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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (689 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Jane Clark Narrator: Isabel Keating Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The KEY News Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9780061702402
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Eliza Blake, host of the top-rated KEY News morning show, has witnessed tragedy and danger in her career. But nothing the accomplished professional has experienced has prepared her for when her seven-year-old daughter, Janie, is snatched from summer camp. The country’s viewers are glued to their television sets, anxiously awaiting the news that their favorite morning-television personality’s little girl has been found.

With each passing day, the FBI and local authorities track down every lead. A profile of the kidnapper’s most likely characteristics is developed, every fan letter written to Eliza over the last six months is scrutinized, every sex offender registered within a fifty-mile radius is interviewed, and psychics from around the country appear on Eliza’s doorstep offering their help.

But Eliza isn’t going to sit around and wait for answers. She and the rest of the Sunrise Suspense Society—brilliant producer Annabelle Murphy, cameraman extraordinaire B. J. D’Elia, and psychiatrist Dr. Margo Gonzalez—will band together to outwit a cunning criminal whose shocking motives threaten to snuff out a terrified little girl’s life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Adding to the suspense is Clark’s masterful description of a mother’s anguish and near despair over her child’s abduction. Clark scatters red herrings along the path, ratcheting up the tension, as this fast-paced story moves to its surprising denouement.”

    Nashville Tennessean 

  • “[Clark] uses insider knowledge of the television and news business to create action and intrigue.”

    East Brunswick Home News Tribune

  • “A riveting novel of suspense...[that] will keep the reader guessing to the shocking conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In Clark’s trademark fashion, suspects and red herrings proliferate, and all the while the guilty party is within arm’s reach. Supporting roles by Eliza’s boyfriend, Mack, and her KEY News co-workers help make this an entertaining entry in a pleasant...series.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sierra Sheets | 2/16/2014

    " Loved the book couldn't stop reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/14/2014

    " First book I've read of this author and really enjoyed it. Always hesitant to read about child abduction because I'm a mom and its me hard but I couldn't put it down and kept me guessing till the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/11/2014

    " These mysteries are easy to listen to while doing other tasks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was the first book I read from this author. She is great I like her style. She is the kind of author I can go back to and read every book written by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 2/9/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as her previous efforts. I thought that many parts of the plot were just too extraneous and were added as filler. The basic story line was good and well thought out and had sufficient "cliff hanging" to keep me interested but it just got too convoluted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 2/3/2014

    " Was a fast read but the ending was rushed to me.....a predictable ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Millie | 1/28/2014

    " Suspensful and compelling. Hard to to put down. Interesting twists and surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha enderby | 1/24/2014

    " This book will pull on the heart strings of any mother so have the tissue's ready. Just when the main charector of the book thinks she has it all, nice house, fancy job someone who has suffered a loss of a child comes in and takes it all away. she has lost her husband and now Janie her 10 year old daughter is kidnapped along with the house keeper and boy did this book keep me flipping pages. You have to know why and yes it does have a happy ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/19/2014

    " I think the book is not boring, it's easy to read. However it's not interesting enough to actually get my in to the book. What I do like about the book is th a that the story is happening in a good pace, not too slow, not too fast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsie | 1/15/2014

    " Lots of suspense and lots of potential bad guys. The end is a real surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaunte | 1/12/2014

    " Decent read. Nothing earth shattering, but I was entertained by it. A perfect book you can pick up if you don't want to think much. (Reading before bed, on vacation, etc) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/22/2013

    " Good book..kept me wanting to read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 12/16/2013

    " Just when you think you know where this book is going, it takes another twist. I had no idea who was guilty until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/16/2013

    " Book # 2 in the Eliza Blake series - I couldn't put it down!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie Myers | 12/11/2013

    " Interesting twist at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Torilee | 12/11/2013

    " It Only Takes a Moment of interest in this book and then it's gone. By the end I couldn't wait to get it over with. I was disappointed, be cause I loved Dancing In the Dark by this author, but this book of hers was a let down. I had it figured out before I got to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KimWin | 12/6/2013

    " This is a really quick and easy read. It is a difficult subject to read about, kidnapping is a subject most moms don't want to read about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loretta | 6/22/2013

    " A story of the kidnapping of a young girl and how fast it can happen....It tells of the agony of the family and also, how the nuts come out when something like this happens. It was an okay read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 6/15/2013

    " I love this author. Very suspenseful page-turners every time!! Great book. Love books with a surprise ending. She writes similiar to Mary Higgins Clark. Another one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannette | 5/19/2013

    " Very suspenseful, right up until it was revealed I wasn't sure who abducted the girl. Could have used some more character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 5/19/2013

    " I like her writing style with short chapters so I can read a little bit at a time.. but there was so much going on that didn't make sense. It was just a bunch of mumble jumble. It could have been a really great book, but she brought in too many characters that had no point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 *~Sammy~* | 12/22/2012

    " Very interesting and thrilling and suspenseful. Very mysterious and I would have never guessed who it ended up to turn out to be! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manda | 8/17/2012

    " This book was pretty good. A little girl gets kidnapped and the book goes through the week of the mom & police trying to get her back. The ending was a little disappointing, but a pretty good book overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsha | 6/27/2012

    " I guess I thought I was picking up a Mary Higgins Clark but this was not bad. It was a page turner but lacked a heightened suspense. Even as I think of it now, I have questions about who the kidnapper really was... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 6/18/2012

    " I found this book to be better than the ones she has written in the past. Still quick and easy to read, there was some twists and turns to keep you guessing! And I'm sorry to say I didn't figure it out till close to the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Wilford | 6/1/2012

    " It was ok. Easy to read but not earth shattering. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/30/2012

    " Good for a CD in car, not too complicated, sort of a "beach read". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn and Ricky Matheny | 1/9/2012

    " this book was good. i could decipher who was not the kidnapper, but was a bit surprised when revealed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 7/15/2011

    " Finished this in one and a half days. Quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanie | 5/6/2011

    " Eliza's daughter and her maid were kidnapped. Since Eliza was a tv anchor there was alot of publicity about this case. A physic came along with some info but was she on the "up and up". This was a quick and interested and exciting read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 3/13/2011

    " A good read. Reads a lot like her former mother-in-law's books. The events towards the end (people being killed off) were a bit trite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 2/13/2011

    " It was ok. Easy to read but not earth shattering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina | 12/14/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was the first book I read from this author. She is great I like her style. She is the kind of author I can go back to and read every book written by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 9/9/2010

    " This was a pretty good book. I didn't figure out the ending early. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/31/2010

    " Many chracters, lots of suspense and short chapters that kept my interest through out the whole book. Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/9/2010

    " Book # 2 in the Eliza Blake series - I couldn't put it down!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 8/6/2010

    " Very good book. Very similar writing to Mary Higgins Clark. Good suspense story with a twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsha | 7/27/2010

    " I guess I thought I was picking up a Mary Higgins Clark but this was not bad. It was a page turner but lacked a heightened suspense. Even as I think of it now, I have questions about who the kidnapper really was... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 6/4/2010

    " I think the book is not boring, it's easy to read. However it's not interesting enough to actually get my in to the book. What I do like about the book is th a that the story is happening in a good pace, not too slow, not too fast. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 5/27/2010

    " A so-so suspense movel about a kidnapped child of a celebrity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/17/2010

    " Seriously...couldn't put this book down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/4/2010

    " These mysteries are easy to listen to while doing other tasks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 5/3/2010

    " I just really like MJClark's books -- they always give plenty of possible "bad guys" and keep me in suspense until the very end. I also think I like them because they are often set in NYC (this one is NYC/NJ suburbs) and in the TV news arena. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Jane Clark

Mary Jane Clark, a New York Times bestselling author, worked at CBS News for nearly three decades. Her KEY News thrillers were inspired by that experience. Envisioning the Piper Donovan/Wedding Cake mystery series, she enrolled in cake-decorating classes and researched unique wedding locations. The daughter of an FBI agent and a mother who customized cakes for the neighborhood kids when she was growing up, Mary Jane has two grown children and splits her time between Florida and New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Isabel Keating has earned three AudioFile Earphones Awards for her audiobook narration and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As an actress, she garnered a Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, and a Tony nomination for her critically acclaimed 2004 Broadway performance as Judy Garland in The Boy from Oz. She was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in 2000 for her portrayal of Flora Crewe in Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink.