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I'll Walk Alone

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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  8,698 ratings  ·  1,007 reviews

Two years after the day that her son, Matthew, was kidnapped in broad daylight in Central Park, Alexandra Moreland still finds herself torn between hope and despair. As no trace of Matthew was ever found, she has never been able to give him up for dead. But now, on what would have been Matthew's fifth birthday, photos surface that seem to show Alexandra kidnapping her own
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster (first published April 5th 2011)
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Jean-marcel
I don't like reading about these sorts of people. They seem very unreal to me, with their swanky condominia and designer suits and bizarre sense of entitlement. It is possible to write about wealthy, well-to-do folks and make it interesting, but I almost feel that kind of thing is a relic of past literature that the rest of us can now admire from a distance. I know the sort of high society people Clark writes about really do exist, although I would hope they aren't as shallow and sickly sweet as ...more
Keturah
A book by Mary Higgins Clark is like a warm blanket or a favorite sweater, it's comforting and comfortable and you know what to expect- an attractive female protagonist in her early thirties will be victimized and most people will not believe her story with the exception of a handsome, clean-cut professional single male in his late thirties and maybe an older female relative or friend or a priest or two. Throw in a scene or two in Neary's pub, many references to a tall, slender build and long, a ...more
Bob Schmitz
This is a great book if you like:

Shallow, stupid characters, a contrived plot based on non-normal human behavior and farcical coincidences, keystone cops, soap opera appropriate interactions, few adjectives and no metaphors, and inane dialogue. For instance you must like a character who almost gets kill with a bullet to the chest, wrestles the gun from someone and then announces "And don't think I don't know how to use it. I went hunting with my father when I was a young girl in Texas." Right r
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Jay Connor
The tell. From Wikipedia: a "tell' in poker is a subtle but detectable change in a player's behavior or demeanor that gives clues to that player's assessment of his hand. A player gains an advantage if he observes and understands the meaning of another player's tell, particularly if the tell is unconscious and reliable.

With Mary Higgins Clark, the unconscious and reliable tell is when her heroine is described as wearing her hair in a "chignon." From that point forward, despite the nefarious men
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Jennifer
That’s it! I think I’m done with Mary Higgins Clark. Someone beg her to retire! I have read quite a few of her books (and honestly can never remember which ones I’ve read and which I haven’t) and while I usually find them at least 3 star worthy she does annoy me. Many times you can figure out “who done it” before you’re even halfway through the story, so her plots are kind of obvious. Still, the books tend to be a semi-enjoyable ride other then the annoying fact that everyone in her books lives ...more
Chris
MHC is one of my favorite authors over the past 20 years. Unfortunately, as each year passes, so does the magic of her books. Her older books (pre-2000) are the best ones by far.

The Shadow....is her latest novel, supposedly about identity theft. This was one of my least favorite books by her; even Alvirah and Willy couldn't save it. They were thrown in simply to fill up pages, it seems.

Formulaic MHC:
Kidnapped child: Check.
(Single) mother with tragic past: Check
Ex-husband who may or may not be th
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Michael
The latest book from the prolific Mary Higgins Clark is a sure fire winner. The story goes of Alexandra Moreland whos son Matthew went missing 2 years earlier after being taken from the baby carriage he was in while the babysitter slept in a park. Zen has struggled but has tried to go on with her life the best she can while holding on to the beleif Matthew is alive. On what would be Matthews fifth birthday Zen founds her life turned upside down when a photo is leaked to the press seemingly showi ...more
Jen
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I have to admit that I hardly ever read Mystery's. I never read thrillers or horror. I'm just a big, big chicken. Honest. I don't watch scary movies or even really intense ones. But, I can also tell you that I rarely have nightmares and I'm not afraid to shower. I like it that way.

Mary Higgins Clark is probably the one exception to my mystery rule because she doesn't scare me. I honestly love the way she writes her stories. I know it's the same format every time but I like it. I like how she pla
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Jilane
Apr 29, 2011 Jilane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any MHC fan
Shelves: mystery
I PEGGED IT!!! For the first time ever, I predicted the criminal in the first one hundred pages. To be honest, I really started questioning myself the last fifty pages or so. I love Mary Higgins Clark because she masterfully weaves the story so that you do question yourself every time.

I have read every one of Mary Higgins Clark's books. This one so far is my favorite. As fantastic a storyteller as she is, I have a difficult time relating to her female protagonists. They always live in New York o
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Moondust
Alexandra Moreland's son is kidnapped in broad daylight from his stroller. A couple of years pass, she gets over the depression (most of it), starts a new single life, still hoping to find her son someday.
Until pictures of the person lifting her son out of the stroller surface.
The lady lifting her son in the pictures, looks uncannily like her. In fact exactly like her... which makes the cops and all her relatives wonder. Did the depression push Alexandra or Zan, as she is referred to in the bo
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Kelly S.
This was my first Mary Higgins Clark book...and perhaps my last! This is not to say that I didn't enjoy it but I can tell from the formulaic mystery writing that many of her other 30+ books would be too similar and not that challenging for me.
In this book, a 30-year-old-ish divorced interior designer named Zan Moreland has lost her son, Matthew. He was stolen out of a park while her young babysitter was watching him and fell asleep. The big twist was that a few years after the son was stolen,
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Sean Cronin
May 31, 2011 Sean Cronin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clafk fans
This is cleanly written, well paced mystery book. It lacks any depth in it's characters. This is a serious (to me) flaw.
We see a beautiful woman, Zan, (Alexandra) lost her three year old son to kidnap two years before. Zan is clear eyed, all, slender, well dressed, courageous, smart, successful NYC designer, with thick straight hair and a great wardrobe and she's slender. But the child's disappearance, obviously, leaves her heartbroken heartbroken.
Then Zan, who's thin and well dressed with gor
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Linda Munro
A Alvirah Meehan, lottery winner and amateur slueth novel. Unlike all of the other Alvirah Meehan novels; this novel involves Meehan feeling sorry for Alexandra “Zan” Moreland, an interior designer whose three year old son had been snatched two years prior, while at the same time feeling that Zan is psycologically ill and guilty of the abduction of her own child rather than seeking for the truth, is Meehan is noted for doing.

Throughout the novel, the reader is led to believe, as the detectives o
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Denise
I don't know why I even bother reading Mary Higgins Clark's books any more. They're all the same. And this one was no different. What made this one particularly annoying, in my opinion, was how strongly all of Zan's closest friends believed she was guilty, despite her pleading with them to believe her. Then, all of a sudden about three-quarters of the way through the book, Zan asks everyone one more time to believe her innocent until proven guilty. And go figure, at the drop of a hat, the other ...more
Susie
I just couldn't do it. I read Mary Higgins Clark when I was younger and I'm a sucker for a summer mystery, but the writing in this book was awful. The characters spend so much time talking out loud to themselves and making references like they are 30 going on 80. I thought I'd give her books one more try, but I think I'm done with them.
Maria João Fernandes
"Não me interessa quantas personalidades essa mulher tem. Todas elas têm que obedecer à lei."

Em "Eu Sei Que Voltarás" Mary Higgins Clark utiliza os mesmos ingredientes do livro que li anteriormente, "Enquanto a Minha Bela Dorme". Arrisco-me a deduzir que a autora utiliza a mesma fórmula em todos os seus livros. Como este é apenas o meu segundo, não penso que seja uma característica negativa até agora. O seu estilo constante e opções seguras apresentaram-me mais um romance de qualidade.

Eu estava
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Terri Lynn
I started reading Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries when the first one- WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN- came out and with I'LL WALK ALONE I'll Walk Alone, it is like spending a long weekend with an old friend.

I read a huge variety of mystery/suspense/thriller novels and find that each of my favorites has a different style and something that I find appealing.

Imagine yourself as a young up-and-coming interior decorator like Alexandra "Zan" Moreland, working for a difficult, pompous, but highly successful d
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Jan
I have a love/ hate relationship with Mary Higgins Clark’s mysteries.
I love the actual stories but hate how they all seem to follow a pattern.
I no longer allow myself to buy her books as I read them quickly and I don’t feel I get my money’s worth. However, I do pick them up from the library! I am drawn to her name on the shelves because I know from the second I start reading any of her books until the second I finish them, I will be totally involved in the plot. My gut will be in knots and I w
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Verona
I really liked this book. I put it on my "currently reading" list in August, but really didn't start it till after Christmas. I read it in a couple of weeks. I really like Mary Higgins Clark's books. She knows how to tell a story. Her characters are so interesting and so sympathetic. I can get into their persona and know how they feel. I sympathize with their situations; they seem like real people, or people I might know. That said, most of them live lives that are different from mine, and doin ...more
Soycazadoradesombrasylibros
Es el primer libro que leo de esta autora y no va a ser el único, puesto que la fama que tiene de que es la reina de la novela de suspense, se la tiene mas que merecida.

Desde que empieza hasta que finaliza nos encontramos con un monton de giros argumentales,pero ,lo que mas me ha llamado la atencion, es como Mary Higgins Clark, va presentandonos paulatinamente a todos los personajes y que estos, en algún momento de la novela tengan un nexo en comun, que hara que vosotros como lectores terminéis,
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ALPHAreader
Alexander “Zan” Moreland has lived through every mother’s worst nightmare – the abduction of her child. When he was just three years old, young Matthew Moreland was nabbed from his stroller while his babysitter slept nearby. For years after his disappearance Zan, at the time an up and coming architect, believed her former boss and business rival was responsible for her son’s kidnapping. She spent huge sums of money on private investigators and psychics in the search for her son . . . to no avail ...more
Neil Mudde
It is a Mary Higgins Clark book, it is hard to believe that the author ever lived a "average life" as from the picture on the book;s cover it has the aura of great wealth, and there is nothing wrong with being wealthy, heaven know I am probably jealous, but be this as it may
I have read all her books, they tend to be somewhat predictable, the characters are handsome, gegeourges, designers, artists, people from a wealthy background. So when a child is stolen from its carriage in Central Park, bein
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Cláudia
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Brenda
Jun 12, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense thriller lovers
If someone stole your identity, could they steal your life?

Zan Moreland is a successful architect, and 2 years ago her little boy, Matthew, was kidnapped, and no trace of him was ever found! She misses him every day, and is torn between the belief that he is still alive, and the horror that she will never see him again!

On the day that would have been Matthew's 5th birthday, photos appear that seem to show Zan herself kidnapping her own child! Hounded by the press, with the police investigating h
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Linda
I used to read Mary Higgins Clark mysteries a long time ago but haven’t read much lately. This book is a very light beach read and is not as good as her earlier works. I enjoyed it but did not love it. This is a story of Alexander Moreland, known as “Zan”, a young interior designer whose is son is missing, the victim of kidnapping. She believes he is still alive even though two years have passed. Zan herself is accused of the kidnapping when footage of his abduction is uncovered even though she ...more
Jeanna
I don't think I like Clark as much as I used to, but I still enjoy her. Despite having so few characters to choose from as the bad guy, I was still a bit thrown off by how everything happened and who the villain was, so that's pretty impressive (although, actually, I think that may have been because some of the scenes were misleading; but I'd have to go back again and look more closely, which I'm not going to do).

One thing that I had some issues with was several times when it seemed like the sa
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Karin
Mmm...book candy! So easy to read, but a few irritations:

1. The number of times phone calls were disconnected (aka hung up on).

2. All the 3-bedroom apartments in NYC.

3. I figured out the bad guy pretty quickly - there was no way it could be the guy everyone was accusing and there weren't a lot of other choices.

4. The central plot point to the novel. Zan expected Matthew to take a long nap. Tiffany felt like crap. Why make them go to the park? Why not have Matthew sleep in his crib and let Tif
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Alice Den
I had been drawn to this book for a while (perhaps the bright red cove-art) before I decided to purchase it, and I wish I didn't. It was my first Mary Higgins Clark read so I can not speak to her other work, but I found this one disappointing. The largest issue with the read is the characters, who lack any depth or believe-ability, and whom there are loads too many of. I spent more of my time re-reading to figure out who a character was, than actually reading about their current development. Alt ...more
Purple Iris
1.5

I don't review as much these days, but this book was pretty bad. Clark is an interesting writer. New York pretty much means Manhattan in her books and the main characters are pretty much always drowning in money -- dining at the Four Seasons on a regular basis, never, ever taking the subway. They're flat and could easily be substituted for one another. I don't know why I keep reading these. At least I don't buy them! Oh, and in this one, each character comes thisclose to revealing a crucial c
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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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