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A Segunda Vez

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  6,132 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Nicholas Spencer, carismático director de uma empresa que está a desenvolver uma vacina contra o cancro, desaparece subitamente quando o seu avião particular se despenha.
Os resultados iniciais das experiências com a vacina revelam-se bastante encorajadores, mas surgem entretanto informações de que as autoridades competentes recusarão aprová-la, facto a que logo se seguirá
Paperback, 366 pages
Published July 2008 by Bertrand Editora (first published 2003)
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The plot is restated every single chapter. It reminded me of how Nancy Drew books explain the details like, Nancy's boyfriend Ned Nickerson and her strawberry blond hair in every single book. Of course that is necessary for a series of novels like Nancy Drew, it’s a little annoying for a single book.

So I guess if it takes you ten years to read a book or you have a horrible memory then this is the book for you! Every chapter has nice little refresher summing up the book so far.
I'm happy that after reading a complex, deep book, I can relax with a Mary Higgins Clark book.

they never fail to entertain.
OK -it was much better than "Daddy's Little Girl", which I found totally disappointing but it did not measure up to some of Mary Higgin's Clark earlier mysteries (such as "All around the Town" and "Loves Music, Loves to Dance").

This is the story of Carly DeCarlo, a financial advice columnist turned investigative reporter, and her quest for the truth about the suspicious disappearance of Nicholas Spencer, the head of medical research company "Gen-stone". Nicholas Spencer, who also happens to be h
Daniela Costa
Estava à espera de mais para quem é apresentada a rainha do suspense. Aliás, suspense foi algo que não senti.
Gostei da história principal: seria Nicholas uma vítima ou um burlão? Estará vivo ou mataram-no? Existe uma vacina que cura o cancro ou fez tudo parte de uma grande e insensível vigarice?
Contudo, a escrita não me envolveu. Achei que algumas passagens entre parágrafos não eram naturais, fluídas e muitas vezes eram inverosímeis. A tentativa de envolver a personagem principal, Carley, num ro
Ana Rebelo
Mary Higgins Clark tem uma maneira interessante de apresentar a sua história aos leitores. Tanto neste livro como na obra da autora que li anteriormente, ela apresenta sempre dois pontos de vista: o da protagonista da história, neste caso Carley, e o de uma das pessoas envolvidas nos crimes cometidos. No entanto, a dúvida acerca do verdadeiro culpado, do acidente de avião, permanece até ao último capítulo. O leitor acompanha o desvendar das pistas, juntamente com a jornalista Carley, e começa a ...more
Mary Higgins Clark has the right balance of mystery, romance, and smart characters. Reporter Carley DeCarlo is assigned to write about Nick Spencer, the head of a cancer research company that claims to have a cure for cancer. Nick disappeared in a plane crash. After the crash, the news comes out that the cancer vaccine did not work, and that Nick looted the company and may not have died in the crash. To complicate things, Nick’s wife is Carley’s new stepsister Lynn. Carley never liked Lynn, but ...more
Chris Demer
An entertaining book and well written. However, it is a stretch to give it 3 stars because this time Mary Higgins Clark chose to center the story around medical research and then did not research anything about it herself.
I was dismayed that the supposed research being done by company involved "a vaccine to prevent and treat cancer".
This is not even good science fiction! Vaccines are not treatments. They can be developed against micro-organisms as prevention, but as of now, only a couple of typ
Rene Natan
Reporter Carley DeCarlo is hired to coauthor a feature the Wall Street Weekly wants to publish on celeb Nicholas Spencer who disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Spencer was the president of Gem-stone, a company involved in medical and microbiological research. As Carley starts to investigate, a conspiracy to eliminate Spencer and those who believed in him takes shape. The rumor that Gem-stone is in financial trouble sends the many people who invested in the company into despair...
Greed and
A well-known, and well-liked billionaire goes missing ... as does a lot of money from his company. At the same time, a vaccine he developed to cure cancer, suddenly stops working in all tests. Popular opinion is that he is a fraud and has faked his own death to get away with it. His distraught widow, trying to prove that she knew nothing about the scam, gets her half-sister journalist to investigate. Throw in a lot of shady characters, missing paperwork, a few 'convenient' accidents', and a ravi ...more
Amy Harrell
It was great read. I found the ending a little disappointing because I suspected the right person the whole time, I was hoping for more of a twist that I couldn't see coming. But really well written, I could not put it down. On vacation my boyfriend was jealous because I wanted to bring it to dinner.
Typical Mary Higgins Clark: Divorced women with no kids who has a guy she dates casually. She gets deaper into a mystery and deaper into her relationship with her boyfriend as he worries about her saftey. She gets herself into trouble and then is saved from death at the last minute.
Mar 28, 2009 Chana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mary Higgens Clark fans, people who like easy books that aren't poorly written
Easy, relaxing read, not too much time or brainpower needed. It follows along in a logical sequence, it makes sense, it is engaging, it has a suitably tense climactic scene and it wraps up well. No complaints.
An excellent book Mary Higgins Clark just keeps getting better! I loved the characters and the storyline kept me reading till the last page.I hope Ms.Clark will be around for many years to come!
Another amazing suspenseful, mysterious thriller from Mary Higgins Clark! Hard to put down once you start reading it. It keeps you at the edge of your seats.
Now now... this is a book that starts off with an impropable idea but lands itself into loads of confused mess.
The "whodunit" portion of the book is not at all a whodunit since there is a a supposed psychotic killer on the loose who burns houses and walks around with a burn on his hand. There are many other loop holes in the book but lets just say that its not worth the effort to put it down here.

It is pretty sad to say that a writer of this calibre has produced a below mediocre book.

Verdict: No
Rosa Cline
This CD did not tell you chapters so if, like me, one of the disks doesn't work you have no idea where to pick it up in the actual book to read. and when the disk ends it just ends... so you don't know if the reader is just taking a small break (as she sometimes does) or if the disk is done. Those things aren't very good; but the reader does a very good job changing her tone with characters and the story itself is a good one. Keeps you wondering about how the ending will end. Like the reporter t ...more
I found this to be a great read for the doctor's office waiting room -- interesting enough to keep you going, but not so involved that you must devote your full attention to it. While some of the medical elements raised some questions for me, I was interested enough in the characters to suspend my disbelief in the name of entertainment. This was my first book by this author; I think I will seek out some more of her books in audio version as I think they would likely be great to crochet, knit, or ...more
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"Nicholas Spencer, charismatic head of the medical research company Gen-stone, involved in the development of an anticancer vaccine, suddenly disappears. His private plane crashes en route to Puerto Rico, but his body is not found.

Early results of the vaccine seemed highly promising. Yet, coinciding with Nicholas Spencer's disappearance comes news that the FDA is denying approval. Then follows the shocking revelation that Spencer had looted Gen-stone of huge sums of money -- including t
Steve Chaput
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Kara Jorges
Just what you’d expect from Mary Higgins Clark, a bland main character takes us through the twists and turns of a complicated mystery. The heroine, Carley DeCarlo, gets pulled into the intrigue when her stepsister Lynn, a woman she barely knows and instinctively dislikes, calls her in distress. Lynn’s husband Nick, the head of a pharmaceutical company developing a cancer vaccine, has disappeared, along with millions of dollars of company funds. Carly, a journalist, begins digging into Nick’s dis ...more
A great new Clark: suspenseful but realistic thriller...

We can't really remember Clark's first dozen or so books that well, but her novels from this latest decade invariably feature high-achieving leading ladies who prevail above all to solve the mystery at hand. If we have a peeve, it's that these "wonder women" do so while looking glamorous at all times, while outsmarting every other character in the book (including almost always the police), by outrunning or outgunning everybody intent on do
True to Mary Higgins Clark's distinctive writing style, The Second Time Around radiates with breezy, natural dialogue, sparkling descriptive text and an intriguing plot. Being a devoted fan, I've read all MHC's books, and this one is another winner. At first, I was somewhat disappointed she had used the first person point of view for the female protagonist, Carly DeCarlo. However, as I dug into the story, I immediately changed my mind. She did a splendid job typifying the likeable, down to earth ...more
Susan Ryan Bender
Love this storyline, but there is way too much explanation of Carley's motivation for each step in her investigation. As informed readers of MHC's novels, we look forward to participating in solving the crimes/conundrums/puzzles of her stories. For the first time (and I can brag about reading almost her entire body of work), in reading this novel, one of my most favorite author's books, I find myself disappointed in her removing the mystery and challenge of solving the crime early in the narrati ...more
This book really was not good. I should preface this review by saying I don't love the mystery genre. This author was my mother's favorite, though, and I remember reading one of her books when I was a kid, and enjoying it, and it was on my bookshelf asking to be read, so there you go. However, I forgot how much of a literary snob I've become until I read this book.

First of all, there were a TON of editing mistakes. For example, one character's name is Milly, but the spelling of her name changed
Elise R
Definitely one of her more ridiculous books, but it's an entertaining read for sure. One of my main problems with this book is that the ending seemed really abrupt, even for MHC. The climactic ending took up about 2 pages. The other issue was that she kept switching between the main character and a deranged psychopath, whose story wasn't terribly interesting. He seemed a little tacked-on, like MHC realized she didn't have a roving maniac and had to add one in. Fabulous beach read!
Nicholas Spenser the head of a research center who has had a promising breakthrough in erasing cancer has disappeared. Also missing is 4 million dollars and now the FDA says that the tests were fake. His Company is in turmoil and his wife Lynn is accused of being his accomplice. Carly, who is Lynn's step-sister (they only met twice) is a reporter investigating this case. Is there a cure? Did Nicholas really die in a plane crash? Where is the money?
Mary Higgins Clark is my go-to author for a good mystery book that I know I will love. This one definitely did not fail! The main character is likeable, and in some ways relatable to everyone. As always, it has plenty of twists and turns throughout the book to keep the suspnse. I would defintely recommend this book!

( Though, the more I read her books, the more I start to see a pattern with their dietary habits. Linguine with Clam Sauce anyone?)
Sean Elam
Characters with no personality? Strike one!
A plot based solely on medical impossibilities? Strike two!
A laughable serial killer? Strike three!

Sorry MHC, but you're out! This book was a train wreck from the very beginning. The only reason I am rewarding A Second Time Around with two stars is because it provided me with many, many unintentional laughs. Every chapter told from the killer's point of view had me ROFL. This is lazy storytelling at it's finest!

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Roxana Simonet
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorites, but this was not one of her best. The book seemed to drag on and on, and many things seemed unnecessary, like the character of Casey. He did absolutely nothing for the story- there was no point for him other than to be a romantic interest, which didn't need to be a point.

MHC has much better novels out there.
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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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