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Published June 21st 2020
A modern day workplace thriller
Through Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, Mary Higgins Clark has penned a modern crime thriller based on one of the biggest and all too familiar social issues of our time - workplace abuse with its non remorseful perpetrators and corporate cover ups.

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The lead character is Gina Kane, a 32 year old freelance writer, known for delving deeply to uncover stories of corruption. Gina receives an unexpected email from Cathy Ryan, who works at the fictious REL News station, just days before Cathy's death in Aruba. Coincidently, Cathy attended the same college as Gina. In the short and cryptic email, Cathy alludes to having had a "terrible experience with a senior executive at REL News." What does that mean and who is the senior executive she is talking about?

It turns out that the senior executive, who also happens to be the high profile anchor and Editor in Chief of the highest rated newscaster in the United States, is responsible for 14 cases of sexual assault against female employees.

Knowing of the violations, REL News seeks to cover it up and offers substantial financial settlements to the victims in exchange for their silence. We discover that those who refused to co-operate and settle or who sought to re-negotiate their settlement were found dead. Who will be next and is Gina at risk after they find out she is probing into the case?

Gina is a likable lead. The New Yorker is tenacious and hardworking as well as vulnerable and warm-hearted. Will she discover the truth behind the murders and bring the station and the perpetrator to justice? You will need to grab a copy to find out.
The secondary part of the story is Gina's relationship with her partner Ted, whose business is also caught up in the REL News catastrophe.

About #ME TOO

Since forming in 2017, the #METOO movement aims to address sexual violence and to build a community of advocates, driven by survivors, to create solutions to interrupt sexual violence. The high profile case an conviction of Hollywood heavyweight of Harvey Weinstein and the revelation of many famous victims has accelerated the awareness of the movement.

Kiss The Girls And Make Them Cry is a timely novel as the world engages with the #ME TOO movement, the issues of sexual violence and fake news. The novel deals with the issue sensitively and without sensationalising the graphic details of the abuses underpinning the story. The focus remains on the violation itself and the long and immediate impacts of the victims and the lengths that perpetrators will go to to cover up the crime.

About the Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Mary Higgins Clark is a number 1 New York Times bestselling author and has written forty suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a historical novel, a memoir, and two children's books. With bestselling author Alafair Burke, she wrote the Under Suspicion series including The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, Every Breath You Take and You Don't Own Me.

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With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she coauthored five more suspense novels. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone. Her books are international bestsellers. Mary Higgins Clark died January 31, 2020 in Naples, Florida (one of the settings of the book), at the age of 92. Her death was caused by complications of old age.

Kiss The Girls and Make Them Cry was published in 2019 by Simon and Schuster.
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Always been one of my favourite authors, a quick read. I was saddened to hear of her passing in January. Will have to look out for this new book of hers ... thanks for the update, Gillian.
by Elaine (score: 3|7557) 88 days ago
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