Where Are the Children?
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...more
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 ...more
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)
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 ...more
* 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 ...more
This book made me question the abilities of man on every level. Th ...more
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.
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 ...more
Don't get me wrong, I really like Slaughter' ...more
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."
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 ...more