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Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry

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Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry

Gina Kane is a freelance investigative journalist chasing a huge story. But as time passes, so much has happened, and she doesn’t know who will ultimately publish it. Gina has a stellar reputation in her field, and is both a clever and resourceful person. She makes a good living and uses her smarts to every advantage. Her newest assignment is a #MeToo piece that needs a great deal of background information and research, which is her most salable asset in addition to her gifted writing.

Gina knows how to track down leads and use her contacts in a meaningful but respectful way. Some people on her list will talk to her, while others are adamant that they will not. These folks are mostly women who have had “a very bad experience” while working at REL News. Clearly these former employees have taken settlements and signed non-disclosure agreements.

"Mary Higgins Clark has written a timely and electrifying thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. She effectively captures the suspense and the secret world of backroom deals that change people’s lives."

Readers should not forget that KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY is by Mary Higgins Clark, often referred to as the “Queen of Suspense.” Thus it will come as no surprise that death bleeds onto the pages of this well-written mystery. Two of the women who signed NDAs are found dead in different ways --- one is deemed a suicide, the other an accident --- and one man’s demise is called death by misadventure. Gina is committed to searching out the truth about each one, along with any others who mysteriously died or are still alive and living in fear.

The company’s lawyer, Michael Carter, has big ambitions, way beyond his anonymous life at REL News. With this in mind, he comes up with an enormous scheme that will make him rich and bring cover to the man responsible for the alleged assaults. He proposes his plan to the CEO, Dick Sherman, who buys into this endeavor. Sherman, in turn, goes to the money man, Mr. Myers, and orders him to put the funds into action. Millions of dollars are at stake.

The men who run the company, along with Brad Matthews, the “star” of the REL News lineup, all have secrets. Their nefarious machinations lead to high-stakes decisions, which yield bad results. Gina is hell-bent on getting to the bottom of their misdeeds.

Meanwhile, Gina’s former editor decides to retire, and REL brings in Geoffrey Whitehurst to replace him. At first, Whitehurst is very supportive and complimentary toward Gina. Then, as the situation slowly begins to get out of control, he “catches and kills” her story. This is a scheme in which a company buys the silence of witnesses or victims, so instead of publishing, they bury the exposé.

Mary Higgins Clark has written a timely and electrifying thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. She effectively captures the suspense and the secret world of backroom deals that change people’s lives. Both the individuals who take an active role in the processes of dark maneuvers and the victims have their worlds turned upside down. In KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY, death is the ultimate outcome for some of the people involved on both sides.

Fans will find themselves turning the pages as fast as they can to keep up with the pace of the unfolding narrative, and will not be disappointed. Those who have never read this prolific author’s books before will look forward to delving into the huge body of work she has produced over the years. Her reputation as a writer is without blemish.

Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum on November 8, 2019

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry
by Mary Higgins Clark

  • Publication Date: November 5, 2019
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN-10: 1501171704
  • ISBN-13: 9781501171703