Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Review by Amanda! All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. 4 Tea Cups!!

All Dressed in White (Under Suspicion, #2)All Dressed in White
By: Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
Genre: Mystery

The second thrilling novel in the New York Times bestselling Under Suspicion series following The Cinderella Murder, featuring intrepid television producer Laurie Moran as she investigates the case of a missing bride.

Five years ago Amanda Pierce was excitedly preparing to marry her college sweetheart in a lavish ceremony at The Grand Victoria Hotel in Palm Beach. Then, with their guests and families on site, Amanda disappeared.

In present-day New York City, Laurie Moran realizes a missing bride is the perfect cold case for her investigative television series, Under Suspicion. She and her team set out to recreate the night of the disappearance at the Florida resort with Amanda’s friends and family in attendance, hoping to shed new light on the mystery as the series has done in past episodes. With a jealous sister, playboy groomsmen, Amanda’s former fiancĂ© now married to a bridesmaid, and rumors about the “beloved” bride herself, Laurie and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley quickly realize everyone has a theory about why Amanda vanished into thin air.

One thing is certain: whoever was behind Amanda’s disappearance plans to keep the truth hidden “until death do they part…”

Review by Amanda
4 Tea Cups!

I have to admit that I am super late on the Mary Higgins Clark train. I have read MHC's latest 2 novels, both in the Under Suspicion series, and I am super impressed. 

The Under Suspicion series so far has 2 novels, the Cinderella Murder (2014) and All Dressed in White (2015). The series is about a journalist who created a TV show to investigate past unsolved crimes. Each novel is a different special of that TV series.

All Dressed in White investigates the disappearance of a woman the night before her wedding. 

There was so many juicy details in this one. 5 years later, the husband and maid of honour are now married. The "ugly ducking" sister is now running their family's multi million dollar company. Were any of them capable of murder?

It's interesting that the case was a disappearance. There is a huge unknown of what happened to the bride, Amanda. Some of her family and friends believe that she left her old life behind and started anew. Whereas the other hand, some think someone close to Amanda murdered her. 

The TV show gets the bridal party together again and goes through the days before Amanda's disappearance. It's one of those novels where everyone can be a suspect and they all have a motive. 

I didn't enjoy how there was so much crammed in. Everyone had a secret and some were just touched upon. If you are going to bring up a secret only twice in the novel, then maybe it shouldn't be in the novel to begin with.

I found the novel a bit predictable and guess what happened pretty early on. However, it was still a fun journey to get to the ending.

I will definitely be waiting for the rest of the novels in the series and in the meantime will be checking out old Mary Higgins Clark's as well as Alafair Burke's novels. 

Recommendations are more than welcome!

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