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Book Review – Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Pages: 322
Published: April 7, 2009 by Simon & Schuster
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Sypnosis:
Natalie Raines, one of Broadway’s brightest stars, accidentally discovers who killed her former roommate and sets in motion a series of shocking events that puts more than one life in extreme peril.

While Natalie and her roommate, Jamie Evans, were both struggling young actresses, Jamie had been involved with a mysterious married man to whom she referred only by nickname. Natalie comes face to face with him years later and inadvertently addresses him by the nickname Jamie had used. A few days later, Natalie is found in her home in Closter, New Jersey, dying from a gunshot wound.

Immediately the police suspect Natalie’s theatrical agent and soon-to-be-ex-husband, Gregg Aldrich. He had long been a “person of interest” and was known to have stalked Natalie to find out if she was seeing another man. But no charges are brought against him until two years later, when Jimmy Easton, a career criminal, suddenly comes forward to claim that Aldrich had tried to hire him to kill his wife. Easton knows details about the Aldrich home that only someone who had been there — to plan a murder, for instance — could possibly know.

The case is a plum assignment for Emily Wallace, an attractive thirty-two-year-old assistant prosecutor. As 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, her boss 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 that 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.

Review:
I have been reading her book since my college years and I would say that until now she still never fails to amaze me. So far, from all the books I have read from her, this one is a little different.

The story started when a broadway star, Natalie, was found dying in her home with a gunshot wound. And the obvious suspect was Greg, her husband she was in the process of divorcing. Emily, the assistant prosecutor was trying to convict the suspect but later on was not sure if Greg was the right man to be put behind bars, though at first she’s convinced that Jimmy’s testimony, a career criminal, was true.

Nearly at the end of the story, it says there that Emily’s heart donor was Natalie. But Natalie was shot and bled to death. There’s no fuckin way the transplant could be possible. Quite a flaw from the queen herself. But overall, the story was a good one.

It still served its purpose. It confused me and I am still groping in the dark for the real suspect. It gets me hooked. The revelation of the real suspect really surprised me. I didn’t anticipated that! It’s really amazing how MHC weaves the story. It could have been one of her great books until the heart transplant came in. I was actually a bit disappointed in its ending. I thought Emily would end up with Greg. They both live happily ever after but away from each other, how sad. 🙁

I always say that I’m not into romance but the truth is, I love suspense stories with romance. I just love how MHC incorporated a romance story in her books. Every time I tried to read her books, I always wished it to be like her other books, to have a happy ending. The story still has its happy ending but the romance wasn’t put in it the way I wanted it to be.

Her style of making you guess all throughout the story is my favorite. It’s a good story but not one of my favorites. But is still a good one from MHC.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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