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Just Take My Heart

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  6,264 ratings  ·  807 reviews
Natalie Raines, une comédienne, est assassinée après avoir découvert l'identité du meurtrier d'une amie de jeunesse. Les soupçons se portent sur son mari, Gregg Aldrich. Deux ans plus tard, un malfrat déclare à la police que Gregg lui avait commandité le crime et qu'il avait refusé. Le procès est annoncé et Emily Wallace, assistante du procureur, est chargée de l'affaire,...more
Large Print, 476 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2009)
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Amy
Okay, so Mary Higgins Clark has been my all-time favorite author practically my whole reading lifetime. I would stay up all night reading her latest book and then re-read all of her old ones. I guess, all of my goodread friends and all your great recommendations for books that I've been reading has put a little damper on poor Mary Higgins... her books just pale in comparison. I will admit that I did stay up late to finish it, but it was pretty predictable and way too cheesy (I know, you would ne...more
Sally
I really enjoyed reading this book. I found this to be a little different from her other mystery novels, and I have read all of them.

In this one, Emily Wallace is a prosecutor trying a man for murder but is fighting with her inner feelings of his innocence. Her star witness is not exactly credible. What would you do if you were facing 10 years jail time? She is also a heart transplant patient and a war widow. Lives by herself in a small, New Jersey town next to an older man who she is not exactl...more
Tammie
This one was slow to get going and the trial took up the first half. I don't really like reading long drawn out trials. Also this book is full of coincidences. Just unbelievably full of them. There is the heart transplant, the prosecutor knowing the killer, the delivery man who just happened to both meet the guy on trail for murder and make a delivery to his apartment. Natalie who just happens to meet the killer of her roommate from many years earlier, and even recognizes him from a small snapsh...more
Cata
Do Fundo do Coração é o segundo livro que leio de MHG e graças a Deus que assim é... ou teria ficado seriamente traumatizada.

O livro tem uma capa muito apelativa e uma sinopse promissora...mas não foi nada do que estava à espera. Para começar 95% do livro está relacionado com o julgamento, o que me proporcionou uma leitura entediante [não gosto nada deste tema]

Os restantes 5% foram a grande razão porque o li até ao fim: a verdadeira identidade do assassino e o vizinho psicopata/assassino em séri...more
Laura
I've been reading Clark's books for 15 years now, since age 11, and I have to say I have finally managed to completely guess the outcome of one of her books. That doesn't mean I didn't utterly love it, though. It was a different form, more or less, from other of her novels, but enjoyable nonetheless. Figuring it out may have just been a matter of becoming better at spotting Clark's hints, but I generally don't try to expend much effort in guessing anyway - a book loses its entertainment value if...more
Laurel-Rain
Actress Natalie Raines flees to her Cape Cod vacation home – to think and to escape the fear that whoever killed her friend Jamie years ago has just reappeared in her life. Someone whose picture she has seen, but which was missing from Jamie’s wallet when the body was found all those years ago.

Estranged spouse Gregg Aldrich has been persistent in his efforts to persuade Natalie to reconcile. Almost to the point that he is “stalking” her.

Returning to her New Jersey home, Natalie is accosted and s...more
Karen & Gerard
WOW! Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark is full of suspense and true-to-life characters. It’s a murder mystery because although the husband, Greg Aldrich, is on trial for killing his wife, Natalie, he claims he didn’t do it. It is a high profile case that is discussed every evening on the show, “Courtside” which is hosted by Greg’s best friend.

Emily, the prosecuting attorney, goes after a conviction even though she has some doubt about the defendant’s guilt. She has a soft spot for him wh...more
Annie
Mary Higgins Clark books will always remind me of my grandma. Whenever a new book she writes is released my Gram will purchase it. I love it. Her bookcase downstairs is filled with every single novel, I daresay, Clark has written. Also for as long as I can remember, my Gram is always gracious enough to let my sisters, aunt and I borrow it. This was the case with Just Take My Heart. Like most Higgins Clark mystery/thrillers, this was a light quick read. A famous actress, in the midst of a divorce...more
 Marla
First Mary Higgins Clark book that I have read since I read Where Are the Children? and others back in high school. It was a little predictable in spots, but I liked the 2 story lines and the characters of prosecutor, Emily Wallace and accused agent/husband, Gregg Aldrich.

I liked the TV shows in the book. Court Side and the host, Mark, Matt or Mike, who was Gregg Aldrich's friend. And her neighbor likes to watch Fugitive Hunt.

I expected more about the heart transplant after the initial teaser a...more
Amy (amyb2332)
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Natalie
This was another Mary Higgins Clark book I picked up on CD and listened to while working around the house. This is something I've come to love doing as it often gets me to do projects I really don't want to do (de-cluttering, folding laundry etc.) I like Mary Higgins Clark, but I do have to take her books in moderation. I guessed fairly early on who the bad guy was, and there were very few surprises (though how the whole thing went down in the end was unexpected, even if all the players were exp...more
Rosemary
I have read all of Mary Higgins Clark's books and it was a nice surprise to find her latest on the shelf at the library and that I hadn't read this one yet. Mary and her daughter came to my school to speak in April, sponsored by the country library system, and because I ushered, I got to sit on the front row. It was nice to hear how they do their writing, both separately and together.

I usually get through her books quickly, because I can't put them down. And, once again, I couldn't figure out w...more
Heather Moss
In my neighborhood they have this neat little "house" (about the size of a large birdhouse) where you can take a book or give a book away. This was the only book in there that even vaguely appealed to me, but I decided to give it a shot. I hadn't read any Mary Higgins Clark since I was about 13 years old, and I suspected it would seem silly to me at my advanced age (39). I was right. I had most of it figured out very quickly. And the very end of the book is so stupid and implausible that I laugh...more
Robin
Typical Mary Higgins Clark. I had not read her in years, but it was given to me by a friend. It just seemed to have too much in it. I was happy with the original story line of a prosecuter trying the actresses husband for her murder. The courtroom drama was going great, then a serial killer was thrown in as the prosecuter's neighbor. Thas sort of lost me for a minute. On top of that there was mentioned the heart transplant that she had had. You find out that the heart was donated by ... you gues...more
Linda
May 14, 2009 Linda rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: previous -
Shelves: chcpl
Typical Mary Higgins Clark concerning attractive people in the NYC area who find their lives intertwined with a murder at the center. Three separate murders, but four mysteries are "at the heart" of this book. A man's actress wife is murdered. He is the main suspect. The county prosecutor assigns the case to a young, attractive woman with a tragic past. Throw in a completely separate serial killer who picks his neighbor, the prosecutor as his next victim. A quick read. Brain candy.
Joanie Bruce
I think this was my favorite book written by Mary Higgins Clark so far. I’ve only read four, but this one was GREAT! Her title as “Queen of Suspense” was deserved in this book because the suspense was ongoing until the very last page of this book.

What I didn’t like: Some of the characters were underdeveloped and seemed a bit flat. I always enjoy the romance in a “Romantic Suspense,” but there was no romance included in this book until the very end, and that was only a brief hint of a relationsh...more
Karenna
I used to read Mary Higgins Clark about 15 years ago when I was in middle school. The other day I was in the libary and picked up this audiobook on a whim to see if I still enjoyed her work. Unfortunately, this novel was not enjoyable in any way. I knew the culprit from the second chapter and the heart transplant storyline never was developed at all. The final straw was the way everything was resolved in approximately 2 minutes at the end of the book.
Michele
Ugh I like MHC but this was soooo slow and sooo boring. Plus I kept getting hung up on the awkward dialogue, both inner and between characters. It's just too forced and not believable! One the plus side I didn't figure out who the "bad guy" was until late in the game. That may not be saying much as I usually have a hard time figuring out who "dun" it anyway.
Rory
Dec 20, 2009 Rory rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sadists...or, um, fans
Shelves: gave-up-on
I "won" this is a white elephant book swap last week and I was DETERMINED to read the whole thing and write a hilarious or at least psuedo-serious three-paragraph review of it. But I just couldn't. I can't. I can't even tell you how bad it is. There's no way this book was even written...lobotomized, book-hating robot drones must have been involved.
Jan
Another solidly entertaining tale by MHC. Famous Broadway star Natalie Raines is murdered and assistant NYC prosecutor Emily Wallace is trying Natalie's estranged husband Gregg Aldrich for it. As the trial proceeds, Emily's confidence is shaken and, oh yeah, there is a creepy guy living next door to Emily and insinuating himself into her life.
Julie
I started this book somewhat slow but as I got towards the last half I couldn't wait to finish. It was filled with subtle twists that surprised me at the end and I was pleased when I finished it. Another really good read from a great writer!
Wendi
I generally love a good Mary Higgins Clark book, however, this one lacked the suspense and mystery that I am used to. It was very predictable, but an easy read if you are looking for something quick.
Beth
I will always love MHC's books and will always read/listen to them, but they are becoming formulaic and somewhat predictable. It won't change staying up late to finish the book, though.
Kris
3 STARS

"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...more
Heidi
I like Mary Higgins Clark, but I'm beginning to lose interest in her. This book seemed to drag a little, and the ending wasn't very surprising at all. Kind of a let down...
Amy Cohen
Another one that I am pretty sure I have read before, but did not remember. (Second one and just started a third one that I think I have already read as well.) Good thing I enjoy her books. Quick reads, but always good right up until the end. In this one, I remembered certain parts of the plot but was surprised all over again by others. She steps away from her usual plot path in this one, in that the main female character is not torn between two men, one of whom ends up trying to kill her and th...more
Monique
A few years ago, my mom read Two Little Girls in Blue, and when she finished, she offered it to me. I read it and really enjoyed it! Last year, my mom was out of town and she bought this book for me, remembering how I liked the other book by Mary Higgins Clark. This time however, my experience was different. I've been exposed to so many more authors and books that I found this one a little hard to read. The dialogue is not realistic at all, and as my mom told me a few days ago, her plot-lines ar...more
Tunica
Hmmmm... it took me a while to actually start to enjoy "just take my heart" because of all of the "law" "court" scenes in this book(Didnt understand much). I put this book down a few days. After %60 percent of this book i just wanted it to be over already, but everything started to happen fast and i really had to remember every detail page after page. The ending of this book was kind of disappointing, i was expecting the ending to have me worrying for Emily but the ending just happened fast and...more
Lori Cobb
LOved this book. She continues to out do herslef with each new book she writes.
Susan
This book is restoring my faith in M.H. Clark!
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Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark Conheeney, best known as Mary Higgins Clark, (b December 24, 1927 in the Bronx, New York) is an American author of suspense novels. Each of her twenty-four suspense novels has been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries, and all of her novels remain in print as of 2007, with her debut suspense novel, Where Are The Children, in its sevent...more
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