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3.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 5 3.41 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2000 ISBN: 9780743520010
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Mary Higgins Clark, America’s “Queen of Suspense,” delves into the mystery of psychic powers in her gripping new thriller, Before I Say Good-Bye.

When Adam Cauliff’s new cabin cruiser, Cornelia II, blows up in New York harbor with him and several close business associates aboard, his wife, Nell MacDermott, is not only distraught at the loss but wracked with guilt because she and Adam had just had a serious quarrel, and she had told him not to come home.

As the investigation into the boat’s explosion proceeds, Nell is shocked by the official confirmation that it was not an accident but the result of foul play. Was Adam the target of the explosion? As Nell searches for the truth about Adam’s death, she receives messages from Adam transmitted by a medium. What she does not know is that she is being closely watched, and the nearer she comes to learning what actually happened on the boat that night, the nearer she is to becoming the next victim of a ruthless killer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mary Higgins Clark knows what she’s doing…This savvy author comes up with something unexpected…A hold-your-breath ending.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “For someone who loves plot, Mary Higgins Clark’s Before I Say Goodbye should be like manna from heaven…America’s ‘Queen of Suspense’ clearly knows what her readers want. Here she provides it, in spades.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Clark has always been a master plotter, and her shrewd use of clever red herrings makes Before I Say Good-bye a treat for mystery fans. The characters are complex enough to be intriguing, imperfect enough to seem real, and enmeshed in a story that bundles up several deadly sins—avarice, envy, pride, and wrath. The twists and turns will keep readers enthralled and guessing right up until the end…Clark at her chilling and charming best.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Clark, in her latest thriller, is back at her page-turning best…As always, the elements of Clark’s plot masterfully converge to reveal the killer. A fast-paced, fun ride that leaves the reader guessing until the end.” 

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/15/2014

    " I enjoy MHC novels because they are very easy reads. This one is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/12/2014

    " Seemed like the story went on slowly, then all of a sudden the last 20 pages had a lot of drama and answered questions. A couple of things were never answered. It's almost like MHC was writing, realized how close she was getting to 400 pgs, and hurried things along. The story itself was good though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ida | 2/10/2014

    " A very quick read that I liked well enough to be entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 India | 2/7/2014

    " This book is mediocre. She did keep the suspense going until the end but the language was not that exciting and the characters did not have a lot of depth. It kind of reminded me of a Scooby Doo mystery. But it was fine for a quick read. I would not really seek this author out in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Maybedog Hawkins | 2/6/2014

    " I think this was supposed to be a thriller. Not in the least bit thrilling, though. Slow moving, predictable and boring, with two dimensional characters. Despite the main protagonist being female, the women were unintelligent, gullible and naive. Almost all wrapped their lives around men. I can't believe I finished it. The most annoying thing was that when the characters were thinking or feeling anything it was said in the first person. For example, a woman alone in her apartment might think (not say aloud) "Whenever I miss my husband, I like to wear his jacket because it makes me think of him." People don't think those things in words, they just feel them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/4/2014

    " Good suspenseful novel. Thought I had it figured out , but of course, Mary Higgins Clark had fooled me again!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoyed the read. Excitedly, I did figure it out but some things were interesting on how she tied it together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 1/10/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but it was pretty predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 12/22/2013

    " She is a great mystery writer. If you enjoy one of her books then you will enjoy them all! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 12/18/2013

    " Predictable and formulaic...a true "beach" book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Val | 11/23/2013

    " One of my more favorite Mary Higgins Clark mysteries. Her mysteries generally follow the same formula and I can usually figure things out before the book winds up, but this one threw me for a loop! The twists were most enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 11/20/2013

    " This was a great mystery...a little predictable but still a good, easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Urmika | 11/12/2013

    " Very depressing, all about death.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Hess | 11/4/2013

    " My First Mary Higgins Clark was good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eriana | 10/29/2013

    " Good but way too long, it could have easily been cut by 100 pages. The ending very predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 9/26/2013

    " A woman is married to an architect. He goes to a meeting and his boat explodes. Very good. Mary Higgins Clark is a very easy read. I did like her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marla Sommer | 9/17/2013

    " Ok. I haven't read Mary Higgins Clark in years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 5/21/2013

    " A; My first audio book and I LOVED it! Format is great and story is captivating. Much safer than actually reading a book while driving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/28/2013

    " I was at the library and thought that I had missed reading this one. About 3/4 through, I realized I had. Oh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eomicheli | 3/31/2013

    " Just OK. Not the same caliber as some of her older stuff like "Where are the Children". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 3/28/2013

    " coming from Mary Higgins Ck\lark this was disappointing and not as thrilling as most of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/14/2013

    " I just started reading this book.... it's definitely a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirei | 10/10/2012

    " A whodunit. Not too deep. Not too difficult to figure out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Maratto | 9/28/2012

    " Not one of her best. Too many characters and that made it confusing. I have the hardcover edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Swike | 9/19/2012

    " Mary Higgins Clark is great at the wife investigating the husband's death stories. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorma | 8/13/2012

    " Nell MacDermott's husband Adam is killed in a boat explosion.Nell is wracked with guilt since her last encounter with Adam ended in a fight..that is until Adam's skeletons start spilling out of the closet.Now add a psychic to the mix and let the mystery unfold. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Tuell | 3/11/2012

    " not really one of her better books. slow read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 10/7/2011

    " All about "who done it". Lots of twists and turns to find the killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 10/7/2011

    " What a wonderful read. It has more twists and turns than the country road I live off of! It was a quick read as well!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/5/2011

    " Oh my gosh, it took me FOREVER to get through this thing! I just could not get into it. It wasn't terrible, but definitely was not a page turner...which is kind of the point of a mystery, right?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 4/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this book but it was pretty predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/9/2011

    " I didn't see that coming. The ending surprized me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/25/2011

    " Fantástico, um thriller cheio de emoção! ( Antes de dizer adeus ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/23/2011

    " I read this in one day. I must confess it has been a while since I read one of M H Clark's books. I found it suspenseful and the characters interesting. I never suspected the culprits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/11/2011

    " I am currently reading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/7/2011

    " Good suspenseful novel. Thought I had it figured out , but of course, Mary Higgins Clark had fooled me again!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mizla | 2/1/2011

    " I love her books and this one is brilliant too! But there is one thing that I didn't quite understand - how does the fortune teller know Adam?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirei | 12/25/2010

    " A whodunit. Not too deep. Not too difficult to figure out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 12/16/2010

    " A woman is married to an architect. He goes to a meeting and his boat explodes. Very good. Mary Higgins Clark is a very easy read. I did like her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 10/23/2010

    " I always love Mary Higgins Clark. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/22/2010

    " Oh my gosh, it took me FOREVER to get through this thing! I just could not get into it. It wasn't terrible, but definitely was not a page turner...which is kind of the point of a mystery, right?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/18/2010

    " I always like a good Mary Higgins Clark book. Nothing like a murder-mystery to get you involved in the book and feeling like a detective. I think they could be made into some pretty good movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 10/17/2010

    " As usual Mary Higgins Clark has done it again. A mystery that kept me going till the end. Couldn't put it down - Oh what a cad. Good girl Nell and Grandpa. Everyone was interlaced so well. Can't wait to find another of her books to read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 8/19/2010

    " Review haiku:
    Woman's husband killed.
    He speaks to her through psychic.
    Was he criminal? "

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About the Author
Author Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark’s books are worldwide bestsellers. In the US alone, her books have sold over one hundred million copies. She is the author of over thirty suspense novels and coauthor, with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, of five holiday suspense novels. She was chosen by Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An annual Mary Higgins Clark Award sponsored by Simon & Schuster, to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, was launched by Mystery Writers of America during Edgars week in April 2001. She was the 1987 president of Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, served on their board of directors. In May 1988, she was chairman of the International Crime Congress.

About the Narrator

Jan Maxwell is an American stage and television actress. She made her Broadway debut in the musical City of Angels and has been nominated for two Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards. She won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her Broadway credits include Sixteen Wounded, Match, and The Dinner Party. She is the sister of Obie Award–winning playwright Richard Maxwell.