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Where Are the Children? [Deckle Edge] [Hardcover]

Mary Higgins Clark
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April 12 1999 Simon & Schuster Classics

Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, is the author of twenty national bestsellers. Her career as one of the most successful writers of our time was launched with the publication of Where Are the Children? This debut suspense thriller, originally published by Simon & Schuster in 1975, was Mary Higgins Clark's first bestseller. It marked a turning point in her life and set the standard for her distinctive page-turning style.

Where Are the Children? is the story of a woman whose past holds a terrible secret. Nancy Harmon had been found guilty in a California court of murdering her two young children, but she was released from prison on a legal technicality. Deciding to make a fresh start, to change her identity, she left San Francisco and sought tranquillity on Cape Cod.

Seven years later, Nancy is remarried and has two small children: five-year-old Michael and three-year-old Missy. Finally she feels that she has been able to reclaim all that she had lost. Then the nightmare begins again.

One day a local Cape Cod paper runs an article about a famous California murder trial involving a mother accused of killing her two children. Along with the article is a photo of Nancy. On that same morning, Michael and Missy disappear. They had been playing in the yard, but when she looked for them, they were gone...all that remained was Missy's red mitten.

While Nancy becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of her children, no one in the small Cape Cod town is aware of a stranger in their midst -- someone whose plans for revenge have been festering for seven long years.


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"Indescribably suspenseful...a special kind of terror."

-- San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Mary Higgins Clark's books are world-wide bestsellers. In the U.S. alone, her books have sold over one hundred million copies.

She is the author of twenty-nine previous suspense novels. Her first book, a biographical novel about George Washington, was re-issued with the title, Mount Vernon Love Story, in June 2002. Her memoir, Kitchen Privileges, was published by Simon & Schuster in November 2002. Her first children's book, Ghost Ship, illustrated by Wendell Minor, was published in April 2007 as a Paula Wiseman Book/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

She is co-author, with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, of five holiday suspense novels Deck the Halls (2000), He Sees You When You're Sleeping (2001), The Christmas Thief (2004), Santa Cruise (2006), and Dashing through the Snow (2008).

Mary Higgins Clark was chosen by Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An annual Mary Higgins Clark Award sponsored by Simon & Schuster, to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, was launched by Mystery Writers of America during Edgars week in April 2001. She was the 1987 president of Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, served on their Board of Directors. In May 1988, she was Chairman of the International Crime Congress.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on the edge of my seat Feb. 9 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have only recently started reading Mary Higgins Clark's books and now I crave for more of her writings. The twists and turns and suspense are absolutely fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Are the Children? June 19 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Seven years ago, Nancy Harmon was forced to go through the horrendous pain of having to sit in a courtroom, with tension so thick you could just cut it with a whetted knife, while her distraught husband Carl, the angry District Attorney, and Rob Legler---someone she had formerly called something of a friend---cruelly condemned her to the false charges against her, saying that she had brutally murdered her two young children, Peter and Lisa, suffocating them by shoving plastic bags over their heads. An acquittal was not very likely at all in Nancy's hopes, or her lawyer's. But suddenly, after Carl commits suicide and Rob Legler mysteriously disappears, the District Attorney is forced to drop the conviction of execution to the gas chamber against Nancy.

Nancy has cut her beautiful waist-length naturally red hair, and dyed it brown, and has moved away from California, hoping the move will help wash away all the horrible memories she had there, ever since she left Ohio and her now deceased mother, Priscilla, to go to college in California. Desperately hoping that no one will still recognize her from the newspaper in the tranquil seclusion of Cape Cod, Nancy quickly moves in, and the handsome realtor who shows her the place, Ray Eldredge, she soon marries.

Now, with Ray, Nancy has two more beloved little children, Missy and Michael, and their lives together as a family is relatively normal, though Ray often finds himself selfishly wishing that Nancy would go out more and be more social with the other Cape Cod residents in this secluded area.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where Are The Children? by Mary Higgins Clark June 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought this one was really good, although some of her other ones are better. Her stories always keep me hooked and they are never predictable. This is no exception! I suggest you pick this one up today, it's a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where are the Children? April 20 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This boook is called "Where are the Children" by Mary Higgins Clark. The publisher is "Dell Publishing CO. INC.". The price of this book is $7.99. "Where are the Children?" is a chilling mystery. It takes place on Cape Cod and the main character is Nancy, a stay at home mom. Many years ago Nancy was accused of murdering her two missing children. ONce she was set free from trial she moved and started a new family and had two more kids. When these children go missing the story takes you on a whinding twists and turns as police try to find the children and find the killer. Nancy goes through hard questioning which forces her to confess all of her darkest secrets. But the many people involved with the case only have little time because who knows who could have the children now. I loved this book because at times you thought you knew who had taken the children but then later you get completly thrown off track. This story kept me reading for hours at a time. I would reccomend this book to anyone who is looking for a good reading that hooks you on the first page and keeps you hanging until the very end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable March 14 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was well written in that the dialogue was good and the descriptions were not too long and easy to visualize. It was very predictable, a couple of chapters into the book I already knew where the children were and with who. Also it was a very unsurprising ending. When she describes the house the children are going to be in, you can easily figure out where the climax of the book is going to take place and what will happen there. Also it was very annoying how she made some characters out to be more than they needed to be, for example Bernie Mills. We didn't need to hear about his family and how he wanted to tell his wife all about what was going on. This definitely is not Mary Higgins Clark's best book. It would only seem interesting and surprising to a pre teen kid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Are the Children? By Mary Higgins Clark May 27 2003
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Format:Hardcover
If you like books that will leave you in suspense from the very first page to the very last, this is definitely the book for you! Mary Higgns creates a mother's nightmare when Nancy Harmon finds her two children abducted and then brutally murdered. On top of all this, her husband commits suicide and she was accused as the murderer, but was left loose when the prime suspect runs away. Six years after this incident, she cuts and dyes her hair and moves all the way to the other side of the country. She re-marries and again has two more kids, Michael and Missy. As soon as she begins to settle down, the nightmare happens all over again. Michael and Missy have dissapeared adn soon the whole town knows of her identity. Everyone jumps to conclusions about her, and they all wonder how a mother could murder her children and then do it once again. Keep reading as the mystery begins to be solved as people dig into the past to reveal the horrors of the present!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO, MHC! ::::applause:::::: April 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wanted to avoid the description of "it's a real page-turner," but that is so fitting that I have to use it.
Mary Higgins Clark has been blessed with a gift of storytelling so descriptive that you might almost feel that you are within the story ... feeling the chill of the Cape Cod winter, or wanting to jump in and defend the book's main character.
This book will truly keep you in suspense until the very end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better Then All Around The Town
I like Mary Higgins Clark and I think Where Are The Children though far from her best book is okay and a lot better then All Around The Town because it's not as depressing or... Read more
Published on April 5 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Where Are the Children?
This is the best book that I have read by Mary Higgens Clark. It is full of suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end! Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by "papilionidae"
4.0 out of 5 stars Only Read If You Can Keep Up With The Suspense!
I have heard that Mary Higgins Clark is a very good author. Although this is the first book that I have read of hers, I totally agree with the rumors that I heard. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by Christy R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Higgins Clark simply doesn't dissapoint
On her birthday, Nancy Harmon's children disappear, later to be washed up on the shore in California. She is accused of murdering her children, although it is never proven. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by J. Tramel
3.0 out of 5 stars Flower Reviews...
Eh, this book was okay. Nancy Harmon/Eldridge is the main character who's first children were murdered and she was found guilty of it. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Where are the Children is a good book and i hate josh
Where Are the Children? is a mystery by Mary Higgins Clark. It takes place in a dull part of Cape Cod, in late autumn. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002 by Jackie Peterson
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