An electrifying new thriller from “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark!
When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a “CRyan” describing her “terrible experience” while working at REL, a high-profile television news network, including the comment “and I’m not the only one,” Gina knows she has to pursue the story. But when Ryan goes silent, Gina is shocked to discover the young woman has died tragically in a Jet Ski accident while on holiday.
Meanwhile, REL counsel Michael Carter finds himself in a tricky spot. Several female employees have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Carter approaches the CEO, offering to persuade the victims to accept settlements in exchange for their silence. It’s a risky endeavor, but it could well make him rich.
As more allegations emerge and the company’s IPO draws near, Carter’s attempts to keep the story from making headlines are matched only by Gina Kane’s determination to uncover the truth. Was Ryan’s death truly an accident? And when another accuser turns up dead, Gina realizes someone—or some people—will go to depraved lengths to keep the story from seeing the light.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written forty suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a historical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. With bestselling author Alafair Burke she writes 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 has 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.
Hometown:Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
Date of Birth:December 24, 1929
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979
Read an Excerpt
Gina Kane stretched in her window seat. Her latest prayer had been answered. The door of the jumbo jet was closing and the flight attendants were preparing for takeoff. The middle of the three seats on her side was empty and would remain that way for the sixteen-hour direct flight from Hong Kong to JFK in New York City.
Her second piece of luck was the passenger on the other side of the empty seat. Immediately after buckling himself in, he had taken two Ambien. His eyes were already closed and would remain that way for the next eight hours. That was perfect. She wanted time to think, not make small talk.
It was a trip her parents had spent over a year planning, and they were so excited when they called her to say they had sent in the deposit and were “committed to going.” She remembered her mother saying, as they often did, “We want to do this before we get too old.”
The notion of either of them getting old had seemed so foreign. Both were outdoors enthusiasts, always hiking, walking, and biking. But at her mother’s annual physical, her doctor had spotted an “abnormality.” It was shocking, an inoperable cancerous tumor. She went from being the picture of health to gone in four months.
It was after the funeral that Dad brought up the trip. “I’m going to cancel. When I see the other couples from the hiking club together, it will be too depressing to do it alone.” Gina had made her decision on the spot. “Dad, you’re going, and you’re not going to be there alone. I’m going with you.” They had spent ten days hiking through small villages in mountainous Nepal. After flying with her to Hong Kong, he had taken the direct flight to Miami.
It had been so easy to see and choose the right thing to do. Her father had thoroughly enjoyed the trip. She had as well. She had never once second-guessed her decision to go.
But where was that ability to decide and plow forward when it came to Ted? He was such a good guy. Both of them were thirty-two. He was absolutely certain that she was the person he wanted to spend his life with. Although disappointed that they would be apart for so long, he had encouraged her to accompany her father. “Family should always come first.” It was a line he had said to her many times as they went to gatherings with his bewildering array of relatives.
All that time to think and she was no closer to knowing what to say to Ted. He had a right to know where they were going. How many times can I say, “I just need a little more time”?
As usual, her reflection ended in a stalemate. Longing for any distraction, she opened her iPad and entered the password for her email. The screen immediately filled with “new” messages, ninety-four in total. She typed several keystrokes to make the screen display the emails by the name of the sender. There was no response from CRyan. Surprised and disappointed, she hit NEW, typed in CRyan’s address, and began writing:
Hi C, I hope you received the email I sent ten days ago. I’m very interested in hearing about your “terrible experience.” Please be in touch at your earliest convenience. Best regards, Gina.
Before pressing SEND, she added her phone number after her name.
The only other email she opened was from Ted. She was sure it would say that he had made a plan for them to meet for dinner. And talk. It was with a mixture of relief and disappointment that she read his note.
I’ve been counting the days until I get to see you. I’m sorry to say I’m going to have to keep counting. I leave tonight for a special project the bank put me on. Will be in LA for at least a week. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am.
I promise to make it up to you when I get back. Call you tomorrow.
All my love now,
A voice came over the PA announcing they had been cleared for takeoff and ordering that all electronic devices be powered down. She closed her iPad, yawned, and propped her pillow between her head and the side of the cabin.
The email from ten days earlier, the one that would put her life in danger, remained on her mind as she slowly dozed off.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ms. Clark definitely continues to write breathtaking stories. This was the best yet! I've read all of her books over the years & will continue to be a big fan.
This is one of Mary Higgins-Clark best ever stories! I've been a fan for many years. But this hit the jackpot!!
Mary Higgins Clark never fails to bring a great read!
Magnificent book couldn't put it down. I enjoyed every page of this book. It kept my interest to the very end. Trying all along who was the murderer. I had a hard time putting the book down. I would recommend this book to any mystery reader.
Mary Higgins Clark has done it again. She is a masterful author of mystery and suspense. I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this one like I have her past works, but it definitely drew me in. The story was timely with the Me Too movement. Once I started reading, I couldn't wait to see how the story unfolded. The plot was so well thought out. It makes you wonder just how far a company might go to protect it’s assets, by buying people off, etc. And it makes you think about what you see is not always the whole truth. I've read and loved all her books and this one was no exception.
I always love reading MHC. This one was as thrilling as all her books. You start reading and can't put it down.
Having been a fan of Clark for many years I was expecting this book to be better than it was. I found the plot line tedious and too long to develop.
I have read every MHC book written, and usually purchase them as soon as they’re published. This one had me questioning whether or not she wrote it, or if someone co-authored with her, especially since her son helped by reading every word with her along the way. Her books usually have short chapters and are a quick read. This one has longer chapters and seems so insanely slow to me, to the point where I’m losing interest and am not sure if I’ll get it finished. I hope this is an anomaly.
Another great book!
fast moving suspense. One of the best MHC books
The Courtney name mistake bothered me. Didn’t anyone care enough to catch the mistake before it went to printing?!
I am a huge fan of Ms Clark and read almost all of her former books. This is definitely one of the best she has ever written and is definitely deserving of five stars. When Gina Kane a freelance journalist get an email from a former Boston University student she is made away of some "terrible experiences" that have happened to and are still taking place at REL, a high profile new station. Move over Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes and Matt Lauer as we are about to learn about a new "trusted anchorman" who is abusing women. Gina starts an investigation when she does not hear from the person who sent the original email. She is like a detective and not only discovers who CRyan is but that she had recently died. Supposedly she lost her life in a Jet Ski accident. When she digs further she has a hunch that it was not an accident but a murder. Now how is she going to prove this? Michael Carter who was approached and informed of sexual misconduct that is taking place in the company comes up with an intricate plan which he discusses with the CEO about paying off these victims. Of course, Carter is also looking out for himself and will become a rich man if they agree to his plan. When another victim is discovered and the company's IPO draws near Carter is finding it more and more difficult to stop Gina's investigation. The story is a wonderful read and won fans will not be able to put down. We see how determined Gina is to uncover these secrets and lies and make the people causing them held accountable. I truly loved it.