Before I Say Goodbye by Mary Higgins Clark
I borrowed this book from my local library because I had heard good things about this author, but had not read any of her books.
Nell McDermot is devastated when her husband's cabin cruiser blows up. Not only is she shattered by Adam's sudden death, but she is wracked with guilt, because the last time Nell saw Adam alive, she told him to leave and never come back. Nell's feelings are further complicated by her Great-aunt Gert's insistence that she try to make peace with Adam through a medium. And despite her scepticism, the awful burden of guilt finally drives Nell to consult Bonnie Wilson, a well-known psychic.
As Nell searches for the truth about Adam's death, she relies more and more heavily on Bonnie, who claims to be receiving instructions from Adam. But what Nell does not know is that she is being closely watched, and the nearer she comes to learning what happened to her husband, the nearer she is to becoming the next victim of a ruthless killer…
The story is a mystery thriller revolving around a young woman named Nell who is investigating the mysterious circumstances of her husband’s death when she receives a message from a medium claiming to be his channel.
Nell MacDermott learns that her husband, Adam Cauliff, and three of his business associates have died in an explosion of his new cabin cruiser. She is devastated but also racked with guilt because the last time she saw Adam, they had had a quarrel over her plan to run for the congressional seat previously held by her grandfather. She had told Adam not to come home.
As the investigation into the boat’s explosion proceeds, Nell finds out that it was not an accident. Nell is swayed by her great-aunt, Gert, to see a medium claiming to be in touch with Adam’s spirit. Nell consults the medium, who transmits messages to her with instructions from Adam.
The story reaches a powerful climax during Nell’s final encounter with the medium, in which she learns the terrible truth about the explosion a truth that could cost her her life. The twist at the end of this was clever and I certainly did not see it coming! I highly recommend Before I Say Goodbye.
Mary Higgins Clark is the author of twenty-two worldwide bestselling works of fiction and a memoir. She lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with her husband.