Dubbed the ‘Queen of Suspense’, Mary Higgins Clark (1927-2020) was an American author whose books were all NYT and international bestsellers. Her debut novel, Where Are the Children?, is in its 75th printing.
At 7-years-old, Mary started keeping a diary. Her love of writing continued throughout her childhood, where she was often chastised by teachers for writing stories during class. She faced significant hardship growing up after her father passed away in his sleep, then living through poverty and losing her brother to spinal meningitis.
She worked as a switchboard operator and stewardess before marrying her husband. Unfortunately, she lost him to a heart attack, and turned to writing as a way to support their children. For several years, she struggled to make ends meet with low-paying writing jobs.
In her 40s, she published her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, which remains her most beloved novel. It’s frequently suggested along with other popular titles by the author, including A Cry in the Night and The Cinderella Murder.
Over the course of her lifetime, she wrote 33 suspense novels, a historical novel, three collections of short stories, and a memoir titled Kitchen Privileges. She also co-authored five holiday suspense novels with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark.
Mary’ style can be described as tactful, detailed, and striking with its well-paced suspense.
In total, her books have sold over 100 million copies in just the United States alone.
“Live your life as if you may lose everything.”
― Mary Higgins Clark, All Through the Night