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Where are You Now? - Mary Higgins Clark
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Where are You Now? - Mary Higgins Clark
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I have a friend who lends me books and recently she gave me a box of books to read which I didn't look at properly until I was working my way through them. When I got to the bottom and found Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark my heart sank. I've read a few of her books and didn't feel they were particularly interesting but with nothing else to read I decided to give it a go.
Where Are You Now is about a man who went missing 10 years previously. Charles MacKenzie Junior also known as Mack just disappeared for no reason but every year on Mother's Day he calls home to reassure his mother and sister he is fine but won't say where he is or why he left. Even his father's death in 9/11 doesn't bring him home so his sister Carolyn decides enough is enough and warns Mack she will try and find him. This prompts a series of events that lead her to various people Mack knew and some secrets she had no idea about. At the same time female students are going missing from bars. Is it all related and will Carolyn find her brother Mack?
Right from the word go I had a half formed idea about where Mack was and it was just that, half right. The secrets that surface during Carolyn's search were a surprise and I didn't guess them but I didn't need to know them to know the answer to where Mack was.
I also had 2 suspects in mind for the female students abductions and I guessed right again with one of them but I didn't put together the whole situation before it was revealed which I'm glad about, I like books that I can't guess the ending to immediately but after reading thrillers for years I sometimes know instantly who did it.
Mary Higgins Clark is actually 81 years old so this book is quite current for her and she does a reasonable job of not being too old fashioned but you can tell it's written by someone older. The MacKenzie family have plenty of money and while a rich family often works for a storyline this fact didn't actually add anything to the story, they could just as easily have been of average income and the story would have gone the same way.
The character Carolyn is actually believable and likeable and her method of investigating Mack's disappearance works because nothing is particularly contrived or too easy. The people around Carolyn aren't as believable, some of them are very one dimensional and never develop properly.
It's all a bit high society nice if that makes sense and there are times when someone's reaction doesn't ring true because it's all so terribly polite and a bit stuffy which is something I've found to be a trait of this author's books but I suspect this is because of the era Mary Higgins Clark is from. Some of the secrets that emerge are very small secrets that in this day and age really don't need to be a secret which adds to the slightly behind the times feel of the book.
The eventual outcome isn't hugely thrilling or shocking and it wraps up pretty quickly once we know the facts. The book is an easy read which doesn't give away the whole truth until the end but it's rather lacking in the thrill department for a thriller. It's a very tame book if you've read anything by younger authors with a lack of any gore or heavens forbid impolite language! I think Mary Higgins Clark writes for an older audience, the fans who have read her work for many years and don't want to move forward into the faster paced, sometimes shocking arena of more modern thrillers and I have to say although I didn't dislike this book I wouldn't want to re-read it again nor am I in a hurry to read anything else by this author unless I feel the need for a genteel mild thriller.
That could just be me though, I've read alot of thrillers and some horror and like a darker, faster, more shocking feel to my reading material. This book is available to buy new from Amazon for £4.07 or used on Amazon Marketplace for 1p. Unless you are a long term Higgins Clark fan I would suggest borrowing it or buying it secondhand.
3 stars from me purely because I didn't completely guess the ending in the first few chapters.
Summary: A tame read