I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

walkaloneGenre: Suspense
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: April 2011

“I confess that I am an accessory to a crime that is ongoing and to a murder that is going to happen very soon […] I don’t want to be a part of it, but it’s too late to stop.”

With those words the mysterious woman flees Father Aiden O’Brien’s confessional.  He doesn’t know who she is. He doesn’t know where she comes from or where she is going. And he is bound to silence by the seal of the confessional.

Alexandra “Zan” Moreland’s life is slowly coming together after her son vanished two years earlier. Her interior design business is on the brink of success. Maybe there is hope of her achieving some semblance of normality amidst the constant nightmare that has been her life since Mathew’s abduction. Then on what would be his fifth birthday, a witness reveals pictures showing Zan as the kidnapper.

Reeling with the shock, Zan insists she is innocent, but proving it becomes even harder when someone accesses her financial accounts and wipes her out, ruining her credibility. The police, her ex-husband, even her strongest supporters, Alvirah Meehan and Father O’Brien, all believe she is guilty. With the clock steadily ticking, Zan must prove her innocence before the police arrest her. However, the truth comes at a price. Every step she takes toward discovering it brings her closer to the person who wants her dead.

Once again, the Queen of Suspense lives up to her title. In I’ll Walk Alone, Mary Higgins Clark delves into the world of identity theft. A topic that is very relevant in today’s society. As always, Clark plunges ordinary characters into extraordinary circumstances—a trademark that has made her a favorite among suspense readers for over three decades. Through Zan, the reader experiences the agony of losing one’s child and identity. Clark masterfully makes Zan’s plight that of the reader’s. The young woman’s fear and desperation leap off the pages, grasping the reader and making him/her think, “That could be me.”

Clark achieves the standard of excellence her fans have come to expect from her novels. Those who have yet to experience Clark’s brilliant and intricate imagination won’t want to continue missing out. I strongly recommend I’ll Walk Alone and eagerly await many more books!

Review copy provided by publisher.

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.

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