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Before I Say Good-Bye

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  8,892 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
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, Before I Say Goodbye.

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 is
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Pocket Books (first published 2000)
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Oct 28, 2016 Luffy rated it liked it
Quite a disappointment after the heady rush that Mary Higgins Clark's books brought to me. This book of hers, Before I say Good-Bye, is more like Jeffrey Archer rather than the style of prose that Mary herself specialized in. Also Mary's daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, has penned the type of books that caught my attention.

There is a mystery element here. Faint, very faint indeed, but its presence dislocated the ending of the book. The author had planned each day in the life of her characters, met
Ahmad Sharabiani
Before I Say Goodbye, Mary Higgins Clark
عنوان: پیش از این که بگویم خداحافظ؛ نویسنده: مری هیگینز کلارک؛ مترجم: سهیلا فرزین نژاد؛ تهران، تندیس، 1380؛ در 477 ص؛ شابک: 9645757215؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 م
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
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
Nicole Alycia
Sep 01, 2015 Nicole Alycia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Aug 06, 2009 Drebbles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005
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
Dec 31, 2016 Jann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
The plot for this story was at first quite intriguing. In the prologue we are introduced to 14 year old Nell MacDermott who has been orphaned at a young age and is being brought up by her grandfather, 'Mac'. While swimming at Maui, she gets caught in a riptide and feels the presence of her dead parents and with their encouragement she manages not to give up and to eventually swim back to shore but she is left with a lifelong fear of drowning and also the suspicion that she may be psychic. The m ...more
Valerie Penny
May 25, 2014 Valerie Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Entertaining, but not outstanding.
Jun 23, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
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
Feb 17, 2010 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
Aug 29, 2015 Julio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policial
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.
Jeff Miller
Jul 09, 2014 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 18, 2010 Nora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 03, 2016 Bejohnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not keen to read any of her books but was very pleasantly surprised. quick to read but very twisty story and hard to determine the ending until the end!
Shaambhavi Pathak
Nov 19, 2014 Shaambhavi Pathak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
predictable plot, slow painful reading and unimpressive characters.. Ms. Clark could have done better.
Shreya Shreya
Sep 03, 2016 Shreya Shreya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smooth-reads
I read this book in my Mary Higgins book marathon that I had been doing out of boredom. This book like all her other writings are unexpected and mysterious.
Sep 12, 2014 Manu rated it it was amazing
very shocking plot
May 28, 2017 SS rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
This is definitely not her best book, but it was okay. I found "the big twist" predictable (who else would have done it?), though the motivations for it seemed forced. I also felt that there were quite a few unanswered questions at the end -- like why an accomplice would do his/her part in the plot or how he/she fit in.

There are other books by Mary Higgins Clark that have made a much bigger impression on me (at least one that still gives me chills thinking of it), but this one was lacking in com
Mary Jo
Jan 04, 2017 Mary Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This book has some fun twists and held my attention.
Nell was easy to identify with and to bond. I really cared about what happened to her.
I enjoyed how the different characters interacted and how their stories entwined.
Rosie Strange
May 18, 2017 Rosie Strange rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow great book didn't want to put it down..tough girl Nell and her husband was shaidy to bad people died
Julie Trapp
Feb 08, 2017 Julie Trapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anything by MHC is a 5. Such a class act writer.
Lynn Demsky
Oct 08, 2016 Lynn Demsky rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, romance
I’m a Mary Higgins Clark fan and a few things bothered me about this book: Except for the out and out murder it seemed more like a Daniel Steel love and mush book. It was a hard cover library book and the page numbers were NOT at the bottom of the page, they were on the right-hand side of the book two line above the ending of the page ----just really bothered me while I was reading it . I think she used the computer’s Thesaurus and thus used a bunch of words she normally wouldn’t of used. Normal ...more
Vanessa Kay
Apr 01, 2014 Vanessa Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story started when Nell, fifteen-year old, lost both her parents from a plane crash. Which leaves 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 t ...more
Par rapport aux autres MHC que j'ai lus, celui-ci ne fait absolument pas le poids même s'il est plus épais que les autres.
C'est pourquoi je lui donne le même avantage et le même inconvénient : Ne prend pas la tête, c'est à dire qu'en fait, on n'a absolument pas envie de continuer et de le terminer coûte que coûte, il n'est pas lu avec la même frénésie, la même soif auxquelles nous a habitués MHC.

Nell Mac Dermott possède certains pouvoirs paranormaux, entre autres elle reçoit, immédiatement après
Jul 15, 2014 J.S. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-misc
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
May 01, 2011 Lainy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
An Odd1
Jan 02, 2014 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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