Book Review - Pretend You Don't See Her by Mary Higgins Clark | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Pretend You Don’t See Her by Mary Higgins Clark

Pretend You Don’t See Her by Mary Higgins Clark | Blushing Geek

Pretend You Don’t See Her by Mary Higgins Clark
First published on April 28, 1997 by Pocket Books
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 305
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Mary Higgins Clark sends chills down readers’ spines with the story of Lacey Farrell, a rising star on the Manhattan real estate scene. One day, while showing a luxurious skyline co-op, Lacey is witness to a murder—and to the dying words of the victim…. The dying woman is convinced that the attacker was after her dead daughter’s journal—which Lacey gives to the police, but not before making a copy for herself. It’s an impulse that later proves nearly fatal.

Placed in the witness protection program and sent to live in the Minneapolis area, Lacey must assume a fake identity, at least until the killer can be brought to trial. There she meets Tom Lynch, a radio talk-show host whom she tentatively begins to date—until the strain of deception makes her break it off. Then she discovers the killer has traced her to Minneapolis. Armed with nothing more than her own courage and clues from the journal, Lacey heads back to New York, determined to uncover who’s behind the deaths of the two women—before she’s the next casualty.


It was different from all of Clark’s books that I’ve read so far. It’s different because the suspect is clearly identified. So there’s no more guessing I guess. But I was wrong. The killer that was identified was only a paid assassin. 🙁 Too bad.

This is actually one of the most thrilling stories I’ve read so far. It was pulse racing. I couldn’t even imagine being put to the same situation as the main character had.

The story started when Lacey Farrell, witnessed a murder accidentally. She was enrolled in a witness protection program and was forced not to see and communicate with her family. She stayed and worked in Manhattan but her life was in real danger so she decided to end her miserable situation.

After reading the book summary, I really expected it to be a dull and slow pace story. I am never a fan of the witness protection program because I’ve read a book once about it and it was extremely boring. But I was surprised because it was exactly the opposite of the book that I once read. It even became one of my favorites. 

Clark put a lot of guessing in this book which led me into guessing Jimmy Landi, the father and husband of the victims, my prime suspect. Haha, a poor guess. It is a very thrilling story that will surely keep you guessing until the end. But I hope you’ll avoid following my footprints in guessing the suspect poorly.

The character of Lacey Farrell is the most natural from all the books I’ve read. She is just like a typical woman. A woman who is vulnerable yet very brave. And she would do everything for the sake of her family’s safety. A character that I very much adore.

This is another masterpiece from America’s Queen of suspense. A must read for every suspense/thriller lover like me.

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