Psychic twins serve as the hook for this thriller by the bestselling writer who set the benchmark for the Children-in-Peril subgenre. A kidnapper snatches Kathy and Kelly Frawley on the evening of their third birthday, leaving behind an unconscious babysitter and a ransom demand of eight million dollars. Sadly, when the girls' parents pay up, they find Kelly alone in a car with an adult's dead body and a note claiming the kidnapper committed suicide in remorse for accidentally killing Kathy. However, little Kelly insists that Kathy is still alive, is talking to her, and is in terrible danger....
I am not a huge Mary Higgins Clark fan but I always hope I will be surprised and like every book I read by her but I just can’t love her books. She is a streaky writer to me. The main problem is I have a hard time believing some of her plot lines and she lapses into melodrama rather than being creative with her emotional characters. I am sure a woman who has had both her children snatched from their home will be hysterical but I think there is a better way to write the scene than create yet another stereotype. Another problem with this book is there were too many red herrings and dead ends which bogged down the story. It could have been trimmed down a little and made for a tighter, better mystery novel. Clark can be great but unfortunately she falls short and does not always suit my reading taste. She is one of those writers I consider “borderline” authors who can go either way in their writing. Fans of her work will probably like the book but I only mildly liked it.
I enjoyed the book immensely. I would sit in the car to listen to a stopping point in the book, before I would leave the car. It was suspenseful.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a very fast read and I loved the suspense. It made me want to look into the other books that Mary Higgins Clark has written so that I can add them to my list.