Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark is quite possibly one of the worst developed books I’ve ever read. The plot revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Charles “Mack” MacKenzie, Jr. who left his life behind completely and still makes contact with his family every Mother’s Day just to check in. When another college student in the area mysteriously disappears, all signs seem to point to Mack as the presumed killer (or kidnapper). When the girl makes contact with her family to notify them that she is going to make contact with them every year on Mother’s Day. Is she alive? Did Mack kill her? Did she run away with Mack mysteriously?
Who cares? First of all, all of the male characters are very underdeveloped so they all really just blurred into each other. From Nicholas DeMarco, Derek Olson, Elliott Wallace, to Howard Altman, Bruce Galbraith, Steve Hockney – they literally are all the same character in the eyes of the reader. There are way too many male profiles that are very similar, and none of them have had enough time dedicated to them to really differentiate them from each other.
I also found the fact that although Mack completely disappeared and walked away from his life, he becomes the main suspect in the disappearance of girls in the area over the past 10 years. WHAT! What does that have anything to do with it? I think the main character Carolyn Mackenzie was the most interesting and Higgins Clark spent the most time on developing her but could have spent more time on her. And, it would have been better if she stuck to some primary male characters instead of interweaving multiple male personalities that all blended in together.
I do not recommend this book – it just doesn’t have enough grit to be a true mystery nor enough time invested in character development to keep the reader engaged or interested in the characters themselves.