I don’t want to jinx myself, but I’ve never been disappointed by a novel written by Mary Higgins Clark. After all these years, she still seems to surprise me. I think I enjoyed The Cinderella Murder as much as I enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo! The Cinderella Murder isn’t as intense and horrifying as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but it does have a lot of suspense.
Susan Dempsey is a striving artist from UCLA. On the day of her father’s birthday, she is invited to audition for an upcoming Director, Frank Parker. (Even though having an Audition at his house seems a little strange?) However, the next day Susan is found dead in a park just outside of Frank Parker’s house. She’s missing one silver shoe, hence the name, The Cinderella Murder. Her friend Madison, who is also her roommate, ends up auditioning with Frank Parker and is his alibi for the night. Other suspects in the case. Twenty years later, after all, the suspects are cleared a television producer, Laurie Moran reopens the cold case for her show Under Suspicion, and that’s when the mystery begins.
I’m usually very great at solving mysteries, but Mary Higgins Clark surprised me with the real killer, looking back she does give you a lot of hidden clues. However, I concentrated more on the big picture. I sacrificed my sleep and stayed awake until 1:00 a.m because I had to finish the novel. I’m a 10:30p.m. 11:30p.m. max bedtime girl. That probably tells you a lot about the intensity of the book!
Mary Higgins Clark covers a lot of great themes: jealousy, scandal, media, superficiality, and cult-like-cultures. You’ll see when you read the book. Would I recommend the book? Absolutely!
What’s next on the reading list. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I know I’m super behind. Like I said, I’ve only read the first book, but I’m excited to get back into the series.