary Higgins Clark. Clark is a master of suspense and mystery. Some of her other work include: "A Stranger is watching", "A cry in the night", and "Pretend you dont see her". In "Where are the children?", the main charachter, Nancy Harmon, starts a new life with a husband and two kids. Just when she thought she was moving past the abduction of her two previous children and the suicide of her for ...more
Riccardo Avesani
Nancy (Harmon) Eldredge si stabilisce a Cape Cod dalla California per sfuggire al suo passato: i suoi due figli Peter and Lisa sono stati assassinati e lei è stata accusata del loro omicidio e condannata alla camera a gas. Solo grazie a un vizio di forma il processo è stato invalidato e grazie alla scomparsa del testimone chiave, Nancy è riuscita a scampare alla morte. Sei anni dopo, la ritroviamo rimaritata e madre di altri due bambini (Mike e Missy) e alzi la mano chi già non ha immaginato che ...more
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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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“Exposed to the world for what she was; numbed with worry and fear; trying to answer the question... The same question the police had thrown at her over and over seven years ago.....Where are the Children?” 4 likes
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