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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,945 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780743582889
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In Just Take My Heart, Mary Higgins Clark delves into a legal battle over the guilt or innocence of a man accused of murdering his wife. Woven into her plot is a little understood, eerie but documented medical phenomenon-the emergence of a donor’s traits and memories in the recipient of a heart transplant.

Natalie Raines, famous Broadway star, is murdered after accidentally discovering who killed her former roommate, Jamie Evans. Natalie’s estranged husband, theatrical agent Gregg Aldrich, was known to have stalked Natalie to find out if she was seeing another man, and becomes “a person of interest” in her death. After a career criminal comes forward to claim that Aldrich hired him to kill his wife, a job he decided to turn down, a Grand Jury indicts Gregg for the murder of his wife.

Emily Wallace, an attractive thirty-two year old widowed assistant prosecutor, is summoned by her boss, Edward “Ted” Scott Wesley, who tells her that he wants her to handle the case, a plum assignment. She spends increasingly long hours preparing for the trial. A seemingly well-meaning neighbor offers to take care of her dog in her absence. Unaware of his violent past, she gives him a key to her home...

As Aldrich’s trial is making headlines, Wesley warns Emily that this high-profile case will reveal personal matters about her, such as the fact that she had a heart transplant. And, during the trial, Emily experiences sentiments which defy all reason and continue after Gregg Aldrich’s fate is decided by the jury. In the meantime, she does not realize that her own life is now at risk. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A must-read for mystery enthusiasts.” 

    Tucson Citizen

  • “Intense…As Emily’s doubts about Gregg’s guilt grow, the action hurtles to a surprising…resolution.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The reigning queen of American suspense continues to spin tightly wound fictions can keep us happily entangled until the very last page. Just Take My Heart is no exception; it’s a spellbinder.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Fans will be as excited as ever coming down the home stretch.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 2/17/2014

    " Predictable - even for Mary Higgins Clark. Somewhat disappointing. Maybe I've read too many of her books? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 2/17/2014

    " This was another typical mystery from Clark. It was good but i'm not a fan of a lot of courtroom interaction. However the last few pages held some interseting twists! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 2/16/2014

    " Like all her other books I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl-Lynn | 2/12/2014

    " I really like Mary Higgins Clark books. The mysteries keep me interested and I enjoy seeing how the story plays out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/7/2014

    " Not a "literary" piece,but an easy snowy day read.A who-done-it that was as entertaining as a TV movie for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/27/2014

    " Listened to this on CD while on a long road trip... Love books like this that make me nervous... keeps me interested and awake while I'm driving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Jorgenson | 1/26/2014

    " There are a couple of things I really like about Mary Higgins Clark. I know her books are not the deepest or the most eloquently written mysteries in the world, but they make me feel nostalgic because I started reading them when I was in middle school. Also, her stories are told with dignity and class. You know you will never run into questionable material. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/21/2014

    " 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... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/17/2014

    " A good filler book, a little predictable, but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 12/6/2013

    " Gread addition to MHC collection. It wasn't as busy as her other books. It has a very simple storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/30/2013

    " This was a good and easy read. I like Mary Higgins Clark for her good, clean stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karrie | 11/29/2013

    " Good read when you are in the mood to just read and not become emotionally involved in a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/28/2013

    " A light mystery read, it was okay, but the mystery was pretty obvious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimdewitt | 11/26/2013

    " Different style for Mary Higgins Clark, not one of my favorite of hers, but I still liked it. Again, one I listened to while exercising, so maybe that made a difference. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty410 | 7/7/2013

    " An easy read between the others. The tension develops in the trial story of a husband accused of murder of his wife and the conflicts in the prosocutor's office and the bad man living next door. A lot of to-do over the story of a heart transplant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliegiarla | 6/23/2013

    " Although I am enjoying this book, I do not feel it is on the same par as some of her previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeniel | 5/4/2013

    " This was a good book with lots of things happening at once. I think the end could have been a little better. It was just like she was trying to wrap up the entire book at once. I did like the book and it kept me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Searle | 3/24/2013

    " One of Mary's better ones I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda L | 3/10/2013

    " Mary Higgins Clark never disappoints. This one was a page-turner ... there are lots of shocking deadly events. I don't want to tell you about it, because each page is a surprise. Her characters are very true to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgiann Hennelly | 12/12/2012

    " just take my heart is an excellant read its a real page turner. the story revolves around a lady prosecuter . who has had a heart transplant and a murder she is trying and also a serial killer . so if you like suspence i recommend you read this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 6/16/2012

    " Another great book written by Mary Higgins Clark. Even better than the last one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 6/11/2012

    " She did it again, great book...i loved it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/22/2012

    " Another great book by MHC!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/22/2012

    " I listened to this on CD. Made the time go by! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Hanson | 1/19/2012

    " I found it very hard to put this book down.. it had two stories going on at the same time.. and I LOVED how she closed the book.. No spoilers here.. grin.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/5/2012

    " I have read all of Mary Higgins Clark's book. I have learned to expect the unexpected and had everything figured out about half way through. Fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 9/14/2011

    " I love Mary Higgins Clark. This was a page turner, who dunit, typical of Mary Higgins Clark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/18/2011

    " As always, a nice mystery with small twists along the way. However, this book did not wrap up until the very last page, not Clark's normal style of tying together loose ends, with a bit of an epilogue. I did appreciate the break from the tired old "damsel in distress" who falls in love plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cool | 5/12/2011

    " Another intriguing mystery with an interesting twist at the end. This is one of her best, but I guess I say that a lot about Mary Higgins Clark -- she can really spin a tale!! Should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 5/10/2011

    " Love everything Mary Higgins Clark writes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 5/2/2011

    " As always I love Mary Higgins Clark! Mystery, intrigue... Great reading always! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 5/1/2011

    " Just what you would expect from Ms Clark - murder mystery that kept me involved till the last page "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 4/22/2011

    " Really, really predictable. But that may because I've read almost all of her books. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda C. | 4/1/2011

    " It was pretty okay although predictable. Mary's book just don't have the same intensity anymore. I could never figure out who did it but her last couple of books I could. But I give her credit she is still writing and doesn't seem to be slowing down. I give it 3 1/2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 3/30/2011

    " This book was a little different than most of hers. It was set in a courtroom, and the story unfolds through testimony given. I found a nice new and fresh approach. I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed all her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 3/26/2011

    " This is quintessential Mary Higgins Clark. It has a strong woman protagonist, a complex plot, and it all comes to together in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 3/26/2011

    " really quick read - page turner "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/8/2011

    " It's been a very long time since I have read one of Mary Higgins Clark's books. I enjoyed it very much. Her style of writing is so easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/5/2011

    " Great story. Wish there was more to it. Perhaps a sequel!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristal | 3/3/2011

    " What can I say? It was Mary Higgins Clark, so of course it was a little scary, had a good plot, and for people like me that don't like to speculate too much about how a book will end, a few good twists. I don't think it was my favorite of hers, but definitely a fast, fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 2/25/2011

    " I thought it was alright. I had pretty much figured everything out and didn't find it as suspensful as I have some of her other books. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark’s books are worldwide bestsellers. In the US alone, her books have sold over one hundred million copies. She is the author of over thirty suspense novels and coauthor, with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, of five holiday suspense novels. She was chosen by Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An annual Mary Higgins Clark Award sponsored by Simon & Schuster, to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, was launched by Mystery Writers of America during Edgars week in April 2001. She was the 1987 president of Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, served on their board of directors. In May 1988, she was chairman of the International Crime Congress.

About the Narrator

Jan Maxwell is an American stage and television actress. She made her Broadway debut in the musical City of Angels and has been nominated for two Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards. She won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her Broadway credits include Sixteen Wounded, Match, and The Dinner Party. She is the sister of Obie Award–winning playwright Richard Maxwell.