Saturday, October 1, 2022

Two Little Girls in Blue – Book Review

 by Mary Higgins Clark

Image of two little girls wearing blue overalls

Having been a fan of best-selling suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark, in years past, I recently realized there were several of her books I had not read.  Two Little Girls in Blue was one of them and I consider it one of her best. 

Synopsis of Two Little Girls in Blue

Two Little Girls in Blue book cover

Kelly and Kathy, twin daughters of Margaret and Steve Frawley of Ridgefield, Connecticut, celebrate the girls' third birthday with an afternoon party at their new, fixer-upper, home. That evening, Steve & Margaret are obligated to attend a black-tie dinner in New York City for Steve's company. When they return home, they discover the police there and learn that the babysitter has been found unconscious and that the children are gone.  A note demanding eight-million-dollars in ransom was left in the twins bedroom.

The Frawleys do not have that kind of money, but Steve's firm, a global investment company, agrees to pay the ransom. One board member of the firm disagrees with paying the ransom, stating it could become a precedent for other kidnappers to target company employees, but he is overruled. 

The FBI and the local town and state police are all involved. When the kidnapper, who calls himself the “Pied Piper”, makes his terms known, the family and the FBI are told that 'on delivery of the money' a call will come revealing the girls' whereabouts. The “Pied Piper” used two men to do the actual kidnapping, and a woman (girlfriend of one of the men) to take care of the twins until the ransom is paid. The kidnappers never know who the 'boss' is; only communicating with him via burner cell phones. 

The ransom is paid in a rather convoluted manner that, despite FBI agents undercover all around the 'drop' area, the kidnappers get away without being caught.  The promised call does come, but only Kelly is in the car parked behind a deserted restaurant. The driver of the car is dead from a gunshot wound and a suicide note states that he inadvertently killed Kathy and dumped her body in the ocean. 

The heart-broken parents have a private memorial Mass for Kathy, but Kelly speaks up saying “Mommy, Kathy is very scared of that lady and she wants to  come home right now.”  

At first, only the mother believes that the twins are communicating in their special 'twin-talk' and that Kathy is still alive.  But as Kelly becomes more specific with her warnings, the FBI is finally convinced and set out on a search for Kathy. The climax of this suspenseful novel is breathtaking.


This story describes the well-documented, though unexplained, phenomenon of twin telepathy and the special 'twin-talk' that identical twins often engage in. A fascinating and exciting story I thoroughly enjoyed. 

*Two Little Girls in Blue book review written by Wednesday Elf.

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  1. Wow! What a frightening story line. This is clearly every parents worst nightmare, especially if they are not wealthy enough to pay the ransom themselves. How awesome that the author used twins in the book since they do seem to have an unusual ability to communicate with each other. I'd love to know the ending of the book!

  2. What an intriguing premise for a book, Elf! My heart aches for both the girls and their parents as they endure this terrifying ordeal. I would love to know how it ends, too!

  3. I thought I had read all of the Mary Higgins Clark books, but this one does not sound familiar. I will definitely check it out.

  4. Oh WOW, this sounds so good! I was interested from beginning to end with your review - I want to know the ending now! Oh my, would this ever make a good movie!!

  5. Oh my goodness Pat Austin, this would be a book that would keep many people up at night. Sounds totally intriguing and like something that I would not be able to put down until I knew the girls were both safe and sound! It's going on my reading list! Thanks, I think! (Only because my to read list is growing again)!

  6. This sounds like a scary storyline and a compelling read. Your review is intriguing and like everyone here, I too want to know the ending and hope the twins are safe and home! Thank you for your review and recommendation.


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