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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,312 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 2003 ISBN: 9780743545174
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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. Early results of the vaccine seemed highly promising. Yet, coinciding with Spencer’s disappearance is news that the FDA is denying approval. Then comes the shocking revelation that Spencer had looted Gen-Stone of huge sums of money.

   

Marcia “Carley” DeCarlo, a columnist for Wall Street Weekly, is assigned to cover the story. Carley is the stepsister of Spencer’s wife, Lynn, an aggressive PR woman and socialite, whom she dislikes and distrusts.

As Carley proceeds with her investigation, she is confronted by seemingly impenetrable questions: Is Nicholas Spencer dead or in hiding? Was he guilty or set up? Why the sudden reversal in medical opinion of the vaccine from recognition to condemnation? As the facts unfold, Carley becomes the target of a dangerous group involved in a sinister and fraudulent scheme.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s something special about Clark’s thrillers...[A] smoothly told tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jan Maxwell delivers a strong performance in the latest suspense by Mary Higgins Clark...Maxwell shows her range as she performs a number of suspects, from the socialite wife to the vulnerable father of a cancer victim. She handles the transitions between characters with ease and keeps the story moving at a quick pace.” 

    AudioFile

  • “The prolific and ever-popular Clark...knows how to spin an intriguing tale, and...she’s created a convincing heroine in Carley.” 

    Booklist

  • “Clark’s latest entry does not disappoint those expecting a likable heroine, mystery, and danger, served with a touch of romance. 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie Pollack | 2/18/2014

    " This was the only book at our cabin and I was stuck there by myself for 2 whole days without television, computer, cell phone service, or even a radio. So I read this by default. It was alright. The story moved along nicely and kept me hooked throughout. Butttttttt, the ending was awful, it ruined the whole book for me. Hence the measly 2-star rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunshinejulie | 2/12/2014

    " She is always a nice clean writer "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 2/10/2014

    " I didn't find this one nearly as suspenseful as most of her mysteries. I am a real fan of MHC but can'r recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/10/2014

    " Very good mystery involving the disappearance of a man claiming to have a cancer vaccine, and the repercussions it has on those around him. "

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

    " Good mystery - and not the ending I thought might happen "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 1/28/2014

    " This is great. Oh, no, not the book, you understand. It's shit. No, what's great is that I haven't wanted to read a really good book because I'm meant to be writing an essay, so crap like this is a nice mental shakedown after the textbooks, without enticing me to stay up all night. Already forgotten what it's about. Hopefully will get an A for my essay, though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 1/25/2014

    " 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 Carly's persona intermingling her first person between chapters with the menacing Ned Cooper's third person narrative. Excellent! Carly is an investigative reporter for Wall Street Weekly, assigned to report the mysterious death of Nick Spencer, founder of Gen-Stone--a corporation claiming to have discovered a vaccine to cure cancer. Conspirators, co-conspirators, angry stockholders, a cold devious stepsister, and a psychopath killer all figure in her latest riveting, unpredictable plot filled with twists and turns. Definitely one of Clark's best! "

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

    " Not the best one of hers I have read. I kept forgetting who characters were, had to keep going back to check. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/19/2014

    " I always love a good murder mystery. It was clean as far as content, and kept me guessing with out being super intense. It was great for me because I wasn't looking for an "edge of your seat, can't put it down" kind of mystery, but I felt like it was well written and easy to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/14/2014

    " The book was okay. A typical Mary Higgins Clark book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyla | 12/28/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 12/23/2013

    " This kept my interest while listening to it in the car during my travels between Milwaukee and Eau Claire. "

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

    " I generally like her books a bit more. It seems like they are getting to be a bit like the Hardy Boys--just follow the formula to the end of the book. Some weak character development and run-of-the-mill bad guys. Okay book to listen to while you are working on other things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Faustus Buck | 11/29/2013

    " Mary Higgins Clark delivers a consistently well written, well-structured book but it's just not gripping. If you're a fan of hers, you won't be disappointed. But if you're not, this one's not going to turn you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/17/2013

    " I enjoyed this fiction novel of mystery and suspense. My favorite character was Carly, whom I believe was presented in a manner readers could easily understand. Although full of twists, mystery, and suspense, The Second Time Around still maintains a sense of 21st century reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Hamilton | 10/22/2013

    " This was a great book by one of the best mystery/suspense writers. Mary Higgins Clark can truly deliver a plot full of twists and turns. Every page flowed into the next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 9/12/2013

    " Nicholas Spencer, charismatic head of a medical research company involved in the development of an anti-cancer vaccine, suddenly disappears. Carly is determined to get to the bottom of the story--even at her own peril. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naj Lee | 5/15/2012

    " Didn't keep me interested unlike other mystery novels that I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricialogan8 | 4/28/2012

    " It was suspenseful as usual "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Theodosopoulos | 4/27/2012

    " I had a hard time getting into the book. It was worth finishing once I started it. It seemed a bit typical for a murder mystery. I didn't like the ending at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 1/6/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sierin | 8/17/2011

    " I love to read this. There were many characters with different problems and different analysis. The plot made me had a lot of guesses for the 'evil' one. In the end, I'm still hoping that the victim (Nicholas Spencer) still alive. ;p "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara B. | 6/26/2011

    " I can't remember the last time I read a Mary Higgins Clark book, but glad I picked this one up. It is actually 3+ stars, and really enjoyed it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 5/10/2011

    " Clark's books are very formulaic and this is definitely not one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 4/25/2011

    " We listened to this audio book over two weekend road trips. What can I say, Mary Higgins Clark always makes the miles (or kilometers) fly by! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camandwmm | 4/19/2011

    " Looking for a cure for cancer is what we all want. To hope for it in this story added the suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mistyblue | 4/13/2011

    " I always love Mary Higgins Clark, and this was no exception. The plot was iincredibly interesting and I found myself finding excuses to drive around town so I could listen to this audio book. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/7/2011

    " A great story by a great author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/1/2011

    " I had a hard time getting into the book. It was worth finishing once I started it. It seemed a bit typical for a murder mystery. I didn't like the ending at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " TBR Potluck Challenge - Millenia, Ally "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leigh | 2/9/2011

    " Lame plot about a single cure for cancer.. not well written. Don't waste your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/14/2011

    " Had never read a Marry Higgins Clark before this. It was an enjoyable read. Nothing outrageous. A little to easy to solve for my taste. But I still thought it was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/5/2011

    " This was much better than the previous Mary Higgins Clark book I read recently. This was more typical, a good mystery and interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christabelle | 10/20/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoy reading thrillers. I thought I knew the way this book would end. I was pleasantly surprised :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noralisma | 8/23/2010

    " Dunno what the story is about yet! Conspiracy, I guess...! I put it as my third, fourth or fifth, priority! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/14/2010

    " She's loosing her touch. I couldn't stay interested, the flow was off and the book was all around disappointing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suci | 8/12/2010

    " amazing story dan inspiratif..
    buku keduanya MHC yang aku baca. jadi pengen baca buku2 karangan dia yang lainnya... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 8/8/2010

    " This wasn't one of her best ones, in my opinion. It was. . . kind of bland. Good, just not interesting. Didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/1/2010

    " I couldn't put this book down, it was smart and kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole book. "

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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.