Book Critique – Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion #5)
For review of all books in this series: Go here
Stars: 3.5 / 5
Recommendation: Starving for digging into old cases and see how they are solved? And a touch of romance to it? Well, here are the books that come bundled together perfectly. And what better, they are written by in collaboration with one of the famous mystery book author.
Every Breath You Take is the fifth book in the Under Suspicion Series by Mary Higgins Clark in collaboration with Alafair Burke published in November of 2017. The series follows Laurie Moran and her show Under Suspicion where they bring together the key players involved in an unsolved cold case hoping to shed light on what really happened and perhaps solve the case too.
This time around the not-so-cold case comes from Laurie Moran's new host Ryan Nichols - The Met Gala Murder of Virginia Wakeling that occurred three years ago and her much younger boyfriend and personal trainer, Ivan Gray, was the prime suspect and still is. Despite her reservations with Ryan and his observations, Laurie Moran takes this up as her next case for her show. And she is desperate to have Alex Buckley - her previous host of the show and love interest - back in her life too.
She is aided by her trusted associates - Grace Garcia and Jerry Klein - in getting the show put together. And also support from her family - son Timmy Moran and father Leo Farley - immensely helps her. This time around Leo Farley's police connections are also used by Laurie's show. We also see the continued presence of Charlotte Pierce, whom we had first seen in the third book All Dressed In White (My review here), and who becomes a confidante and friend to Laurie Moran, sometimes aiding in her investigation of the cases. Charlotte runs the New York City operations of her family business, Ladyform.
Clark and Burke again reused the characters from the past books, creating a flow along the different plots, giving them new meaning and meat keeping the readers interested in them. Also this time Clark and Burke take us on a little historical tour specially around the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the different pieces it houses.
Another successful mystery thriller by Clark and Burke I must say that not only explores the personal elements of the lead characters but also gives closure to the ones who needed and sometimes forgotten.
1) As most of the titles of Mary Higgins Clark's books go, this book's title is also the line from a very familiar and famous song - Every Breath You Take by English rock band The Police from their 1983 album Synchronicity. Written by Sting, the single was the biggest US and UK hit of 1983, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks (the band's only number-one hit on that chart). More about the song here. And the official video of the song below. I always thought this was a stalker syndrome song and gives me shivers every time I listen to it.
2) With this book, Leo Farley, Laurie's father, goes back to police force again by joining the NYPD's anti-terrorism task force. We also see Alex Buckley getting judicial appointed to the United States District Court of Southern District of New York.
3) Alex Buckley's household and immediate family are frequently introduced during the plots. They consist of: Andrew Buckley - Alex's younger brother - his wife Marcy and three kids (a boy named Johnny and twin girls); Ramon - Alex's butler, chauffer, chef and any other role, all encompassed.
4) A few of the New York City restaurants, hang-out spots and places and some very interesting literature world that Clark and Burke take the readers through:
a. Caviar - a new carry out service per Laurie Moran in the book. But this is in reality a site where you can order food from any restaurant in Manhattan and get it delivered if you live in Manhattan. Here is their website.
b. Sean Duncan - the head of security of Met in the plot - mentions about the novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg published in 1967. I had never heard of the book but when I read about it, it sparked my interest. Adding it to my ever growing lists of books to read. More about the book here.
c. Brasserie Ruhlmann - Named after the legendary French designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, the restaurant pays homage to this icon and the 20th century Parisian Brasserie. Link to the restaurant here.
d. Chinelos - New York City has two spots with the same name. I wonder which one were the authors referring to in the plot.
e. Landmark Tavern - an Irish Pub and Restaurant on 11th Ave in New York, opened in 1868. Link to the restaurant here.
f. Timmy Moran plays C Jam Blues by Duke Ellington for his recital in the book. I havent heard Tommy Moran's recital, but here is the official video by Duke Ellington, and it is very very melodious and could be a beautiful dance number. Although Duke composed this Jazz Standard in 1942, but it has been performed by countless musicians since then. More about it here.
g. Laurie Moran reads the latest crime novel by Karin Slaughter in the plot although the name of the book is not mentioned. A quick google search revealed that her latest book 2017 (when this book was released) was The Good Daughter that was released in June of 2017. Having never read her books cannot say how they would be. However if her name was worth mentioning in one of Clark's books then I would most definitely add it to my reading list. :)
h. Locanda Verde - One of the partners of the restaurant is Robert de Niro. It is said it is hard to get a reservation here. Link to the restaurant here.
i. Union Square Café - Laurie and Alex have their first reunion meeting after a two months break in the book here. I thought it was inside Union Square. Turns out it's a restaurant on E 19th street in New York and had re-opened at this new location in 1985. And owned by Danny Meyer. I wonder where it was before and how long back it goes. Link to the restaurant here.
j. Le Grainne Café - located in one of the oldest buildings in Chelsea, the restaurant has traditional French cuisine. Link to the restaurant here.
k. Marea - Italian restaurant on Central Park S in New York is the place where Laurie and Alex take their next step in their relationship in the book. Link to the restaurant here.