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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Thirty-Two

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you’re having a great week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

This past Sunday was The Unapologetic Bookworm’s second anniversary! It’s so hard to believe that the website has officially been around for two years!

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about some website changes that were coming during the month of June. I am currently working to make most of those changes a reality (albeit a couple months later than I originally planned), but I wanted to let you know that I have decided to keep the website’s Instagram account active for the foreseeable future. (Apparently it’s possible to more than double your number of followers even if you’re taking a break from social media… Who knew?) New “bookstagram” content will be coming soon, so I hope you’ll consider following the account.

For this week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update, I decided to read Pretend You Don’t See Her, by Mary Higgins Clark.

A bestseller from the 1990s…

Pretend You Don’t See Her follows the story of Lacey Farrell, a Manhattan realtor who has recently taken on a new client named Isabelle, who is putting her daughter’s apartment on the market after her death.

When Isabelle discovers some pages in her daughter’s diary that seem to indicate that Heather’s accidental death may have been more sinister than it appeared, she asks Lacey to meet her at the apartment to show her what she has found.

Lacey arrives just in time to witness her client’s murder, and barely manages to elude her killer. A dying Isabelle entrusts Lacey with the pages from her daughter’s diary, and Lacey promises her that she will read them and give the diary to Heather’s father.

Unfortunately, the murderer is on the hunt for Lacey, and he intends to kill her to tie up loose ends. Lacey is placed in the Witness Protection Program, but finds that she can’t stay away from the mystery surrounding Isabelle’s death, and her suspicions about Heather’s “accident.”

Even though I have read several of Mary Higgins Clark’s other books, this was my first time reading Pretend You Don’t See Her. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The novel was very fast-paced and exciting; just what you would expect from the “Queen of Suspense.” I had an extremely hard time putting the book down, and read most of the story in a matter of hours.

I do think it is important to mention that this book does include a few moments that might cause discomfort for readers, including a reference to attempted sexual coercion, as well as an accusation of sexual assault.

Whether you are a fan of Mary Higgins Clark’s other books, or just enjoy good, suspenseful mysteries/thrillers, I highly recommend checking out Pretend You Don’t See Her. It’s a great book! If you do have an opportunity to read it for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, August 14th. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me here on The Unapologetic Bookworm on Wednesday for my review of Anna Elliott’s Pride and Prejudice Chronicles trilogy.

Have a great weekend!

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