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5.0 out of 5 stars Before I Say Good-Bye July 13 2006
Format:School & Library Binding
Nell MacDermott, the attractive and orphaned granddaughter of popular, legendary Manhattan Congressman Cornelius MacDermott, is suddenly struck with a terrible and life-changing tragedy that involves her husband, Adam Cauliff, an aspiring young architect. Nell and Adam, who have been having some silent marriage difficulties lately, have an awful quarrel---which was all over Nell's desire to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and be a congresswoman, a career Adam has always denied Nell---one morning, a quarrel which ends in Nell telling Adam that he might as well not come home tonight. Later that day, Nell is informed that Adam's boat, the Cornelia II---which Adam was using for an architects' conference that day---has exploded, killing Adam, his assistant Winifred Johnson, a real estate agent named Sam Krause, and a young employee, Jimmy Ryan. Peter Lang, who should also have been on the Cornelia II, was saved by a twist of fate because of a minor road accident he was in, deterring him from the boat conference.

Nell is stunned and deeply saddened by Adam's death, regretful that their last time together had ended in such bitterness on her part. Nell's grandfather, whom everyone calls Mac, attempts to console his beloved granddaughter---who has been in Mac's guardianship since her parents' death, when she was a small girl---though it is awkward, for Mac has always disliked Adam because of Adam's refusal to allow Nell to pursue a career in being a congresswoman. Mac has constantly held secret suspicions about Adam, though he has never openly voiced them to Nell; but Mac now has a gut-feeling that these suspicions of his shall soon turn out to be really true.

Jimmy Ryan's widow Lisa is even more wracked with grief about her kind, sweet, and amiable husband Jimmy's horrible death.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay. 3.5 April 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
On the morning of Friday June 9th, Nell McDermott and her architect husband Adam Cauliff part on bad terms after an argument about her burgeoning political career. However, soon Nell will come to regret the tone of this parting, as later that day Adam's boat will explode, with he and three others on board. Soon, it will emerge that the explosion was caused by a bomb, and Nell, over the coming days, will find herself in the thick of a construction scandal threatening to blow sky-high. But who wanted who dead? Was Adam the target, or one o the others? And why? And did all the others really die, or did one manage to escape in time?
Wracked with guilt, Nell attempts to unravel the threads of Adam's life and quickly discovers a great deal about him that she never knew, and wishes she never discovered. She becomes even more disturbed when, after encouragement form her aunt, she goes to visit a medium in an attempt to gain some closure, and the medium seems shockingly insightful...
Mary Higgins Clark is okay. And that's really the extent of my opinion on the subject. This book, like the others of hers that I have read (all two of 'em) is a decent enough read to take you away or a day or so. Her plotting is good (if sometimes pushing against the boundaries of reason) and her pacing is excellent. The books move quickly, with short chapters, form scene to telling scene in a way that is well structured and thought out. There are twists throughout, and a nice level of suspense right up to the tense climax. The writing style is also good, with well-written, easy to digest prose, but it never reaches very deeply, remaining mostly floating on the surface of the plot. The same is true o her character development.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Suspenseful Jan. 28 2003
By Laura
Format:School & Library Binding
When Nell MacDermont loses her parents and grandma at a young age, all hope seems to be gone. Raised by her politician grandfather, Mac, she learns the ins and outs of all the Congress secrets.
After having a quarrel, her husband Adam's boat, Cornelia II, explodes while he and four other co-workers are on board. Feeling guilty, her great-aunt Gert suggests Nell go to see a famous medium, Bonnie Wilson. Skeptical at the beginning, Nell starts to believe everything Bonnie is telling her. But it seems there are just so many unanswered questions about the mysterious explosion. Nell has no idea that she is the next target for the insane killer.
Mary Higgins Clark's Before I Say Goodbye is a tale of tragedy, mystery, and suspense. The way Clark combines these three aspects will keep the reader up late into the night, devouring the intense story. As the plot thickens, more and more suspects begin to appear. The reader will constantly be wondering, "Who did it?" and just as you think you have it figured out, Clark twists the evidence to point to someone else. Before I Say Goodbye will keep you on the edge of your seat and is not the type of book that should be read alone.
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I truly enjoyed this story, but the normally large amount of suspense Ms. Clark usually throws into her novels is missing here. I did enjoy it though and thought it was really different from most of her tales.
~When Adam Cauliff's cabin cruiser blows up in the New York harbor and kills him and several of his close business associates, his distraught wife Nell McDermott is left to pick up the pieces. Nell is wracked with guilt over a fight the night before and cannot seem to get over it.
As the investigation into the explosion proceeds, Nell finds out more than she wants to about her husband's company dealings and the idea that this was prehaps not an accident that the boat blew up afterall. She begins to recieve disturbing messages from Adam via a medium and she tries to beat the clock to find the killer, what she doesn't know is that she is being watched very closely. When she gets too close to the truth, Nell finds herself in shock when faced with the ruthless killer bent on shutting her up for good.
The identity of the killer was a little bit of a surprise to me, but it was appropriate considering the facts that are revealed. I did like this story a lot, but I wished it had more suspense instead of so much investigating into the explosion with all the politics involved.
Tracy Talley~@
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Couldn't put the book down.
Published 9 days ago by Lise Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Gets tedious
It is SO LONG. Really thick. There's nothing in these characters that makes you care about them. Nell is a rich snob with an annoying grandfather. Read more
Published on July 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe my ears
I have been reading all sorts of reviews about mary higgins clarks books and I can't believe my ears. Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by Nikkita
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of trust and love mis-placed
This was a great read. I enjoyed it throughly. Ms. Clark developes wonderful characters, and she uses them to masterfully keep you guessing to the end. Like most of Ms. Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by S. K. Leggate
3.0 out of 5 stars Before I Say Good-Bye
Although this is not MHC's best work, this book is worth the read. Nell MacDermott is toying with the idea of running for office. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by "papilionidae"
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read but not a listen
This isn't Mary Higgins Clark's best, but it's still an entertaining story. Unfortunately, I got the audio version in which the narrator's interpretation of men's voices consists... Read more
Published on July 15 2002 by Diane Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars The Suspense Was Great-And Kept Me Guessing!
I enjoy Mary-Higgins Clark a great deal, and found I enjoyed this book pretty well. It took a bit of getting into at first, but after the first couple chapters, it had my attention... Read more
Published on July 11 2002 by J. Kirkman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so much about the book, as about the READER!
I am frankly disgusted with Jan Maxwell's reading of this novel. Her reading is at best whiny and annoying rather than representing the strength of character that the various... Read more
Published on May 20 2002 by Katie F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Ordinary
Nell follows in her grandfather's footsteps in running for his congressional seat. But many unknown facts in Nell's husband's past may end up setting her up for a great pulicity... Read more
Published on April 1 2002 by LaTasha Booth
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