Thursday, August 18, 2011

I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

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Alexandra “Zan” Moreland is haunted by the disappearance of her own son, Matthew, kidnapped in broad daylight two years ago in Central Park—a tragedy that has left her torn between hope and despair.
Now, on what would be Matthew’s fifth birthday, photos surface that seem to show Zan kidnapping her own child, followed by a chain of events that suggests somebody has stolen her identity.
Zan, sustained only by her belief that Matthew is still alive, sets out to discover who is behind this cruel hoax.
What she does not realize is that with every step she takes toward the truth, she is putting herself— and those she loves most—in mortal danger from the person who has ingeniously plotted her destruction.
Zan herself begins to doubt her own sanity, until, in the kind of fast-paced explosive ending that is Mary Higgins Clark’s trademark, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place with an unexpected and shocking revelation. (from publisher's synopsis)

Interesting plot with current topics - child abduction and identity theft.  I have to agree with Publisher's Weekly, who became frustrated with "contrivances that prevent key information from reaching the heroine".  The believability of the missed connections that kept the case from being solved chapters sooner began to wear thin.  Also, the budding romance between two of the main characters was very superficial.  They've met a couple times on business and now they're in love?  Superficial is just a good word to describe all of the characters.  These are not Ms. Clark's best characters, but still a pleasing plot-line with a satisfying ending.

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