It's like the script of ''Ghost'' -- on crack. And in no way is that a compliment.
Mary Higgins Clark's novel "Before I Say Good-Bye'' (Simon & Schuster, $26) is supposed to be a thriller dealing with psychic phenomena and communication with the dead. But it's just not that thrilling.
The story revolves around Nell MacDermott. Her grandfather was a New York congressman and she has her eye on his former seat.
Nell is married to Adam Cauliff, an architect who disapproves of her political aspirations. The couple argue about it, then Adam dies when his boat explodes.
Nell, who has had psychic experiences with her dead parents and grandmother, meets a woman who says she is channeling Adam and who gives Nell his last instructions to follow. Gee, why does that sound familiar?
But along the way, questions pop up. Who would have wanted Adam dead? Was his architectural firm on the level? Was his life on the level? Is he really dead?
Throw in a couple of subplots, including a Nell's new love interest who becomes tied to the investigation, and a little boy who happens to be amazingly farsighted, and it's just a mishmash of a story.
It's slow to unfold and even slower to catch the reader's interest.
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