It has been ten years since twenty-one-year-old Mack went missing. He walked out of his apartment one day and has never been seen again. Every year on Mother's Day, he makes a phone call to his mother. He tells her he's fine, refuses to answer any of her questions and hangs up.
Mack's sister, Carolyn, is determined to find her brother. While she loves and misses him, she is also angry for what he has put their mother through.
I have been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark from day one. I know when I pick up one of her books to read I will not be disappointed. This book is no exception.
I was really disappointed with this book - I thought the plot "idea" was fantastic and anyone would be eager to turn the pages to find out what happened. The writing itself was boring and in a way factually stated you didn't feel like you were part of the story or feel the characters personalities, you were more briefed on them to the point of repetitiveness; the book had no life. I felt like I was reading a report on a book chapter by chapter with too many choppy characters of no significance - instead of being intertwined in a good story.
But what ruined it the most for me was the fact that before you were even halfway through the book it was so blatantly obvious as too what happened but more so incredulous was that characters in the book had not even the slightest deduction that you the reader comes too and that was absurd. I wanted to stop reading the book right then, the only thing I didn't know was the who & the why and those were minor to the story line the mysterious plot for me was dead.
I did continue reading for the benifit of the doubt and I can't say it got any better and when the story was over I thought even less of it as a mystery - I'd say it was a quick thrown out book with little thought past the "idea" of a good story, which was too bad because I think this could have been an excellent story.
I've read 99% of MHC's books and have enjoyed all of them. This book was no exception, however, it was not one of here better books. A lot of the "same old, same old" type of characters, lots of twists and turns and a somewhat surprise ending. A MHC book will not disappoint.
If you love Mary you will love this book. Its her typical style,fast moving and quick reading. I love Mary and have been a fan forever. I met her in person at a small group luncheon that she attended as a fundraiser and she is just the nicest most down to earth person you can meet. She LOVES her fans and truly appreciates each and every one!
This was a great book. I'm pretty good at guessing the end but this time I was totally wrong! I didn't want to put it down and in fact I didn't and stayed up late to finish it!
Carolyn MacKenzie is a 26 year old who is determined to find out what happened to her brother, Mack. Mack walked away from his life 10 years ago but every year on Mother's Day he calls home to say he is all right. Carolyn starts the search for him back at the beginning by asking his old roommates, his old landlord, and going to the police. Soon the police start to think Mack is somehow tied to the 4 girls who have gone missing. When another girl turns up missing Carolyn has to race to find Mack and prove his innocence while the police are racing to and find him and prove his guilt.
Mary Higgins Clark is a âcomfort' read for me. I've read all of her mysteries since her first book Where are the Children? came out, about 25 years ago. In the last several years her books have been hit or miss with me, although I found this one to be one of her better stories. The mystery involves the disappearance of Carolyn MacKenzie's older brother âMackâ. Ten years ago he disappeared without a trace, yet he calls home ever Mother's Day to tell his family he's okay. Now an attorney Carolyn has decided to find out what led Mack to walk away from his family. In starting this investigation Carolyn opens up a Pandora's Box of trouble and long buried secrets. While the writing was not top notch, the mystery was fairly well done, although some of the stereotypical cop behavior was a little over the top. Still I was entertained, even though I had figured out most of âwhodunit and why' about half way through the book.
This is the second book of Clark's I've read. This one didn't disappoint to keep me engaged and entertained. Only down side is that she uses a lot of characters. Make sure you pay attention to each character or you will be left confused at the end.
I just finished this book, it was great, you know an excellent author when you can't figure out who done it! This is an action packed book, there are several people you need to keep track of! At first I got lost with so many people being introduced, the more you listen, you join the flow of the characters, it goes back and forth between people. My husband is going to listen next, great book!
Mary Higgins Clark's "Where Are You Now?" centers on the disappearance of twenty-one year old Columbia University senior Charles MacKenzie, Jr., known as Mack. He "was the perfect son, the perfect brother, handsome, kind, funny, an excellent student." Although Mack has been missing for ten years, there is hope that he may still be alive. Every Mother's Day, he telephones his family at their luxurious ten room duplex on Sutton Place. Mack's father, Charles Sr., was killed on 9/11, leaving behind a twenty-six year old daughter, Carolyn, who is an attorney, and his wife, Olivia.
Carolyn has just completed a clerkship with a civil court judge in New York City and plans to apply for a job as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. First, however, she is determined to find out exactly why Matt went missing and where he might be now. When Mack's annual call comes through, his mom tearfully begs him to return. However, in her frustration, Carolyn cannot help but shriek, "I'm going to track you down, you lowlife, and you'd better have an awfully good reason for torturing us like this." Although Carolyn has asked the police for assistance, a detective informs her that they cannot launch an official investigation. After all, Mack is in touch with his family and apparently, no crime has been committed.
Clues emerge that make Carolyn even more determined to learn the truth. Someone, presumably Mack, leaves a note in his uncle's church collection basket, warning: "Uncle Devon, tell Carolyn she must not look for me." In addition, the elderly superintendents of the building where Mack lived at the time of his disappearance appear to be nervously hiding something; their stories are inconsistent with earlier statements that they made. The stakes are raised when another college student, Leesey Andrews, drops off the face of the earth after leaving a trendy club near Greenwich Village at three in the morning. Besides Leesey, two other girls in the last ten years have also vanished under similar circumstances.
Clark constructs her plot carefully, and she inserts enough red herrings to maintain a high level of suspense until all is revealed. Her prose is crisp and lucid, and she populates the book with an interesting and varied cast. Carolyn is an appealingly flawed heroine who has a quick temper and tends to behave impulsively. Thirty-two year old Nick DeMarco, Mack's former roommate whom Carolyn secretly admires, owns the club where Leesey Andrews was last seen and is considered a prime suspect in her disappearance. Elliott Wallace, the staid CEO and chairman of Wallace and Madison, handles the MacKenzie finances. He has been close to the family for a long time and is in love with the widowed Olivia. Aaron Klein, Elliot's long-time employee, is being groomed to succeed his elderly boss. Another one of Mack's former roommates, Bruce Galbraith, ended up marrying the woman Mack was seeing. Clark juggles these and other characters adroitly and throws in some juicy twists and turns to add spice to her tidy conclusion. "Where Are You Now?" breaks no new ground in a well-worn genre. However, when Clark works within her comfort zone, as she does here, she produces entertaining novels that are sure to please her legion of loyal fans.
I enjoyed this story all the way to the last chapter - every time I put the book down I just picked it up again to see what was next; very well paced - it kept me guessing till the end; even gave you a picture of what the characters were doing a year in the future.
BUT - even though the loose ends were neatly resolved, the last chapter was so rushed that I was left feeling a bit let down. It seems as though the author had a deadline to reach and didn't have the time to write this chapter with any careful thought.
I cannot recall if this is the norm for all of her books but it seemed like this one had WAY to many charicters to keep up with that may not have been necessary to the plot. I enjoy all of MHC's books and this one was good, just felt like I needed to keep notes on all of the people in the story
This is the 1st MHC book I have read and not sure that I will be reading another one. I liked the book well enough but found it confusing- too many characters and I had trouble following who was who. Ending was rather disappointing. Great idea for a book but jus fell flat in the end. Sigh.
A typical Mary Higgins Clark book - a page turner!!! I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I like not knowing/sensing what happens next; keeps it going and going!! Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors and I'm never disappointed!! Recommend!!!
Ten years ago, i21 year old Columbia University senior Charles MacKenzie Jr. walked out of his Manhattan apartment without a word to his roommates and disappeared. He calls his mother once a year, on Mother's Day, but refuses to answer her frantic questions. This year when he calls, Mack's sister Carolyn, now 26, announces her intentions to track him down, no matter what it takes. Ignoring a cryptic warning note & the angry protests of her mother, Carolyn swiftly plunges into a world of unexpected danger and unanswered questions. What do Mack's old roommates-a charismatic club owner and a wealthy real estate tycoon-know about his disappearance? Can the police possibly believe that Mack is a shadowy predator-or even a murder? Carolyn's passionate search for the truth leads her into a deadly confrontation with someone close to her whose secret he cannot allow her to reveal.