Pretend You Don’t See Her by Mary Higgins Clark
Lacey Farrell is a real estate agent in New York City who is given a prime apartment to sell. It belongs to Isabelle Warring, but prior to her it belonged to her daughter Heather Landis, Broadway singer. Heather died about a year ago and Isabelle’s ex husband Jimmy Landis has been telling her she needs to sell the apartment and move on. Isabelle however is convinced that Heather’s death was not a car accident but that someone murdered her and she has been trying with all her might to get answers.
As Lacey tried to find a buyer she spends a lot of time with Isabelle. One day Isabelle calls and leaves a message saying that she has been reading through Heather’s old diary and discovers a clue, one that she will talk to Lacey about next time she sees her.
The next day her bosses son, Rick Parker, gives her the name and number of a potential buyer, Curtis Caldwell. Lacey shows him the house but Isabelle is against selling it and doesn’t want to talk about what she has discovered. Lacey is discouraged but goes back to speak to Isabelle that night and walks right in on her being murdered by Caldwell, her earlier apartment appointment.
He runs out and with Isabelle’s dying breath she tells Lacey she discovered a clue and wants her to give the diary to he ex-husband as he will find the murderer, there is something in it he needs to read.
Lacey calls the police who are really bad investigators as they meet trying to pin the murder on her. The next day she stays late at work and makes two copies of the journal, giving one to Heather’s father and keeping the other for herself. She returns home and find her apartment burgled. She decides they must be after the diary and gives the police the original copy that she hid at work, not letting them know about her secret copy.
The next day she is fired from her job (they say “suspended” I say FIRED) and goes to have dinner with her family when someone tries to shoot her, grazing her and hurting her niece.
The murderer turns out to be no average person as the fingerprint found at Lacey’s apartment turns out to belong to a serious hitman for the mafia who was thought to have died two years ago!
The Marshals swoop in and Lacey is carted off into the witness protection program, now known as Alice Carroll.
Meanwhile, the diary disappears from the police precinct and when Jimmy turns his copy over to the police, it goes missing as well. With a mole in the police department and a hitman after her-will Lacey be able to unravel this mess or wind up the next victim?
Thoughts After Reading:
This was a good mystery, although it made no sense that the marshals didn’t give Lacey/Alice a job but expected her to figure it out and find work with no references. From what I know is that they always place you somewhere.
Lacey also made several BIG mistake when it came to investigating and staying hidden. Like serious screw ups.
The mystery was good though, as I had no clue who the murder was, and when I read who it turned out to be, I was stunned.
For more by Mary Higgins Clark, go to Second Time Around
For more murders disguised as car accidents, go to Snagged
For more Not in a Series Mysteries, go to A Simple Favor