I have read novels by Mary Higgins Clark in the past so had no hesitation in picking up Just Take my Heart. The story begins with Natalie Raines, a famous actress. We read of her dying from a gunshot wound and of her soon-to-be-ex husband on trial for her murder two years after the fact. Gregg Aldrich is charged with the murder of Natalie Raines when a career criminal suddenly claims that Aldrich paid him to kill his wife.
The case is prosecuted by the thirty two year old assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace. She spends long hours preparing for the trial, unaware of a neighbour’s violent past; a neighbour to whom she gives the key to her home in order to care for her dog. The high profile trial makes headlines, revealing personal matters about Natalie. The eerie sentiments she experiences during the trial continue even after the jury has decided Aldrich’s fate. She soon comes to realise that her own life is at risk.
The name Mary Higgins Clark promises an enjoyable read, and I was not disappointed. The story, however, is similar to her other tales and has nothing fresh about it. Instead, the novel follows the path of her well-loved thrillers with no unexpected events. Readers who love her thrillers and courtroom tales will enjoy this story.
I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars.
Have you read any of Mary Higgins Clark’s books?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 38th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)