Everyone is buzzing about the new Netflix season of The Crown, the epic period drama depicting the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. But Claire Foy and Olivia Colman’s depictions of royalty have nothing on the queen in our hearts: Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark. At 91 years old, this prolific storyteller is still writing edge-of-your-seat suspense mysteries combining intrigue and devilish villains with heroines worth fighting for. Her novels stand the test of time, but more importantly, they stand the test of “must-stay-up-all-night-to-finish.” Here’s a list of favorites to discover or revisit from our #1 queen, Mary Higgins Clark.
When a pair of three-year-old twins are kidnapped, their parents fear they’ll never see their daughters again. Their desperate parents submit to the kidnappers’ ransom, but only one little girl, Kelly, is returned, along with a note that her sister, Kathy, was accidentally killed by their now-dead abductor. But when Kelly claims she can still communicate with her twin telepathically and begins sharing increasingly specific warnings, her parents must determine whether this is the result of a heartbroken imagination or if their daughter is still alive and waiting to be rescued. . . .
Liza Barton was ten years old when she accidentally shot and killed her mother; although the courts cleared her of any wrongdoing, Liza’s adoptive parents changed her name to Celia in order to escape the relentless press scrutiny. Years later, Liza—now Celia—who has kept her true identity a secret, is pleasantly surprised when her new husband announces he’s bought them a house. Her surprise turns to horror when she realizes the house he bought is her childhood home, and someone in the neighborhood knows exactly who she is. . . .
When a famed New York City gossip columnist is found murdered, the question of who her murderer could be is less “who would” than “who wouldn’t” want her dead. One woman who will miss her, however, is Neeve Kearny, the owner of an upscale boutique where the columnist was a favorite customer. But as Neeve is reluctantly pulled into the investigation, dark memories from her own past begin to surface, which makes Neeve question everything—and everyone—around her. . . .
It’s been ten years since Carolyn MacKenzie’s brother Charles disappeared from Columbia University, mere weeks before his graduation, abandoning plans to attend a prestigious law school. His friends and family have not heard from him since, save for a ritual phone call he makes annually to their mother to tell her he’s fine before hanging up. As Carolyn searches for the truth of where and why Charles vanished, she uncovers a web of lies and secrets that could be deadly. . . .
Nell MacDermott is wracked with guilt when a quarrel with her husband becomes her last words to him. His sudden death in a boat explosion turns into a mystery when police discover it wasn’t an accident but a carefully placed bomb that killed her husband and his associates on board. Desperate, Nell visits a medium to try to make contact with her husband and find out the truth. But what she learns may make her a target too. . . .
A young journalist who made a name for herself uncovering injustice receives an anonymous tip claiming to know firsthand about misconduct among senior staffers at a major media company. When her source goes silent, the investigative reporter goes searching for answers and what she finds—mysterious deaths, hidden cash settlements, and a secret about one of America’s most beloved figures—could change everything, if she survives long enough to break the story. . . .