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In the latest thrilling collaboration from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, television producer Laurie Moran must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée’s nephew—just days before her wedding. Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancée, Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are In the latest thrilling collaboration from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, television producer Laurie Moran must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée’s nephew—just days before her wedding. Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancée, Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are just days away from their mid-summer wedding, when things take a dark turn. Alex’s seven-year-old nephew, Johnny, vanishes from the beach. A search party begins and witnesses recall Johnny playing in the water and collecting shells behind the beach shack, but no one remembers seeing him after the morning. As the sun sets, Johnny’s skim board washes up to shore, and everyone realizes that he could be anywhere, even under water. A ticking clock, a sinister stalker, and fresh romance combine in this exhilarating follow up to the bestselling You Don’t Own Me—another riveting page-turner from the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and her dazzling partner-in-crime Alafair Burke.


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In the latest thrilling collaboration from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, television producer Laurie Moran must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée’s nephew—just days before her wedding. Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancée, Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are In the latest thrilling collaboration from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, television producer Laurie Moran must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée’s nephew—just days before her wedding. Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancée, Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are just days away from their mid-summer wedding, when things take a dark turn. Alex’s seven-year-old nephew, Johnny, vanishes from the beach. A search party begins and witnesses recall Johnny playing in the water and collecting shells behind the beach shack, but no one remembers seeing him after the morning. As the sun sets, Johnny’s skim board washes up to shore, and everyone realizes that he could be anywhere, even under water. A ticking clock, a sinister stalker, and fresh romance combine in this exhilarating follow up to the bestselling You Don’t Own Me—another riveting page-turner from the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and her dazzling partner-in-crime Alafair Burke.

30 review for Piece of My Heart: The thrilling new novel from the Queens of Suspense

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Piece of my Heart by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is a 2021 Simon & Schuster publication. The bittersweet conclusion of the ‘Under Suspicion’ series. It is time for the long- awaited nuptials for Laurie and Alex- but before they can exchange vows, Alex’s nephew goes missing. As the puzzle deepens, lives are put on hold, and a child’s life is at stake. Knowing this is the last book in the series makes it a little special. It is different from the standpoint that Laurie’s show is not in the Piece of my Heart by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke is a 2021 Simon & Schuster publication. The bittersweet conclusion of the ‘Under Suspicion’ series. It is time for the long- awaited nuptials for Laurie and Alex- but before they can exchange vows, Alex’s nephew goes missing. As the puzzle deepens, lives are put on hold, and a child’s life is at stake. Knowing this is the last book in the series makes it a little special. It is different from the standpoint that Laurie’s show is not in the forefront, as in the past. However, a cold case is still inserted into the plot via an old case of Laurie’s father, which could be connected to the current day kidnapping. This is fast-paced installment that kept me on my toes. I never would have worked out whodunit or why, and fell right into the trap set for me. Although I hate to see the series conclude- having hoped Alafair Burke might consider taking reigns- I think the series ended on a high note. 4 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Javier

    Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... I've got a confession to make. Although once upon a time when I was young...er, Mary Higgins Clark was one of my favorite authors, the past few years I just kept reading her books out of some kind of nostalgic obligation (if that even makes sense). It might be the books themselves or the fact that now I'm an adult with lots of books read under my belt, but I don't think her last stories were up to par with her earlier titles. However, Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... I've got a confession to make. Although once upon a time when I was young...er, Mary Higgins Clark was one of my favorite authors, the past few years I just kept reading her books out of some kind of nostalgic obligation (if that even makes sense). It might be the books themselves or the fact that now I'm an adult with lots of books read under my belt, but I don't think her last stories were up to par with her earlier titles. However, when I learnt about her passing earlier this year I was saddened, cause it meant the end of a reading journey I started when I was on my teens. Her seventh collaboration with Alafair Burke in the "Under Suspicion" series was just ok, and that saddens me cause I was really hoping for her last book to be a winner. I was not specially taken with any of the plots. I'm getting so tired of children's kidnappings! And the case they investigate for the TV show wasn't much more interesting (predictable much?!). Both plots move way too slow, the involvement of some characters in the investigation was a bit of a stretch, and the actions of other characters were just plain stupid. I know it's fiction but, come on! The fact that it's book 7 and some info on Laurie's background has been repeated in each and every book made this a bit tiresome. The fact that all the main characters are all lights and no shadows is a bit unrealistic and too vanilla for my current reading tastes. Although it had all the trademarks of a Mary Higgins Clark story (short chapters, extensive cast, red-herrings) it didn't manage to grab me like some of the earlier titles in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Mary Higgins Clark, you finished well. Your decision to collaborate with Alafair Burke on the "Under Suspicion Series" has given us one more book as part of your legacy. Since I read 'Where Are the Children' I have been a faithful MHC fan. It is so sad to be reading her last work. With all her hallmark touches in place, it seems like she is not really gone. We have an extensive cast of characters, the short staccato chapters, the classic red herrings, and the satisfying finish. The cover is gorg Mary Higgins Clark, you finished well. Your decision to collaborate with Alafair Burke on the "Under Suspicion Series" has given us one more book as part of your legacy. Since I read 'Where Are the Children' I have been a faithful MHC fan. It is so sad to be reading her last work. With all her hallmark touches in place, it seems like she is not really gone. We have an extensive cast of characters, the short staccato chapters, the classic red herrings, and the satisfying finish. The cover is gorgeous. Well done, Mary Higgins Clark. Thank you for leaving us behind so many titles that we can read to revisit your genius. Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Laurie Moran is a television producer who is about to be married to Alex Buckley. It’s been a long road to happiness for Laurie whose husband and father of son Timmy was tragically murdered. As the happy couple celebrate Alex’s birthday in the Hamptons with family, only days away from their wedding, Alex’s seven-year-old nephew Johnny goes missing while playing on the beach. Told in a nine day period, the family, including Laurie’s father Leo Farley, a retired NYPD policeman, work frantically to Laurie Moran is a television producer who is about to be married to Alex Buckley. It’s been a long road to happiness for Laurie whose husband and father of son Timmy was tragically murdered. As the happy couple celebrate Alex’s birthday in the Hamptons with family, only days away from their wedding, Alex’s seven-year-old nephew Johnny goes missing while playing on the beach. Told in a nine day period, the family, including Laurie’s father Leo Farley, a retired NYPD policeman, work frantically to figure out what happened. Laurie is betting that an old case of Leo’s is behind the apparent kidnapping. Time is running out in this latest installment of an enjoyable series. A Piece of My Heart is the seventh book in the Under Suspicion series. Written by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, the series may end with this latest book as sadly, Ms. Clark passed away earlier this year. (It is unclear if Ms. Burke will keep it going.) The book can be read as a standalone as the focus is on the secondary characters more than the ones readers have gotten to know over the years. But if you’re looking for easy-reading, suspenseful stories, the entire series is worth a look. I will miss the talented storytelling of Mary Higgins Clark. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    This book is by one of my favorite authors, but was not as good as some of her books. There were so many characters in the story that it was hard to keep up with everyone. At first the reader does not know who the people are and how they relate to the story. The main characters were familiar and there was a happy ending, but it took awhile to muddle through the chapters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Readaholic Jenn

    This book is different than the others in the series. First of all, there really no is cold case. It's main focus is on Johnny's kidnapping. Second of all, it kinda feels like the end. I know Mary Higgins Clark passed away and this was her last book but I hoped Alafair Burke would continue writing the series. The ending of this book kinda feels like the end of the series. Overall, it's an excellent book in an excellent series. This book is different than the others in the series. First of all, there really no is cold case. It's main focus is on Johnny's kidnapping. Second of all, it kinda feels like the end. I know Mary Higgins Clark passed away and this was her last book but I hoped Alafair Burke would continue writing the series. The ending of this book kinda feels like the end of the series. Overall, it's an excellent book in an excellent series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda Smith

    Laurie Moran has planned a family weekend on Long Island to celebrate her fiancé Alex's 40th birthday. Her father and son represent her side of the family. Alex's brother Andrew, along with his wife and three young children, will also be staying at the beautiful resort. The wedding will take place in a few days, followed by a honeymoon in Italy. At least, those were the well-laid plans. But those plans were totally upended when Andrew's seven-year-old son disappeared from the beach. Laurie is th Laurie Moran has planned a family weekend on Long Island to celebrate her fiancé Alex's 40th birthday. Her father and son represent her side of the family. Alex's brother Andrew, along with his wife and three young children, will also be staying at the beautiful resort. The wedding will take place in a few days, followed by a honeymoon in Italy. At least, those were the well-laid plans. But those plans were totally upended when Andrew's seven-year-old son disappeared from the beach. Laurie is the producer of an investigative television show called Under Suspicion. Her team rallies to throw their resources into solving this mystery. Laurie's father, a retired NYPD detective, has considerable influence with the police and his contacts are invaluable. The hunt is on but days are passing without a resolution. This book is a fast, compelling read. It is also a bittersweet one. Author Mary Higgins Clark died while working on it. So I assume that this is the end of the series, unless her co-author, Alafair Burke, is authorized to continue it. I will miss these characters and the compelling stories that they told.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    Ah, MHC. Sad loss of a wonderful storyteller. I wonder if this delightful series will continue in her memory? Great, solid, twisty turny mystery in classic MHC style. RIP

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    The latest in the "Under Suspicion" series that MHC writes with Alafair Burke. I have read all the previous book in this series and it is my 40th MHC novel overall. It helps to have read the previous books in the series. The romance arc through the previous novels reaches a crescendo with the wedding of the lead character. The mystery can stand alone. Laurie Moran, tv producer of a show that investigates cold cases is finally getting married to Federal Judge Alex Buxley. While gathering with fami The latest in the "Under Suspicion" series that MHC writes with Alafair Burke. I have read all the previous book in this series and it is my 40th MHC novel overall. It helps to have read the previous books in the series. The romance arc through the previous novels reaches a crescendo with the wedding of the lead character. The mystery can stand alone. Laurie Moran, tv producer of a show that investigates cold cases is finally getting married to Federal Judge Alex Buxley. While gathering with family for the wedding Alex's nephew disappears. Laurie thinks a kidnapper might have mistaken the nephew for her son and believes it involves a case involving her father. The defendant after serving 18 years, claims her dad falsified the confession boosting his career. If Johnny was the intended target, who has something against the family? The mystery was straight forward with typical twists and turns. I guessed one outcome but not the secondary plot. The main characters continue to be likable. The timeframe was shortened, with a missing child compared to Laurie's other investigations for her tv show. A small misstep to me was having the main characters go on a date in the aftermath of Johnny disappearing. It is a sweet scene but didn't seem like something real people would do in the middle of a family drama. MHC books are clean for language and sex. This one includes minimal violence and the missing child is handled sensitively. With the passing of the Queen of Suspense I will be curious if Burke will continue the series alone. Thank you to NetGalley, Simon and Schuster and the authors for an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Laurie Moran, producer of a news-based reality television show that investigates cold cases, is marrying Judge Alex Buckley in 4 days. His sister's family is already there for the wedding, as is Laurie's father and her son Timmy. The unthinkable happens - Alex's nephew Johnny is kidnapped. I've read every book in the Laurie Moran series. I like the concept of her show. The story moved slowly at first but became more complex and I was completely led down the wrong path. This is Mary Higgins Clark' Laurie Moran, producer of a news-based reality television show that investigates cold cases, is marrying Judge Alex Buckley in 4 days. His sister's family is already there for the wedding, as is Laurie's father and her son Timmy. The unthinkable happens - Alex's nephew Johnny is kidnapped. I've read every book in the Laurie Moran series. I like the concept of her show. The story moved slowly at first but became more complex and I was completely led down the wrong path. This is Mary Higgins Clark's final novel. She died January 31, 2020. Her novels were the first ones that I read over 25 years ago when I switched over to the mystery genre. I could always count on her to write a good, clean mystery. I wonder if Ms Clark's estate will allow Alafair Burke to continue to write the Laurie Moran series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ☕Brenda☕

    Fairly good suspense book. Enough twists and turns to kind of keep my attention, but not the page turner, can't put it down type. 4⭐⭐⭐⭐ Fairly good suspense book. Enough twists and turns to kind of keep my attention, but not the page turner, can't put it down type. 4⭐⭐⭐⭐

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christie

    I’ve been a huge MHC fan for years. I’ve met her several times and found her so gracious. I find the title of this book to be bittersweet because she and her books will always have a piece of my heart and I put off reading this because I was sad to read her final book. I wish I could rank it higher just out of love for MHC but I found it a tad confusing and I felt there were too many characters to keep track of and the “red herring” just didn’t do it for me. That being said, much love and respec I’ve been a huge MHC fan for years. I’ve met her several times and found her so gracious. I find the title of this book to be bittersweet because she and her books will always have a piece of my heart and I put off reading this because I was sad to read her final book. I wish I could rank it higher just out of love for MHC but I found it a tad confusing and I felt there were too many characters to keep track of and the “red herring” just didn’t do it for me. That being said, much love and respect, Ms. Higgins Clark. You gave me and many others a great deal of joy over the years! I’m gonna go back and read While My Pretty One Sleeps now, the one that started it all for me. 💖

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    4.75-5 stars I absolutely love the Under Suspicion series by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. The premise of a reality crime show where the hosts try to solve cold cases, or crimes where a person has been held under suspicion without resolving the crime, is fascinating and fairly original. A Piece of my Heart is yet another intriguing and also emotional addition to the series. These are fast-paced, easy-to-read mysteries and I love the added aspect of the family dynamics and relationship dev 4.75-5 stars I absolutely love the Under Suspicion series by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. The premise of a reality crime show where the hosts try to solve cold cases, or crimes where a person has been held under suspicion without resolving the crime, is fascinating and fairly original. A Piece of my Heart is yet another intriguing and also emotional addition to the series. These are fast-paced, easy-to-read mysteries and I love the added aspect of the family dynamics and relationship developments in the overarching narrative. Basically, I love these characters and their interactions, and though the crimes are unique and varied, the characters single-handedly make these stories addictive and utterly engaging. I always look forward to the next!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denise Haugen

    Mary Higgins Clark I am going to miss you so much. I have read every book she has written. I loved the Under Suspicion series. I’m really going to miss Laurie Moran, Leo, Timmy, Alex and all the other characters that were in the books. I will miss Willie and Alvira and their series also. So many stand alone books. I could never pick a favorite as they are all so good!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Laurie and Alex are just days away from getting married at the beach when Alex’s 7 year old nephew is taken. They all think that it was Laurie’s 10 year old boy that was meant to be the victim and it sends them on a twisting path, that helps Laurie’s father along the way.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    The "Queen of Suspense" has done it again and this time it's with her freshly written -Piece of My Heart which captured the essence of what ever thriller should embody. First and foremost we have juicy characters that's easy to love and or hate depending on your emotional appeal and very relatable in every sense. Johnny the young man whose gone missing is really the heart of the show stopper here as everything else including the characters revolve around his MIA status. Laurie and her fiancee Alex The "Queen of Suspense" has done it again and this time it's with her freshly written -Piece of My Heart which captured the essence of what ever thriller should embody. First and foremost we have juicy characters that's easy to love and or hate depending on your emotional appeal and very relatable in every sense. Johnny the young man whose gone missing is really the heart of the show stopper here as everything else including the characters revolve around his MIA status. Laurie and her fiancee Alex are just about to tie the knot when their 7 yr old nephew disappears from the beach. While that is a shocker in and of itself we bring in another misty eyed family to develop this side story about Timmy the 10 yr old son of Laurie who may have been the original target? Since it's winter here in Northeastern Pennsylvania we no longer have the 'ice cream trucks' but this story reminds me just how dangerous they can become in our neighborhoods. In addition this story reminds us to count our blessings and take one day at a time -to honestly not sweat the small stuff. That air of mystery, suspense, and drama is heightened when we learn old "Blue Eyes" may be at the center of it all or he could merely be framed. We also must take a look not only at the babysitter in this scenario but the parents because there's some questionable actions, terrible loss, and heavy hitters that are in the police force that may know more than they are showing. In fact, one family member is the Chief of Police for Rehobeth and that may be a key piece to this case. Who the parents are gets murky and muddied leading to a full scale investigation to aliases and abuse in which some individual family members are in hiding and for good reason. While one person admits some fault for some previous deaths it becomes an emotional ending with a wedding still to attend. So many wanted a piece of this one person and they all shared in the developments as inner circles of this individual consequently altering the life in many forms. An interesting read that kept me entertained and excited to flip those pages.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I wanted to like this book more but it was slow for me and a little all over the place. It’s Mary Higgins Clark last book so I feel bad I didn’t like this more but I didn’t feel a connection with any characters or the story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Wonderful to get another book from MH Clark and A Burke, did not disappoint!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    I still despise Laurie. But this book had some rational people and that was nice. And it may be the last in the series, which is sad. I will have to find something else to hate-read. Also- again, why does she still have a job? No TV episode of her show was produced yet again. What even IS this show?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    Piece of My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark; Alafair Burke. The story didn't hold my interest as the previous books in this series. The back stories seemed to take over a good portion of the book and became repetitive. The mystery was secondary. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book. Piece of My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark; Alafair Burke. The story didn't hold my interest as the previous books in this series. The back stories seemed to take over a good portion of the book and became repetitive. The mystery was secondary. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Television producer Laurie Moran and fiance, Alex Buckley, are days away from their wedding when their seven year old nephew, Johnny, goes missing from a beach. A search party begins with no luck but the group begin to suspect foul play. As the story goes on, a dark and twisted mystery unfolds as another plot is revealed. This was such a suspenseful mystery and while I did anticipate one part of the story, it still revealed some unexpected twists and turns. I did not realise this was the 7th book Television producer Laurie Moran and fiance, Alex Buckley, are days away from their wedding when their seven year old nephew, Johnny, goes missing from a beach. A search party begins with no luck but the group begin to suspect foul play. As the story goes on, a dark and twisted mystery unfolds as another plot is revealed. This was such a suspenseful mystery and while I did anticipate one part of the story, it still revealed some unexpected twists and turns. I did not realise this was the 7th book in the series 😅 If you haven't read the others then trust me, you'd catch on, but as with any series, they the background is always helpful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    LC Lee

    I haven't read a book from Mary Higgins Clark in so long and I can't remember why I ever stopped. Read this book in two sittings which is not my typical reading habits. COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. highly recommended!!! I haven't read a book from Mary Higgins Clark in so long and I can't remember why I ever stopped. Read this book in two sittings which is not my typical reading habits. COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. highly recommended!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jay DeMoir

    MHC...you finished well, Queen. I really enjoyed this one. Finished it in 8 days

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leonor

    This is the second book that I read by MHC and I think her writing style is great. Both books were about missing children and you're trying to find out who took them and why. Fun! Not that missing children is fun, but you know what I mean. This is the second book that I read by MHC and I think her writing style is great. Both books were about missing children and you're trying to find out who took them and why. Fun! Not that missing children is fun, but you know what I mean.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Great ending to the series! I mean, I'm not sure if it will carry on without MHC, but it finished well if it doesn't. There ended up being a few things going on in the story and it was carried out nicely. It was an almost 100% happy ending but I could pretty much guess what was going to happen to finish off the kidnapping. Thank you for all your great stories Mary Higgins Clark!! Great ending to the series! I mean, I'm not sure if it will carry on without MHC, but it finished well if it doesn't. There ended up being a few things going on in the story and it was carried out nicely. It was an almost 100% happy ending but I could pretty much guess what was going to happen to finish off the kidnapping. Thank you for all your great stories Mary Higgins Clark!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    This was the first book I’ve read on this series. I decided to read it because I’ve enjoyed books both authors and was interested in reading the collaboration. I found the plot to be fast-paced and intriguing. Although this is number 7 in the series and there was a lot of backstory, it successfully works as a stand-alone too. I look forward to reading more by these two authors. Many thanks to Edelweiss, Netgalley, Simon & Schuster, Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke for my complimentary e-copy This was the first book I’ve read on this series. I decided to read it because I’ve enjoyed books both authors and was interested in reading the collaboration. I found the plot to be fast-paced and intriguing. Although this is number 7 in the series and there was a lot of backstory, it successfully works as a stand-alone too. I look forward to reading more by these two authors. Many thanks to Edelweiss, Netgalley, Simon & Schuster, Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke for my complimentary e-copy ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I love this series but this was confusing at times . Sadly probably the last one now .

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Horton

    Laurie and her team race to find a boy who was kidnapped. Great instalment in this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hannah (Hannah’s Library)

    Such a thrilling story and a very satisfying ending to this series! My full review can be found here. Such a thrilling story and a very satisfying ending to this series! My full review can be found here.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I have been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark for decades! I read her first book while I was a senior in high school. I have read that one more than once. I own all her books, which sit proudly on my shelves. When I heard earlier this year that she had died, I was just devastated. It’s so hard to think that there won’t be a new MHC book every year. This series is co-written with Alafair Burke and I also own all of these. They work very well together. What I enjoy most about Clark’s work is that she gr I have been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark for decades! I read her first book while I was a senior in high school. I have read that one more than once. I own all her books, which sit proudly on my shelves. When I heard earlier this year that she had died, I was just devastated. It’s so hard to think that there won’t be a new MHC book every year. This series is co-written with Alafair Burke and I also own all of these. They work very well together. What I enjoy most about Clark’s work is that she gradually layers on more suspense with each chapter, while ramping up the excitement in every book she writes. This one contains her last work. I loved it but I am very sad that there will be no more books from her.

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