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Before I Say Goodbye

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A young woman probing into the mysterious circumstances of her husband's death receives a message from a medium claiming to be his channel in Mary Higgins Clark's #1 bestselling thriller, Before I Say Good-Bye.

When Nell MacDermott learns that her husband, architect Adam Cauliff, and three of his business associates have died in an explosion of his new cabin cruiser, she is
Published 2000 by Simon Schuster
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Donna I was having a hard time keeping all the people straight too. It was a big overwhelming but I did like the book. Once I got used to the different…moreI was having a hard time keeping all the people straight too. It was a big overwhelming but I did like the book. Once I got used to the different people and after they started to connect with one another I started to like it more. I hope you were able to finish it. (less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Before I Say Goodbye, Mary Higgins Clark
Mary Higgins Clark, America's "Queen of Suspense," delves into the mystery of psychic powers in her gripping new thriller, " Before I Say Good-Bye." When Adam Cauliff's new cabin cruiser, "Cornelia II, " blows up in New York harbor with him and several close business associates aboard, his wife, Nell MacDermott, is not only distraught at the loss but wracked with guilt because she and Adam had just had a serious quarrel and she had told him not to come hom
Quite a disappointment after the heady rush that Mary Higgins Clark's books brought to me. This book of hers, Before I say Good-Bye, is more like Jeffrey Archer rather than the style of prose that Mary herself specialized in. Also Mary's daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, has penned the type of books that caught my attention.

There is a mystery element here. Faint, very faint indeed, but its presence dislocated the ending of the book. The author had planned each day in the life of her characters, met
Nathan Burgoine
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Y'know how sometimes you pick up a book and you think, "Wow, that's an interesting cover," and you flip it over and read the back and think, "Wow, that's an interesting plot set-up," and then you check out the author and you think, "Crap. That's an author I can't stand."

There's the sitch.

Thing is, I participated in an audiobookbox trade thingy on, and a whole box of audiobooks arrived, and this was in it. I have a thing for paranormal stories, and this title involves, at least t
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I think this was supposed to be a thriller. Not in the least bit thrilling, though. Slow moving, predictable and boring, with two dimensional characters. Despite the main protagonist being female, the women were unintelligent, gullible and naive. Almost all wrapped their lives around men. I can't believe I finished it. The most annoying thing was that when the characters were thinking or feeling anything it was said in the first person. For example, a woman alone in her apartment might think (no ...more
Nicole Alycia
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So I didn't realize I had already read this book until I started it. It was lucky then that I didn't actually remember what happened. It all eventually came back to me, the more I read, but it was still an entertaining read the second time around (a little Mary Higgins Clark humor for you there ... Because she has a book called The Second Time Around ... Okay I'm not hat funny).
There's a reason she's called the Queen of Suspense though and this book lives up to her title. It was action packed,
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2005
Nell MacDermott is devastated when her husband, Adam Cauliff, dies in a boat explosion. Her grief is made worse because she had quarreled with Adam the day before he died about her desire to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and run for political office. When people start questioning whether Adam was involved with shady real estate deals, Nell struggles to clear his name before it ruins her political chances. She reluctantly uses the help of a psychic who claims that Adam is speaking to her ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ko gero, pati neįdomiausia knyga, kurią kada nors teko skaityti. Beveik kiekviename skyriuje atsiranda naujas veikėjas, kuris dažniausiai būna pristatomas "kaip labai gražus, labai sėkmingas" etc., tai labai greitai pradeda erzinti. Na, jei esi "Santa Barbaros" fanas, tuomet gal ir užkabina. Nors detektyvai dažnai nespindi gilesnėmis prasmėmis, stiliaus turtingumu etc., bet bent jau įtraukia ir norisi skaityti vis toliau, ko apie šią knygą negalėčiau pasakyti. Žinau, kad jei pragare būčiau verči ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
This is definitely the best book of hers I've read by her in ages. The whole psychic/spirit channeling was a little hokey, but it was the first time in years every time I thought I had the book figured out, another twist was thrown in the plot and I found myself guessing again. Did her grandfather, the legendary Congressman have anything to do with blowing up her husband and his associates on his boat because he never once tried to hide his disdain and disapproval for who was essentially a nobod ...more
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Mary Higgins Clark’s books always make me a bit nostalgic for summers when I was a child. My grandmother and I would trade these books back and forth, discussing and comparing notes on who had correctly guessed the plot. This novel, at thirteen years old, still counts as more recent novel and one that I hope my grandmother had a chance to read. It is certainly one of MHC’s better novels. Mixing together politics, psychics, and architecture, the plot unfolds in a fast-paced and entertaining fashi ...more
Jeff Miller
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have been really enjoying the last couple of her books I have read this year. In this novel there was one plot point I was highly suspicious of since the author is a faithful Catholic. Turned out it was good to be suspicious.
As with many Mary Higgins Clark books, I come along for the ride because I enjoy the plot lines and characters that she develops. Before I Say Good-Bye was no different, with an interesting premise and the added intrigue of the paranormal, it was a fun and quick read. While I did figure out the "twist" early on the in the novel, I was still interested in Nell's story and the other points of view that we were presented along the way. The criticism I do have is that a lot of the time we are told a ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
The plot for this story was at first quite intriguing. In the prologue we are introduced to 14 year old Nell MacDermott who has been orphaned at a young age and is being brought up by her grandfather, 'Mac'. While swimming at Maui, she gets caught in a riptide and feels the presence of her dead parents and with their encouragement she manages not to give up and to eventually swim back to shore but she is left with a lifelong fear of drowning and also the suspicion that she may be psychic. The m ...more
Val Penny
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mary Higgins Clark was born on December 24, 1927 in the Bronx, New York, USA. She published her first short story in 1956. When she was widowed in 1964 she had five children to care for so she decided to try her hand at writing books.

Clark was president of Mystery Writers of America and has an award named for her. I chose to read the book Before I say Goodbye because I had never read anything by this acclaimed author before. I really enjoyed the book and found it easy to read.

The story is a myst
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Entertaining, but not outstanding.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: policial
Otro libro que se lee muy bien de Mary Higgins Clark. Aunque luego de leer un par, uno empieza a ver un poco más de la mecánica de la armazón del libro, que se vuelve entonces un poco más predecible en cuanto al alcance de la historia y de los personajes. La sorpresa entonces es menor, aún si, de todos modos, llegar a la última página sigue siendo una necesidad apremiante.
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Although there were quite a few characters in this book to keep track of, it was entertaining to read. Of course, Mary had them all entwined somehow. It was an easy read, not very complicated to keep up with and easy to understand. None of those BIG
Jackie Keating
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was just kind of silly. The plot wasn't great and the writing was worse. I cannot fathom why Mary Higgins Clark has so many fans. This was the first and last book of hers I'll ever read.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
not keen to read any of her books but was very pleasantly surprised. quick to read but very twisty story and hard to determine the ending until the end!
Shaambhavi Pathak
Nov 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
predictable plot, slow painful reading and unimpressive characters.. Ms. Clark could have done better.
Shreya Shreya
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: smooth-reads
I read this book in my Mary Higgins book marathon that I had been doing out of boredom. This book like all her other writings are unexpected and mysterious.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very shocking plot
Alisair Anderson
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a well-written and intriguing book. It's been awhile since I have read a book that has me contemplating what's going to happen next and which character to trust. The book starts off with Nell who is the main character and shows how she sacrifices her political career because of her husband, which ended up backfiring on her. I want to refrain from spoiling the book but something devastating ends up happening which was completely unexpected. This book deals with a lot of trust issues, bet ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, suspense
This was a great read. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Ms. Clark developed wonderful characters, and she uses them to masterfully keep you guessing to the end. Like most of Ms. Clark's novels this story has a surprise ending that won't disappoint.

After reading this book I felt as is I was looking for something more in the end, and it would be easy enough to spin a sequel from the open ending. That just isn't Ms. Clark's style however. Even with an ending that I felt left too many loose ends, I didn't c
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
This is definitely not her best book, but it was okay. I found "the big twist" predictable (who else would have done it?), though the motivations for it seemed forced. I also felt that there were quite a few unanswered questions at the end -- like why an accomplice would do his/her part in the plot or how he/she fit in.

There are other books by Mary Higgins Clark that have made a much bigger impression on me (at least one that still gives me chills thinking of it), but this one was lacking in com
Janice Cafarelli
Nell's whole life has had heartbreak and unexplained help from beyond but when another tragedy strikes she finds herself involved in more mystery. When her husband Adam's boat explodes with 4 passengers aboard it uncovers and involves much more than anyone realized as each new clue unravels another part of the case and Nell gets more and more involved and takes more and more risks to find answers for herself and other family members of the victims of the explosion.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a more straightforward from Mary Higgins Clark that I have read so far.
Nell McDermott was 10 when her parent were killed in a plane crash in Brazil. Her grandfather Congressman Cornelius McDermott went to her school to deliver the news, only to find Nell already "knew". Nell felt her mother and father say goodbye.
Mary Jo
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This book has some fun twists and held my attention.
Nell was easy to identify with and to bond. I really cared about what happened to her.
I enjoyed how the different characters interacted and how their stories entwined.
Sheli Comeau
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
true to form. love her books
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-bookshelf
That was an unexpected antagonist. I'm a little skeptic about psychics that by adding some psychic-related stuffs in this book made me remove a star. But overall, it was a good read.
This book has been in a box in my garage for a very long time and I'm glad I finally read it. It was really good. There were a few twists that I didn't see coming and I love it when that happens.
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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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