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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 2 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671010395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671010393
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,967,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By RachelWalker on 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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By Laura on Jan. 28 2003
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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