Monday, July 4, 2016

The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark

The Melody Lingers On 
By: Mary Higgins Clark

Published: June 2015
Published By: Simon & Schuster 
Format Read: Hardcover
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Date Read: June 11, 2016

Rating: 3/5

It's been two years since Parker Bennett disappeared, faking his own death and taking $5 Billion dollars of his investors cash with him. While he lounges at this island retreat, the lives of the people he left behind are in shambles. These such people include; his wife and son who have had their home and possessions repossessed and their reputations destroyed. Meanwhile those who were left penniless grieve in their own way, as they are forever linked together by Bennett's scheme. What will happen when the authorities begin to uncover clues to his whereabouts and skeletons start coming out of the closet?

The Melody Lingers on is different from any other Mary Higgins Clark books I've read in that it doesn't begin with an apparent murder. In fact this book isn't about murder at all, but about investment fraud and the repercussions that result from it.

Like most books by this author, this one is set on the east coast, more specifically in New York and New Jersey. It has a large cast of characters from many different walks of life, who were all connected to Bennett and his family in one way or another. This offered readers a wide range of examples of how investment fraud can affect the lives of those involved, whether it be with a direct or indirect link.

At times I got a bit confused by all the different investigators and investors. The story was predictable, yet short. It lacked the suspense and flare that I have come to enjoy in the previous books I've read by this author, which was disappointing.

The plot kept me interested enough to keep reading, but I found myself waiting for something more gripping to happen. Unfortunately this isn't one of Mary Higgins Clark's strongest books, but I would still recommend her as an author.  

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