Book Review: Where Are The Children?
Hey all!!! Well this is my first post on a blog, so I would request you all to look at it as a piece of work by an amateur for I may not have the charisma of writing as all the co-authors of the blog. And here today, I decided to write on book I recently read about an author rarely known in India, Mary Higgins Clark.
Browsing through my bookshelf I stumbled upon this book which my brother had got some years back, from a book exhibition at a discount (which you generally get for old stupid books that no one reads). As I was getting bored and had nothing to do in my holidays so I started to read through the pages of the book titled “Where Are the Children?” Soon enough I found myself engrossed with the book and couldn’t help myself turning the pages as a 5 year old would do while reading ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
The story of the book revolves around a female character, named Nancy Harmon, who is a mother of two children. The story gives a jumpy start when the two children go missing and the mother is blamed for the loss. The plot unravels in due time (I am not spoiling any suspense as all that I am going to mention is already mentioned in the back cover of the book) that she already had lost her two children in a similar fashion, who were later found dead, from her previous marriage who were of the same age as missing children and she has faced charges against her for the same. Being unable to withstand the shame and trauma she went in for a new life and her life changes into a dramatic horror when she sees the past being repeated at her.
Mary creates a nail biting suspense about what the real mystery about the missing children is, co relating the perfect timings in which the two incidents took place in the course of years. She brilliantly portrays the effect and drama that media creates and plays with the emotions of its audience. She takes the reader to the edge of the seat by narrating multiple scenes side by side (a style I have seen in Dan Brown, but obviously he came in much later than her) and thus taking the story to a level of excitement never experienced before. I had not read better display of children’s thoughts and action before I read her piece of art. She handles multiple characters with an ease and doesn’t seem to falter anywhere. Though the story sometimes may feel that it is going too fast to absorb, but isn’t that what you really want form a mystery thriller?!!
To sum up I would say that you must try the novel and give the bestseller author of USA a chance in India. I didn’t mention it earlier but the novel is already in its 75th reprint and the author claims a great fan following in US and is listed in bestselling authors. Have a nice time reading it!!
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