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Mary Higgins Clark
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January 2005

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 was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from secretarial school, she first worked in an advertising agency and then became a Pan Am flight attendant. She gave up flying around the world when she married Warren Clark, and it was soon after her marriage that she began writing short stories. She sold her first one to Extension magazine in 1956 for $100 -- after six years and forty rejection slips.

When her husband died in 1964, Clark was left a young widow with five children, and it was then that she decided to try her talents at writing fiction. Her first book was a biographical novel about the life of George Washington, Aspire to the Heavens. In 1975, her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, became a number one bestseller and marked a turning point in her life and career.

Clark then decided to take time for things she had always wanted to do. After concentrating on her children's education, getting her own degree was at the top of her list. She entered Fordham University at Lincoln Center, and in 1979, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in philosophy. She has fourteen honorary doctorates.

Since her debut suspense novel in 1975, Clark has become known as the Queen of Suspense, writing one bestseller after another.

In 1987, Clark was the president of the Mystery Writers of America, and for many years, she served on its board of directors.

Clark married John J. Conheeney in 1996. She now lives and writes in their Saddle River, New Jersey, home. Her new suspense novel, We'll Meet Again, will be published in April 1999.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Are the Children? June 19 2006
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Where are the Children? April 20 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Higgins Clark simply doesn't dissapoint Jan. 6 2003
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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. A key witness has disappeared. To top it off, her husband commits suicide over his grief at the loss of their children.
It is seven years later. Nancy has relocated to Cape Cod, changed her identity, remarried to a wonderful man, with whom she has two beautiful children.
Today is Nancy's birthday. She has sent her children out to play. The paper boy delivers the local paper. Nancy opens the paper and is stunned to find, plastered all over the local section of the paper, her picture and all of the incriminating details of the murders of her previous two children. Nancy rushes out to the back yard to gather her children and bring them back into the house, only to find them missing!
I have read several of Mary Higgins Clark's books and have enjoyed them all, But this one kept me up into the wee hours of the morning, reading and turning pages as fast as I could. A number of Clark's books have been made into TV movies, and this one just begs to be a movie! I recommend this book highly to anyone who enjoys the thriller/murder mystery genre of books. One word of warning: this book deals with the subject of pedophilia, so may not be recommended for everyone.
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One of my favorite books of all time! You feel that you are experiencing everything the main character is. The book is about a young woman whose children have disappeared. Years earlier, her two children from her previous marriage disappeared. Naturally, when people find out about her past (she moved to a new location to make a fresh start) virtually everyone suspects her of murdering her second family of children. Adding to the suspenseful tone of the book is the tension created by the impending Nor'easter. When I first read this book, I'd never been to the Northeast, but the book made me feel as if I were there. A great tale of the suspicions people harbor -- suspicions that cause the main character to doubt herself and wonder if she's insane and really did hurt her previous and current children. As the reader wonders this too, the suspense continues to build. It's obvious that if she wasn't insane to begin with, the strain of facing the same horror a second time may very well push her over the brink.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on the edge of my seat
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.
Published 7 months ago by Carol Terleckyi
3.0 out of 5 stars Where Are The Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
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! Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by booklover
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
This book was well written in that the dialogue was good and the descriptions were not too long and easy to visualize. Read more
Published on March 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Are the Children? By Mary Higgins Clark
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! Read more
Published on May 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO, MHC! ::::applause::::::
I wanted to avoid the description of "it's a real page-turner," but that is so fitting that I have to use it. Read more
Published on April 15 2003 by Yinzer Grrl
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. 16 2003 by Christy R.
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. 9 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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