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Do You Want To Know A Secret? by Mary Jane Clark
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May 27, 11

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Read in January, 2000

Do You Want to Know a Secret?
by Mary Jane Clark

Mary Jane Clark's name is designed on the cover to resemble that of her former mother-in-law, Mary Higgins Clark. No accident there. Besides the marketing value of a famous name, Mary Jane's style is slavishly imitative of Mary Higgins. A bright young career woman is stunned to find a dear friend dead, possibly (probably) murdered. The murderer knows she must be silenced. Several killings (and a new boyfriend) later, Miss Bright-Young-Career is menaced and nearly killed, but saved at the last moment (often by said, new boyfriend). The murderer ends up dead, or insane.
This time around, it is young widow Eliza Blake who finds herself in peril. Her old friend and co-worker, anchorman Bill Kendall, has just committed suicide. The question as to why involves embezzlement from charities, a political election, a mentally ill homeless man, religion, psychiatrists, and AIDS. Also a killer who slays anyone who comes close to the truth. Little vignettes of the heroine, her friends, enemies, and coworkers are intercut together as the suspense (hopefully) comes to a head. Can I call this Mary Higgins Clark-esque?
Fortunately, I like this kind of novel, so the manufactured air was bearable. It was dressed up well enough. Ms. Clark's day job is in a broadcast news studio and she seems to knows what she's talking about with the little details. The characters, though entirely predictable, were fine. However, the ending threw me for a loop. It was totally unexpected (which is good), but totally unbelievable. There are a few details that remain unresolved. Did Wingard confront his campaign manager about lying to him? What happened to the murderer? The gun goes off and that's that. Why did Bill keep verbatim transcripts of all his conversations on his computer? Honestly, though, I do not really want to know. Do You Want to Know a Secret would make a decent airplane read.
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