The Barnes & Noble Review
In Mary Higgins Clark's latest thriller, You Belong to Me, intelligent and successful yet lonely women are the prey of the author's newest killer.
You Belong to Me opens on a luxury cruise ship with the killer eyeing his newest victim, Regina Clausen, a successful stock analyst. When Regina disembarks in Hong Kong, telling everyone she will meet up with the ship in Japan, no one is suspicious until she never returns. Three years later, Regina's case is discussed on "Ask Dr. Susan," a New York-based, syndicated radio call-in show about vanished women. Dr. Susan is Susan Chandler, a smart, attractive former district attorney in her early 30s. A mysterious woman calls in to the show with information about Regina's disappearance. When the mysterious woman fails to show up at the secret prearranged meeting Susan has set up, Susan has no idea what a trail of terror she is about to follow.
The only chain linking these murders is a ring bearing the inscription "You Belong to Me." Susan becomes determined to solve the mystery that the police cannot. What she doesn't realize is that as she delves further into the mystery she becomes a target for the murderer, whose plans don't end with just adding Susan to his list of victims he plans to continue with Susan's sister, Dee. Master of suspense Mary Higgins Clark has involved enough complex characters that the murderer is anyone's guess, creating yet another page-turner filled with twists and turns in this world of glamorous New Yorkers. Susan's world only begins withherbeautiful sister, Dee. There is also her father and his manipulative new wife, Binky; Alex Wright, the mega-millionaire Susan meets at Binky's party; Justin Wells, the husband of the mysterious caller with information about Regina; Hilda Johnson, an elderly woman who witnesses the "accident" that prevented the mysterious caller from ever making it to the meeting with Susan; Jane Clausen, Regina's wealthy mother, who is torn between protecting her daughter's privacy and solving the case; Douglas Layton, Jane Clausen's lawyer, whom she suspects of betraying her trust; Tiffany, a young waitress who may have a missing clue; and Dr. Donald Richards, author of a book on vanished women whose own young wife had met with a strange death.
Mary Higgins Clark is at it again, defying readers to put this book down before they make it to the final page and see which characters make it there with them!
Jayne Atkinson reads this suspenseful work with increasing credibility. Psychologist Susan Chandler, host of a call-in radio show, runs a segment on missing women. These women left behind only the suspicion of foul play. Susan had no way of knowing that the wrong people would be listening that day or that her program would set off another chain of murders with herself poised as the penultimate victim. Atkinson gives the myriad characters unique inflections. She is also effective at tracking the fast-paced point-of-view leaps that mark the abridgment; minor characters are thoroughly introduced and killed off all in a single paragraph. However, the red herrings are particularly well done. Unfortunately, when the killer is finally unmasked, his/her motivations aren't really defensible not even in the madness of a killer's mind. Nevertheless, Clark's popularity and Atkinson's skill make this a must-buy for public libraries. Jodi Israel, Norwood, MA
As your cruise ship glides through tropical waters and an attentive stranger dances you on deck to look at the moon, try really hard not to think about Regina, Monica, Veronica and Constance, whose shipboard romances with a sexy psychopath prove fatal in Mary Higgins Clark's new suspense thriller, "You Belong To Me." -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
A smooth seducer who kills women he meets on luxury cruises would seem to be a natural for Clark ("Pretend You Don't See Her", 1997, etc.). But the devil isn't in the details this time, and a series of miscues lets the tension escape from her 16th novel. " Why do women vanish?" clinical psychologist Dr. Susan Chandler, host of radio's Ask Dr. Susan, asks her guest Dr. Donald Richards, author of 'Vanishing Women'. The main answer, of course, is that they're preyed upon by unscrupulous men. One such victim was Regina Clausen, who never returned to her ship from an excursion to Hong Kong three years ago. Now Carolyn Wells, a caller to Susan's show, reveals that she may have been the intended prey of a similar villaina man who left her holding a photograph and a turquoise ring inscribed "You belong to me" when she escaped back to the arms of her jealous husband Justin. Susan and Don are both excited about the possible link to Regina Clausen's disappearance. But before Susan can meet Carolyn and examine the ring and photo, Carolyn's pushed under the wheels of a van by a man who walks off with the evidence. It's only the first of a series of four murderous assaults by an unusually enterprising killer bent on covering his tracksa killer who's hiding in a thicket of handsome gentlemen with a special affinity for good-looking women and luxury cruises. So far so good; but this time the killer, for all his industry, is toothlesspartly because his target victim isn't Susan but her forgettable sister Dee, who prattles about going on a cruise till you wish sheþd just go ahead and get herself killed, partly because Susan, more detective than victim, is clearly more than a matchfor the predator. All the usual trappings of upscale menace except the menace. Wait till next year's cruise. (Literary Guild main selection)
USA Today Mary Higgins Clark at her page-turning best....The pace is near panic.
Entertainment Weekly Mary Higgins Clark has nothing to fear...we "belong" to her....
San Francisco Chronicle The Queen...returns with another delicious hoot of a plot...and a nice surprise in You Belong To Me...Clark does show her mettle as a mystery writer....We find the pages turning with increasing speed.
Chicago Tribune You Belong To Me...Trust me, this well-known old song will take on a new meaning the next time you hear it...Clark is a virtuoso....
Booklist A riveting tale of one woman's quest for the truth. Clark is a smart, entertaining storyteller...her fans will request You Belong To Me in droves.
The Seattle Times Mary Higgins Clark is the doyenne of American suspense fiction, our answer to Britain's P. D. James....