rhia reviews #36 | As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark

31538464Television journalist Delaney Wright is on the brink of stardom after she begins covering a sensational murder trial for the six p.m. news. She should be thrilled, yet her growing desire to locate her birth mother consumes her thoughts. When Delaney’s friends Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy offer to look into the mystery surrounding her birth, they uncover a shocking secret they do not want to reveal.

On trial for murder is Betsy Grant, widow of a wealthy doctor who has been an Alzheimer’s victim for eight years. When her once-upon-a-time celebrity lawyer urges her to accept a plea bargain, Betsy refuses: she will go to trial to prove her innocence.

Betsy’s stepson, Alan Grant, bides his time nervously as the trial begins. His substantial inheritance hangs in the balance—his only means of making good on payments he owes his ex-wife, his children, and increasingly angry creditors.

As the trial unfolds, and the damning evidence against Betsy piles up, Delaney is convinced that Betsy is not guilty and frantically tries to prove her innocence.

My Goodreads rating: ★★★☆☆

For a book I only bought because I’d run out of things to read on holiday and this was the only book that sounded good and wasn’t in French in the airport, this turned out to be quite good. I’ve never read anything by Mary Higgins Clark before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I also wasn’t aware this was part of a series, let alone the tenth in a series!

This isn’t the strongest thriller I’ve ever read, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It’s a slow burn, multiple-POV work, where most of the points of view don’t fit together until nearly the end when you’re starting to put together what’s going on. Knowing now that it’s the tenth in a series about Alvirah and Willy, I can understand their presence in the story, because their involvement didn’t really make sense to me while I was reading. Obviously without them the story wouldn’t work, but I just thought they were being unnecessarily nosey for the sake of the plot.

I did like the way the plot twisted – there were no silly leaps like in some thrillers – every jump was believable. I’m interested to see what the earlier books in this series are like.

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