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Just Take My Heart: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Mary Higgins Clark
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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"Como Hitchcock hizo en sus peliculas, Clark crea un mundo propio tan habilmente... que es completamente creible."
--"The Los Angeles Times Book Review "

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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 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3282 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439173389
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 7 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLKRXU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just Take My Heart Jan. 30 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very good,liked it a lot,worked out who did it before the end.of the book.I really like Mary Higgins Clark books
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read May 12 2011
Format:Hardcover
Ms. Higgins Clark is the gold standard for mystery writing and this novel is no exception. I have noticed a change in her writing style in some of her previous books, but this one is closer to what I remember from earlier books and loved it. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book but did find the last chapters to be a bit hurried and the book ended in a rushed way. The subplot of Emily's neighbor was one of the best parts. I can't wait to pick up her next one, I am hooked again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate and predictable Oct. 22 2010
By Ella
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this novel unfortunately predictable. I held onto hope until the very end that the author would correct the huge medical misinformation. I am a person directly impacted by organ donation and the huge shortage of donor organs available. It is important that everyone be educated to realize that organs can only be donated if the donor dies while on life support. The heart of a person who dies on their kitchen floor would not be salvageable. This is why donor organs are so precious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating idea! Great suspense April 10 2009
By Amy Y. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Mary Higgins Clark knows how to enthrall, that's for sure!

The book starts off fairly standard- Gregg is indicted for murdering his estranged wife Natalie Raines, a successful actress. We get a brief glimpse of Natalie through her mother's eyes. She describes her daughter as having stardust clinging to her. The book follows the preparations of Emily Wallace, the assistant prosecutor who is on the case.

A side plot grabbed me in the beginning- Emily's neighbor offers to care for her dog with the intent of gaining access to her house with the nefarious intent of 'touching everything she wore'. It's not long before Emily realizes there is something creepy about Zach.

The book continues on, following the trial, which reveals the details of the crime little by little. Emily is 'young and beautiful' but also smart and leveraging a strong case against the defendant.

About a quarter of the way into the book we get a big twist- Emily, the tough assistant prosecutor, has had a heart transplant after losing her husband in Iraq. The rest of the book unfolds in a very interesting way (which you'll just have to read to find out)centering around the idea of certain 'memories' from the original donor being brought along with a transplanted organ. Just whose heart does Emily have?

I have been reading Mary Higgins Clark for years and she delivers a great murder mystery, yet again, just this time with a very interesting twist.

This is not a difficult read or perhaps 'great literature' but it is highly entertaining. It is a quick and easy read, very enjoyable once you get into into it (took me a couple of chapters to build momentum simply because of the character view point switches). As the plot narrows in on Emily, I felt more drawn in- reading quickly through the other viewpoints to get back to the parts about her.

Definately one you should pick up in hardback/kindle if you are a Mary Higgins Clark fan or into this genre. Otherwise, you mightt want to wait for it to come out in paperback as it is a quick read.
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT A PAGE TURNER FOR ME April 13 2009
By Ann Maniuszko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Mary Higgins Clark has always been my most famous author ... once I started a book of hers, I was hooked and couldn't put it down until I was finished (usually in a single day). This book just didn't do it for me as it was too mundane. In the past, MHC's books always left me guessing right up to the very end ... this book held little suspense for me. I thought the side plot with the serial murderer neighbor to be the best part. Yes, Emily is a special character and you like her from the beginning ... she's the kind of lawyer I would want if I ever needed one. Her tenacity helps her uncover things that were covered up and justice gets served in the end. Others loved this book but I was hoping for another "The Stranger Is Watching" or "Where Are The Children" ... I miss that kind of masterful suspense.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars JUSTICE SERVED? July 9 2009
By D. Meyers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First, I have to say that I am not a great fan of this author but her books make for good vacation reading. For me, this book had a good plot and enough sub-plots to keep the reader interested. I especially liked the serial killer theme. Whenever was a serial killer boring?

I could not rate the book higher, however, based on the courtroom materials. In my occupation, I am frequently called as an expert witness so I spend a good deal of time in court, in chambers, and in conferences with attorneys. Clark, in building up the Emily character, seemed to go well beyond the bounds of believability. There is no way an inexperienced prosecuting attorney should have been able to waltz around a team of lawyers, one of whom with many years of practice. The defense attorney was so weak, that a mistrial could have been called. Emily got away with much too much latitude in her questioning and the defense never pulled apart the obvious loop holes in her argument. The guy should have been more ready to object to her offensive behavior. The leg work done at the appeal should all have been considered the first time around. I would love to have written the cross examination myself!

The whole heart thing also seemed pretty weak. It really was not a major issue in the story and seemed to be simply a tag-on. Why it rated mention in the title is beyond me. Furthermore, Clark should have done more research in organ transplant. It is impossible to believe that anyone in an office could have had a heart transplant without the knowledge of others. In the course of a transplant, a person is not gone a few days/weeks and returns like they were on vacation without someone knowing. Even the anti-rejection drugs which might be taken for months if not years have noticeable effects including a change in appearance. Come on Mary, your background work was flawed and although it is fiction, it has to be somewhat credable.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a waste of my time and money May 6 2009
By Amazon customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In my opinion, this author usually does much better. Ms.Clark obviously is defaulting to a previously used template, a "recipe" for literary success from past novels.
In regards to the plot, the phrase "what are the odds of this really happening" came to mind many times during my reading. She wasted most of my reading time letting her characters wander through the disjointed plot, going here and there but not seeming to tell a fluid story. And in the end, she seemed to realize she had a deadline and tried to bring the entire plot together, solve the mystery and tie up the loose ends in the last 15 pages with a mass confessional of both villains and hero's. If you want to read a really good book, read "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen. It was an excellent surprise to find a new author with such fresh and inspired writing talent.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not very good... May 5 2009
By Kristin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I always buy MHC's books when they come out and whiz through them when I have a few hours on a weekend. Her last few books have been a bit disappointing and this one was actually hard to finish because it was so bad. It was completely predictable; the heart transplant story added nothing to the plot and the characters were largely underdeveloped. I enjoy a light mystery, but this one lacked substance and felt particularly contrived.

Skip it (or borrow from the library).
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