Books by Mary Higgins Clark

Born and raised in New York, Mary Higgins Clark is of Irish descent. "The Irish are, by nature, storytellers," says Clark, who considers her Irish heritage an important influence on her writing. Mary's father died when she was ten. Her mother struggled


I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"Rest easy, Agatha: Clark (Daddy's Gone A Hunting, 2013, etc.) can't match your skill at spinning webs as logical as they are surprising. Along the way, however, few readers will be able to resist her creaky charm."
That up-to-the-minute phenomenon, reality TV, provides the basis for Clark's most retro tale ever. Read full book review >
DADDY'S GONE A HUNTING by Mary Higgins Clark
Released: April 9, 2013

"Too many characters and too much extraneous information pad this lackluster tale that will resonate with Clark die-hards but won't bring new converts to the fold."
Clark follows a complicated family mystery in this familiar story of individuals caught up in past misdeeds and present tragedies. Read full book review >
THE LOST YEARS by Mary Higgins Clark
Released: April 3, 2012

"Not much nourishment here for fans of The Da Vinci Code, but nothing to trouble Clark's gargantuan fan base either, as long as they don't mind all those felonies, all those criminals and all those coyly conspiratorial phone calls with Mr. Anonymous at the other end. "
Tempers discreetly fray and corpses mount around a parchment that just might be the only surviving letter from Jesus Christ. Read full book review >
THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS HORSE by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Even with attractive illustrations and a Christmas setting, a plodding story doesn't create any magic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The prolific mystery writer turns her hand to children's Christmas stories with a sentimental tale of a beloved family heirloom that is restored just in time for reappearance under the Christmas tree. Read full book review >
I'LL WALK ALONE by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 5, 2011

According to Clark's unique take on identity theft, the thief doesn't just want to steal your money but to ruin your credibility, snatch your son and take your life. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 13, 2010

"So many conspirators that the unmasking of the biggest villain is a distinct anticlimax. Until then, however, it's a pleasure watching the slow grinding of well-oiled gears as the unsurprising outcome looms."
Life-giving miracles counterbalance Clark's usual turn toward velvety death-dealing menace (Just Take My Heart, 2009, etc.) in this tale of a pregnant nun's tangled legacy. Read full book review >
JUST TAKE MY HEART by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 7, 2009

"Clark (Where Are You Now?, 2008, etc.) handles the courtroom scenes capably, and fans will be as excited as ever coming down the home stretch. It's a shame that the climax awaiting them is the most strained and silly the bestselling author has ever fobbed off on her devoted readers."
An assistant prosecutor trying the biggest case of her life doesn't realize that the victim she's hoping to avenge isn't the only damsel in distress. Read full book review >
GHOST SHIP by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION
Released: April 3, 2007

"While it could be useful for teachers needing read-alouds about American history, this is not a necessary purchase. (Picture book. 7-10)"
The prolific author of adult novels turns her hand to children's literature with a ghostly picture-book story. Read full book review >
I HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 3, 2007

"Less peril and more mystification than usual. The conscientiously plotted result provides less tension and a longer wait before Clark's trademark velvet-glove momentum kicks in."
For her 27th suspense novel, Clark (Daddy's Little Girl, 2002, etc.) turns to the founding figure of the modern Gothic: the mysterious husband who may or may not be a killer. Read full book review >
DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL by Mary Higgins Clark
THRILLERS
Released: April 15, 2002

"Less mystery, more raw pain, and a tough-cookie heroine who tells her own story make this a real departure for Clark (On the Street Where You Live, 2001, etc.), and one that carries more conviction than her usual glossy fantasies."
Clark's latest damsel-in-distress is a former child witness set against her teenage sister's convicted killer when he comes up for parole 23 years later. Read full book review >
ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 19, 2001

"Along with a pretty transparent killer, fans will have to make allowances for an anniversary calendar of crime that won't stand close scrutiny and a damsel whose distress is considerably more interesting than she is. As if they cared."
A century and more after some fiend has strangled three young women in a seaside town, he's back, or somebody just like him is, in the latest damsel-in-distresser from Clark (Before I Say Good-Bye, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
DECK THE HALLS by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Admire the shipshape carpentry as the preposterous story purrs along while still delivering fewer thrills than most fruitcakes."
Christmas is a time for family togetherness, so it figures that this first collaboration between bestselling Mary Higgins Clark (Before I Say Good-Bye, p. 404, etc.) and her daughter Carol (Twanged, 1998, etc.) tosses together so many regulars from both authors that there's barely room for the crooks. Read full book review >
BEFORE I SAY GOOD-BYE by Mary Higgins Clark
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 2000

" Less suspense and more honest-to-goodness mystery than most of Clark's best-selling output (We'll Meet Again, 1999, etc.), though the author telegraphs each twist so conscientiously that few fans will be fooled. "
Clark's heavy-breathing 22nd asks who planted a bomb on a rising architect's yacht, and whether the killer may be closing in on his widow. Read full book review >
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"Pass the fruitcake. (First printing of 1,500,000)"
Lottery winners Alvirah and Willy Meehan are the guests of honor in this second helping of Christmas turkey from megaselling Clark (Silent Night, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
YOU BELONG TO ME by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 1998

"Wait till next year's cruise. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
PRETEND YOU DON'T SEE HER by Mary Higgins Clark
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1997

 Just in time for Mother's Day, a fresh bouquet of imperiled female virtue from ever-reliable Clark, who ought to take out a patent. Read full book review >
MY GAL SUNDAY by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 1996

"Clark's army of fans won't find any unseemly surprises here- -and will know better than to expect much in the way of mystery or suspense in this gentle, upscale epithalamion. (First printing of 800,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
 Like Dorothy Sayers's memorably subtitled Busman's Honeymoon, Clark's new cycle of four longish tales is best described as ``A Love Story with Detective Interruptions.'' Certainly her newlywed detective team comes with the most impeccable credentials. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU by Mary Higgins Clark
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1996

"About average for Clark's G-rated thrillers, as if you were counting—with enough material on funerary customs to make you resolve to live forever. (Literary Guild Main Selection; author tour)"
 The arresting opening tableau—a young woman buried alive in a satin-lined coffin—is a perfect image for the sleekly cushioned menace Clark dispenses in her 13th novel (Silent Night, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
SILENT NIGHT by Mary Higgins Clark
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 16, 1995

"Clark's huge audience, nostalgic for the days when Christopher was a fully accredited saint, are bound to swallow this winsome fantasy in a single gulp before the Christmas turkey is cold. (First printing of 750,000; Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
 Who better than Clark, the patron saint of damsels and children in distress, to reheat the milk of human kindness in this Christmas fable for the '90s? Read full book review >
LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1995

"About what you'd expect when Clark neglects her tried-and- true damsel-in-distress formula for a whodunit: an amateurish plot studded with toothlessly menacing villains, told in prose as telegraphic and arrhythmic as a plot summary. (First printing of 1,000,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
 Following the publication of her best book (Remember Me) and her worst (The Lottery Winner, both 1994), Clark returns to the middle range—maybe a little south of the middle—in this tale of a ten-year-old murder revisited. Read full book review >
BAD BEHAVIOR by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"A wide-ranging sampler for fans, new and old. (Fiction/short stories. 11+)"
 Twenty-two tales of murder, suspense, and twisted psyches from both new and established writers of crime fiction. Read full book review >
THE LOTTERY WINNER by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

 Six clean-cut criminal adventures for Alvirah Meehan, the $40- million-lottery-winning cleaning lady from Weep No More, My Lady, and her husband, Willy, who no longer sends bills for his plumbing jobs. Read full book review >
REMEMBER ME by Mary Higgins Clark
THRILLERS
Released: May 2, 1994

"Readers more interested in mystery than menace may well find this her best book yet. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
 Everything you'd expect from the reigning queen of prepubescent female suspense: A bereaved young mother battles demons from a recent mystery, from the distant past, and from her own fearful imaginings about the impending fate of her infant daughter. Read full book review >
I'LL BE SEEING YOU by Mary Higgins Clark
THRILLERS
Released: May 5, 1993

"But nobody will care. (Literary Guild Triple Selection for July)"
 Welcome back to Clarkland, where the menace to young womanhood is piled on as thick as whipped cream, and where, this time, a TV reporter's investigation of a nefarious fertility clinic—and of her own family—is provoked by the street murder of a woman who looks like her identical twin. Read full book review >
ALL AROUND THE TOWN by Mary Higgins Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1992

"Just be grateful the author isn't running for office. (Literary Guild Split Dual Selection for July)"
 For her ninth sure-fire bestseller, Clark returns to what she does best: using a threatened child (this time, a regressive college-student traumatized by a childhood kidnapping) to grab you by the throat and shake well. Read full book review >
LOVES MUSIC, LOVES TO DANCE by Mary Higgins Clark
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 1991

"Thrills as domestically reliable as Wonder Bread or Ivory Soap—but, like them, this is mostly air. (Literary Guild Split Dual Selection for June)"
 Clark's huge following, presumably drawn by her trick of presenting female nightmares with the greatest measure of cozy reassurance—no explicit sex or violence, no threatening moral complexity, killers with the minds of arrested children—will probably eat up this year's model: the most wholesome tale of murder through the personal ads you're ever likely to see. Read full book review >
WHILE MY PRETTY ONE SLEEPS by Mary Higgins Clark
Released: May 8, 1989

Unusually diffuse suspense from a popular author who of late has retreated from the focused shocks of her earlier work (Where Are the Children?, etc.) into more elegant but attenuated thrills (Weep No More, My Lady, etc.). Read full book review >