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Before I Say Good-Bye by Mary Higgins Clark
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Before I Say Good-Bye (2000)

by Mary Higgins Clark

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A good read until the end when a character (important to the villain) appeared to have known the villain by a chance meeting. Too out of the blue. I hate that. ( )
  SallyBrandle | Jul 7, 2018 |
Before I Say Good-bye by Mary Higgins Clark was not a favorite of mine. It is a mystery/suspense book, but the characters did not feel developed. The main character, Nell, is portrayed to be serious, driven and very intelligent, but throughout the story seems to do things totally out of character. There are several secondary characters who tend to take away from the story itself. I understand the need for secondary characters to add to the intrigue, but they took away from the story. The climax and resolution seemed so unbelievable that it was a letdown. ( )
  sh7980 | Jan 21, 2018 |
typical her — but good

When Nell MacDermott learns that her husband, architect Adam Cauliff, and three of his business associates have died in an explosion of his new cabin cruiser, she is not only devastated but wracked with guilt. The last time she saw Adam, they had a bitter quarrel over her plan to run for the congressional seat long held by her grandfather; she had told him not to come home.

As the investigation into the boat's explosion proceeds, Nell learns that it was not an accident but a bomb. Despite her skepticism, Nell is swayed by her great-aunt Gert, a believer in psychic powers, to see a medium claiming to be Adam's channel.

While trying to unravel the threads of Adam's past and his violent end, Nell consults the medium, who transmits messages to her with instructions from Adam. The story reaches a powerful climax in Nell's final encounter with the medium, in which she learns the truth about the explosion--a truth she can't be allowed to live to tell.
  christinejoseph | Jun 29, 2016 |
Another very exciting thriller with great characters from this author....A love story, politics, mistakes, and even a little supernatural written in.... Holds your interest to the very end...And has a "Surprise" ending..... ( )
  Jjean7 | Mar 10, 2015 |
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
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For Michael Korda Dear Friend and Magnificent Ediotr with Many Thanks for 25 wonderful years
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Fifteen-year-old Nell MacDermott turned and began the swim back to shore.
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written by Mary Higgins Clark; not Carol Higgins Clark
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Mary Higgins Clark's 22nd romantic thriller is destined for bestsellerdom on the strength of her reputation alone. Which is not to say that Before I Say Good-Bye doesn't have a bit of all the ingredients of the Clark genre: a little mystery, a likable heroine, and even a nice guy who turns up midway through the novel and promises her romance and a second chance at happiness. But while the set-up is promising and the bare essentials of a compelling read are all here, only readers who are already Higgins fans will be kept completely spellbound.

Nell MacDermott is the politically ambitious granddaughter of a canny politician in Manhattan's silk stocking district, and her grandfather wants her to run for his old congressional seat. But there are rumors that Adam Cauliff, Nell's husband, has been involved in a real estate and construction scam, and until Nell gets to the bottom of this her political future will be clouded. When Adam and his assistant are killed in an explosion aboard his boat, Nell is determined to clear his name. Nudged into action by her nascent psychic powers and a medium who may be her only link to Adam, Nell learns more about her husband's mysterious past than she bargained for and--naturally--stumbles onto a conspiracy that puts her own life in danger. The narrative seems more like an outline for a novel than a novel itself; the characters are sketched rather than fully explored--particularly Nell, whose back story doesn't provide enough information to make her actions understandable. But the pacing is expert, and Clark's dedicated fans will doubtless forgive her for not making this her strongest outing. --Jane Adams

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After a quarrel over her decision to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and run for Congress, Nell MacDermott's husband dies in a boat explosion, and Nell, who has long possessed psychic gifts, must find out who killed him before she becomes the next victim.… (more)

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