Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark

In this intense novel of suspense from bestseller Clark (Where Are You Now?), the obvious suspect in the shooting murder of famous actress Natalie Raines at her Closter, N.J., home is her husband and theatrical agent, Gregg Aldrich, whom she was divorcing. Gregg never wavers from his innocent plea, but Bergen County assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace nails his conviction thanks to the evidence of an ex-con, who testifies Gregg tried to hire him to kill Natalie. Clark neatly details the courtroom proceedings, though of more dramatic interest is a subplot involving oddball serial killer Zach Lanning, who's been stalking Emily while pretending to be a good neighbor. Clark slowly reveals that Emily's recent heart transplant has given the attorney extra sensitivity to Natalie's past. As Emily's doubts about Gregg's guilt grow, the action hurtles to a surprising if abrupt resolution.

Mary Higgins Clark is a fantastic author, no doubt about that. With her innumerable bestsellers to back her up, Mary still has that spark in her writing that many of her fans up to now still find worth reading. The plot was okay, the characters were engaging and Ms. Clark's storytelling was impeccable...But, the middle and the end wasn't really that good...

I find myself getting bored and if that happens, I would probably stop reading the book entirely. But, I still gave Mary a chance. I pushed through with it even though the story was getting ludicrous to me as every pages were turned...

I rarely give a bad review, but with Just Take My Heart, I'm sad to say that the book didn't, in any possible way, excite me. I have one more Mary Higgin's novel on my reading pile, but I guess, I won't be reading it for a very long time...

My Rating: 3 Stars



karenkarenkaren said...

Hi! That is a very honest review.. I haven't read a single Mary Higgins Clark. What kind of books do you love to read? If you want suspense thrillers, try James Patterson, Michael Crichton and John Grisham. I love their works! And wow, you are tireless, continuously doing book reviews! I, on the other hand, am struggling on my book reviews. I'm doing Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, by James Patterson. You should read it, if you haven't read it yet. Im trying to make a book review but i guess it will take time for the words to come out.. its such a heartfelt novel. (;

Lazy Girl said...

Oh that's too bad!! The cover made me think that it might not be that good haha, I know, I know...I STILL judge books by their covers. But sometimes, it works! Anyway, sorry you didnt like one.

I've been reading The Strain by Del Toro and I'm about 100 pages and have to stop reading it. So kudos to you for pushing through it!

lah @ LazyGirl Reads

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