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Where Are You Now?: A Novel

Where Are You Now?: A Novel

Written by Mary Higgins Clark

Narrated by Jan Maxwell


Where Are You Now?: A Novel

Written by Mary Higgins Clark

Narrated by Jan Maxwell

ratings:
4/5 (36 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Apr 8, 2008
ISBN:
9780743582629
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Description

It has been ten years since 21-year-old Kevin MacKenzie, Jr. ("Mac"), has been missing. A Columbia University senior, about to graduate and already enrolled in Duke University Law School, he walked out of his room in Manhattan's Upper West Side without a word to his college roommate and has never been seen again. However, he does make three ritual phone calls to his mother every year: on her birthday, on his birthday, and on Mother's Day. Each time, he assures her he is fine, refuses to answer her frantic questions, then hangs up. Even the death of his father, a corporate lawyer, on 9/11 does not bring him home, or break the pattern of his calls.

Mac's sister Carolyn is now 26, a law school graduate, and has just been hired as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. She has endured two family tragedies -- her brother's inexplicable disappearance, and the loss of her father. Realizing that neither she nor her mother will ever be able to have closure and get on with their lives until they find her brother, she sets out to discover what happened to Mac, and why he has found it necessary to hide from them.

Her journey into the world of people who willingly disappear from their own lives leads her to learn about others who may or may not still be alive, and ultimately to a deadly confrontation with someone close to her who suddenly becomes an enemy -- and cannot allow her to disclose his secret...
Released:
Apr 8, 2008
ISBN:
9780743582629
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark wrote forty suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a his­torical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. With bestselling author Alafair Burke she wrote the Under Suspicion series including The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, Every Breath You Take, and You Don’t Own Me. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she coauthored five more suspense novels. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone. Her books are international bestsellers.


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  • (3/5)
    ENJOYED IT
  • (5/5)
    Great story. very emotional. Could not stop listening. Excellent character development.
  • (4/5)
    A decent mystery coming at you in a couple of different directions. Weird tense though, part of it first person and the rest third person. My first Mary Higgins Clark. Will read another of hers.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this one, my first MHC book in a while. The suspense was enough without dragging on too much, and I like the twists. Like typical MHC, this was one-day brain candy but a good read.
  • (2/5)
    From the moment I started this book, I couldn't stand how the voice of the main character was written. Once I got into the book and read all the different perspectives I enjoyed the book much more. Overall, I found the book to be a good distraction, which was what I needed, but I doubt I will read another book by MHC very soon.
  • (4/5)
    Where Are You Now?A riveting suspense worth of the best detective novel. Mary has the right amount of mystery and suspense in this story, by pointing finger to many suspect at the same time. The main character is a young woman hunted by her lost brother’s phone calls on mother’s day. She plead that she will find him and stead she find herself in the most intriguing case of abduction and killings in which her brother is one of the suspect. The police think she is in communication with her brother and those who are suppose to help her become her enemies. Her needling almost brought her mother to insanity, then to the arms of the old time family friend and the paparazzi to her door. The end will surprise you completely. A great tale with good police background and well written.
  • (4/5)
    This was a good book. The ending was a surprise to me. This is the first book by this author that I have read, but I plan to read more by her. I like how she made you think it was someone who commited the murders, but it turns out to be somebody that you never would have guessed in a million years. Carolyn did not give up even in the end. She was going to prove that her brother was innocent no matter what the cost.
  • (3/5)
    Clark definitely knows how to write suspense. It is entertaining stuff. However, I find her dialogue somewhat stinted. She is like Robert Ludlum in that, they are fun to read, but if I read too many too close together, they begin sounding the same.
  • (3/5)
    An interesting twist at the end, but the book was mainly boring and repetative, with lots of dated references. This is a recent book, but it really bothered me that the main character loved to wear white jeans (who wears white jeans in 2009?). Also, Higgins Clark used dated phrases/situations (i/e: a hardy man).
  • (4/5)
    Great weekend read. Mary Higgins Clark is an A+ writer. If you have read her books before, you already know. If not, you are in for a treat. I would say this book is not her best work, but I would still recommend it!
  • (3/5)
    Audiobook...............If you like Mary Higgins Clark, it's a good one! If you've never read one of hers, start with a better one.
  • (1/5)
    Mary Higgins Clark-what else can I say? This book came my way when I was looking for a little distraction and light reading. Perfect! If I hadn’t promised myself to write a post about every book I read, I wouldn’t have bothered with this entry.Let’s face it, Clark’s books are all pretty much the same. Her astounding popularity, and ability to sell books, have always perplexed me. Where Are You Now? is slightly better than the last MHC book I read (don’t remember the title). It’s a mystery, with the requisite red herrings thrown in.I really have nothing else to say about this book. If you’re a fan of MHC, read it.
  • (5/5)
    I love Mary Higgins Clark. I received this book in the mail and read it in one week. It is an awesome story and you don't want to put the book down once you start reading it..
  • (4/5)
    This is one of those books where the blurb on the book jacket doesn't really leave the reader much to find out (except the ultimate explanation). Read the blurb here.Charles McKenzie Jr. disappeared ten years ago shortly after his 21st birthday. Every year on Mother's Day he rings his mother and assures her that he is fine. Even when his father died on 9/11 he didn't emerge from hiding.And now his sister Carolyn has had enough. She is determined to find Mack and when he calls his mother on Mother's Day she interrupts and announces her intention to locate him.Her search for Mack triggers a number of events including it seems the disappearance of a young woman, like Mack when he disappeared, on the eve of graduation. The connections with Mack's own disappearance are too coincidental to ignore.While this story was very readable, it isn't what I call a "strong" book. In the final explanations there were just too many coincidences. The other thing I found a bit odd was that there were two narrators. Part of the book is written in the first person - that is the voice of Mack's sister Carolyn, as she pursues the investigation. The rest of the book is written in the third person - and the result is that as the reader we are "privy" to information that Carolyn doesn't have. I didn't find the blend a particularly comfortable one.If you are looking for a quick read, this is probably a good one to pick up at the airport bookshop. The 79 chapters are invariably about 2 pages, but sometimes only half a page. They give WHERE ARE YOU NOW? an episodic feel which makes it easy to put down and take up again.What drives this book is the sequence of events. It is a "whodunnit" rather than a "whydunnit" although in the long run all that the blurb leaves the reader to find out is the final who and why. It is a murder mystery but not a taxing read, and it's not going to be an award winner. Just one of those good reads from a very successful author.
  • (4/5)
    Too many oddball characters at first. I kept having to flip back and forth to figure out how some of these people were relevant to the story. Otherwise, turned out to be a good mystery.
  • (4/5)
    Mary Higgins Clark wrote this book after reading about a young man who disappeared for ten years. No one ever finds out what happened to him. In this book, a young man disappears and the family gets a phone call from him every Mother's Day. His sister decides to look for him and is warned to leave him alone. The story takes many twists and the ending was a real surprise.
  • (3/5)
    Every Mother's Day since Charles "Mack" MacKenzie, Jr. disappeared from Columbia University 10 years ago, Mack has phoned his mother in Manhattan to let her know he's all right. .Now Mack's younger sister, Carolyn, a graduate of Columbia and Duke Law School, tells him during his annual call that she's going to find him. When a note from Mack turns up in the collection plate at St. Francis church, asking Father Devon MacKenzie, his uncle, to tell Carolyn not to look for him, she becomes even more determined to do so. Clark always manages to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Once you pick up one of her books, it's hard to put down. As usual, the perpetrator of the crime is the last person you would expect. I love to read Mary Higgins Clark books for the suspense and plotting, but there is very little depth to the characters. This is not exception. This is suspenseful and entertaining, but easy to forget once you've put it down.
  • (5/5)
    Another excellent book.
  • (5/5)
    MHC always writes great books. Her most latest was excellent. Carolyn has decided to look for her brother again after he was spotted in the church where her uncle is a pastor. Carolyn's brother Mack went missing 10 years ago when he was about to graduate from Columbia University. Everyday Mother's Day he phones home. Carolyn wants to find out if her brother really is alive and why he would do this to his family. On the course to finding out the truth Carolyn herself is in danger.( A close family friend is not really who he says he is ).) I was very happy that Carolyn found out what really happened to her brother and found love .
  • (4/5)
    This was the first MHC book I'd ever read. I don't know why, but her and Danielle Steele books have always intimidated me.This was a selection in one of my book clubs, and I was game.This was one of the few books so far this year that I literally could NOT put down. Clark paints all of her characters so throroughly, yet you know there's SOMETHING she's not putting out there. I look forward to reading more from her.Carolyn is a successful lawyer. She has a close relationship with her mother, her father died in the 9/11 attacks. Shortly before that, her brother disappeared from his apartment. He had everything going for him. Attending Columbia, accepted to Duke Law. Popular, a steady pre-med girlfriend. Even more puzzling is that he calls home once a year, Mother's Day, to let them know everything is okay and that he loves them. Carolyn needs closure, and one Mother's Day she decides not to leave things be. Will the truth be more than she can handle?