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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

  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. 4 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

    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.

  5. 5 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.

  6. 5 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

    3.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Under Suspicion #7 Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancee, Alex Buckley, the former host of 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 reveal Johnny playing in the water and collecting shells behind the beach shack, but no one remembers seeing him after morning. As the sun sets, Johnny's skim board washes up to shore Under Suspicion #7 Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancee, Alex Buckley, the former host of 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 reveal Johnny playing in the water and collecting shells behind the beach shack, but no one remembers seeing him after morning. As the sun sets, Johnny's skim board washes up to shore, and everyone realises that he could be anywhere, even under water. This is another dark and twisted read by the authors. The pace is steady and all the main characters are back. It's an easy, straight forward-mystery with a few twists. It's also very well written. #LibraryBook

  9. 4 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. 💖

  10. 4 out of 5

    Toria

    While this was a decent book to pass some time with it wasn't very thrilling nor exciting. But not bad While this was a decent book to pass some time with it wasn't very thrilling nor exciting. But not bad

  11. 4 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.

  12. 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

  13. 4 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⭐⭐⭐⭐

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    enjoyed the book but felt it missed a little something though

  15. 4 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.

  16. 5 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Newell

    Okay guyyyyyssss this is prob the most random 4 star ever but I legit loved this 😂 it’s a cheesy chick lit meets Mystery suspense. I listened to this while on runs or driving and it was PERFECT. Easy to pick back up. Engaging and kept me wanting to listen more. I mean it was not excellent writing or a crazy amazing story , but if I say books I keep wanting to pick up and read or listen to are 4 stars then I have to be a woman of my word and give it 4! Lol this is the 7th in a series oops so now Okay guyyyyyssss this is prob the most random 4 star ever but I legit loved this 😂 it’s a cheesy chick lit meets Mystery suspense. I listened to this while on runs or driving and it was PERFECT. Easy to pick back up. Engaging and kept me wanting to listen more. I mean it was not excellent writing or a crazy amazing story , but if I say books I keep wanting to pick up and read or listen to are 4 stars then I have to be a woman of my word and give it 4! Lol this is the 7th in a series oops so now I’m starting at the beginning. Onward!

  19. 5 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!!!

  20. 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!

  21. 5 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!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    If this is the end of the series, this was a decent one to end on. A part of me hopes that Alafair Burke will continue, but I totally understand if she doesn't. I do think Johnny was more mature and smarter than any 11 year old I know, but I did enjoy it. If this is the end of the series, this was a decent one to end on. A part of me hopes that Alafair Burke will continue, but I totally understand if she doesn't. I do think Johnny was more mature and smarter than any 11 year old I know, but I did enjoy it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aparna

    As always Mary Higgins Clark never disappoints you! You can’t put it down till you finish it. Lots of twists snd turns to keep u guessing!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

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

  25. 5 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?

  26. 5 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.

  27. 5 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jay DeMoir

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

  29. 5 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    ☮Karen

    First of all, the narrator was very talented to be able to do women, men, boys and girls, all realistically. And there were a LOT of characters. She made them all sound unique even though it still didn't help me to keep them all straight in my head. I was confused more than a couple of times. Therefore my mind couldn't focus well on the action and my enjoyment suffered. I had no idea this was #7 in a series of which I've not read the others. Doing so probably would have helped me know the charac First of all, the narrator was very talented to be able to do women, men, boys and girls, all realistically. And there were a LOT of characters. She made them all sound unique even though it still didn't help me to keep them all straight in my head. I was confused more than a couple of times. Therefore my mind couldn't focus well on the action and my enjoyment suffered. I had no idea this was #7 in a series of which I've not read the others. Doing so probably would have helped me know the characters, I'm sure, but not sure I would have rated it more than a 3 even so. R.I.P. MHC.

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