Mary Higgins Clark based her first suspense novel on the real life case of Alice Crimmins. Alice was a beautiful young mother who dominated the news iMary Higgins Clark based her first suspense novel on the real life case of Alice Crimmins. Alice was a beautiful young mother who dominated the news in 1965 when she was accused of murdering her two young children. Mary Higgins Clark read about the case and as she explained in the forward of the book she based Where are the Children? on her suppositions of Alice's life after she was finally paroled.
In this story Alice is reimagined as Nancy Elderage a young woman who was tried for the murder of her own two children, Peter and Lisa. After her husband commits suicide and she is released from prison she starts life over in Cape Cod. She remarries and has two more children Michael and Missy with her new husband Ray Eldridge. One day the children disappear while playing outside and when her past is conveniently revealed in the town's newspaper on the day of the disappearance suspicion naturally falls on her.
I picked this book up because I saw a piece on Many Higgins Clark on CBS Sunday morning. I was so impressed with her life story and the book's connection to a real crime that I wanted to read it. The book is so specific to the 1970's. It's a real time trip. As for the mystery itself it was quite well thought out if somewhat predictable. The topic of pedophilia was not discussed much in the 70's so I can imagine the topic of this book was quite shocking when it came out. Overall it was a quick and enjoyable read. I also enjoyed learning more about Mary Higgins Clark. When her children were quite young her husband died leaving her the sole breadwinner of her family. She decided to become an author to support her family and despite many rejections and the failure of her first book she preserved to eventually become the Queen of the suspense thriller. If you would like to lean more about Mary Higgins Clark, her interview with CBS can be found here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mary-higg......more
The sizzle has gone out of Owen and Lucy's marriage. They are middle aged, in a long term relationship, and then there is Wyatt, their autistic son whThe sizzle has gone out of Owen and Lucy's marriage. They are middle aged, in a long term relationship, and then there is Wyatt, their autistic son who sucks out the last of their energy. One night, while throwing a dinner party, Lucy finds out her friends are planning on having an open marriage. At first she and Owen are repulsed and then they become intrigued. They make up a list of rules and then they dare to test them out. Against the backdrop of Lucy and Owen's crumbling marriage we learn about some of the other residents and their own marital woes in the the yuppie town of Beekman outside of Manhattan that they all reside in.
I loved this story so much. It was a soapy addictive read. The author writes for television and I could easily see this as being the next limited series for HBO. She nails so many truths of what it is like to be in a long term marriage in your forties. She also knows what it is like to parent in 2017 especially if you parent a special needs child. In addition to the dishy drama the story is also quite funny and I chuckled out loud in a few places. RIP Fat Black. If you are looking for a juicy read that will make your own spouse seem like a dream or make you glad you are single then you need to make an arrangement to read this book. ...more
I picked this book in February when I guess I had romance on the brain. I don't usually gravitate towards this genre but in honor of Valentines Day II picked this book in February when I guess I had romance on the brain. I don't usually gravitate towards this genre but in honor of Valentines Day I thought I would give it another shot. I also do like some Christian fiction, especially that by Francine Rivers. This book reminded me why I usually stay away from this type of book. Every romance trope was dragged out for this insipid Regency cliche.
Lavinia, who is the elusive Miss Ellison of the title, is the reverend's daughter. She is of course innocent and beautiful. She spends her days caring for the poor and vexing the Earl of Hawkesbury who can never earn her approval or attention no matter how hard he tries. Part of this is due to the fact that his brother mowed down her mother. If this wasn't bad enough the Earl himself tramples her dog to death. This was the part of the book I was ready to throw in the towel. He killed her dog! He would have been lucky to still be alive if it was me. As this was a review copy I felt it was my duty to finish so I stuck through the predictable plot when the Earl saves Lavinia from death when she contract an illness from ministering to the poor and her almost rape at a ball. By this point I was seriously rolling my eyes and it was all I could do to force myself to finish this tired trope. Does the elusive Miss Ellison and the dog murdering Earl end up together? I think you know the answer....more
This is an epistolary story told in narration, notices, and letters that various people send. The setting is a small village in England in WWII. The mThis is an epistolary story told in narration, notices, and letters that various people send. The setting is a small village in England in WWII. The men of the village are off fighting and the ladies are left to carry on as best they can. They decide to resuscitate the Chilbury choir since it was dissolved due to lack of male participation. Beside choir practice the ladies of the town have their hands filled with air raids, forced lodgers, family drama, switched at birth babies, love affairs, and all of the other trappings of war that occupy their lives. Led by the indomitable spirit of Mrs. Tilling the women support each other through good and a lot of bad. Somehow in the end everything works out just as it should. I was surprised at how much I loved this charming novel. I fell in love with the people of Chlbury especially Mrs. Tilling who never met someone's business that she could but out of. I loved the books message of how an act of kindness can change everything. I highly recommend this endearing novel of a village rising to the challenge of war....more
A Sophie Kinsella novel is pure escapism entertainment for me. In this latest novel we have a Working Girl/ Cinderella story. Katie is a country girlA Sophie Kinsella novel is pure escapism entertainment for me. In this latest novel we have a Working Girl/ Cinderella story. Katie is a country girl at heart but she longs to get into the branding, advertisement industry in London. The only problem is life in London is not as glamorous as she hoped it would be and so she tries to brand her own life on social media. When she is unexpectedly let go from her dream job, Katie has to regain her footing in order to pursue her dreams.
Katie is in the mold of all of Kinsella's heroines. Spunky, pretty, and exceedingly kind. Although you may not get the rich and handsome hunk all of the girls in these chick lit books get, these novels are still a sweet reminder that kindness and and a positive attitude can get you pretty far in life....more