Thursday, July 11, 2013

review: daddy's gone a hunting by mary higgins clark

Lottie Schmidt has a bad feeling about her husband’s early morning meeting with the daughter of his former boss and she’s right—an explosion kills her husband and gravely injures Kate. With the pair unable to tell their story, they are quickly suspected as having caused the explosion themselves. As Hannah worries about her comatose sister, she also tries to figure out who really caused the explosion while the police investigation leads to revelations about additional murders related to the family antique-reproduction business.

As is typical of Mary Higgins Clark’s books, there are few extraneous characters in Daddy’s Gone a Hunting—everyone eventually comes together although some of the subplots seem unrelated early on. Clark expertly sets it up so that pertinent facts are revealed in such a way that they don’t necessarily seem important—the reader must pay attention in order to put the pieces together, but it is not impossible to figure it out. The suspenseful pacing is excellent with enough twists to keep the reader guessing.

About the audiobook: Jan Maxwell was an excellent narrator. Her inflections were spot-on and the characters were distinguishable. Daddy’s Gone a Hunting runs 9 hours and was released in 2013 by Simon & Schuster Audio.
Review copy provided by Audiobook Jukebox.

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