Sunday, December 28, 2008

2008 Book 110: We'll Meet Again

Book #:110

Book Title:We'll Meet Again

Author:Mary Higgins Clark

Publisher:Simon & Schuster

Pub. Date:1999


Started:December 26, 2008

Finished:December 28, 2008

Time to Read:3 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"At the heart of Mary Higgins Clark's stunning new novel of suspense is a brutal murder: that of Gary Lasch, a respected and successful young Greenwich, Connecticut, doctor and hospital and HMO head. He was found dead at his desk at home, his skull crushed by a blow with a Remington bronze sculpture, a prized piece from his art collection. The news strikes Greenwich society like a thunderbolt - as does the news that Molly Carpenter Lasch, the beautiful young wife of the slain doctor, has been arrested for her husband's murder.

According to the trial testimony of her housekeeper, Molly had left home in a rage against her husband, to go up to their house on Cape Cod. The morning after Molly's return, the housekeeper found Gary dead in his study and Molly upstairs in bed, covered with blood. Nobody believes Molly's claim to have no memory of the events of the night of the crime - not her parents, not her friends, not even her own lawyer - and evidence against her is overwhelming. To escape an inevitable murder conviction, she accepts a plea bargain, and subsequently her lawyer wins her early parole.

A few years later, on Molly's release from prison, she reasserts her innocence in front of TV cameras and reporters gathered at the prison gate. Among them is an old acquaintance and schoolmate, Fran Simmons, currently working as investigative reporter for the True Crime television series.

Determined to prove her innocence, Molly convinces Fran to research and present a program on Gary's death. Despite her skepticism, Fran agrees to go ahead. In doing so, she has a second agenda - to learn the truth about her own father's suicide some fourteen years earlier, on the very night she graduated from Greenwich's Cranden Academy, which both she and Molly had attended. Struggling to keep up a lifestyle he couldn't afford, apparently Fran's father killed himself because he was about to be exposed as an embezzler, although no trace was ever found of how he spent the missing money.

Fran, intent on assuaging Molly's doubts about her husband's death and her own gnawing questions about her father's suicide, soon finds herself enmeshed in a tangled web of intrigue and menace - more deaths and more unanswered questions about Gary Lasch's murder.

As her investigation proceeds into the private life of the dead physician, her father's alleged embezzlement, and the affairs of Remington Health Management, there are those who know they must make a choice: face ruin or eliminate Fran Simmons."

Review:Mary Higgins Clark has the uncanny ability to shine no matter the words she puts to paper. Her characters are deep, her storyline smooth, and her impeccable attention to detail is second to none. In We'll Meet Again, you can't help but feel sorry for Molly, even while a niggling suspicion crowds your mind that she just might be guilty. And every sympathy goes to Fran for her father's death...while the same suspicion on his character tickles your mind. But with the masterful weaving of the plot, Mary Higgins Clark turns upside down everything the reader believes to be true, as the story rushes to a conclusion you could never guess is coming. Read this, read this, read this!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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