Posted on February 3, 2020 at 9:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

News broke late Friday that author Mary Higgins Clark, the “Queen of Suspense,” had died at the age of ninety-two.

We shared the Associated Press obituary on our Facebook page, where many of our readers expressed grief and condolences:

  • Barbara C.: Loves Music, Loves To Dance was the first female writer that my daughter read; she's loved books ever since.

  • DeLinda D.: One of my absolute favorite authors. She kept me in suspense until the last chapter. Prayers for her family. Thank you for all the wonderful books, Mary Higgins Clark.

  • Karen F.: May she rest in peace knowing she filled many hours.

  • Karen J.: Loved her books! Met her at a book signing and she was the kindest, nicest person. Sad to hear this news.

  • Martin M.: Loved her books — they kept me up nights to finish.

  • Pam R.: She had kept my nose in a book for a lot of years..she will be missed.

  • Renee A.: Where Are The Children? was the book that lead me to a love of reading!

  • Sherri H.: She was one of the first authors I read when I fell in love with books. 

  • Zenobia S.: Miss Clark was my introduction to female mystery writers. Agatha Christie being one of a certain period. Miss Higgins Clark was more contemporary so I enjoyed A Cry In the Night and was hooked! Strangely enough, it was not my oldest but youngest daughter who became hooked as a teen. We were voracious readers and loved her books. Thank you for your lovely, suspenseful stories and making us all feel like close friends. Rest in peace!

Also worth reading: NPR’s obituary, which includes famous writers’ reactions to the sad news, and its last interview with Clark, done on her ninetieth birthday.

Clark has been a bestseller for decades; her success began with her first novel, Where Are The Children?, and continuing through her most recent release, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry.

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