by Mary Higgins Clark
Reviewed by The Fourth Tuesday and Mystery Book Club
Your child has been kidnapped. He has disappeared and no evidence of him—dead or alive—has been uncovered. Would your family and friends support you or blame you for the crime? Would they suspect that you kidnapped your own son? How would their views change if a photo surfaced that showed you taking the baby?
Mary Higgins Clark is the queen of suspense novels. “I’ll Walk Alone” deals with the kidnapping of a three-year-old boy while his young babysitter dozed on the grass near the napping child. His mother is a gifted and beautiful interior designer who is struggling to make her business successful. She claimed that she was at the home of a wealthy client when the crime took place. The mother, Zan Moreland, was initially viewed as the brave parent who never gives up hope that her only child will be found alive. Time passes by with no evidence of the missing boy. Two years with no sightings or physical evidence to indicate that he might be alive or dead. Then a picture is uncovered from an event in the park that shows Zan taking her son from the stroller. Everything changes. She is no longer admired. Her former husband, the father of the missing child, turns on her. It appears that her identity has been stolen or that she is behaving irrationally. Zan’s friends and even Zan herself begins to worry about her sanity.
The author brings back Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner and amateur detective, from an earlier novel and introduces some compelling new characters. Father O’Brien struggles with a confession that he feels compelled to honor as private but realizes that it might help solve the crime. It also places his life in danger. Clark’s storytelling is at its best in this exciting tale with many twists and turns. You will not be able to put it down until you reach the dramatic and surprising ending.
All of the members of our club rated this book very high and recommend it strongly. Many of the members are already reading more of Mary Higgins Clark’s books and enjoying them.
Key Ideas from different club members:
An easy read and enjoyable; was a real page turner; many twists and turns; puzzling until the end; kept me guessing; do not read many mysteries but was pulled in completely by this one; great, surprising ending; loved the characters; intriguing suspense; really enjoyed it; excellent; Clark is a great story teller; already have read 2 more of her books.
The Club Members rating this book:
Pat Gombita, Mona Herrell, Pat Kuna, Lee Ann Schrock, Sharon Shaffer, Julie Shultz, Bill Simmons, Lynn Simmons, Helen Skalski, Deb Stewart, Barb Swanson, Linda Troll, and Rae Ann Weaver
Club’s Average Rating: 4.6 of 5 Rating Range: 4 to 5