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3.00040436716539 out of 53.00040436716539 out of 53.00040436716539 out of 53.00040436716539 out of 53.00040436716539 out of 5 3.00 (4,946 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780743582841
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Intense…the action hurtles to a surprising resolution.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A must-read for mystery enthusiasts.”

    Tucson Citizen

  • “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 Judy | 2/20/2014

    " Not very good. Audio - book. Plot too obvious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 2/15/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 2/5/2014

    " Mary is a good time, writing great thrillers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Lawson | 2/1/2014

    " The back cover promised a surprising twist--gotta love a good mystery, but I found this one a bit too predictable. Good read and a fast read though. I'd have given it a 3.5 if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/21/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 1/20/2014

    " Because of my made up rule where I have to read at least 100 pages before giving up on a terrible book, I read 100 pages and forgot all the stuff that made a boring read. I don't think I'm a Clark fan, maybe one of these days I will try a different one...maybe... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Roda | 1/8/2014

    " I enjoy all of Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries but, this one bordered a little bit on way too predictable with a very expected twist. The assistant prosecutor who receives the heart of the murder victim for the case she is working on is a little bit too much of a coincidence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelyn | 1/5/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and as usual, did not suspect the correct killer. The last page of the book was a little cheesy because I suspected it through the entire book. Still a great read for all of the Mary Higgins Clark fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/5/2014

    " This has a good story line. Keeps you guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/5/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty410 | 11/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Lahti milne | 11/5/2013

    " Good. I like her little twists .. keeps interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Hill | 10/6/2013

    " Usually I can get an idea of who really is the bad guy, but was completely shocked to find out the truth in this story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kira | 9/27/2013

    " Not one of my favorite Mary Higgins Clark books, but it is still pretty good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jokay | 9/6/2013

    " not the most exciting of her books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 8/4/2013

    " Someone left this in our workplace cafeteria with a note that said "read me," so I did. Fun like a snack size snickers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 5/24/2013

    " Much better than I expected. Some of her recent stuff has been just totally unbelievable. This one seemed closer to her earlier work: suspenseful, intriguing, more fully developed characters. However, it is 'fluff;' great summer beach-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/15/2013

    " I will always love MHC's books and will always read/listen to them, but they are becoming formulaic and somewhat predictable. It won't change staying up late to finish the book, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/17/2012

    " It was just OK. The ending was really silly and the motivation for the big murder is not really explained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 12/12/2012

    " Another great book by Mary Higgins Clark -- I love her books. It's a great suspense filled mystery and then add in a killer to make it even more exciting. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Dooley | 5/18/2012

    " 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 Joenna | 2/24/2012

    " One of the better books of Mary Higgens Clark in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 11/16/2011

    " One of Mary Higgins Clark's better stories, I think. Not such a pat ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/21/2011

    " Liked it. I actually figured it out about halfway through, which almost never happens for me. I love reading to the end, to see if my hunch was correct. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G | 10/13/2011

    " Mary Higgins Clark is a long time favorite, but her books are so predictable. I still enjoy them though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Kiebler | 9/27/2011

    " This is a typical Mary Higgins Clark novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 6/23/2011

    " Typical Mary Higgins Clark book. If you like her books (and I love them), you'll like this one, as they are pretty much all the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Wiles | 6/5/2011

    " I absolutely LOVED this book and the plot had me going right until the end. I didn't suspect who the baddy was, so excellent work Mary! I would definitely recommend her books as she is one of my favourite authors. "

  • 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.