Just Take My Heart

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In her new thriller, America's #1 bestselling Queen of Suspense delves into a legal battle over the guilt or innocence of a man accused of murdering his wife. Woven into her plot is an eerie, little-understood but documented medical phenomenon ? the emergence of a donor's traits and memories in the recipient of a heart transplant.

Natalie Raines, one of Broadway's brightest stars, accidentally discovers who killed her former roommate and sets ...

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Overview

In her new thriller, America's #1 bestselling Queen of Suspense delves into a legal battle over the guilt or innocence of a man accused of murdering his wife. Woven into her plot is an eerie, little-understood but documented medical phenomenon — the emergence of a donor's traits and memories in the recipient of a heart transplant.

Natalie Raines, one of Broadway's brightest stars, accidentally discovers who killed her former roommate and sets in motion a series of shocking events that puts more than one life in extreme peril.

While Natalie and her roommate, Jamie Evans, were both struggling young actresses, Jamie had been involved with a mysterious married man to whom she referred only by nickname. Natalie comes face to face with him years later and inadvertently addresses him by the nickname Jamie had used. A few days later, Natalie is found in her home in Closter, New Jersey, dying from a gunshot wound.

Immediately the police suspect Natalie's theatrical agent and soon-to-be-ex-husband, Gregg Aldrich. He had long been a "person of interest" and was known to have stalked Natalie to find out if she was seeing another man. But no charges are brought against him until two years later, when Jimmy Easton, a career criminal, suddenly comes forward to claim that Aldrich had tried to hire him to kill his wife. Easton knows details about the Aldrich home that only someone who had been there — to plan a murder, for instance — could possibly know.

The case is a plum assignment for Emily Wallace, an attractive thirty-two-year-old assistant prosecutor. As she spends increasingly long hours preparing for the trial, a seemingly well-meaning neighbor offers to take care of her dog in her absence. Unaware of his violent past, she gives him a key to her home...

As Aldrich's trial is making headlines, her boss warns Emily that this high-profile case will reveal personal matters about her, such as the fact that she had a heart transplant. And, during the trial, Emily experiences sentiments that defy all reason and continue after Gregg Aldrich's fate is decided by the jury.

In the meantime, she does not realize that her own life is now at risk.

A compelling novel that probes the mysteries of the human heart and mind, Just Take My Heart is Mary Higgins Clark's most spellbinding tale.

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Editorial Reviews

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According to Mary Higgins Clark, her novels sprout naturally: "The basic storyline comes first; the main character is next; and then the plot develops." The process sounds simple and critics continue to be tricked by her supposedly formulaic methods, but readers know better. The reigning queen of American suspense continues to spin tightly wound fictions can keep us happily entangled until the very last page. Just Take My Heart is no exception; it's a spellbinder.
Publishers Weekly

Perhaps overcompensating for her lethargic renderings of other Higgins Clark thrillers (e.g., Where Are You Now?), Jan Maxwell picks up pace smartly. The narration is a shade frenetic in the beginning, as Maxwell breathlessly introduces the key players (the murdered actress, Natalie Raines; her husband-and chief suspect-Greg Aldrich; assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace; and her serial killer stalker, Zach Lanning) in an overly upbeat chirp. The quick tempo works better as the plot slogs through procedural matters. All of the men, however, sound too much alike and the women's voices also blur at key points. These flaws aside, this audio book proves entertaining summer listening. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 30). (Apr.)

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Kirkus Reviews
An assistant prosecutor trying the biggest case of her life doesn't realize that the victim she's hoping to avenge isn't the only damsel in distress. Fifteen years after her actress roommate Jamie Evans was strangled in Central Park, Broadway sensation Natalie Raines has the awful experience of meeting and recognizing her killer. Hours later, Natalie is shot to death herself. But Bergen County prosecutor Ted Wesley, who never called Jamie's murder anything but a robbery gone bad, fails to connect the two crimes. Instead, he indicts Gregg Aldrich, Natalie's estranged husband and former agent. The most damning (and virtually the only) testimony against Gregg comes from career burglar Jimmy Easton, who bargained down the sentence for his latest job in return for a story about Gregg offering to pay him $25,000 to kill Natalie. Jimmy should be a terrible witness, but he isn't. So even though Michael Gordon, the Courtside TV host who's kept an ominous distance from his old friend in the weeks leading to the trial, runs a series of informal polls that indicate that nearly half the TV audience thinks Gregg is innocent, things look a lot blacker for the defendant in the courtroom. Emily Wallace, the assistant prosecutor Wesley has assigned to the case, wonders if Gregg is guilty after all. Although she doesn't know it, Emily has much bigger problems to deal with. Her solicitous neighbor Zach Lanning is actually Charley Muir, who vanished after killing his wife's family in Iowa and now has his eye on Emily. The closer Emily gets to nailing Natalie's murderer, the closer a second, unrelated murderer is getting to nailing her. Clark (Where Are You Now?, 2008, etc.) handles the courtroom scenescapably, and fans will be as excited as ever coming down the home stretch. It's a shame that the climax awaiting them is the most strained and silly the bestselling author has ever fobbed off on her devoted readers.
From the Publisher
“Intense . . . the action hurtles to a surprising resolution.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A must-read for mystery enthusiasts.”
—Tucson Citizen

“Fans will be as excited as ever coming down the home stretch.”
—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442337664
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Sales rank: 1,388,441
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She is also the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five holiday suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

Biography

The Queen of Suspense, Bronx-born and -bred Mary Higgins Clark has achieved international success against heavy odds. Her father died when she was 11, and her mother struggled to raise and provide for Mary and her two brothers. Clark attended secretarial school after high school and worked for three years in an advertising agency before leaving to become a stewardess for Pan American Airlines. Throughout 1949, she flew international flights to Europe, Africa, and Asia. " I was in a revolution in Syria and on the last flight into Czechoslovakia before the Iron Curtain went down," she recalls. In 1950, she quit her job to marry Warren Clark, a neighbor nine years her senior whom she had known and admired since she was 16.

In the early years of her marriage, Clark began writing short stories, making her first sale in 1956 to Extension Magazine. Between writing and raising a family, the decade flew by. Then, in 1964, Warren Clark suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving his young widow with five children to support. She went to work writing radio scripts; and, around this time, she decided to try her hand at writing books. Inspired by a radio series she was working on, she drafted a biographical novel about George Washington. It was published in 1969 under the title Aspire to the Heavens. (In 2002, it was re-issued as Mount Vernon Love Story.) Her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, appeared in print in 1975. It was a huge hit and marked a turning point in her life. Since then, she has developed a loyal fan base, and each of her novels has hit the bestseller lists. She has also co-written stories and novels with her daughter Carol, a successful author in her own right.

In the 1970s, Clark enrolled in Fordham University at Lincoln Center, graduating summa cum laude in 1979. A great supporter of education, she has served as a trustee of her alma mater and Providence College and holds numerous honorary degrees. She remains active in Catholic affairs and has been honored with many awards. Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, funds an annual award in her name to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition.

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    1. Hometown:
      Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 24, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979
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It was the persistent sense of impending doom, not the nor'easter, that made Natalie flee from Cape Cod back to New Jersey in the predawn hours of Monday morning. She had expected to find sanctuary in the cozy Cape house that had once been her grandmother's and now was hers, but the icy sleet beating against the windows only increased the terror she was experiencing. Then, when a power failure plunged the house into darkness, she lay awake, sure that every sound was caused by an intruder.

After fifteen years, she was certain that she had accidentally stumbled upon the knowledge of who had strangled her roommate, Jamie, when they were both struggling young actresses. And he knows that I know, she thought -- I could see it in his eyes.

On Friday night, he had come with a group to the closing night of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Omega Playhouse. She had played Blanche DuBois, the most demanding and satisfying role of her career to date. Her reviews had been wonderful, but the role had taken its emotional toll on her. That was why, after the performance, when someone knocked on the door of her dressing room, she had been tempted not to answer. But she had, and they all crowded in to congratulate her, and out of nowhere she recognized him. In his late forties now, his face had filled out, but he was undoubtedly the person whose picture was missing from Jamie's wallet after her body was found. Jamie had been so secretive about him, only referring to him as Jess, "my pet name for him," as she put it.

I was so shocked that when we were introduced, I called him "Jess," Natalie thought. Everyone was talking so much that I am sure no one else noticed. But he heard me say his name.

Who do I tell? Who would believe me? My word against his? My memory of a small picture that Jamie had hidden in her wallet? I only found it because I had lent her my Visa card and I needed it back. She was in the shower and called to me to get it out of her wallet. That was when I saw the picture, tucked in one of the compartments, behind a couple of business cards.

All Jamie ever told me about him was that he'd tried his hand at acting and wasn't good enough, and that he was in the middle of a divorce. I tried to tell her that was the oldest story in the world, Natalie thought, but she wouldn't listen. She and Jamie had been sharing an apartment on the West Side until that terrible morning when Jamie was strangled while jogging early in Central Park. Her wallet was on the ground, her money and watch were missing. And so wasthe picture of "Jess." I told the cops that, she thought, but they didn't take it seriously. There had been a number of early-morning muggings in the park and they were sure Jamie just happened to be one of the victims, the only fatal victim, as it turned out.

It had been pouring through Rhode Island and Connecticut, but as Natalie drove down the Palisades Parkway the rain steadily lessened. As she drove farther down, she could see that the roads were already drying.

Would she feel safe at home? She wasn't sure. Twenty years ago, after being widowed, her mother, born and raised in Manhattan, had been happy to sell the house and buy a small apartment near Lincoln Center. Last year, when Natalie and Gregg separated, she heard that the modest house in northern New Jersey where she'd been raised was for sale again.

"Natalie," her mother warned, "you're making a terrible mistake. I think you're crazy not to try to make a go of your marriage. Running back home is never the answer for anyone. You can't recreate the past."

Natalie knew it was impossible to make her mother understand that the kind of wife Gregg wanted...

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Summary

When Natalie Raines, one of Broadway's brightest stars, accidentally discovers who killed her former roommate, it sets in motion a series of shocking events that puts more than one life in extreme peril. A few days later Natalie is found in her home in Closter, New Jersey, dying from a gunshot wound.

The case remains unsolved for two years, until Jimmy Easton, a career criminal, comes forward to claim that Natalie's husband had hired him to murder his wife. Assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace is assigned to the case. As she spends increasingly long hours preparing for the trial, a seemingly well-meaning neighbor offers to take care of her dog in her absence. Unaware of his violent past, she gives him a key to her home.

As the murder trial makes headlines, her boss warns Emily that this high-profile case will reveal personal matters about her, such as the fact that she has had a heart transplant. During the trial, Emily experiences sentiments that defy all reason. Woven into the plot is an eerie, little-understood but documented medical phenomenon: the emergence of a donor's traits and memories in the recipient of a heart transplant.

Questions and Topics for Discussion

1. Gregg Aldrich, Natalie's husband, recounts that after driving by Natalie's house in New Jersey, he felt that their relationship was truly over. Do you think that Natalie had reached the same conclusion, or that their marriage might have been saved had she lived?

2. Young prosecutor Emily Wallace has a commanding presence in the courtroom as she performs in front of the jury and convinces them that Gregg Aldrich is guilty. What about Emily makes her statements so believable in court?

3. Gregg Aldrich's first appearance on the stand comes close to convincing most of the jury and the public of his innocence. His second appearance, however, turns most of those following the trial in the opposite direction. What changes in Gregg between his two days of testimony? Do you think that Emily is responsible for breaking him on the stand? Why or why not?

4. Why does Michael Gorden suddenly change his mind and believe that Gregg is innocent? Later we learn that the viewers of Courtside are almost evenly split on the issue of Gregg's innocence, while the jury unanimously decides he is guilty. Why do you think there is a discrepancy?

5. Examine the relationship between Gregg Aldrich and his daughter, Katie. Why does Gregg wait until the last minute to make plans for Katie's well-being in his absence?

6. The story begins with Emily Wallace getting assigned her biggest case as an assistant prosecutor. She works long hours on the case to convict a man whom she ultimately decides is innocent. Examine Emily's transition from her conviction that Gregg is guilty to her realization of his innocence. How does she change over the course of the novel?

7. Emily's serial killer neighbor has an unhealthy obsession with her, to say the least. Why do you think he chooses Emily as his next victim?

8. Despite her training as a prosecutor, Emily doesn't realize the extent of the danger that awaits her outside her front door. Discuss possible explanations for this.

9. Jake Reston swears that Billy Tryon didn't coach Jimmy Easton. Reston also tells Emily that he was there for most of the first meeting with Easton. Do you think he's lying or telling the truth? What might be his motivation to lie?

10. As you read the novel, who did you think had killed Natalie Raines? What clues throughout the novel made you suspect him or her? Now that the killer's identity has been revealed, what clues throughout the story may have indicated the true murderer?

11. At the end of the book, Alice decides that she will never tell Gregg or Emily what she knows about Emily's heart. Why do you think she makes this decision? Do you agree with her?

Tips to Enhance Your Book Club

1. Visit the author's website at www.maryhigginsclark.com.

2. Watch a movie based on one of the author's books: Remember Me or We'll Meet Again, both available via Netflix.

3. Check local listings for a showing of A Streetcar Named Desire, the play in which Natalie Raines acts at the start of the book.

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    Not a typical Mary Higgins Clark novel

    I have to disagree w. previous reviewers and say that I couldnt get thru this book. The storyline centers around the Gregg Aldrichs who is accused of murdering his wife and the life of the prosecutor who has a stalker she is unaware of~Sounds great but the book doesnt deliver! Too many unbelievable storylines,characters, and details that fill the book unneccesarily (such as the emergence of a donor's memories in the recipient of a heart transplant). I jumped around to see the outcome, realizing how the climax left you hanging w/ an unbelievable silly ending...The court room drama is completely different style for the author and I hope she doesnt continue to write these types of books~I want the old Mary Higgins Clark writing style back-just a great who-dunnit

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

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    I've read this story before

    The plot of this book sounds very similar to Dean Koontz's "Your Heart Belongs to ME". In his book, a heart transplant patient believes he is being haunted by his donor. I usually love MHC but it seems strange she would have this come out so soon after the Koontz book.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    Mary, how do you keep doing it?

    Just like all her previous novels, I was floored at how several strings of plot that seemed to have nothing to do with each other all ended up fitting together like puzzle pieces at the end. Her characters are top-notch, as usual, and she just tells a great, fast-paced story. I won't say anymore in case of spoilers, but if you're a fan, just read it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

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    Not one of her best

    I am a loyal reader of MHC and feel she has developed much better plots than this one.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Hidden Helps

    This was a wonderful novel. As usual Mary Higgins Clark has come through with another page-turner. The characters, story line, and descriptions draw you right in and keep you guessing what will be next. There are so many suspects to choose from and several sub-plots to keep you on your toes. And of course the main suspect is "hidden" but very close to the main character's "heart." If you enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's body of work you will not be disappointed. If this will be your first "encounter" with her work you will look forward to reading more. Each time I finish one of her novels I look forward to the next one. Enjoy this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2009

    Another Amazing Book From M.H.C.

    Once again Mary Higgins Clark has written a great book. I look forward to April every year so I can order her newest release and she has yet to disappoint me. If you love her you will love this book, if you never read her work you should start!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    I don't believe it

    I have read every one of MHC's books and find it hard to believe that she would use another author's idea for a book. I find Mary Higgins Clark is a wonderful author and look forward to all of her books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    Just Take My Heart

    Not nearly as good as her earlier works. Boring.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

    A Memorable Read

    A celebrity of the literary world, Mary Higgins Clark, has woven a new tale of suspense involving the murder of successful Broadway actress Natalie Raines. Prior to her murder, Natalie accidentally identifies the suspected murderer of her actress roommate Jamie Evans as one of the guests congratulating her on her performance after the show. Unconsciously, she calls him "Jess," the pet name Jamie referred to him by during their relationship all these years ago and whose photograph Natalie still remembered-that same photograph that was stolen from Jamie's wallet after her unsolved murder. Shortly thereafter, Natalie is brutally murdered herself and the prime suspect becomes her estranged, theatrical agent husband Gregg Aldrich who previously stalked his wife and has a dubious alibi. He cannot remember where he was when Natalie was murdered, and his amnesia as well as previous spying on Natalie casts doubt on his role in the tragedy.

    As the court proceedings against Gregg begin, the stakes are high. The gorgeous assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace is soon in danger of being murdered herself, a dangerous serial killer is lurking on the loose, the star witness in Aldrich's trial is hiding something, and a detective involved in the investigation is acting suspiciously. The chapters are short and easy to read, as the suspense escalates up until the very end. Clark's writing is effortless and her plot certainly rivals Grisham's legal thrillers, while her characters-the grief-stricken single parent husband in danger of receiving a life sentence in jail, a TV host colleague torn between his job and personal friendship with the defendant, the heartbroken mother of the murdered actress, a convict willing to do anything to shorten his prison term, a psychologically troubled killer on the run, a scared couple whose information can turn the entire case around, and a lonely prosecutor with a personal tragedy-are hunting and memorable long after the last page has been read.

    While the fictitious celebrity life of Natalie Raines is not widely explored despite being the center of the court case, real life tragedies of celebrity lives cut short spring to mind as Clark exposes the flawed U.S. justice system for what it is. Evidence can get tampered, witnesses can be manipulated, jury can condemn the wrong party, lives are unnecessarily put at risk, and the powerful forces driving the trial are sometimes hidden behind the curtain instead of present in the courtroom. What Clark leaves us with is a portrait of the current state of events, reminiscent of the daily newscasts, where personal safety is frequently compromised and anyone is in danger of becoming Natalie Raines or Emily Wallace-a puppet in the hands of forces more powerful and well-connected than themselves, as lives hang by a thread and no one is what they seem.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    fans will enjoy this tense thriller

    Several years ago Jamie Evans was seeing a married man Jess; her roommate Natalie Raines suggested she dump him because he will never dump his wife for her. A few weeks later, Jamie dies in what the neighbors and cops thought was a robbery turned ugly. Natalie thinks otherwise as she believes Jess either killed her or arranged it.

    Over the next few years Natalie becomes an acclaimed Broadway star. Following a great performance, admirers come to her dressing room to congratulate her. She recognizes one of them calling him Jess as Jamie did. Fearing for her life, Natalie flees to her New Jersey home where he waits to kill her. She is found near dead with a bullet in her chest. Her soon top be ex husband Natalie's theatrical agent Gregg Aldrich is the prime suspect having been accused of stalking her. Still the evidence remains weak and loosely circumstantial until two years later convict Jimmy Easton insists Aldrich tried to hire him to kill Natalie; he offers insider information that supports his proclamation. ADA Emily Wallace is assigned to prosecute the case against Aldrich. As she works the case and the verdict comes in, Emily has doubts that reach deep into her transplanted new heart that warns her to beware of her friendly new neighbor.

    Though the premise of a transplanted heart providing memories and messages from the original owner to the new owner is not new having been in books and movies (Hoskins-Washington film Heart Condition) numerous times, fans will enjoy this tense thriller. The story is told from Emily's perspective as she shows an inner strength moving past the death of her spouse and adjusting to her heart transplant. She works the case brilliantly but has doubts even after the verdict. Fans will relish Mary Higgins Clark latest suspense as the killer of the two roommates will come as a hard to believe shocker

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Break Out The Paddles, Clark Needs Resuscitation!

    I've been reading Mary Higgins Clark ever since I was a kid, well, ever since she debuted in the 70's with "Where Are The Children", and have been a huge fan of hers ever since, reading everything she has written; and thoroughly enjoying everything she has published so far. So, with that said, it pains me to say that I feel that she has finally written a bad novel, in my opinion. Well, it is plotted well, the story is good, and most of the characters are written well, it's just what she does with all of the above that is a wreck. First off, it lacks suspense, a bad no-no since Mary Higgins Clark is the longest running reigning Queen of Suspense, far surpassing even Agatha Christie many years ago as the ultimate mystery/suspense writer in many people's opinion. Second, there are some ludicrous scenarios that are beyond being called "far-fetched". I won't bother knocking her for her simplistic writing style, nor her weak character description of some minor characters. But, I will mention how silly some situations are written, like one character leaving voice messages on the answering machine of the prosecutor Emily Wallace. Instead of simply saying "Hi, this is so-and-so, please call me when you can," this person leaves short story length expository detailed messages that no one leaves on a voice mailbox. The whole sub-plot with Zachary, the serial killer, was really the best part of the novel, and should have been a book all by itself, for it has no purpose in this one at all. Even for fiction, this is horribly "unreal"! I was torn between laughing and cringing, and not from terror, but from sheer embarrassment for the writer of such drivel. And, don't even get me started on the whole heart transplant angle that Clark tries to weave into this mess! It is deplorably bad! It had nothing what-so-ever to do with the story at all! And, really had no place in it at all either. Matter of fact, this whole novel was hokey! The identity of the killer may be hidden until the end of the novel, but like me, you will know who it is from the outset, even though there is a red herring or two along the way, it still isn't a big "mystery" when it is revealed who it is that killed Natalie Raines. And, it isn't a big mystery that this novel is bad, horribly bad! It pains me to say this about a Mary Higgins Clark novel, and it pains me to say this about the author, but I feel it is maybe time for her to retire.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    No "Heart" in this Book by MHC

    I've always looked forward to MHC's books. Usually, I can count on being pulled into the story from the start and don't want to put it down until I've finished it. I share my copy with at least five other people who love her books, too. Unfortunately,"Just Take My Heart" was extremely disappointing to me. It was disjointed and seemed to leave out a lot of important information.
    For starts, the whole side-plot about Emily having a heart transplant was totally under-developed and the multiple references to her husband's death in combat should have been better developed. Zach -- the creepy neighbor -- was just a red herring? Come on, Mary, what are the chances of someone knowing two unrelated serial killers? Highly unlikely! And it would have been nice to learn more about the murder of Natalie's friend/roommate, which set the stage for her own murder years later.
    I made myself finish the book, but I felt totally betrayed by its lack of cohesiveness and quality writing. This may be the last MHC I read and I will definitely NOT recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    An ending twist I never saw coming

    Emily Wallace is an Assistant Prosecuting attorney. She has just been handed a case that will take all of her knowledge to prosecute.

    Natalie Raines is dead, killed in her own kitchen. Her ex-husband, Greg Aldrich and former Manager, is on trial for the killing. The only problem is that Natalie's mother, doesn't believe Greg could have killed her.

    Is Emily up to handling the case? She has had a heart transplant recently and has also lost her husband. With the many hours required to prepart for trial, she gives her neighbor a house key so he can walk Bess, her dog.

    The trial goes forward and Greg is convicted. But Emily is now having second thoughts about his guilt. She begins her own investigation and...Well, I don't want to spoil the very unusual twist this story takes so you will just have to listen to it for yourself.

    Jan Maxwell reads this story and does an excellent job of it. She is easy to listen to and gives the various characters a bit of their own voice inflection.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    MHC never fails to get to me!!!

    MHC brings me into her books as soon as I open them. I love her way with words. Can't wait for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

    Utterly predictable.

    Just the sort of vanilla fiction I've come to expect from MHC. Like other reviewers, I did enjoy her earlier works better than the most recent titles.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    Another Great Clark Book!

    One reason I love Clark's books so much is because it makes me feel like I'm home. I've read 11 of her books and I find comfort in her northeastern settings. (When reading Weep No More, My Lady..I felt way out of place!)So Just Take My Heart started and I was instantly comfortable with it.
    Aside from another interesting "who did it?!" novel, this book has a technique to it. From the very beginning you know information about the killer. You know that it without a doubt is not Gregg. However, most of the novel is Emily's prosecution of Gregg. The reader is persuaded from Emily's point of view that Gregg is guilty - even though the reader already knows he's not.
    This really creates for an interesting read that gives the reader challenges while reading this great novel.
    I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery!

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    Real treat !

    I had the privilege to have my book signed by Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter at a Manhattan Barnes and Noble for the promotion of "Just take my heart", and "Cursed".
    It was a real treat to meet them, they are lovely ladies. Mary Higgins Clark is always a delight to read, I'd like thank her to keep writing and look forward for the next one !

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    I'm becoming a fan with every book I read!!!!

    She writes well. I keep trying to guess who did it. I still come up wrong.

    If you enjoy mysteries, this is a book for you. Her daughter and her have three Christmas mysteries. I recommend them all. Sorry, I couldn't think of all their titles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Mary Higgins Clark

    It was one of the best books written by Mary Higgins Clark. I simply couldn't put the book down. It was very very good. I'd recommend it for excellent fiction mystery reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

    Another awesome book by my favorite author

    I truly love all the hours of entertainment I received from her novels. I look forward to each and everyone of her books and I do not lend them out because I have each and every one of them.
    My Mother so enjoyed reading her as she has such a way of getting you right away and then I can't put the book down until I finish it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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