I'll Be Seeing You

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The murdered woman could have been her double. When reporter Meghan Collins sees the sheet-wrapped corpse in a New York City hospital, she feels as if she's staring into her own face. And Meghan has troubles enough already without this bizarre experience. Nine months ago, her much-loved father's car spun off a New York bridge. Now, investigators are saying that there's no trace of his car in the river, and they suspect he faked his own death. With frightening speed, links start to appear between Meghan's father ...

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Overview

The murdered woman could have been her double. When reporter Meghan Collins sees the sheet-wrapped corpse in a New York City hospital, she feels as if she's staring into her own face. And Meghan has troubles enough already without this bizarre experience. Nine months ago, her much-loved father's car spun off a New York bridge. Now, investigators are saying that there's no trace of his car in the river, and they suspect he faked his own death. With frightening speed, links start to appear between Meghan's father and her dead lookalike. Meghan may be in danger herself, but she's determined to find the truth to the mystery. In a nightmare journey spiraling from New York to Connecticut to Arizona, Meghan finds that the truth can sometimes be deadly.

The author whose phenomenal blockbusters have sold more than 25 million copies in the U.S. writes a relentlessly terrifying novel about a reporter dragged into her family's hidden past--a chilling web of secrets and betrayals where nothing is as it seems, and the truth may be too devastating to pursue.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Compelling plot and striking characters.... Edge-of-the-seat reading."
Boston Sunday Herald
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Clark's novel about a reporter's investigation of her family's secret past was a 13-week PW bestseller. (May)
School Library Journal
YA-First-time readers and longtime fans will find Clark's new book a fast-paced, intricately woven tale of suspense and intrigue. Meghan Collins, newly hired TV reporter, makes a startling discovery while on assignment at a large metropolitan hospital. An unidentified young woman dying of a knife wound is rushed into the emergency ward, and Meghan finds herself staring down at a person who could be her double. She is thrust into an investigation that not only involves finding out the identity of the dead woman, but also uncovering the details of her father's puzzling death 10 months earlier. No trace of his body or car was ever found. To complicate things further, Meghan's next assignment reveals some questionable procedures at a fertility clinic in regard to in vitro fertilization of identical twins. Clark masterfully fits all the pieces together, delivering an expertly written, gripping mystery that will appeal to YAs.-Nancy Bard, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Donna Seaman
It's only fitting that duplicity be the theme of the tale that raises the number of Clark's novels to double digits. In it, our heroine is Meghan Collins, a young reporter who's just landed a coveted spot on network news, but her satisfaction is tempered by sadness and worry as the investigation into her father's puzzling death flounders in uncertainty. It seemed as though Collins was swept into the Hudson River in a freak accident on the Tappan Zee bridge, but there's no trace of car wreckage and no body. The insurance company won't pay up, and Meghan's grief-stricken mother, who believes she is entitled to double indemnity, is afraid that she'll loose her cherished Connecticut inn if funds aren't forthcoming. Then Meghan has a jolting experience while covering a news story at a Manhattan hospital. An unidentified young woman is rushed in, dying from a knife wound to the heart, and--there's not other way to put it--she's a dead ringer for Meghan. Who is she? Is Collins dead or alive? As Meghan turns sleuth, she uncovers some highly unethical procedures at a fertility clinic involving in vitro fertilization and--what else?--identical twins. Then she discovers evidence of her father's double life and we realize that many characters have dual identities and hidden motives. Sleek and substantial, this classy thriller will make the lists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671888589
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 250,104
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She is also the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five holiday suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

Biography

The Queen of Suspense, Bronx-born and -bred Mary Higgins Clark has achieved international success against heavy odds. Her father died when she was 11, and her mother struggled to raise and provide for Mary and her two brothers. Clark attended secretarial school after high school and worked for three years in an advertising agency before leaving to become a stewardess for Pan American Airlines. Throughout 1949, she flew international flights to Europe, Africa, and Asia. " I was in a revolution in Syria and on the last flight into Czechoslovakia before the Iron Curtain went down," she recalls. In 1950, she quit her job to marry Warren Clark, a neighbor nine years her senior whom she had known and admired since she was 16.

In the early years of her marriage, Clark began writing short stories, making her first sale in 1956 to Extension Magazine. Between writing and raising a family, the decade flew by. Then, in 1964, Warren Clark suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving his young widow with five children to support. She went to work writing radio scripts; and, around this time, she decided to try her hand at writing books. Inspired by a radio series she was working on, she drafted a biographical novel about George Washington. It was published in 1969 under the title Aspire to the Heavens. (In 2002, it was re-issued as Mount Vernon Love Story.) Her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, appeared in print in 1975. It was a huge hit and marked a turning point in her life. Since then, she has developed a loyal fan base, and each of her novels has hit the bestseller lists. She has also co-written stories and novels with her daughter Carol, a successful author in her own right.

In the 1970s, Clark enrolled in Fordham University at Lincoln Center, graduating summa cum laude in 1979. A great supporter of education, she has served as a trustee of her alma mater and Providence College and holds numerous honorary degrees. She remains active in Catholic affairs and has been honored with many awards. Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, funds an annual award in her name to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition.

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    1. Hometown:
      Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 24, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979
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Chapter One

Meghan Collins stood somewhat aside from the cluster of other journalists in Emergency at Manhattan's Roosevelt Hospital. Minutes before, a retired United States senator had been mugged on Central Park West and rushed here. The media were milling around, awaiting word of his condition.

Meghan lowered her heavy tote bag to the floor. The wireless mike, cellular telephone and notebooks were causing the strap to dig into her shoulder blade. She leaned against the wall and closed her eyes for a moment's rest. All the reporters were tired. They'd been in court since early afternoon, awaiting the verdict in a fraud trial. At nine o'clock, just as they were leaving, the call came to cover the mugging. It was now nearly 11. The crisp October day had turned into an overcast night that was an unwelcome promise of an early winter.

It was a busy night in the hospital. Young parents carrying a bleeding toddler were waved past the registration desk through the door to the examination area. Bruised and shaken passengers of a car accident consoled each other as they awaited medical treatment.

Outside, the persistent wail of arriving and departing ambulances added to the familiar cacophony of New York traffic.

A hand touched Meghan's arm. "How's it going, Counselor?"

It was Jack Murphy from Channel 5. His wife had gone through NYU Law School with Meghan. Unlike Meghan, however, Liz was practicing law. Meghan Collins, Juris Doctor, had worked for a Park Avenue law firm for six months, quit and got a job at WPCD radio as a news reporter. She'd been there three years now and for the past month had been borrowed regularly by PCD Channel 3, the television affiliate.

"It's going okay, I guess," Meghan told him. Her beeper sounded.

"Have dinner with us soon," Jack said "It's been too long." He rejoined his cameraman as she reached to get her cellular phone out of the bag.

The call was from Ken Simon at the WPCD radio news desk. "Meg, the EMS scanner just picked up an ambulance heading for Roosevelt. Stabbing victim found on Fifty-sixth Street and Tenth. Watch for her."

The ominous ee-aww sound of an approaching ambulance coincided with the staccato tapping of hurrying feet. The trauma team was heading for the Emergency entrance. Meg broke the connection, dropped the phone in her bag and followed the empty stretcher as it was wheeled out to the semicircular driveway.

The ambulance screeched to a halt. Experienced hands rushed to assist in transferring the victim to the stretcher. An oxygen mask was clamped on her face. The sheet covering her slender body was bloodstained. Tangled chestnut hair accentuated the blue-tinged pallor of her neck.

Meg rushed to the driver's door. "Any witnesses?" she asked quickly.

"None came forward." The driver's face was lined and weary, his voice matter-of-fact. "There's an alley between two of those old tenements near Tenth. Looks like someone came up from behind, shoved her in it and stabbed her. Probably happened in a split second."

"How bad is she?"

"As bad as you can get."

"Identification?"

"None. She'd been robbed. Probably hit by some druggie who needed a fix."

The stretcher was being wheeled in. Meghan darted back into the emergency room behind it.

One of the reporters snapped, "The senator's doctor is about to give a statement."

The media surged across the room to crowd around the desk. Meghan did not know what instinct kept her near the stretcher. She watched as the doctor about to start an IV removed the oxygen mask and lifted the victim's eyelids.

"She's gone," he said.

Meghan looked over a nurse's shoulder and stared down into the unseeing blue eyes of the dead young woman. She gasped as she took in those eyes, the broad forehead, arched brows, high cheekbones, straight nose, generous lips.

It was as though she was looking into a mirror.

She was looking at her own face.

Copyright © 1993 by Mary Higgins Clark

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Gripping!!!!

    I just started readibg this book and i think ill be done with it tonite from the first page it drew me in so much that when my home phone rang i nearly jumped out of my skin her oldrr books are spine tingling but i recently tried to read her latest one but found it boring its probally time for her to retire from writing But this story just draws you in plus its got short chapters and i like that long chapter stories bore me get to the point and move on you remember in high school when you had to read shakespeares macbeth boring as hell but you had to read it with me if a book is too long ill leave it alone ILIKEBOOKS SHORT AND SWEET AND TO THE POINT TELL THE STORY AND SPARETHE DETAILS LIKE ARCHIE SAYS TO EDITH "START YOUR STORY FROM YHE BEGINING AND GET OOON WITH IT"ilike mhcs older novels

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    great book

    i really liked this book and i love mary higgens clark! she is such a great writer. ive never been disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2000

    Another Suspense Story

    Another great book by Queen Mary! If you enjoyed any of her books you won't be disappointed with this one either.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    Another Mary Higgins Clark success!

    I absolutely love Mary Higgins Clark! I have read so many of her books and continue to be thrilled with each and every one. After getting away from reading for awhile, I am now going back and starting with her first book and working my way through them again. I have already read this book but I find I am still engrossed as the plot unfolds. You just can't go wrong when you pick up a Mary Higgins Clark book!!

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Another fun Mary Higgins Clark romp

    I love MHC, but her characters are predictable and the plots are expected. She does a good job of providing sheer enjoyable escapism. This book is much the same. I continue to read her works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    wow...

    this book was really good. It started off slow but it eventually took a turn. Wow thats all I can say. It took me 4 days to read. It would have only taken me 2 but I had to go to school and sleep. But yea this is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    My first thought on this book, was that it was a little drawn out. Second it started off a little slow for me. But i kept with it , and was glad i did. Isn't it sad that people can take something that suppose to be wonderful and helpful to people, like in vitro fertilization and turn it into something dirty. I guess it just shows us that people will do anything for money. Also with this in vitro infertilization why must it be so expensive? i'm sure there are so called poor people, that can't have a baby and will love to have a chance at in vitro fertilization. That's something to look into and do a story about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

    NOT BAD AT ALL!

    This was my first MHC book and I really enjoyed it, however I expected more romance and it was a little too drawn out, but i still couldnt put it down. If you are looking for a great fast paced read, this is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    One of The BEST books I've ever read!

    This book was suspensful and interesting . It will have you on the edge of your chair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    Amazing book and writer.

    This book is a mystery about a woman named Meghan Collins, who is a news reporter about to finish up on a case when her boss calls and tells her to find the scoope on a stabbing. Once the ambulance shows up and she sees the young woman who was stabbed Meghan is astonished to see she looks just like her. All the stress put on Meghan, about nine months ago her father was supposely in a terrible bridge acciedent and now about the girl she saw that is now dead,hasn't helped her try to figure out her fathers' case because no evidence has been found that he died in it. All the investigators don't believe Edwin Collins, Meghan's father, really died in it because they haven't found his car, or pieces of it,or even his body. The whole time Meghan finds out secrets to her dad's past as starts to fall in love with her childhood boyfriend,named Jeremy MacIntyre, or also known as Mac, who was married but his wife left him with his son who is 7 years old now named Kyle. Meghan worked for a news company but was on leave once her boss thought that the young woman that was stabbed might have been meant for Meghan and so he didn't want any danger coming towards her on a case. Come to find out a guy who use to park cars for the company Meghan worked for was in love with her and so he starts to stalk her and spies on her once he figures out where she lives. Meghan starts to finish a case about a doctor that her fathers company hired for an cryopreserve embryo clinic, who has a false background to where she never had a doctorate.The investigators believe Edwin knew this while he hired her because it was his signature on the paper for her transcript but no even Edwin's partner, Phillip Carter, a real good friend of the family too, could even back up that Edwin didn't/wouldn't do that. Meghan's mom is taken to the hospital after one night getting a phone call by a guy who said he was her husband and then she got roses and on the card it read 'My dearest. Have faith in me. I promise this will all work out. Your loving husband, Edwin.' So the fact that there was no evidence it is hard to determine if it is really Edwin or just someone pretending to be him. In the end Meghan finds out a twisted past of her fathers that comes to haunt her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    What A Great Read

    This book was delightful....but then again, what can I say! Clark is ALWAYS delightful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2003

    a superb queen of suspense,clark she is!

    another hit, yup the inquisitive mind again of mary is in the go, you really could not expect what would happen only the author would know, the twist and who would have guess a close friend could do such thing but i think its because we do not know what's on his mind and anything can change in a span of time, we do not know, this another novel of clark is a hit that once again i cannot get rid of the book once i'm on reading it the whole day! kudos to the writer!!!!!!!!111

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    Amazing book!

    This is a book that is difficult to put down: simple story, lots of mystery, logical explanation at the end. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    Best One I've Read So Far...

    This one keeps you on the edge of your seat as you read it, and just keeps the pages turning. I read it late into the night, it was the best one I've read so far by Mrs. Clark! Absolutely loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    Keeps You On The Edge Of Your Seat

    I'll be Seeing You is an awesome book. I love mystery books and this is now my favorite book. It is a book you can read over and over again!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2001

    Supsenseful;

    This book will keep you guessing, to who, why, and how. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    Mystery may be her name but mystery is her game!

    Meghan,a reporter, couldn't believe she was seeing a dead girl that looked like her. This starts months of secrets being uncovered of several people. The lives you've always thought you knew are the opposite. The story keeps you on the move and guessing as things change. A moving thoughtful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    'I'll Be Seeing You' on the flip-side

    This book is one of Mary Higgins Clark's best. She expresses how an average person would act or feel if they saw a dead person who looks exactly like them, how you would feel if you weren't sure a family member was dead or alive, and how you would feel if you found out you might not be the biological parent of your child. It is a suspenseful, mysterious, page-turning thriller. Read it.

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