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I'll Walk Alone (Alvirah and Willy #8)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  12,546 Ratings  ·  1,235 Reviews
The Queen Of Suspense Is Back!

Mary Higgins Clark’s new novel—the thirtieth and most spine-chilling of her long career as America’s most beloved author of suspense fiction— is about the newest and most up-to-date of crimes: identity theft.

Who has not read about—or experienced—with a sinking feeling the fear that someone else out there may be using your credit cards, accessi
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Simon & Schuster
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Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it
A book by Mary Higgins Clark is like a warm blanket or a favorite sweater, it's comforting and comfortable and you know what to expect- an attractive female protagonist in her early thirties will be victimized and most people will not believe her story with the exception of a handsome, clean-cut professional single male in his late thirties and maybe an older female relative or friend or a priest or two. Throw in a scene or two in Neary's pub, many references to a tall, slender build and long, a ...more
Bob Schmitz
Aug 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is a great book if you like:

Shallow, stupid characters, a contrived plot based on non-normal human behavior and farcical coincidences, keystone cops, soap opera appropriate interactions, few adjectives and no metaphors, and inane dialogue. For instance you must like a character who almost gets kill with a bullet to the chest, wrestles the gun from someone and then announces "And don't think I don't know how to use it. I went hunting with my father when I was a young girl in Texas." Right r
Jun 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
I don't like reading about these sorts of people. They seem very unreal to me, with their swanky condominia and designer suits and bizarre sense of entitlement. It is possible to write about wealthy, well-to-do folks and make it interesting, but I almost feel that kind of thing is a relic of past literature that the rest of us can now admire from a distance. I know the sort of high society people Clark writes about really do exist, although I would hope they aren't as shallow and sickly sweet as ...more
Jay Connor
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
The tell. From Wikipedia: a "tell' in poker is a subtle but detectable change in a player's behavior or demeanor that gives clues to that player's assessment of his hand. A player gains an advantage if he observes and understands the meaning of another player's tell, particularly if the tell is unconscious and reliable.

With Mary Higgins Clark, the unconscious and reliable tell is when her heroine is described as wearing her hair in a "chignon." From that point forward, despite the nefarious men
Aug 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
That’s it! I think I’m done with Mary Higgins Clark. Someone beg her to retire! I have read quite a few of her books (and honestly can never remember which ones I’ve read and which I haven’t) and while I usually find them at least 3 star worthy she does annoy me. Many times you can figure out “who done it” before you’re even halfway through the story, so her plots are kind of obvious. Still, the books tend to be a semi-enjoyable ride other then the annoying fact that everyone in her books lives ...more
Apr 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
MHC is one of my favorite authors over the past 20 years. Unfortunately, as each year passes, so does the magic of her books. Her older books (pre-2000) are the best ones by far.

The her latest novel, supposedly about identity theft. This was one of my least favorite books by her; even Alvirah and Willy couldn't save it. They were thrown in simply to fill up pages, it seems.

Formulaic MHC:
Kidnapped child: Check.
(Single) mother with tragic past: Check
Ex-husband who may or may not be th
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Franco  Santos
Único libro que llevo leído por Mary Higgins Clark y tengo que decir que me dejó una buena experiencia.

Al principio se me hacía muy pesado y en algunas ocasiones aburrido, sin embargo la autora me daba al final de cada capítulo un estímulo para seguir y no parar. Tan es así que una vez empezado me quedé hasta altas horas de la noche para terminarlo. Es una novela que tiene un ritmo y una seducción creciente a medida que avanzás en la trama. Es el claro ejemplo de cuando se dice que un libro fue
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livro tão bom ! Recomendo !
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest book from the prolific Mary Higgins Clark is a sure fire winner. The story goes of Alexandra Moreland whos son Matthew went missing 2 years earlier after being taken from the baby carriage he was in while the babysitter slept in a park. Zen has struggled but has tried to go on with her life the best she can while holding on to the beleif Matthew is alive. On what would be Matthews fifth birthday Zen founds her life turned upside down when a photo is leaked to the press seemingly showi ...more
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any MHC fan
Shelves: mystery
I PEGGED IT!!! For the first time ever, I predicted the criminal in the first one hundred pages. To be honest, I really started questioning myself the last fifty pages or so. I love Mary Higgins Clark because she masterfully weaves the story so that you do question yourself every time.

I have read every one of Mary Higgins Clark's books. This one so far is my favorite. As fantastic a storyteller as she is, I have a difficult time relating to her female protagonists. They always live in New York o
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
3,5 / 5

Ich lese zwar hauptsächlich Krimis und Thrillers aber ich muss gestehen, dass ich noch nie etwas von Mary Higgins Clark gelesen hatte, obwohl sie ein sehr bekannter Name in diesem Genre ist. Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht denn die Spannung war da und es las sich sehr gut, auch wenn die Auflösung recht vorhersehbar war. Mit dem Thema des Identitätsdiebstahls hat die Autorin einen Roman zwischen klassischem Krimi und spannendem Psychothriller geliefert. Ich habe die Figur von Zan Moreland, die
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I have to admit that I hardly ever read Mystery's. I never read thrillers or horror. I'm just a big, big chicken. Honest. I don't watch scary movies or even really intense ones. But, I can also tell you that I rarely have nightmares and I'm not afraid to shower. I like it that way.

Mary Higgins Clark is probably the one exception to my mystery rule because she doesn't scare me. I honestly love the way she writes her stories. I know it's the same format every time but I like it. I like how she pla
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais um excelente livro da "Rainha do Suspense".
Sean Cronin
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Clafk fans
This is cleanly written, well paced mystery book. It lacks any depth in it's characters. This is a serious (to me) flaw.
We see a beautiful woman, Zan, (Alexandra) lost her three year old son to kidnap two years before. Zan is clear eyed, all, slender, well dressed, courageous, smart, successful NYC designer, with thick straight hair and a great wardrobe and she's slender. But the child's disappearance, obviously, leaves her heartbroken heartbroken.
Then Zan, who's thin and well dressed with gor
Noor Hanis
Took me roughly 5 days to finished this book. I'm surprised at myself that I'd be able to read until the very last page without stopping at the midway. First book in 2016 and not a good book to start my year honestly.

To begin with, this book has lost its certain vital element. Each page I flipped, the author failed to grab my attention nor my interest. I had to pushed myself to get this book out of my hand so that I can start a new book.

Briefly, Alexandra or Zan Moreland alleged kidnapping her
Kelly Stalions
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
This was my first Mary Higgins Clark book...and perhaps my last! This is not to say that I didn't enjoy it but I can tell from the formulaic mystery writing that many of her other 30+ books would be too similar and not that challenging for me.
In this book, a 30-year-old-ish divorced interior designer named Zan Moreland has lost her son, Matthew. He was stolen out of a park while her young babysitter was watching him and fell asleep. The big twist was that a few years after the son was stolen,
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alexandra Moreland's son is kidnapped in broad daylight from his stroller. A couple of years pass, she gets over the depression (most of it), starts a new single life, still hoping to find her son someday.
Until pictures of the person lifting her son out of the stroller surface.
The lady lifting her son in the pictures, looks uncannily like her. In fact exactly like her... which makes the cops and all her relatives wonder. Did the depression push Alexandra or Zan, as she is referred to in the bo
Claudiu D.
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Anul trecut am citit "Casa blestemata" (No Place Like Home) de MHC, primul roman scris de ea. Ce am descoperit? O intriga simpatica, premisa interesanta pana la urma, un evantai aparte de personaje si o naratiune foarte bine inchegata. MHC stie cum sa scrie un roman de suspans (doar scrie de peste 40 de ani romane polististe si de suspans si este cunoscuta ca "regina suspansului"). Cum cei mai multi scriitori americani au o reteta de la care nu se abat, nici MHC nu face exceptie de la regula ast ...more
Linda Munro
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
A Alvirah Meehan, lottery winner and amateur slueth novel. Unlike all of the other Alvirah Meehan novels; this novel involves Meehan feeling sorry for Alexandra “Zan” Moreland, an interior designer whose three year old son had been snatched two years prior, while at the same time feeling that Zan is psycologically ill and guilty of the abduction of her own child rather than seeking for the truth, is Meehan is noted for doing.

Throughout the novel, the reader is led to believe, as the detectives o
Oct 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't know why I even bother reading Mary Higgins Clark's books any more. They're all the same. And this one was no different. What made this one particularly annoying, in my opinion, was how strongly all of Zan's closest friends believed she was guilty, despite her pleading with them to believe her. Then, all of a sudden about three-quarters of the way through the book, Zan asks everyone one more time to believe her innocent until proven guilty. And go figure, at the drop of a hat, the other ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mary is one of my most favorite authors. She does not use any bad language either. It is always a perfectly wound mystery that is expertly meshed with just enough details so the reader does not get confused. Zan is a talented designer who had lost her son but suddenly, a tourist's pictures expose her kidnapping her own child. We know someone has done it but we're not certain and it's pretty difficult to figure out who. That's why it's such a great book.
Jul 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't do it. I read Mary Higgins Clark when I was younger and I'm a sucker for a summer mystery, but the writing in this book was awful. The characters spend so much time talking out loud to themselves and making references like they are 30 going on 80. I thought I'd give her books one more try, but I think I'm done with them.
Hope McCormick
May 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Her books don't grab me like they did when I was a teen. They entertain me, but they never quite suck me in as much as I'd like. Just not believable enough. Guess I've gotten pickier with age. Still, this one was not a bad read by any means.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Op een mooie zomerdag is een vermakelijk boek voor deze zomermaanden. Niet megaspannend, maar met genoeg onderhuidse spanning om snel naar het einde te willen. En dan word je op het einde ook nog verrast - ik in elk geval wel.
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alexander “Zan” Moreland has lived through every mother’s worst nightmare – the abduction of her child. When he was just three years old, young Matthew Moreland was nabbed from his stroller while his babysitter slept nearby. For years after his disappearance Zan, at the time an up and coming architect, believed her former boss and business rival was responsible for her son’s kidnapping. She spent huge sums of money on private investigators and psychics in the search for her son . . . to no avail ...more
Lungile Malinga
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Captivating, my new favourite
Terri Lynn
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I started reading Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries when the first one- WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN- came out and with I'LL WALK ALONE I'll Walk Alone, it is like spending a long weekend with an old friend.

I read a huge variety of mystery/suspense/thriller novels and find that each of my favorites has a different style and something that I find appealing.

Imagine yourself as a young up-and-coming interior decorator like Alexandra "Zan" Moreland, working for a difficult, pompous, but highly successful d
Maria João Fernandes
"Não me interessa quantas personalidades essa mulher tem. Todas elas têm que obedecer à lei."

Em "Eu Sei Que Voltarás" Mary Higgins Clark utiliza os mesmos ingredientes do livro que li anteriormente, "Enquanto a Minha Bela Dorme". Arrisco-me a deduzir que a autora utiliza a mesma fórmula em todos os seus livros. Como este é apenas o meu segundo, não penso que seja uma característica negativa até agora. O seu estilo constante e opções seguras apresentaram-me mais um romance de qualidade.

Eu estava
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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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