Where Are the Children Now?

by Higgins Clark, Mary

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The legacy of the "Queen of Suspense" continues with the highly anticipated follow-up to Mary Higgins Clark's iconic novel Where Are The Children?, featuring the children of Nancy Harmon, facing peril once again as adults.Of the fifty-six bestsellers the "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark published in her lifetime, Where Are the Children? was her biggest, selling millions of copies and forever transforming the genre of suspense fiction. In that story, a young California mother named Nancy Harmon was convicted of murdering her two children. Though released on a technicality, she was abandoned by her husband and became such a pariah in the media that she was forced to move across the country to Cape Cod, change her identity and appearance, and start a new life. Years later her two children from a second marriage, Mike and Melissa, would go missing, and Nancy yet again became the prime suspect—but this time, Nancy was able to confront the secrets buried in her past and rescue her kids from a dangerous predator. Now, more than four decades since readers first met Nancy and her children, comes the thrilling sequel to the groundbreaking book that set the stage for future generations of psychological suspense novels. A lawyer turned successful podcaster, Melissa has recently married a man whose first wife died tragically, leaving him and their young daughter, Riley, behind. While Melissa and her brother, Mike, help their mom, Nancy, relocate from Cape Cod to the equally idyllic Hamptons, Melissa's new stepdaughter goes missing. Drawing on the experience of their own abduction, Melissa and Mike race to find Riley to save her from the trauma they still struggle with—or worse. Just like the original, Where Are the Children Now? keeps readers guessing and holding their breath until the very last page.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "MWA Grand Master Clark (1927--2020) and Edgar finalist Burke's suspenseful sequel to 1975's Where Are the Children?, Clark's first psychological thriller, features Melissa, the daughter of the original book's protagonist, Nancy Eldredge. Now a 43-year-old lawyer and the host of a successful true crime podcast, Melissa is at her mother's home in Cape Cod preparing for her wedding to widower Charlie Miller, whom she met at group therapy, and is looking forward to becoming the stepmother of his not-quite-three-year-old daughter, Riley. The therapy, as well as being back at her mother's, stirs up repressed memories of Melissa's abduction and the abuse she suffered at age three, causing horrific nightmares. After the wedding, Riley disappears while in Melissa's care. As circumstantial evidence against her starts stacking up, she becomes a suspect for the police. Newcomers may have to take notes to keep track of the large cast, including each of their complicated backstories. Though this can be read as a standalone, it will be more satisfying, and perhaps less confusing, for those who have read the original. Agents: Philip and Anne-Lise Spitzer, Spitzer Agency. (Apr.)"
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Subjects Thriller
Publisher Simon & Schuster2023
Language English
ISBN 9781982189433