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Where Are the Children?

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Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her hair, and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal -- until the morning when she looks in th ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published 1975)
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Julie Hoffpauir Barbara Wright? Just because you wanted to strangle your sister because she told you about the book that you had to share that damn piece of…moreBarbara Wright? Just because you wanted to strangle your sister because she told you about the book that you had to share that damn piece of information to others especially in the area where everyone sees it not to mention that doesn't qualify as a question to anyone except the part where you asked if anybody read it in one of the women magazines. There is a MARK ENTIRE ANSWER AS SPOILER button. Next time use it.(less)
Melissa I started reading MHC in middle school and felt I had grown out of her for darker works sometime in high school/college. I have read James Patterson,…moreI started reading MHC in middle school and felt I had grown out of her for darker works sometime in high school/college. I have read James Patterson, Stephen King but mostly Jonathan Kellerman books for the mystery genre. I feel like hers are much less dark overall but she does have a variety of themes. I stopped reading because I felt like I had read so many of her books that I could predict the outcomes too easily. I don't think a first time reader would feel that way though. (less)

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It's been too long since I read a book that I rated a 5 star rating. The plot thickens from the second chapter onward. The book is about plotting and characterization. There weren't too many 'big' words in the book. Consider, that even popular thriller writers, say, like David Baldacci, often throw in a difficult word or two.

Mary Higgins Clark doesn't waste any words. They came piling in, one after another, until I felt sure, each sentence will make me understand a new thing about the Cape (the
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think I've gotten pickier as I've gotten older. I devoured Mary Higgins Clark's novels when I was in junior high and high school. I loved being a little scared and trying to figure out who the killer was. (I think that may have been a carryover from my elementary-aged love of Agatha Christie novels.) I didn't have as much fun with this one.

I picked up this book at the library because I hadn't read a novel like this in ages. And now I kind of remember why. As enjoyable as the story was (who doe
Karin Slaughter
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you look at this book in the context of its time, it's actually sort of shocking. The plot is really tightly wrought and the characters are strong and likable in a way that seems natural today, but was very bold back in the day.

I see Mary a lot at crime writing functions and she is always the best dressed, most glamorous author in the room. (Granted, this is not a high bar, but still)
Zahra Rhm
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
یک داستان جنایی هیجان انگیز که تا تمومش نکنی نمیتونی بگذاریش کنار.
داستان در مورد زنی هست که در هفتمین سالگرد کشته شدن بچه هاش، دو تا بچه ی دیگه ش گم میشن. برای خواننده ای که جنایی زیاد خونده، به قدری سرنخ از قاتلِ آدم ربا هست که سریع تشخیصش بده. با این وجود همچنان جذاب و هیجان انگیزه.

شخصیت "ری" خیلی دوست داشتنی بود. پدری که بچه هاش گم شدن و همسرش مظنون اصلیه. اون حتی نمیدونه که آیا بچه هاش رو بار دیگه میبینه یا نه اما از همسرش حمایت میکنه. در حقیقت نمی خواد همسرش رو هم از دست بده.

Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
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 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
Unfassbar, welche gymnastischen Übungen MHC dem Zufall in WINTERSSTURM abverlangt; tagelang wird das Schicksal nach diesen Dehnübungen massiver Muskelkater geplagt haben. Nicht minder strapaziert wird die Gutgläubigkeit des Lesers, wenn an einem einzigen Tage, dem Geburtstag von Nancy, ihre zwei Kinder entführt werden, ein ehemaliger erpresserischer Belastungszeuge nach Jahren wieder auftaucht und ein griechischer Gastronom just die Immobilie besichtigt, in dem die Kinder gefangen gehalten werde ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: os-meus-livros
Opinião completa

Foi, pura e simplesmente, incrível!
A história faz-nos dar voltas e voltas à cabeça, a tentar juntar peças, a pensar "hum... Foi aquele" "afinal parece que não. Deve ser este". Até que, a 1/4 do final do livro... Oh meu deus! A sério? Nunca pensei!! E é nesta altura que as pessoas também começam a desvendar peças que faltavam e que eles percebem quem realmente foi.
E depois é uma correria frenética para salvar as crianças.
Foram 200 pag fanta
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read any of Mary Higgins Clark's books in quiet a while. After reading this one I realized again why I love her writing. Throughout the whole book I was trying to figure out who the kidnapper/murderer was and what happened to Mack. Every time I thought I was right I was proven wrong. Her books are so easy to read and flow nicely through the chapters.
May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book when I was in high school. I borrowed it, read it and returned it the next day...

I was horrified, chilled and appalled at the way the main female character was treated, but equally amazed and thrilled at the ending which allowed her to twist the dirty deeds of her tormenter back on himself.

One of the reasons this subgenre became so popular was that until the 1970s (and the movie "The Burning Bed") very few people were willing to admit that a man could hurt his wife. In th
Dion Ribeiro
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nem sempre o que parece, é!
Uma leitura bastante empolgante e cheia de surpresas... gostei muito.
DeAnna Knippling
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not my thing but very well done. Fast-paced, hard to put down. Not a deep character study. Not a mystery. But a...domestic thriller? I'm not sure what to call it. It moves as fast as a Patterson (and I suspect he studied some of the author's techniques at some point) but stays grounded in home and family. What I don't like about it is that it's a button-pusher, not so much focused on telling a story as provoking the reader. It does that sort of thing very well--but again, not my thing.
May 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-school
This book was horrible.
Emir Ibañez
Esta autora forma parte de uno de mis desafíos de este año. Hace un par de meses estaba recorriendo la estantería de mi suegra y me encontré con Un Grito en la Noche, de Mary Higgins Clark, "la reina del suspense".

Este título me quedó haciendo ruido así que lo leí y me encantó su estilo. Es muy, muy sencillo, tanto en su narrativa, como en su trama, pero son de esos libros que cuando lo cerrás quedás satisfecho. Obviamente, si los agarrás sin mucha expectativas.

Así que, como cada autor nuevo que
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
The story involves an innocent woman, Nancy Harmon, who was at one point convicted of the murder of her two young children and sentenced to the gas chamber in California. Released on a technicality, the key witness had disappeared so she couldn't be retried. She dyed and cut her hair, changed her name, moved to Cape Cod and married and had two more children. And now, the secret of her true identity has come to light in her new community and her five-year-old son Michael and three-year-old daught ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in junior high, and remembered being unable to put it down. I've read a few Mary Higgins Clark books since then, and they've been ok, but nothing that really grabbed me. Then I came across Where Are the Children at a used book sale and decided to read it again. And I finished it in two days flat. It would have been one, but I did have to be a parent during the time I was trying to read. :)

Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
My Rating: Three & 1/2 Stars

This was actually really, really good for a debut novel. Considering the subject matter, it clearly demonstrates that Mary Higgins Clark was ahead of her time when she wrote the book in 1975. I can see why it was a real standout; the shocking, suspense-filled thriller must've had everyone talking. Compared to present-day novels, Where Are The Children? is still a very good mystery. It aged well, but I did have a few problems that kept it from being a standout expe
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was disturbing and intense and shook me. I was all parts intrigued, riveted, consumed and wholly disgusted. I'm not sure I've ever read a book that page after page I wanted, sometimes needed, to put down because of the awful way it made me look and think about humanity and at the same time keep turning the page. I was possessed I needed to know what was going to happen, I was desperate to know if things would work out...
This book made me question the abilities of man on every level. Th
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
* Mary Higgins Clark's second novel and her first suspense novel.

* Number 50 on the Mystery Writers of America's list "The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time." This list also includes Agatha Christie's book, The Witness for the Prosecution. Oh, wait. That was a short story, not a novel. Memory is a funny thing, isn't it? Not only can it turn short stories into novels, I think it can turn novelty into greatness. My 30th Anniversary Edition of Clark's book includes an Introduction by Clark in whic
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I liked the story and it was an interesting concept. It had a good flow and I didn't feel that it was slow in any parts. Really, my only problem with the book had to do with the authors descriptions. For example, she would take the time to describe the main characters clothing which sounded like things my 60 year old mother would wear, not a 28 year old. And has anyone referred to jean as dungarees in the past 50 years? Also, her description of the characters 900 sq. ft. apartment made it sound ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Mary Higgins Clark is a best seller for a reason - and that is she is predictable, not necessarily in plot or style but in that her books are readable and enjoyable - yes there may be a formula you quickly get the feel for and the characters may sometimes feel like they have been lifted right out of one story in to the next - but still they are well written and fun reads. I didnt realise how much I had been drawn in to the story until I realised how few pages there were left in the book. And eve ...more
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, funbooks, fluff
Nancy (Harmon) Eldredge moved to Cape Cod from California to escape a haunting past: her children Peter and Lisa were murdered, and she was accused of and tried for their deaths. Over six years, she has remarried and created a new life for herself, complete with a home, husband, and two children. But, on her 32nd birthday, that all changed when her two children (Mike and Missy) were kidnapped and her past and true identity were revealed in the local paper. Now, Nancy must face her past and force ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Great suspense but "blah" characters.

In her first suspense novel, Clark does a great job of developing the tension by offering up enough red herrings to ensure a gradual reveal, but also enough solid hints to allow the reader to figure it out. Unfortunately, her characters were weak cliches and not particularly interesting.

All in all this was an okay and easy read that will be most appreciated by fans of the suspense novel.

Nicky Wills
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book. This is MHC’s first suspense novel and it is so well written. I read it years ago but it’s been long enough that I didn’t remember how it ended. Excited to get into the next one!
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really thrilling book and good read. I love how she used each character in the book. I'll be adding Mary Higgins Clark to my list of go-to authors.
Anna Dowdall
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having read a little Mary Higgins Clark, I still didn't know what to expect from this iconic book that catapulted her to suspense thriller fame in 1975. She is said to have gone back to her early suspense reading (and keep in mind she was born in 1927) as an inspiration for this book. A part of me is in awe at the way she plots and how she ratchets up the tension. This is a book you really can't read at night. Another part of me was, well, amused by the gender stereotyping, wh
Ann L.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ann by: Yard Sale Find- 10 cents
Shelves: fiction
This is my second Mary Higgins Clark novel that I've read. I rated the first one a ONE because I didn't like it at all. Well, suffice it to say, I have tried again and I just can't get into it, because it's not dangerous enough or something. This one was a little better than the last one at least, but I knew who the person in question was that kidnapped the kids, but by the time I figured that out, I was a bit bored of the story and wanted it to end, so I really didn't care. I guess I just like ...more
Brittany moore
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
After finishing another MHC book I was eager to get my hands on another. You can tell this was her first book. Fantastic ideas, just not a fan of the execution. The ending was tied up too quickly for me.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I read this book many years ago, and just re-read it as I remembered that it was one I had really enjoyed. I had forgotten the story, so enjoyed it just as much the second time.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
where are the children is a book about Nancy Harmon and her past she was convicted of killing her first to children peter and Lisa. After the trial was determined a miss trial, because he key witness didn't show, Nancy moved to cape cod and remarried to a man named Ray Eldredge. Nancy then had two more children Micheal and Missy. No one knew of her past until her children where kidnapped, or so she says. once the police did a background check on her everyone was convinced it was her except her h ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the genre.
There were a lot of things about this book that really annoyed me. Namely, the pervading attitude towards women. There was so much undisguised misogyny in these scant 290 pages that I was several times overwhelmed by the distinct urge to toss the book in the oven and turn that fucker on broil. The only thing that stopped me was the fact that it was a library book, so if I charbroiled it, I'd have to pay for the damn thing, which: a) I'm broke; and b) I refuse to pay a single cent for something s ...more
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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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“Exposed to the world for what she was; numbed with worry and fear; trying to answer the question... The same question the police had thrown at her over and over seven years ago.....Where are the Children?” 3 likes
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