I'll Walk Alone
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I'll Walk Alone

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by Mary Higgins Clark
     
 

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Now in mass market, Mary Higgins Clark’s thirtieth and most spine-chilling novel—“so good that it might as well have come with a soundtrack” (The Columbus Dispatch)—involves the newest and most up-to-date of crimes: identity theft.

Alexandra “Zan” Moreland, a gifted, beautiful interior designer on the

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Now in mass market, Mary Higgins Clark’s thirtieth and most spine-chilling novel—“so good that it might as well have come with a soundtrack” (The Columbus Dispatch)—involves the newest and most up-to-date of crimes: identity theft.

Alexandra “Zan” Moreland, a gifted, beautiful interior designer on the verge of a successful Manhattan career, is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards, but may also be impersonating her in a scheme that involves the much more brutal crimes of kidnapping and murder. Already haunted by the disappearance of her own son, Matthew, kidnapped in broad daylight two years ago in Central Park, Zan has been left 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.

Hounded by the press, under investigation by the police, attacked by both her angry ex-husband and a vindictive business rival, Zan, wracked by fear and pain and 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 out her destruction.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
MWA Grand Master Clark (The Shadow of Your Smile) explores identity theft in her middling 30th novel. Almost two years after someone snatched Alexandra "Zan" Moreland's then three-year-old son, Matthew, from his stroller while his sitter dozed, Zan, a New York City interior designer who remains devastated, has been unable to trace her son. To make matters worse, somebody is using her credit cards to purchase expensive items just as she's on the verge of landing a prestigious account for her fledgling business. Worst of all, evidence emerges that suggests Zan kidnapped her own son. Meanwhile, a priest is troubled by a woman whose confession reveals that a murder is being planned. Contrivances that prevent key information from reaching the heroine as well as characters without personality in the service of a plot with at least one major hole won't please those who prefer their suspense firmly grounded in reality and logic. (Apr.)
Library Journal
It's bad enough that Alexandra Moreland's toddler disappeared in Central Park a few years back. Now Alexandra is being accused of identity theft and possibly murder. Looks as if someone is trying to drive her insane. Clark is a powerhouse, though a few fans thought her last book sounded same old, same old. Watch this one.
Kirkus Reviews

According to Clark's unique take on identity theft, the thief doesn't just want to steal your money but to ruin your credibility, snatch your son and take your life.

Interior designer Alexandra Moreland's son disappeared from his stroller two years ago while Tiffany Shields, the babysitter Zan had hurriedly arranged to watch him, dozed nearby. Matthew's trail has long gone cold until his fifth birthday, when a tabloid newspaper publishes a photograph of Zan removing him from his stroller. In a flash, all the friends who've stood by her for the past two years turn on her. Her ex, Ted Carpenter, the publicist she'd split up with before she ever knew she was pregnant, winds up their dinner at the Four Seasons by accusing her of kidnapping his son. Architect Kevin Wilson, a prospective client who's been about to choose her designs over those of her former boss Bartley Longe, begins to waver. Bartley, who never forgave Zan for leaving his shop to set up her own, spews venom into NYPD ears. So does Tiffany, frantic to take this opportunity to defend herself against all the innuendo she's endured. Even Zan's friends Alvirah and Willy Meehan, long familiar to the Clark faithful (The Lottery Winner,1994, etc.), speculate whether she could have stolen Matthew during one of her mysterious blackouts. Only her loyal assistant, Josh Green, sticks by her side, and even he wonders who ordered the bolts of fabric that have begun to arrive at their office even though she swears she didn't order them. Meanwhile, Toby Grissom, who hasn't long to live, flies in from Texas to search for his daughter, Brittany La Monte, an aspiring actress and makeup expert who came to New York to make her fortune but disappeared shortly before Matthew.

Fans will bite their nails to the quick while they wait for all the characters who know bits and pieces of the story to pool their knowledge before the malefactor can strike again. Experts on identity theft will marvel that no matter what raw material goes into the Clark hopper, it all comes out looking much the same.

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Praise for Mary Higgins Clark's I'll Walk Alone:


“Fans will bite their nails to the quick.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A gripping plot, a likable female lead, and a wonderfully eclectic cast of supporting characters.”
Library Journal Express

“Teeming with tantalizing twists, Clark’s crackling tale of identity theft, revenge, and murder is a tempting and thought-provoking thriller.”
Booklist

“Hang on to your hats for this latest page turner. . . . Scary.”
Fresh Fiction

“One of Mary Higgins Clark’s most suspenseful books. Fans and newcomers alike will find themselves staying up all night to find out what happens next.”
Bookreporter

From the Publisher
Praise for Mary Higgins Clark's I'll Walk Alone:

“Fans will bite their nails to the quick.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A gripping plot, a likable female lead, and a wonderfully eclectic cast of supporting characters.”

Library Journal Express

“Teeming with tantalizing twists, Clark’s crackling tale of identity theft, revenge, and murder is a tempting and thought-provoking thriller.”

Booklist

“Hang on to your hats for this latest page turner. . . . Scary.”

Fresh Fiction

“One of Mary Higgins Clark’s most suspenseful books. Fans and newcomers alike will find themselves staying up all night to find out what happens next.”

Bookreporter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439180969
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Edition description:
Simon & Schuster
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
797,022
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Higgins Clark is the author of thirty bestselling suspense novels, three collections of short stories, a historical novel, and a memoir. She is coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five holiday suspense novels. With more than 100 million copies in print in the U.S. alone, her books are worldwide bestsellers.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 24, 1929
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979
Website:
http://www.simonsays.com/subs/index.cfm?areaid=12

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I'll Walk Alone 3.8 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 798 reviews.
ANONWZAWMN More than 1 year ago
I'LL WALK ALONE Mary Higgins Clark REVIEWED: BARBARA LIPKIEN GERSHENBAUM (SEE ALL MY REVIEWS) One of the most horrendous fears parents harbor is the disappearance of their child. In Mary Higgins Clark's thirtieth mystery novel, I'LL WALK ALONE, she uses this crime to tell the story of Alexandra "Zan" Moorehead, a single mother and a successful interior designer. When he was three years old, her son, Matthew was taken while his babysitter slept on a blanket next to his stroller. No sign of the child ever appeared until his fifth birthday when photos surface of "Zan" removing the child from the carriage herself. Immediately the public turns against her. Even her ex-husband now believes she took the boy. Zan has another problem. Her identity is stolen and someone clearly is out to not only bankrupt her but to see that her life is ruined forever and perhaps that she even dies. With only her assistant in her corner she vows to go ahead with the prospect of a gigantic project that would propel her into the spotlight. Since she opened her own design firm her former boss turned against her with rabid hatred and she believes he is behind the kidnapping. She begged the police and anyone who would listen to begin a full investigation into Longe's life, but she got nowhere. Except with a couple of friends named Alvira and Willy who happened to be lottery winners, which put them in a position of wealth and influence. Fr. Aiden a close friend of this couple reluctantly began to see Zan as an innocent woman when he re-examined the pictures that were carpeting the city and Kevin Wilson the architect who Zan wanted so much to impress. But everyone was powerless to do anything to prove one way or another if Zan was guilty of kidnapping and possibly killing her son. Was that Zan in the photo? Did she have a psychotic break? She claims to remember almost nothing from the time Matthew was taken. As the narrative races along and in true Clark fashion the tension grows and readers are I introduced to some new characters. Never one to hold back in a page-turner the author moves part of the story to an isolated farmhouse in the country. A nosy neighbor is very curious about the woman who rented the place for three months but paid for a year in advance. Rebecca Schwartz, the real estate agent's best friend makes a "new neighbor" visit to deliver blueberry muffins then when she's rebuffed she decides to stake out the place. I'LL WALK ALONE is one of Mary Higgins Clark's most suspenseful books.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I still remember the first book I read by Mary Higgins Clark. It was REMEMBER ME and I was in the seventh grade. I have been a die-hard fan ever since. What I like most about her writing is the fact that she can keep me guessing. I had no idea who had really been behind Matthew's kidnapping and it through me for a loop. I thoroughly enjoyed I'LL WALK ALONE. Mary Higgins Clark fans everywhere should pick up a copy.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Matthew was three years old, he was abducted while his babysitter who was ill fell into a deep sleep. His mother up and coming interior designer Alexandra "Zan" Moreland was devastated and spent all her energy and her money on private investigators and psychics. She believes her former employer and business rival arranged the kidnapping. Zan threw herself into her work so she wouldn't think about all the bad things that could have happened to son. As Matthew's fifth birthday nears, Zan's life spins out of control. Someone has hacked into her accounts, used her cards to charge big cost items and seems to be taking over her identity. Pictures surface that show Zan taking Matthew from his carriage; her friends think she killed her son. She knows she is innocent, but people are slow to believe her that someone impersonated her. Apparently the kidnapper wants her dead preferably by her owns hands. Mary Higgins Clark is the queen of suspense as her thrillers remain fresh. Her latest tale contains realistically portrayed characters especially Zan as a beleaguered heroine who feels unbearable pressure, but refuses to break as she still has fading hopes that Matthew will one day return to her. Fans will feel for her while wondering who the villain is including considering she might be Harry Kellerman. Harriet Klausner
Zavi More than 1 year ago
This was my first Mary Higgins Clark book I have read. It is a great suspense and kept me attention from beginning to end. I will be reading more of her books.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
The plot against the protagonist is truly scary. With great calculation and evil intend a person is planning the downfall of the key/main character. There are plenty of suspects to choose from, yet as you read, this wonderful work of fiction, you are sure to deduce the culprit. This novel's storyline offers great twists and turns, emotionally gripping situations, and is filled with mystery and suspense to keep you turning the pages to get to the end of this wild crime. As the saying goes, this is a real page-turner, and you'll want to unravel this great mystery. If you have not read the other novels by Mary Higgins Clark you should check them out they are enjoyable reading. This novel, "I'll Walk Alone," is so interesting you should be able to read it over one weekend.
Scarlett60 More than 1 year ago
I have been a Mary Higgins Clark reader for years and lately some of the novels were following the same pattern. What a joy to find "I Walk Alone" to be so different and refreshing. Usually, by the middle of the book, I know "who done it." This novel took me completely by surprise. Please, more like this one.
SWEV More than 1 year ago
I have been looking to get back into reading when I picked up this book in CVS. The book was amazing. The minute I read the first page, I could not put it down. I would never imagine that ending. I was totally fooled. It was funny too because I read reviews after I bought this book, and before I started to read it, and now I do not know what people were talking about when they said it was bad, or that they knew from the beginning who the peron that kidnapped the child. I am starting to believe that people write reviews just to write them without reading a book. This book was overall great! I enjoyed every piece of it! Def recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have listened to many of Mary's books on tape. I'll Walk alone was my first Mary Higgins Clark book and is still my favorite . My grandmother got me started on hers and I really enjoy them even though I am only 14. I have listened / read many of hers. Here r a few........ Santa Cruise /movie and book Silent Night Deck the Halls /movie and book While my pretty one sleeps I've got you under my skin All around the town /movie Christmas thief All through the night Where are the children / partial No place like home/ partial You belong to me/movie Loves music loves to dance/movie Daddys gone a hunting Just take my heart Two little girls in blue/partial Daddys little girl He sees u when ur sleeping/movie The cradle will fall/ movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual Mary Higgins Clark always keeps you in suspense. Just when you think you have it all figured out another twist.
LJHotch More than 1 year ago
This+book+grabs+you+from+the+first+page+and+doesnt+let+go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very suspenseful book that was very enjoyable to read. I would look for someone looking for that next great book. What a wonderful author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recomand this book it was a real.page turner I couldnt put it down. I also love the fact that in her books all her chapters are short. So you keep saying let me read one more and before you know it youcant stop.
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sandrabrazier 4 months ago
Zan Moreland's son was kidnapped two years ago, and she mourns his loss every day. Every day, she works as an interior designer, saving her money for the private investigators she hires to find him. She never gives up hope. Recently, someone has been charging things to her account. Suddenly, pictures showing her kidnapping her own son have been revealed. Zan is losing credibility with each passing day. Who is behind all of this? Mary Higgins Clark always spins a good mystery, and this one is no exception. The reader is left to figure out who is framing Zan, and it took me awhile to figure it out. Her characters are always realistic. This is another good mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great !
JavaScript More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book, I was not thoroughly impressed. It was not until after the first few chapters that I became really interested. I began to think how is it that someone could commit a crime and not be aware of doing it. The way that Clark wove and spun this novel had me riveted to my seat and I did not want to put the book down but life calls. It was page turner page after page after page after page after page.........
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Good job :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, it's spelled clumsy. No fancy schmancy spelling on this word! Now. There were a couple of humerous parts, like the beginning. I think, because a book is big, Adam should have noticed it. But maybe it's just me because l like to cook. But catching something on fire like that is fairly common. I once caught a piece of paper towel on fire and the whole stovetop ended up on fire! Anywho, not too bad. Please be super wary of your spelling, though! If you're not sure if you spelled a word right, please look it up (and l mean in a real, actual dictionary- not necessarily the one on your NOOK!)! Thanks!
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Sorry can't buy a book ....that I don't know what the story is about ??? Ms. CLARK....pretty sure u understand what the word ....OVERVIEW ... means ? u have titels..but what the heck is the dam book about ??? I no u r a good author...but to expect people to buy u r books....sight unseen ? Sry...I'm on to another ..hopefully more considerate author ..