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Daddy's Gone A Hunting

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  8,444 Ratings  ·  1,081 Reviews
In her latest novel Mary Higgins Clark, the beloved, bestselling "Queen of Suspense," exposes a dark secret from a family's past that threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly, when the family-owned furniture firm in Long Island City, founded by their grandfather and famous for its fine reproductions of antiques, explodes into flames in the middle of the ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)
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May 21, 2013 Vin9 rated it did not like it
Dryer than sand, full of naive and stupid characters, Clark is getting worse with every new novel. This had a good premise of classic Higgins but it was so poorly executed with flat dialogues that it felt like I was reading a brochure.

Also am I only one who find Clark's recent novels being way too 'political conservative' disturbing? First of all she bitches on and on about the economy, understandable, but then she goes on introducing Christian themes with all church stuff for few chapters that
Jul 14, 2013 Katrina rated it did not like it
This pains me because MHC has always been a favorite of mine, but good grief! This book is awful. There is no character development whatsoever. We get Kate is tall and blonde, Hannah looks like dad and is short, dad is an asshole, etc. We get it because its told to us in every chapter.

The dialogue is stilted, immature and unrealistic. There are too many periods and not enough comma's. She inserts inane facts in the oddest of places. It's just weird.

Sadly, I think it's past time for Ms. Clark to
Apr 29, 2013 Janet rated it it was ok
Now we are back to another "not her best". It was very unbelievable from the first page. There is no way a successful educated Kate would cause an explosion in her families furniture business no matter how upset she was over the money it was losing. Totally unbelievable and since that was the main plot of the story, it made it unenjoyable. There were way too many sub-plots. Too many "other" murders and suspects and storylines to keep track of. And while I get the title, the red shoe (yes the dea ...more
May 03, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
This book was an entertaining and fast read. As a long time MHC reader, the twists and turns keep the reader's interest. It is clever how several murders intersect people's lives and for some allow painful closure. I do not want to give out spoilers, but recommend it as a entertaining read.
Apr 29, 2013 Alla rated it it was amazing
In “Daddy’s Gone A Hunting” by Marry Higgins Clark, Kate Connelly nearly dies in the explosion of her father’s furniture antique reproduction company, when she goes there in the middle of the night to meet up with Gus Schmidt, her friend and a laid off craftsmen who gets killed as a result of the explosion. As Kate falls into a coma, it is up to her sister Hannah, a fashion designer, to try to piece everything together while their father Doug Connelly, a drunk womanizer who hasn’t been managing ...more
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Διαβάζοντας ένα ακόμα βιβλίο της νέας Χρυσής Σειράς των εκδόσεων Μεταίχμιο, την “Ένοχη Νύχτα”, ένιωσα ανακούφιση και ικανοποίηση, αλλά και απορία συνάμα. Οι λόγοι, είναι απλοί. Έχοντας διαβάζει προηγουμένως το “Έρωτας Εξ Αποστάσεως” της ίδιας σειράς, το οποίο και με απογοήτευσε, αισθάνθηκα ανακούφιση ξεκινώντας να διαβάζω ένα βιβλίο που από τις πρώτες κιόλας σελίδες του, προμήνυε πως αυτό που ερχόταν μπροστά μου, ήταν κάτι περισσότερο από καλό. Προχωρώντας την ανάγνωση, ένιωσα ικανοποίηση και αυ ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
Mary Higgins Clark has become known as the “Queen of Suspense” in the years since her first novel, Where Are the Children (1975) and for good reason. Her suspense/mystery books are reminiscent of Agatha Christie with plot twists and turns, multiple red herrings, and a dramatic conclusion that the reader comes to understand only in the last pages of the book. Her novels for the last decade or so have focused on the uncanny sleuthing skills of Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy and did not have ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Neena rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I was not very keen on this latest book by MHC. Her latest books tend to be disappointing usually. I have always liked Clark’s older books better. However, the title pulled me and reading the synopsis I found it interesting and just thought about trying it for 50 pages or so. This book did not disappoint me at all. It has tight plot, twists and turns and story is full of suspense.
The story is about two sisters, Kate and Hannah; Kate is left in comma after a deadly fire in their family owned war
AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall: 3 Narration: 4 Story: 3

I am a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark, and have read probably every title released up until 2010, and then sporadically as time permitted. While I had not read this title, I had high hopes for the book, and was really excited to be approved to review the title.

Sadly, I didn’t find the story as intriguing or suspenseful, nor was the ending at all surprising. The overwhelming sense I have from this audiobook is that the ending was created fi

Vários suspeitos e as peças pareciam que não se encaixavam, e fui surpreendido pelo final, mas não achei nada de suspense indescritível e terror como a capa descreve. Não me manteve totalmente agarrado e além disto não senti nenhuma ligação com as personagens.

Apesar de não ser um dos melhores da MHC, deu para desanuviar depois de leituras pesadas.
Shadini Zabaneh
Feb 27, 2014 Shadini Zabaneh rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a story! I would have never guessed how this story would unfold. I developed so many theories about what was going on and who did what but my suspicions were waaayyyyy off. What a twist! Thumbs up for keeping the suspense going until the end!
Jun 10, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Mary Higgins Clark is an excellent storyteller. While there are predictable elements to each of her novels, there is always a great story that draws the reader in and provides much enjoyable reading time. To me, it's akin to the Mystery Theatre on the radio that I used to listen to when traveling. You settle yourself in to what you know is going to be a mystery lover's delight. Although Clark is not the deepest, most profound writer that I read, she is consistent in a well-written mystery that I ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok
Some parts of this book were just so mind numbingly STUPID! I expected great things from Clark and she sadly didn't deliver! Far too many sub plots, and as much as I love reading about food, I've never felt so bored reading about ham and Swiss on rye and bloody salads! Clark took a bunch of strings and attempted to tie them together into a beautiful knot but instead ended up with a tangled ugly mess. The chapter I hated the most was the two priests discussing the minutiae of the boating accident ...more
Stauroula Sta
Aug 23, 2014 Stauroula Sta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
πολυ ωριαο βιβλιο , δικαιη επιλογη να μπει στην χρυση σειρα του μεταιχμιου!!!! ειχα αρκετο καιρο να διαβασω ενα βιβλιο μονο μεσα σε λιγες ωρες!!! αν και αστυνομικο εχει αγωνια!!!!!!!το συνιστω!!!!
Jun 09, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
It was not this author's best work she thought. And thus the problem with the book. The plot is fine, but the writing simply isn't up to par. And, the "he thoughts she thoughts" for each character in the book drove me crazy. In addition, it felt as though spell check did a find and replace on the book that removed all grammar contractions-which is the opposite of where language is headed.
Gary Branson
Apr 07, 2013 Gary Branson rated it liked it
I read MHC every three to four years to remind myself why I only read her every three to four years. This one is OK, better than some, nowhere near as good as her earlier novels. I had the feeling I had read this one before... Not sure why, just felt very familiar. Interestingly, the solution seemed too easy.
Apr 14, 2013 Nancy added it
In this new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, the reigning “Queen of Suspense,” a dark secret from a family’s past threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly. When the family-owned furniture firm, including the mansion where priceless antiques are kept, explodes into flames in the middle of the night, Kate must escape to save her life. But the suspicious circumstances point to her involvement. Was the explosion set deliberately? Why was Kate, ...more
Katie W
May 02, 2013 Katie W rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Kate and Hannah are in the middle of a mystery when their family's antique furniture store/museum/warehouse explodes, leaving Kate in a medically-induced coma and a former worker (and friend) dead. Meanwhile, there are several other unsolved murders around New York City that seem to be possibly tied in somehow.

Some of Mary Higgins Clark's books have me going back and forth and here and there, trying to figure out who did it. For me, this was one of those books. Maybe others can figure it out, b
Jun 08, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Kate and Hannah Connelly were only very young when they lost their mother and uncle in a dreadful boating accident. At three years old, Kate was just old enough to remember her mother…she remembered her beautiful red high heeled shoes, and how Mummy danced with her and Daddy, the three of them happy, just the night before the accident. But Hannah was only a baby, and remembered nothing of her life back then.

Their father was the owner of a large antique furniture company in Long Island City, whic
Apr 24, 2013 Monnie rated it liked it
Half-stars aren't possible at Goodreads, but if they were, I'd bump up my rating by an extra half. But going up to four, unfortunately, just wouldn't be an honest appraisal. Within minutes after starting, I almost stopped; the whole thing seemed extremely simplistic, with a few things that just didn't add up.

One of the first characters who's introduced, Kate, lost her mother in a boating accident when she was just three years old. Not long after that, a younger sister, Hannah, appears in the cas
May 07, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
The premise was twisted and original and as always seemed well-researched. I love the dynamic themes that MHC uses in her novels, she reminds me of my grandmother in her curiosity of a wide variety of things. Some of her recent novels have become kind of a stock formula and the baddie is easily predictable, this one I called only barely before the ending.

A downside was that the characters were not too developed. The main two, Hannah and Kate, seemed generic. And the character names are repetiti
Apr 19, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
I've been reading Mary Higgins Clark books since I was a teenager, and I'm a huge fan. However, I'm not sure what to think about her latest book.

It's hard to summarize the plot because there are several different story lines/threads/back stories that are woven together for a great plot. I liked all of the characters. Most are typical MHC....strong women who figure things out with the help of a few great guys.

Yet, something was a little off with the story. I don't know if it a few spots where t
Oct 01, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Mary doesn't leave her readers disappointed. This book grabs you from the first page. Opens up with the daughter of a antique furniture owner going to the warehouse with a retired employee because she wants to show him something while walking up the stairs she smells gas and tries to get out to no avail the employee dies in the explosion and she is in a coma. While insurance investigators are doing their job a body turns up under the foundation which happens to be the body of a girl who has been ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I like to get fluffy audio books to listen to on my commute, but this book was completely terrible. I would almost give it two stars because I did find that I needed to finish it for I don't know what reason. This was the first Mary Higgins Clark book I read and from the other reviews, I can see now that this was a mistake. An even bigger mistake was that before I even tried an MHC book, I read a truly dreadful novel by her daughter, Carol. This book is extremely repetitive. It could easily be a ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 19, 2013 Susan Snodgrass rated it it was amazing
I have been reading Mary Higgins Clark's books since she wrote 'Where Are The Children?' in 1975. She always knows her stiff and no matter how hard I try, I can't figure out the bad guy/girl.

I love her books and always will.
Apr 11, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: library, mystery
This was not bad. Not as bad as her last one, at least. I'm getting sick of all of her characters (in every book) eating the same meals, though. You like pasta with clam sauce, Mary. We get it.
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Jason Cantone
Aug 26, 2015 Jason Cantone rated it did not like it
Absolutely horrible, pointless writing.

Just when you think the plot lines couldn't be more convenient, she throws in the Nazis because why not? With a twist ending right out of a D-movie, this goes down as one of my least favorite books in years.

I read this because it comes from my grandmother's book collection, which she gave to me when she passed away. I had fond memories of reading these types of books with her when I was in high school. Goodreads people: Has Mary Higgins Clark turned to po
Lois Downs
Jul 16, 2013 Lois Downs rated it really liked it
Very Good book. Author always writes great books
Aug 08, 2013 Wendy rated it it was ok
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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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