Menley Nichols, the author of a popular historical fiction novel series for children, and her husband, a handsome and successful lawyer named Adam, have been having marriage difficulties lately. As Menley struggles to recover from the horrific death of her two-year-old baby son Bobby at a railroad crossing a few years ago, she begins to suffer from horribly vivid flashbacks and frightening anxiety attacks. But soon after they decided it would be better if they became separated, Menley discovered she was pregnant, and their marriage began succeeding once again.
It is now the summer, and Menley has given birth to a beautiful baby three-month-old daughter named Hannah. In order to perhaps help take some anxiety off of Menley's mind, in the hopes of not having another nervous breakdown, Adam decides to take Menley and Hannah on a summer-long vacation to where he spent his own wonderful childhood summers, in Cape Cod, in the historic on-the-sea Remember House, first built in 1703, recommended to Adam by Elaine Atkins, a prosperous real-estate agent with her own realty agency and Adam's long-time friend. Adam and Menley discover that they both love the historical beauty of Remember House, and also find that Hannah enjoys Remember House, as well.
But soon the tranquil summertime mood of Cape Cod is broken by the death of Vivian Carpenter-Covey, the extremely wealthy wife of a relatively poor---when compared to Vivian---but movie-star handsome husband, Scott Covey. The Carpenters were always a family of much opulence, but Vivian did not fulfill her parents expectations by being kicked out of boarding school, experimenting briefly with drugs, and not attending college. But her trust fund contains over five million dollars. Vivian's death while scuba diving near her boat, where Scott had fallen asleep, was presumed to be drowning in the fierce storm that followed. But Vivian's very tight-fitting precious five-carat emerald ring is missing, and it could not have fallen off. Was Vivian's death truly a terrible accidental drowning?
As Menley begins researching for her historical children's novel, to take place in Cape Cod during the early 1700s, Menley receives excellent research of Phoebe Sprague---the once intellectual historian now suffering from early signs of Alzheimer's---from Henry, Phoebe's loving husband, Menley discovers the story of Captain Andrew Freeman, husband of young Mehitabel Freeman, who supposedly had an affair with Tobias Knight, Remember House's builder, though Mehitabel vehemently denied committing adultery with Tobias. Thus, Mehitabel was publicly whipped and humiliated, and Andrew took away Mehitabel's baby.
Adam and Menley's enjoyable summer vacation becomes sour when Menley hears the sound of a roaring train thundering throughout the house at night when Adam is away in New York. In the dead of night, Menley likewise also hears the pleading cries of Bobby, screaming "Mommy, Mommy." Menley begins suffering from worsening nervous breakdowns and anxiety attacks and vivid nightmares. Adam becomes so worried he think he may need to have Menley hospitalized. But Menley knows that is not going insane, for Hannah hears the sounds at night, as well. Can Menley prove her sanity to Adam before it is too late?
In this tale, Mary Higgins Clark has written definitely one of my favorite suspense novels of hers. Perhaps the reason I found it so enjoyable and such an excellent page-turner is because the story was ingeniously flavored with tinges of historical and supernatural aspects. Menley was a great protagonist, and the readers will really feel for her as she attempts to convince Adam that she is not going insane. The dramatic climax at the end of the story will surely surprise you, and as you turn the final page, you will be fully satisfied, thus becoming magically mesmerized and enchanted with Mary Higgins Clark's writing, like so many others are.
Shari Cooper is a typical teen in a typical town. She's good looking, has a best friend and a handsome boyfriend. Some would say she has it all. A wonderful brother, a rich family--even a Ferrari. Yeah, Shari's life is going pretty good... until the night of Beth Palmone's birthday party. "Big Beth", as Jo calls her. The big-breasted tart who recently has been showing more than a passing interest in Shari's man. Not that Dan, her superficial boyfriend, seems to mind. Why even go to the party? No. Why should she let them ruin her good time? The others will be there. Jo Foulton, her best and oldest friend, an intelligent girl who is obsessed with the occult; Amanda Parish, her brother's girlfriend--they aren't very close, but she's willing to try being friends for Jimmy's sake. Then there's Jeff Nichols--the brother of her old crush Peter, who died two years ago in a motorcycle accident. The party couldn't be that bad... She had no idea.
The bash winds down, until only the small circle of friends remain. Tensions are high, and people say and do things they probably shouldn't. Then Jo has an idea, and the seance begins... and something goes horribly wrong. Overwhelmed by the evening, Shari retreats to the balcony to collect her thoughts. Suddenly, she's falling. Headfirst into the concrete, four stories down. Did she jump? Or had she been pushed? If so, who was responsible? Could it have been planned by more than one person? Shari doesn't get the chance to find out--at least, not in the conventional way. Shari Cooper is dead. Almost everyone assumes it was a suicide, and they begin to move on with their own lives... However, Shari isn't resting. In fact, she isn't even gone. Invisible, inaudible--in every sense of the word, a ghost. Unbelieveable, but true. She still exists! Shari knows she didn't kill herself, and is determined to discover the truth. But, how will she solve the crime if no one can hear her--if she can't ask questions? And what does it matter? If she's dead, how will her loved ones ever learn the truth? Somehow, she's got to try. She can't just be forgotten... She must be remembered. As you may well know, "Remember Me" is a Christopher Pike classic. And with good reason! The story is OUT THERE. Once again, Pike manages to present an otherworldly and strange concept in a way that is totally believable and makes sense. Who else could? My hat comes off to you, sir. The hype is yet again deserved. Shari is a wonderful character, full of life and spirit--even though she is deceased for much of the book. The idea that a normal girl must solve her own murder is a fantastic one, and it's pulled off with the cleverness and wit we've come to expect from Mr. Pike. It's just great! I was really stumped as to what actually happened at Beth's party--oh, I had my suspicions. Most of them were red herrings or shots in the dark. The real truth is something so wild, I could hardly believe it! You won't either! Trust me. The character of Detective Garrett was my absolute favorite. Sorrowful, beaten--yet keen and perceptive. He emotes this wonderful sadness. You can't help but be drawn to him. His desire to solve the Shari Cooper case resounds deep in his bones, fueled by more reasons than the obvious ones. But then, no one is exactly as they seem in the Wonderful World of Christopher Pike! ;) The way in which Pike handles the idea of an afterlife is an intriguing one at least. As a non-religious person, I was expecting it to fall flat on me. It does not. Christopher Pike writes through the reader--forcing one to infuse a bit of themselves in every character. It's something that authors other than Pike sometimes struggle with. It is his gift. He is amazing. This book is amazing. Classic cover art is provided by Brian Kotzky--a hard artist to top when it comes to the sheer essence of Pike... Danilo Ducak's scary ghost-hands cover falls completely flat and is almost... dare I say it? UGLY. I think, though, that the new photo cover really depicts the bittersweet-haunted lovliness that permeates this book. I got the cover scan from Amazon.com, so I do not know the artist. I will make an attempt to get one of these covers for myself so that we can all give accolades to the artist! Kudos to you-dos, my friend! I was planning on waiting a while before starting the sequel to "Remember Me": "Remember Me 2: The Return." Don't be surprised if I review it soon. I was moved by this story, and would really like to see what becomes of the characters I have grown to love. Read it today. You won't be able to put it down. After all--No one does it better than Christopher Pike!Read more ›
This was the first Christopher Pike novel I read from cover to cover. And it is certainly one of the most memorable. To this day, when I see a large building, like a condominium complex, with balconies on the sides, I think of Remember Me. For years I couldn't get this book out of my head, but I've been known to obsess to the extreme. All in all, it was very enlightening and poignant. The characters were all fun. Shari was a very witty narrator that kept my attention. Her best friend Jo was also quite the character. My favorite character though was Jeff Nichols, and he wasn't in any of the other books in the series. Basically the plot revolves around Shari Ann Cooper, who at the age of eighteen must face the ultimate inconvenience---death. And she was having such a good time, or so she realizes after it is too late, which tends to be the way it always is. On the other side, she meets up with an old friend, Peter (the brother of Jeff Nichols, though how the two are blood related is beyond me; genetics is weird). She begs him to help her solve her murder, for she knows that she didn't commit suicide as most everyone believes. There is just one little problem though. As mentioned before, she's dead. That means no one can hear her, see her or sense her presence. This is a simple summary, but the book is about so much more. It is very spiritual for a young adult horror book, and I wouldn't even call it horror, though it is suspenseful. And it is tragic. It is not until Shari dies that she finally discovers the truth about who she is, in more ways than one. Once dead, she has the power to finally see herself honestly, but first she must confront the greatest horror of all; the Shadow (aka herself). There is a little incest in this book (unintentional), but I won't get into that. And a bizarre, though strangely cliche, case of mistaken identity. As for the cover, I am disappointed with the picture on my copy. It's just two hands! Why are they always changing the pictures on the covers and making me regret the cover I have? I like the original cover, and this newest one.Read more ›