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‘All Dressed in White’ by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Published by Simon & Schuster, 10
December 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4711-4868-2(HB). 11 August 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4711-4870-5 (PB).
The story open’s with
Amanda Pierce trying on her wedding dress in the Grand Victoria Hotel in Palm
Beach on the eve of her hen party. Her long-time friend Kate tells her she looks lovely, but
sad, and enquires if Amanda is thinking of their conversation the previous day.
Although Amanda reassures her that she has not given the matter a second though
once alone she clearly has misgivings.
Five years on Laurie Moran is preparing for a meeting with
her boss, Brett Young. And she is still undecided which story she will pitch
for her show Under Suspicion. Before
she gets to her meeting her assistant tells her that there is a lady waiting
for her in her office. Sandra Pierce
tells her that she is the mother of Amanda Pierce who the media dubbed ‘the
Runaway Bride’. Laurie recalls the case but recalls equally that the
disappearance of Amanda happened only weeks after Laurie’s husband was shot
fatally in front of their then-three-year-old son. Despite her misgivings
Laurie listens as Sandra explains that Amanda just disappeared on the eve of
her wedding and nothing has been heard of her since. Amanda was to marry her
college sweetheart Jeff Hunter, and was also set to inherit her father’s
successful garment company.
Although the circumstances surrounding Amanda’s
disappearance have placed a big question mark for the police as to whether
Amanda just changed her mind about getting married, Laurie realizes a missing
bride is the perfect cold case for her 'Under Suspicion' television series to
investigate. Amanda's former fiancé is now married to her bridesmaid.Interviews with relatives and friends reveal
that there was friction with the direction in which Amanda was proposing to
take the garment factory.So Laurie decides
to recreate the night of the disappearance at the wedding's Florida resort with
Amanda's friends and family.
A tantalising mystery that kept me guessing to the end.Recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Mary Higgins Clark
is the author of twenty-two worldwide bestselling works of fiction and a
memoir. She lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with her husband.
a graduate of Stanford Law School and a former Deputy District Attorney in
Portland, Oregon, she is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where
she teaches criminal law and procedure.She is the author of “two power house series” (Sun-Sentinel) that have
earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable
female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy
District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair’s novels grow out of her experience
as a prosecutor in America’s police precincts and criminal courtrooms, and have
been featured by The Today Show, People Magazine, The New York Times, MSNBC,
The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Sun-Times.