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Before I Say Good-Bye [Large Print] [Paperback]

Mary Higgins Clark
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30 Jun 2006
Nell McDermot is devastated when her husband's cabin cruiser blows up. Not only is she shattered by Adam's sudden death, but she is wracked with guilt, because the last time Nell saw Adam alive, she told him to leave and never come back. Nell's feelings are further complicated by her Great-aunt Gert's insistence that she try to make peace with Adam through a medium. And despite her scepticism, the awful burden of guilt finally drives Nell to consult Bonnie Wilson, a well-known psychic. As Nell searches for the truth about Adam's death, she relies more and more heavily on Bonnie, who claims to be receiving instructions from Adam. But what Nell does not know is that she is being closely watched, and the nearer she comes to learning what happened to her husband, the nearer she is to becoming the next victim of a ruthless killer...
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Lrg edition (30 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743261305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743261302
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Mary Higgins Clark is the author of twenty-two worldwide bestselling works of fiction and a memoir. She lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with her husband.

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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 likeable 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 rumours 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The Anniston Star" (AL) Fascinating enough that I read it through in one sitting....Well worth reading for all your mystery fans.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Known for her suspenseful bestsellers 10 Feb 2008
By Marti
Mary Higgins Clark writes an intriguing tale that combines elements of a thriller with that of an amateur sleuth mystery. The story line is fun and exciting, especially when Nell begins her inquiries. Nell is a wonderful character and her grandfather comes across as a powerful individual. The support cast is developed to the point where the reader understands their flaws. Ms. Clark provides her myriad of fans with another enthralling tale filled with action and adventure exciting tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointed with this one. 28 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Sorry Mary and all of your fans (of which I am wholeheartedly one) but this was not up to your usual gripping standards.It is a fairly dull and lifeless plot that I didn't find too hard to put down.18 outstanding and brilliantly written stories that kept me coming back for more and then this arrives. About time I thought.Unfortunatley not worth the wait.Sorry but this was not to the "Queen of suspense's" usual excellent standard that we all know and love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!! 5 Jan 2006
Format:Audio Cassette
This is the first title by Mary Higgins Clark that i have read (well listened to in my case!)and i was very impressed! I thought it was very well written, and very well read, which is also soooooooooooo important with an audio book! I will definatly be checking out more titles by the author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing new title 1 Oct 2001
By A Customer
I was expecting Clark's new book with some pleasure, but I found myself very disappointed while reading it. It lacks momentum and should have been better reviewed, as it shows various inconsistencies. Additionally, the story fails to convince because of the accumulation of unbelievable coincidences. I hope the next one will once more each the level we are used to with Clark...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful read 16 April 2014
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The more I read Mary Higgins Clark the more I want to read. My Christmas and birthday gifts for a few more years. Great author. Believable characters. Page turning at it's best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best 14 April 2014
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I love this author but felt this book did not live up to her usual standard.i often read her books and don't want to put them down, however this book did not grip me the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before I Say Goodbye 14 Feb 2014
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Love this book and know my friends and local library will also when it is passed on also to them
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 Sep 2013
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Brilliant story line. The who dunnit line kept you going for
More than 3/4 of the book. This author is so easy to read.
Keep those books coming!
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1.0 out of 5 stars And there was also talk of her running for Congress...
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Mary Higgins Clark writes like film scripts.
Easy to read and follow.
It is not great literature but still her books pull you into the book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super book
I have really enjoyed all Mary Higgins Clark's books. She is wonderful? Love the endings. She kept me guessing through the book.
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I have litterally just finished this book, and i am still buzzing! The final few chapters were really exciting, and nobody or nothing was going to stop me from finishing it! Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2008 by Kate S-B
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Read, but loose plot
The further you get into the book the better it flows. You have trouble at first figuring out what she is trying to say in this book. She seems to go off on many tangents. Read more
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