Book review: All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

All Dressed in White byMary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
All Dressed in White byMary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
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The unsolved disappearance of a bride just hours before her wedding comes under the spotlight in the second book of a thrilling ‘cold case’ series.

Did the young woman simply get cold feet and walk away, or was she murdered by someone within her own wedding party?

For over 30 years, Mary Higgins Clark has been delighting readers with her smart, beautifully written murder mysteries, but there’s a fresh and exciting element to her Under Suspicion cases.

The spicy new ingredient is co-author Alafair Burke, a trained lawyer and thriller writer, whose gripping novels, including Never Tell and All Day And A Night, are often drawn from real-life cases and her own personal and professional experiences.

Together these two talented writers are proving a formidable team, harnessing Clark’s powerful storytelling and experience with Burke’s gift for suspense and authenticity.

Simmering with tension, a cast of cleverly created suspects and some unexpected twists and turns, this edge-of the-seat mystery delivers high drama, red herrings and fascinating detective work.

New York television producer Laurie Moran’s reality drama Under Suspicion is proving a big success. The cold case TV series revisits unsolved true crimes by recreating them with the family of the victim and others involved in the case in the hope of finding new evidence.

No stranger to the personal effects of crime, Laurie’s husband Greg was murdered several years ago and his killer was never found.

The new case for Under Suspicion has been brought to her attention by the heartbroken mother of Amanda Pierce who disappeared the day before her marriage to college sweetheart Jeff Hunter in Palm Beach five years ago.

Amanda, who was dubbed the Runaway Bride by the media, and Jeff had already battled through sickness and health, although their lives were destined to be richer than poorer as Amanda was set to inherit her father’s successful clothing company.

By recreating the night of the disappearance with Amanda’s friends and family at the wedding hotel in Florida, Laurie hopes to uncover the truth.

With Amanda’s former fiancé now married to one of the bridesmaids, a jealous sister, playboy groomsmen and rumours about the bride herself, Laurie and Under Suspicion host Alex

Buckley quickly learn that everyone has their own theory about why Amanda vanished into thin air.

And one thing is certain, whoever was behind Amanda’s disappearance plans to keep the past permanently hidden…

Both family and friends come under suspicion as Clark and Burke work up a terrific atmosphere in an entertaining whodunit which is guaranteed to keep readers hooked right through to the thrilling dénouement.

The perfectly paced, slow-build plotline, packed with dark secrets and a cast of complex, compelling characters, is proof of two writers at the top of their form.

Addictive reading for crime mystery fans…

(Simon & Schuster, paperback, £7.99)