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It Only Takes a Moment (KEY News #11)

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A seasoned television professional—the host of the top-rated KEY News morning show—Eliza Blake has reported on tragedies many times from behind the anchor's desk . . . and she has survived devastating crises of her own. But only now is she learning the true meaning of terror when her seven-year-old daughter, Janie, is kidnapped from summer camp. Forced to suffer through a ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2008)
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Shincrackerfarm
Aug 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
I hope Mary Jane Clark has more going for her than the similarity between her name and that of Mary Higgins Clark, a real writer. In fact, I suggest Mary Jane gets a good, secure "day job", as, if It Only Takes a Moment is exemplary of her talents, she'll need it.
Sometimes we are disappointed in a thriller. Sometimes we are thrilled. However, It Only Takes a Moment just left me pissed off. Real fictional pulp.
The writing is weak. The plot is contrived, but could have been partially saved by a c
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Angie
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nah !
Shelves: fiction
Audiobook -
Despite the depth of the subject matter ( kidnapping of a 7 year old little girl ) , this book was pure fluff . POOR fluff at that ! It drug in spots where it should have picked up pace and added to the suspense - it was short and lacking where it should have become deep and detailed . The conversations between characters seemed staged and without emotion . The abducted child's grandparents weren't even introduced into the story until the last disc and then were only very briefly m
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V.R.
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who want a quick summer read
Shelves: light-reading
Not a bad book by any stretch...quick pace, good hook. As my husband called it, "A suburbanite mom's paranoia summer read." I enjoyed it, kept turning the page, but I think there were too many characters introduced and not many of them seemed fully formed. When a new chapter would start with a new character, I had to flip back several times to remember if they'd already been introduced or not. I couldn't get a real sense of many of the characters, but this wasn't really a character driven story. ...more
Kristin
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, mystery
I have read her books before, after mistaken her for Mary Higgins Clark. However, this book left me lost. Not only were there too many characters, but the end was cheap and explained nothing. I get the impression Clark grew tired of the story and just stopped. So, Steph kidnapped the kids and gave them to Rhonda and David? Why? How had she known them?? And who is this 9 y.o. Nell? And why is such a fluffy book leaving me so baffled?
Lauryn Johannsen
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Diane
Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A well-rounded book, I recommend this read to anyone who likes a good mystery. Ms. Clark has done a good job of bringing the reader along on her twisting, turning journey into the kidnapping of a child and the events that follow.

Well Done!
Diane Davis White
Author, Moon of the Falling Leaves
Cynthia
May 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Suspense? Wow, this was so scary and full of suspense. Who am I kidding? It was a fast, light read, but hardly thrilling, heart pumping suspense.
Shay
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book has the potential to be really good. But in the end just left me confused to the point where I had to re-scan the whole book to get the characters straight. When I read other reviews that seemed to be a common issue. There's alot of characters, which again, gives it the potential to be very interesting, but the character development is lacking, which I think is what makes it so confusing. I was left feeling disappointed. The book grabs your attention quickly, and does has the suspense ...more
Simonne
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It really does only take a moment: just one moment can change life, just like that. Emotional story here, a little twisty with some predictable areas but overall so glad I read it
Julie
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Quick read. Average mystery. Sometimes those extremely short chapters are distracting and don't make the story flow smoothly.
Kathryn
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Singletary
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
31/2015/274
Terry Ann
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was the slowest one of hers, seemed to drag on a lot and easily guessed the ending!
Victoria Lees
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mary Jane Clark’s book It Only Takes a Moment is another fast-paced suspense novel filled with emotional backstory. All the main characters seem to have a backstory that makes them who they are.

It Only Takes a Moment deals with a parent’s worst fear: kidnapping. I have five children, and I must admit. I needed to check in on them throughout the reading of this novel—constantly.

The story deals with a widow, Eliza Blake, and her seven-year-old daughter Janie and their immigrant housekeeper Mrs. Ga
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Viraphone
I remember reading a couple of books from Mary Jane Clark back when I was in junior high or high school (which is like a decade ago), but I can't remember which ones, neither what I thought about them. I guess it was like "not bad, but not exceptional, not worth remembering". Now that I've read one with a couple more years of (reading) experience, I can understand why so. Not particularly any good, but still a somehow enjoyable reading.

Let's start with the good points.
- A classic premise. A chil
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Karen
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My Review of It Only Takes A Moment by Mary Jane Clark
In the tradition of James Patterson’s style of writing with the short, gripping, easily read chapters, Mary Jane Clark gives us the enthralling novel, It Only Takes a Moment. In the prologue, Eliza Blake, the heroine of the book, is walking up to a small casket in a funeral home. Immediately the reader knows they are in for a great page-turning ride as the first chapter then takes us back to a normal morning routine for Blake.
Eliza Blake is
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Rhonda
Sep 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It Only Takes a Moment. In the prologue, Eliza Blake, the heroine of the book, is walking up to a small casket in a funeral home. Immediately the reader knows they are in for a great page-turning ride as the first chapter then takes us back to a normal morning routine for Blake.
Eliza Blake is the host of the highly popular KEY News morning show. She is used to dealing with the media when spellbinding news keeps the viewer riveted to their television set and the anchor tense and engaged. Leaving
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Kari Anderson
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
From Goodreads.com:
A seasoned television professional–the host of the top-rated KEY News morning show–Eliza Blake has reported on tragedies many times from behind the anchor’s desk . . . and she has survived devastating crises of her own. But only now is she learning the true meaning of terror when her seven-year-old daughter, Janie, is kidnapped from summer camp. Forced to suffer through a mother’s worst nightmare in the glare of the camera lights, Eliza finds herself trapped in a media circus
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Reviewed for Rebeccasreads.com

Author Mary Jane Clark is back with her latest novel involving Eliza Blake, the host of a morning news show on KEY News.

Eliza has lost her husband and it is now just her and her 7 year old daughter Janie. It is a normal day, Janie is off to camp for the day, Eliza is off to work and the housekeeper, Carmen, is doing her daily chores. All is going well until one of Carmen’s rituals backfires and she is taken against her will and forced to take Janie from camp, possib
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Tmdalton
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
It Only Takes a Moment is a suspenful and thrilling book. While reading this book I was put into a state of mind that made me think outside the box. This book is set in a small town and in a high class neighborhood. Eliza Blake one of the main characters is a news reporter for Key News to America. Eliza thinks she has the perfect life, perfect job, and the perfect family. So, why would someone want to take that all away from her? Throughout the book we are told of the journey Janie and Mrs. Garc ...more
Heather
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Meghan
Nov 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It Only Takes a Moment was a susensful novel. It makes the reader think and up until the last page you dont know who has committed the crime.
Eliza Blake is a well known Tv Broadcaster, besides the fact that her husband was killed before their daughter Janie was born, she has a very good life. She makes a lot of money, has a nice house and housekeeper, a good job, and a wonderful daughter. It all changes when her housekeeper (Mrs. Garcia) and janie are abducted.
For Five days Mrs. Garcia and
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Sue Smith
I was somewhat apprehensive when I started this book. I don't really like stories about child abduction. They make me squirm with discomfort. I just don't feel we need to write books about hurting kids ... personal feelings. But, I persevered and read it anyways. Thankfully, it wasn't a mean spirited book and it clipped along at a good pace - short chapters and easy reading. That being said, it wouldn't be a book that I would recommend reading over a long period of time. The constant flipping be ...more
Trisha W.
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010
It has been a few years since I have read a book by Mary Jane Clark. I have two more books to read to be caught up with all of the books she has written. And even though I have not read her books in a while I had no problem picking this book up and remember exactly who Eliza Blake was.
The book starts off with Eliza at work and the housekeeper, Mrs. Garcia and Janie-Eliza's daughter- getting Janie ready to head to day camp. After Janie has left a mysterious black van pulls into the Blake's drive
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Louise
Apr 12, 2010 rated it liked it
A suspense filled novel that will keep you turning page after page as you hold your breath until you turn the next corner. Clark’s masterful description of a Mom in absolute anguish over the kidnapping of her young daughter is right on.

A seasoned television professional-the host of the top-rated KEY News morning show-Eliza Blake has reported on tragedies many times from behind the anchor’s desk...and she has survived devastating crises of her own. But only now is she learning the true meaning of
...more
Anna del C. Dye
This is a very good suspense novel about a famous TV anchor, Eliza Blake. Her life is in the spotlight from the beginning and she wonders if this could become a problem for her little family. Her nightmare turns reality when one day her little daughter, Janie, and the Spanish housekeeper, Mrs. Garcia, are kidnapped.
As expected, all the nationwide media camp on her doorstep to get the latest scoop, and some to show their support. With the FBI on the case, they examine all the clues, real or not,
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Susan Ross
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
This is a quick paced book with twists and turns. It deals with the kidnapping of the seven-year-old daughter of Eliza Blake, the successful host of a news show.

The focus of the book is to try and guess who, out of a cast of characters, perpetrated the dastardly deed. Although the story is somewhat confusing at times, I sill enjoyed the fast pace and style (short chapters) of the book.

The housekeeper's decision to obey the kidnappers initial demands made no sense to me and when I finished the
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joyce lynn
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
i think this was Clark's best book yet, especially suspense-wise! was SSOOO good, i had a difficult time putting it down!! in fact ...

i didn't, last nite! picked it up, and continued to read, til i hit the last page!! if i'm grumpy, or fall asleep, w/ my children today while teaching them, it's all HER fault!!! 8^)

can't wait til she writes another one now, but ... alas, i must 8^(

oh yeah, and surprisingly enough, it did NOT make me homesick for NJ, NY, and/or Pa. could be the whole murder mess t
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Keolani
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: casual reader
I couldn't get myself to care about these characters in the slightest. Every couple of pages brought a new chapter and a new character. By the time I got remotely interested in what was going on the story switched gears. Instead of writing an intricate plot with twists and turns, Clark just threw in as many random, unnecessary characters that were difficult to keep straight, perhaps because I wasn't given a reason to care, and hoped that would be enough to keep the reader in suspense. I felt lik ...more
Athornton
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I originally picked up this book, thinking it was written by Mary Higgins Clark until I got home and realized it wasn't. I was originally not holding high hopes since I was disappointed thinking it wasn't one of my favorite authors. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was also a mystery book, written similarly to an MHC book. Easy to read and even a little curve ball at the end of the book but I actually read the last line and turned the page to see where the rest was. I thought it could ...more
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Mary Jane Clark is the author of thirteen novels, including 12 in the KEY News media thriller series, and one in her new Wedding Cake mystery series. A veteran writer and producer for CBS News, Clark worked for almost three decades at the network’s New York City headquarters. Her books are published in twenty-three languages. She lives in New Jersey and Florida.

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