You don't own me

You Don’t Own Me

You Don’t Own Me is the fifth book in the Under Suspicion series by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. I’ve always liked the Queen of Suspense, aka Mary Higgins Clark. Her novels are all rated G. There’s no blood and gore, foul language, sex or extreme violence. Some may find that too cozy, but I think it’s a nice change of pace.


When we last saw Laurie Moran, she had recently become engaged to her show’s former host, Alex Buckley. Since then, the two have been happily planning a summer wedding and honeymoon. Aside from preparing for Alex’s confirmation to a federal judicial appointment, they’re also searching for a new home for their new life together.

But then Laurie is approached by Robert and Cynthia Bell, parents of Dr. Martin Bell, a physician who was shot dead as he pulled into the driveway of his carriage house five years ago. The Bells are sure that Martin’s wife, Kendra, carried out the murder. Determined to prove Kendra’s guilt and win custody over their grandchildren, they plead with Laurie to take their son’s case.

Kendra has lived under a blanket of suspicion since Martin’s death, with the tabloid media depicting her as a secretive, mentally unstable gold-digger. Laurie’s show is a chance for her to clear her name. But unbeknownst to the Bells, Kendra has already refused once before to go forward with a re-investigation of her husband’s murder. A sudden change would only add to the appearance of guilt.

But once Laurie dives into the case, she learns that Martin wasn’t the saint he appeared to be and was carrying secrets of his own. And what does the web of lies ensnaring the Bell family have to do with a dangerous stranger who is on Laurie’s tail?


The story is definitely full of suspense. Just when you think you’ve figured out who the culprit is, you find someone else more interesting or likely to do the deed. It’s a fast and easy read. Very enjoyable.

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