In this new novel by the #1 New York Times best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark, the reigning "Queen of Suspense", a dark secret from a family's past threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly.
When the family-owned furniture firm, including the mansion where priceless antiques are kept, explodes into flames in the middle of the night, Kate must escape to save her life. But the suspicious circumstances point to her involvement. Was the explosion set deliberately? Why was Kate, a gorgeous CPA for one of the biggest accounting firms in the country, on the premises at that hour? And why was Gus, a retired and trusted employee, with her? Now Gus is dead and Kate lies in the hospital gravely injured. Hannah, Kate's sister and a rising fashion designer, must discover what drew them there and what dangerous secrets lies hidden in the ashes.
Step by step, in a novel of dazzling suspense and excitement, Mary Higgins Clark once again demonstrates the mastery of her craft that has made her books international best sellers for years. Daddy's Gone A Hunting presents the listener with a perplexing mystery and a fascinating cast of characters - one of whom may just be a ruthless killer.
©2013 Mary Higgins Clark (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I love a good story and being able to broaden my literary horizons especially while I do my day to day mundane functions.
This book is a bit different from previous MHC novels but different isn't necessarily bad. I felt like this was an interesting twist on classic who dunnits. The book itself reminded me a lot of the Agatha Christie novel Taken at the Flood. Fans of either writer should give this book a shot. I liked it a lot and found myself trying to find a similar book to read after I had finished this one.
As a busy mom being able to have the audio version of this book was great. I was able to listen on my commute to work, while doing housework and when getting ready to go to bed. Print versions are good, but being "read to" while doing mundane chores is way better!
It is similar to Mary Higgins Clark's other books, but I own all of them, so I guess she is doing something right.
Kate's experiences and flashes of memory while in a coma was interesting.
I was very excited to read a new MHC book but I was very disappointed with this one. The story and overall was just "fair". Had it not been for the narrator I am not sure I would have finished this one.
Not her usual plots and interesting characters at all.
The title of the book did not even seem to fit.
Hoping for more from this usually great author.
The plot was terrible, a lot of detail in the story line that was repetitive or didn't add anything to the story.
The narrator was fine.
Disappointment. With this author you normally get lots of twists and turns, as well suspense and intrigue. That was lacking in this book.
Save your credits, not typical MHC.
Her voices were awful, especially the older men. At one point she switched from an Irish accent to another voice mistakenly. Not the quality I was expecting at all. I've listened to several other audiobooks recently and the voice actors were all easier on the ears.
I really used to like Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries, but this one was not up to par. The dialogue in many instances seemed artificial, and a lot of the monologues were simply not necessary. I do appreciate that her books are always free of foul language and inappropriate sexual situations, but these characters didn't seem believable. She also focused a lot on going out to dinner, which was a bit odd. If your sister were just taken to the hospital and in a coma, would you meet a friend for dinner, or plan a date with your young trampy girlfriend? There were just some unlikely scenarios. In some instances it felt a bit like a Scooby Doo mystery. "I'll get those meddling kids...." and then the mask is pulled off the villain.
The book yes, but not the narrator!
I always like Mary Higgins Clark, she keeps you guessing to the end!
I thought she did well with the female voices however the male voices were horrible! They all had a whine not at all easy to listen to. I will not buy any more books with her narration.
This was a good book; wish there more narrators (male) than just one, (which was a female) . Than you can tell if it a man talking or female.
Yes it did, I didn't know to the end of the book who was the killer, That's a classic
Yes it should have been; there should have been other person reading the male characters
Yes it was, I'm listening to it again.
It was extremely slow. The author kept repeating the story line over and over again. It never went any where. The ending was terrible. This book was a waste of my time. HATED IT!!!!
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
I'm not sure who would enjoy this one. The author spent a great deal of the time filling in information about the lives and histories of minor characters that only played a small role in the story. I was waiting for the action or suspense to start and instead, I was listening to what someone was having for dinner or how they had decorated their apartment. I like it when the author fleshes out the characters, but this story went too far. There was a detective in this story who was involved with one aspect of the book and for some reason, the author chose to give me lots of details about his wife and their dining room table. The wife wasn't involved in the real story. She was a background character. I'm still not certain why I need to know about the table.
I would have liked this so much more if she had stayed on focus with one story. I think this tried to do too much. There were several things that needed solving within the story and every mystery came with a group of characters. By the time she told us who they all were, how they met, what they had for dinner, who lived next door to them, and how their marriages were going, I had lost interest in the whole thing.
This was my first time listening to Jan Maxwell and I think I would enjoy listening to her again. She did the best she could with the story she was given. I liked listening to her and she did a good job with the male voices in the story as well as the female characters.
Without spoiling the story, I will just say that I would have cut out background information on people not important to the plot and left out at least one victim in order to give the reader fewer meaningless characters to sort through. I would also have left out the minor romance. It feels sort of squeezed into the book as an afterthought and it isn't important to the plot.
I normally love this author's books and have read most of them. This one just didn't work for me. There was a very interesting main plot but sadly, by the time all of the surrounding story lines were filled in and explained, the main plot suffered. I wanted to like the book, but this is the only Mary Higgins-Clark novel that I haven't enjoyed. I shall look forward to her next one though, because normally she is very entertaining.
I had heard that Mary Higgins Clark was a great writer but I had never read any of her books. Thought the book was great until the end. VERY disappointed in the trite ending.
I felt that I had lost at the childhood game of “Clue”. I gave it a two because “she had me until the end”.
"No surprises but if you're a MHC fan you'll love"
Maybe in a few years once I had completely forgotten the story.
I love MHC books - they're like comfort reading (listening) for me. Her books are very formulaic which is one of the things that irritate me about other authors sometimes but with MHC that is preceicely what I love about her - you know exactly what you're getting: young woman (usually in her 30's), always respectable and has a good job and is independent, gets in the middle of a plot somehow and we follow her to see if she survives it / manages to get her way out of trouble. Sounds boring but it's really not. There is something so comforting yet exciting about her books and I can never wait for the next one to come out.
I love Jan Maxwell's performances in MHC books - she has narrated most of them I think and it is a voice I have come to recognise and associate with them. She is a great narrator.
Nope, but it did make me root for the main characters.
If you haven't tried a MHC book yet, give this one a go - you might just want to listen to them all after.
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