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Just Take My Heart

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  7,335 ratings  ·  883 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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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
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
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
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
If I’m completely honest I’m not quite sure where I sit with this author. I enjoy her books as quick reads yet at the same time I feel as though I do not enjoy them quite as much as I enjoy other books in the genre. In fact, they only just make the four star rating (and I think that is because I’m a little bit too nice when handing out my ratings).

With this one I felt as though the large majority of the book focused upon what occurred in the court. I know this was necessary for all of the inform
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
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
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
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
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
Amy (amyb2332)
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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
Emily is an assistant district attorney who is amazed when her boss gives her a very high profile case to try. A prisoner has given information about the man that she is trying for murder in exchange for a decrease in his prison sentence. He is a real low life but he describes the squeaking drawer in the mans living room that he couldn't know about if he hadn't been there. Will the jury believe him? Will Emily get her guilty verdict? This book keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens ...more
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
Elaine Mcdonald
I haven't read Mary Higgins Clark in years. I used to really like her books. This one is just OK.
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
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
Kay Brady
After reading a few of her books recently and really enjoyed them this was such such a let down the dribble of detail and the switching of characters was driving me crazy.
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.
What a disappointment :(
I've read "While My Pretty One Sleeps" and thought it was brilliant. I hoped and expected this one would be as good.
Firstly, the trial covered most of the book and got a bit tedious. Clark was building tons of suspense through the whole book, but I thought she could have "treated" her readers to a attack or incident somewhere in the middle; there just wasn't enough "big" stuff, if that makes sense.
And I've read this countless times on writing sites: When you are writin
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
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Dale Safford
The usual dependable suspense from Mary Higgins Clark includes a few unique twists this time. I might have liked a little romantic attraction thrown in there.

Well-known actress Natalie Raines is murdered after accidentally discovering who killed her roommate 20 years ago. Her estranged husband, theatrical agent Gregg Aldrich, is accused of the murder and gets convicted. But as Gregg leaves behind his 14-year old heartbroken daughter and begins to serve his time, Assistant Prosecutor Emily Wallac
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.
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.
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.
Yohana Arrows
No había leído nada de Mary Higgins, aunque por lo que pude leer en las opiniones de este libro, Recuerdos de otra vida no es el mejor de su carrera, sin embargo, para mi estuvo genial y me gustó mucho. Es algo adictivo y se lee rápidamente.

Este no es de los libros que le gusta a todo el mundo, es una novela policíaca, donde están en el juicio para condenar a un inocente, aunque todas las pruebas apuntan a que es culpable. Es una novela que mantiene el suspenso hasta el final, y eso fue lo que m
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!
Laura Pirtle
Took this on an European flight for a mindless, easy read. I'm embarrassed to say I thoroughly enjoyed this and couldn't put it down. Read it in one flight. I usually read more substantial stuff but this was a fun read.
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.
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Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting: she’s 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 has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Hig ...more
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