‘Second Time Around’ by Mary Higgins Clark


Fiction – paperback; Pocket Books; 352 pages; 2004.

Quite frankly, unless you’re a real Mary Higgins Clark fan or you like your thrillers a little on the dull side, then give Second Time Around a wide berth.

There’s the bones of a good story there and the author certainly knows how to move the plot forward, but there’s little flesh to keep even the most unsophisticated reader interested. I found it too formulaic, too staged and, because of that, too dry.

The best bit is the ending (and not just because I was glad to be rid of the blasted book), because it has a slight unexpected twist to it. But, on the whole, this novel reads more like a screenplay than an inspired piece of creative fiction. Disappointing.

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