(Daddy’s Little Girl, Before I Say Goodbye, I’ll Be Seeing You, Just Take My Heart)
Clark writes suspense novels that focus on women and children in trouble, and don’t feature explicit violence, sex, or language. Her stories are intricately plotted, fast-paced, and written in a very compelling style. Strong heroines who get themselves out of trouble (and get justice meted out in the end) abound in her books. The hallmark of her style is her gift for building suspense—that “roller-coaster” feel that builds in intensity until the final confrontation.
If you enjoy Mary Higgins Clark, you might also enjoy:
Gillian Flynn (if you’d like something a little different, her novels are a lot darker and more explicit, but her work has the same sense of danger and building suspense, as well as strong, flawed female protagonists. Try Dark Places)
Joy Fielding (her older books are quite similar to Clark’s in style and tone—try The Deep End)
Judith Kelman (while her books are a bit more violent, she also writes about strong heroines in dangerous investigations—try Summer of Storms)
Iris Johansen (readers who also like romance might like Johansen’s books—they’re fast-paced and suspenseful with a fascinating heroine. The Face of Deception is the first in the Eve Duncan series)