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Just Take My Heart: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – March 23, 2010
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“A must-read for mystery enthusiasts.”
“Fans will be as excited as ever coming down the home stretch.”
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Skip it (or borrow from the library).
I could not rate the book higher, however, based on the courtroom materials. In my occupation, I am frequently called as an expert witness so I spend a good deal of time in court, in chambers, and in conferences with attorneys. Clark, in building up the Emily character, seemed to go well beyond the bounds of believability. There is no way an inexperienced prosecuting attorney should have been able to waltz around a team of lawyers, one of whom with many years of practice. The defense attorney was so weak, that a mistrial could have been called. Emily got away with much too much latitude in her questioning and the defense never pulled apart the obvious loop holes in her argument. The guy should have been more ready to object to her offensive behavior. The leg work done at the appeal should all have been considered the first time around. I would love to have written the cross examination myself!
The whole heart thing also seemed pretty weak. It really was not a major issue in the story and seemed to be simply a tag-on. Why it rated mention in the title is beyond me. Furthermore, Clark should have done more research in organ transplant. It is impossible to believe that anyone in an office could have had a heart transplant without the knowledge of others. In the course of a transplant, a person is not gone a few days/weeks and returns like they were on vacation without someone knowing. Even the anti-rejection drugs which might be taken for months if not years have noticeable effects including a change in appearance. Come on Mary, your background work was flawed and although it is fiction, it has to be somewhat credable.
So, with that said, it pains me to say that I feel that she has finally written a bad novel, in my opinion. Well, it is plotted well, the story is good, and most of the characters are written well, it's just what she does with all of the above that is a wreck.
First off, it lacks suspense, a bad no-no since Mary Higgins Clark is the longest running reigning Queen of Suspense, far surpassing even Agatha Christie many years ago as the ultimate mystery/suspense writer in many people's opinion.
Second, there are some ludicrous scenarios that are beyond being called "far-fetched". For one, someone on trial for murder is not going to be leaving the courtroom every day to go home and be able to have dinner with friends and family. No, they are going to be in jail! But, not in Mary's world here, for when Greg Aldrich is brought to trial accused of murdering his ex-wife, he leaves every day after the trial and goes home.
But, the most unrealistic touch is after Aldrich is convicted and two characters come forward with possible evidence to prove that another character may have lied in his testimony against Mr. Aldrich, well, he is immediately let out of jail and allowed to go home a free man! Do what????! I hear you ask. What planet are these people from? What planet is Mary Higgins Clark from??? Because stuff like this surely never happens on earth!
I won't bother knocking her for her simplistic writing style, nor her weak character description of some minor characters.Read more ›
In regards to the plot, the phrase "what are the odds of this really happening" came to mind many times during my reading. She wasted most of my reading time letting her characters wander through the disjointed plot, going here and there but not seeming to tell a fluid story. And in the end, she seemed to realize she had a deadline and tried to bring the entire plot together, solve the mystery and tie up the loose ends in the last 15 pages with a mass confessional of both villains and hero's. If you want to read a really good book, read "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen. It was an excellent surprise to find a new author with such fresh and inspired writing talent.
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A real surprise ending. I liked the way the author summed up the ending with multiple villains. BIG also usually the author describes the characters, especially the women as being... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Barbara Fracchia
A good quick read for those of us spending many hours in doctor's and hospital rooms waiting for loved ones.Published 18 days ago by Susan Johnson
I would recommend this book to any one.. mary Higgins Clark is a good author. I enjoy her books. Gerry SmithPublished 26 days ago by Gerry Smith
This book held my interest in almost one sitting...she is a magnificent writer, very gifted.Published 1 month ago by blondie