Mary Higgins Clark is another author who, like Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney, is a bit old-fashioned by today’s standards. Her books are engaging, interesting mysteries however.
The plot of Where Are You Now? revolves around the disappearance of Charles Mackenzie Jr. (Mack), who was a 21-year-old college student when he left his apartment one day and never returned. One can only imagine the agony of the family of someone who has disappeared, and this is compounded when Mack begins calling his mother every Mother’s Day.
Ten years after Mack goes missing, Carolyn Mackenzie, Mack’s now 26-year-old sister, is determined to track him down. What Carolyn discovers as she searches for her brother brings up some puzzling questions. Do Mack’s former roommates know more than they are telling? Do the landlords of the apartment Mack was living in when he disappeared know anything about Mack’s disappearance? And to further complicate things, the police begin investigating a possible connection Mack might have to several unsolved murders. The police also believe Mack may be connected to the disappearance of a young college student who lived in the apartment building next to Carolyn’s as well. How could Mack be involved in this when he has been missing for ten years?
The answers to these questions isn’t quite what I thought it might be, although the conclusion does make sense. There are enough characters who could have something to hide to keep the reader guessing, and the author does a good job of building the tension until the villain is revealed. I was reminded of why the police usually rule out people the victim might know in circumstances like this.
Where Are You Now? is a worthwhile read.