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On the day she died, Constance Young was the undisputed star of morning television. But her plans to move herself and her loyal audience to another network were canceled when she ended up at the bottom of her swimming pool. And the fabled unicorn amulet, the centerpiece of the upcoming Camelot exhibit at New York's Cloisters museum—which Constance had been wearing duringOn the day she died, Constance Young was the undisputed star of morning television. But her plans to move herself and her loyal audience to another network were canceled when she ended up at the bottom of her swimming pool. And the fabled unicorn amulet, the centerpiece of the upcoming Camelot exhibit at New York's Cloisters museum—which Constance had been wearing during her final hours—is missing.A morning-show veteran and now anchor of the KEY Evening Headlines, Eliza Blake is determined to discover who wanted Constance out of the way . . . and why. But the deeper she digs, the more twisted the trail to Constance's killer becomes—as the list of suspects grows longer by the minute. The one sure thing is that Constance Young made a lot of enemies, and now one of them is Eliza's enemy—and possibly her killer—as well....

Title : When Day Breaks
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ISBN : 9780061443718
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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When Day Breaks Reviews

  • David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
    2019-03-28 17:32

    I read “When Day Breaks” because I was looking for a good mystery, and that’s exactly what I got. A good mystery. Just not a great one…I will say that Mary Jane Clark does a great job with the overall mystery itself. This mystery lover was grinning as suspect after suspect was being introduced, each with their own reason for hating soon-to-be murder victim Constance Young. Adding a little extra spice to the mystery was the inclusion of a valuable unicorn pendant from medieval times that may or may not be related to Constance’s murder. Ms. Clark did a masterful job balancing the multitude of suspects to keep the reader guessing.Of course, the make-or-break moment for a mystery is the solution, and Ms. Clark excels here as well. It drives me nuts when mystery writers try to shock their readers, so they come up with an unlikely twist that only comes as a complete surprise because it makes no sense! Or the ever famous "let's make the killer someone who hasn't even been in the book (view spoiler)[ *cough* Mary, Mary *cough*(hide spoiler)]. To Ms. Clark’s credit, she plays fair with the reader. There are clues given throughout the story as to who the guilty party is…granted, the real clues are mixed in with a lot of red herrings…and I mean a LOT of red herrings! I was very pleased when I got to the reveal and it made perfect sense with what had happened throughout the book.So why am I only giving this three stars? Well, while I enjoyed the mystery itself, I can’t say the same for the characters. Honestly, I just found most of the characters to be dull…especially the protagonists! Sure, lead character Eliza Blake seems like a nice enough person, but she lacks the wit and charisma of an Alex Cross or a Stephanie Plum. To make matters worse, much of the dialogue is dry and uninteresting. Speaking of the dialogue, there were also times where Clark had characters reveal plot exposition in such a clumsy manner that it took me completely out of the book. For example, someone mentions the character Stuart Whittaker, and the other person says, ‘You mean the guy who made millions from designing those creepy video games featuring dragons and medieval castles?” Seriously, who talks like that?!?Another problem was that some parts of the book really test the reader’s suspension of disbelief. MINOR SPOILERS HERE – I knew I was in trouble in the first few chapters when it was revealed that the aforementioned valuable unicorn pendant had been stolen from a museum. Not only was this priceless artifact astonishingly easy to steal, but the museum doesn’t even notice it’s missing at first…despite the fact that it’s the centerpiece of their exhibit opening in just a few days! Another problem was that some characters actions just didn’t make any sense at times. One character in particular displays such poor survival skills, they make the scatterbrained victims from the Friday the 13th movies look like Mensa members in comparison! Granted, an explanation was given for why this character acted this way, but it still seemed like a real stretch. END OF MINOR SPOILERSSo, in the end, I found “When Day Breaks” to be very much like beautiful murder victim Constance Young herself…pleasing on the surface, but rather shallow underneath! Still, Mary Jane Clark did a good enough job crafting the mystery that I would definitely be willing to give her another chance.

  • Judy
    2019-03-29 11:26

    Good read. Was horrified by the opening chapter. Wasn't sure I wanted to continue with the book. After a couple days I resumed reading and finished quickly.

  • Petula Darling
    2019-04-18 10:32

    This book was ok, but I had to drop a star for the stupid ending

  • Susan
    2019-03-27 12:36

    A wonderful series.

  • Irene
    2019-04-16 09:24

    I'm sorry to say this is the first book I've read by Mary Jane Clark but it won't be my last . I was hooked on the first chapter until the last . There wasn't a time I was bored with this book . Every character was possibly a suspect . Sadly I was wrong as to who the murderer was and that is what makes a great suspense novel . I plan on reading this author again

  • Caleigh O'Shea
    2019-03-22 11:31

    I tried this several months ago but couldn't get past the prologue. Animal lovers, just DON'T read those few pages! You can still understand the gist of the novel without them, and they're too gruesome anyway.

  • Becky Schulman
    2019-03-26 12:48

    Search for the killer of Constance Young, a morning tv star, becomes the focus of Eliza Blake, the anchor of KEY Evening Headlines

  • Luanne Clark
    2019-04-21 09:47

    A good beach book. Nice mystery, well plotted. I’ll probably read another.

  • Mareah Vega
    2019-03-28 09:36

    one of my favorites. I have been reading all of these series, and I love How's the same characters are in all, and towards the end they are slowly turning into bad guys!

  • Tu Hoang
    2019-04-09 13:40

    Being grateful. Being grateful in the book “When day breaks” seems to be a very important subject. Especially in the beginning of the book. Have you ever thought that what you have right now, some people don’t have. In the book “When day breaks” some of the main characters, Faith and Constance and their mother, I feel like they might have a role in making “being grateful” a theme. My theme for the book, “When day breaks” is to be grateful. A big reason why I think this theme is to “be grateful” is because the book shows a lot of foreshadowing. Especially when the book is on the subject with the character, Constance. A few examples of this foreshadowing is when they describe Faith and her mother as not being as rich as Constance, or when Faith says she doesn't have fancy clothes like Constance does. This tells me that something big might happen to Constance because it’s foreshadowing a lot of things that faith wants that Constance has. Maybe something unfortunate might occur somewhere in the story. In “When day breaks” by Mary Clark Jane, I think money in the story is a big thing in the book. Especially when its towards Faith and her mother and Constance. Money is an issue and can be a problem in the story for some characters. Faith and her mother does not have the luxury that Constance has. And I don’t think Constance is helping Faith and her mother financially at ALL. I feel like if they were to get extra money from Constance they would be extremely grateful and they would spend the money on something that isn’t a big necessity and would spend it on something that would help them a lot more than lets say some, candy. They would buy some healthier foods that would help sustain their health. I feel like money and Being grateful come in role with these 3 specific characters Faith, Her mother, and Constance. Because Constance has a lot of money, she isn’t being as grateful then lets stay her little sister Faith, and her Mother. I feel like if they switch positions, Faith and Her mother were rich and Constance was poor, Constance would be a lot more grateful like Faith and Her mother is right now in the story. So in all, be grateful for what you have, because it can disappear at any time. Treasure it.

  • Betty
    2019-04-02 13:33

    I enjoyed this book, a little different format from what I am used to in that it covers the movements and thoughts of all the potential suspects within each day. This was an interesting concept to me. Short, individual chapters keep all characters equally in the forefront of your mind rather than having to go back to check out some vital clue you may have forgotten or missed earlier in the book. This also sets the background of relationships, interactions, unexpected links, to build to a final solution. With a vibrant background of television news production, the characters are strong, fascinating and astute. Much of the storyline gives insight into the lives of reporting and production crew, and the desperation to get the story at almost any cost to integrity. This book is a part of the KEY News series and Eliza Blake, single mother and anchor for the KEY Evening Headlines is very likeable. I will definitely read more from this author.

  • LeighAnn
    2019-04-17 17:31

    Constance Young decides to leave her current job to work for another network. It's possible that many of her loyal viewers would follow her to her new station and somebody is not about to let that happen. Constance is found dead in the bottom of her swimming pool and Eliza Blake, an anchor woman, is determined to uncover the truth behind Constance's murder. She may be the next victim.I purchased this book thinking it was by Mary Higgins Clark, *I was tricked* who I am a huge fan of. When I got home I realized that it wasn't but I am actually glad I did because I really enjoyed it. The list of suspects just becomes bigger and bigger and I was actually surprised to find out who the murderer was. I like when a story keeps me guessing and this one did just that. If you are a fan of mystery/suspense then you should give this one a shot. I will be looking for more by this author in the future.

  • Mojca
    2019-04-12 16:50

    A twisty suspense/thriller set in the "glitzy" world of TV-news. I actually loved the multiple POVs, the plethora of characters and their woes, the descriptions of rivalry between the anchors, the constant guessing as to who the killer might be...The bodies kept on piling and so did the suspects.The narrative flowed nicely, the pacing was good, and the writing ingenious and engaging. And though there was a little bit of romance thrown into the mix, I cannot say I'd miss it if it weren't there. This was a suspense/mystery novel in the first place.I don't know if Ms. Clark is related in some way to Mary Higgins Clark, but the styles were pretty similar, and that's probably why I loved it so much. MHC is one of my favorite authors in this genre.I actually wouldn't mind reading more books (in this series).

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-04-15 13:47

    Everyone hates Constance Young. It's no secret that her colleagues think she's a world class b***h, and rightly so. But when she ends up dead at the bottom of her swimming pool, it's up to those same colleagues to figure out exactly what happened to her. Constance had just quit her job at KEY To America to move over to the morning news competition, Daybreak. No one was sad to see her go, but who hated her enough to kill her? As bodies start piling up and the news business gets fierce, it will be up to KEY Headline News evening anchor Eliza and her coworkers Annabelle, B.J., and Margo to get to the bottom of the mystery. This was a fun, fast mystery that I enjoyed. The behind-the-scenes working of television news was a great subplot, and the storyline makes perfect sense. This is a great summer beach read.

  • Georgiann Hennelly
    2019-04-04 16:30

    When the undisputed star of morning television Constance Young is found dead in her swimming pool. Her colleague Eliza Blake is shocked, determined to discover who wanted Constance out of the way- and why-she enkists the aid of her three coworkers: Annabelle Murphy, Producer Cameraman B.J. D'Elia to add brains and brawn plus a much needed male perspective and Dr Margo Gonzalez , on air Psychiatrist , who understands the complex puzzles of the human mind.. They call them selves the Sunrise Suspense Society", and they are determined to get to the bottom of this heinous murder, its a case that will test their ingenuity and their courage to the very limits. Constance Young made a lot of enemys and now one of them is Elizas enemy as well. -And the closer they get to unmasking the murderer, the less chance they have of making it through each night alive.....

  • Carol
    2019-04-13 12:31

    I haven't read a Mary Jane Clark in ages and ages. Constance Young decides to leave her current job to work for another network. It's possible that many of her loyal viewers would follow her to her new station and somebody is not about to let that happen. Constance is found dead in the bottom of her swimming pool and Eliza Blake, an anchor woman, is determined to uncover the truth behind Constance's murder. She may be the next victim.The list of suspects just becomes bigger and bigger and I was actually surprised to find out who the murderer was. I like when a story keeps me guessing and this one did just that. If you are a fan of mystery/suspense then you should give this one a shot. I will be looking for more by this author in the future. Recommend. Well written book.

  • Jade
    2019-04-18 16:47

    New York City, television icons and a mysterious death should be the perfect trio for an intriguing read. With regret,though, I believe that they prove to be less of an indulgence than you may expect. A high society news anchor is found dead at her country retreat, or so everyone believes. As fellow co-workers savor the death of a ruthless colleague, Eliza Blake can't seem to believe that it was just an accident. As she uncovers many possible suspects, Eliza begins to realize that she may be the next victim. As one will discover, the writing style is simple yet descriptive but the plot is not as overly complex as some readers may be hoping for.

  • Akemi Joy
    2019-04-13 16:29

    So, the killer was a surprise to me and it took me an embarrasingly long time to figure out the "clue" that should have been pretty obvious. Other than that fustration, I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading Mary Jane Clark's other books.My favorite characters are Eliza and her daughter Janie.I'm not sure about the accuracy of all the information about the Cloisters and their collection, but this book made me really excited to go there and see it all! I love medieval lore and would love to see artifacts from the time period.

  • Betty Ann Baer
    2019-04-08 11:30

    I listened to this book on CD. I don't know if it was the reader or the book, but it seemed very shallow and poorly written to me. I skipped lots of stuff that didn't have anything to do with the book. I hope people don't really act the way they acted in this book. It was about a news anchor lady that ended up getting killed. Everybody suggested that they didn't like her and it wasn't that big of a loss. The book suggested that everybody wants to move up and get the job of the person ahead of them.

  • Jane
    2019-03-23 13:33

    Good entertaining mystery. Characters are well developed, murder suspects abound! Short chapters kept my interest. I have to say the ending was a surprise, but the murderer's motive was a bit weak. I found it interesting that the book was about a news reporter...the author was a CBS news producer for 3 decades as well as the daughter of an FBI agent. That information most likely explains why her mystery books are entertaining but believable. If you need a fast entertaining read Mary Jane Clark is your author.

  • Karen
    2019-04-16 11:24

    There were plenty of suspects for me to consider in this one. There was also one character who so clearly didn't do it that I thought for sure she must have. I liked that I didn't figure it out too early on. I really didn't like that something bad happened to an animal in the prologue; I almost stopped reading right then, and probably would have if I'd had another book on CD in the car. Also, I'm skeptical that a critical clue could have been created in the few days it appears to have been but I guess some people do work a lot faster than I do.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-22 09:46

    Nearly impossible to put down. I acutally bought this book by accident/deception(?). I was at Costco and walked passed the book section, saw what I thought said "Mary Higgins Clark" and grabbed the book (my 3 year old commants most of my attention). I love MHC, easy reads, great plots, fabulous characters. Mary JANE Clark doesn't have quite the refined writing style that I really enjoy with MHC, but it is a similar type of story, clean and intense! I just wish a few loose ends had been wrapped up better at the end.

  • Rebekkila
    2019-03-23 11:39

    Her books are all the same. Someone at Key news gets murdered, then we have 275 pages of all the people who might want them dead and why. Then we have a solution which is the person you least suspect, mainly because it makes the least amount of sense. Most of the books take place at Key news which probably is one of the riskiest jobs in America based on the number of books that have been set there.

  • Karen Davis Engelbert
    2019-04-16 09:31

    I have read several of this author's books, although this is the first in the KEY News series. I like her format of keeping the chapters short, and chronicling the plot day-by-day. I also like the way she incorporates some facts and history about the area in which the story takes place. In this case, she shares interesting details about the Cloisters in upper Manhattan and medieval art/legend. It's a quick read and maintains your interest.

  • Annie
    2019-04-08 15:45

    This book was a fast read. Mary Jane Clark as well as Mary Higgins Clark and Carole Higgins Clark write good thrillers although I think Mary Higgins Clark is the best of the three. The book was fast paced and interesting but not as involved in detail like other authors such as Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta novels. I really get into the forensics descriptions and like anything with medical detail. I read the Clarks for pure entertainment.

  • Laren
    2019-04-12 09:33

    I figured this one out way too early, but it was still an ok story to finish. I'm glad to see the author starting the "Sunrise Suspense Society" with her heroine and cohorts for next time so maybe they can have a non-newsperson as the murderer. Frankly, it is stretching credulity for the main character to have worked with so many murderers already (and yet I don't stop reading her books, I know, I know).

  • joyce lynn
    2019-03-23 15:28

    WOW, i'd forgotten how many twists and turns THIS author could toss into a thriller!!!this is one of those books and authors that is a quick read, only because, even if the house was burning down around you, you just can't put it down til you've read "one more page", only the end of the "just one more page, mom" DOESN'T end til the book does!!!this one was WELL worth the LOONNNGGGG wait!!!

  • Therese B
    2019-04-16 09:37

    I have always enjoyed this author although I hadn't read anything by her in a while. She write mysteries. Her characters are TV news people. The stories take you behind the sceen of how it all works and how competitive it is. This particular story was about a anchor woman from the morning news. She was leaving after being at that station for several years. Someone objected to the change and she was murdered. The story develops how she was murdered and a surprise as to who did it.

  • Linda
    2019-04-12 11:32

    I really love this series by Mary Jane Clark....always suspenseful with lots of possible suspects....keeps me reading way later than I should. As always, there were cultural/historical tidbits to hold my attention and make me feel like I was learning something along the ride. This time it was info about the Middle Ages, tapestries, and unicorns....interesting. Quick moving with likable characters.

  • Erin
    2019-04-04 17:24

    When Day Breaks is a thrill ride. It gives reader an inside view into the world of television news broadcasts.The characters are wonderful, complex, and you won't know who the killer is until the very end.You may think you know, but the reveal will surprise you.The plot twists, are intricately woven, creating a masterpiece of suspense.A MUST READEnjoy!Erin