About the book: In this exciting thriller from Mary Higgins Clark, the #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense,” a news reporter tries to find her birth mother just as she is assigned to cover the high-profile trial of a woman accused of murdering her wealthy husband.
Television journalist Delaney Wright is on the brink of stardom after she begins covering a sensational murder trial for the six p.m. news. She should be thrilled, yet her growing desire to locate her birth mother consumes her thoughts. When Delaney’s friends Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy offer to look into the mystery surrounding her birth, they uncover a shocking secret they do not want to reveal.
On trial for murder is Betsy Grant, widow of a wealthy doctor who has been an Alzheimer’s victim for eight years. When her once-upon-a-time celebrity lawyer urges her to accept a plea bargain, Betsy refuses: she will go to trial to prove her innocence.
Betsy’s stepson, Alan Grant, bides his time nervously as the trial begins. His substantial inheritance hangs in the balance—his only means of making good on payments he owes his ex-wife, his children, and increasingly angry creditors.
As the trial unfolds, and the damning evidence against Betsy piles up, Delaney is convinced that Betsy is not guilty and frantically tries to prove her innocence. A true classic from Mary Higgins Clark, As Time Goes By is a thrilling read by a master of the genre.
My review: This book is a prime example as to why Mary Higgins Clark is known as the "Queen of Suspense!" I love the way there are layers and layers of mysteries in each of her books. This one had several and I love the way that they all end up being interconnected.
Sometimes in her books, I have a hard time telling just who is the main character, a lot of times there ends up being a few. If I had to pick in this one, I'd say the mainest of the main characters would be Betsy Grant and Delany Wright. I love the way that you not only "see" what these characters are thinking, but many, many other characters from the story as well.
The way this one started was interesting as well. With the birth of a baby, you don't know who the baby is. You don't know who the mom is. The only things you really know are that someone has paid for the baby and someone has allowed the baby to be bought, and that the teenage mother didn't want her baby to be sold.
And then there's the whole Betsy Grant trial. I love the way that Mary Higgins Clark did this. For most of the book, the reader doesn't even know if Betsy is guilty or not because even in her thoughts she doesn't say one way or another. The way this trial had twists and turns up to the very end was kind of crazy.
This is an amazing book! I loved it! I also love that Mary Higgins Clark's books are basically clean, there might be a mild swear word here or there, but that's pretty much it. I think I've been reading her books since I was in Jr High or early High School.
I was able to borrow a copy of this book from my local library.
Labels: clean suspense, Mary Higgins Clark