Thursday, December 10, 2020

Short & Sweet Review: Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark

Title: Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Published: November 2019, Simon Shuster
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Source: Personal copy

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.

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: I will forever be a fan of Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries. I remember reading my first one when I was in high school and while I have not read every one of her books, I have read quite a lot. This is her foray into the #MeToo movement, putting her own spin on it, and while it might not have been the best book I've read by her, it was certainly a good read. I found myself still engaged and, while I did guess some parts, I still didn't put all the pieces together.

I am quite saddened to know that there will not be any more books by this prolific writer. Fortunately I still have some of her backlist to read, which I will eventually do, but I will certainly miss knowing a new release will be not on the horizon. RIP Mary Higgins Clark...I am glad I had the opportunity to meet you!


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