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Secrets can really kill your career.Beautiful New York TV anchorwoman Eliza Blake has a past to hide. Her popular co-anchor has a scandal he'd die to keep secret. The next President's pretty wife wants desperately to avoid indecent exposure. A parish priest knows a terrible truth. And a killer has a secret agenda that reaches from New York City's streets to the White HouseSecrets can really kill your career.Beautiful New York TV anchorwoman Eliza Blake has a past to hide. Her popular co-anchor has a scandal he'd die to keep secret. The next President's pretty wife wants desperately to avoid indecent exposure. A parish priest knows a terrible truth. And a killer has a secret agenda that reaches from New York City's streets to the White House-- it includes the time and place where Eliza Blake will have to die......

Title : Do You Want To Know A Secret?
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ISBN : 9780312969240
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Number of Pages : 302 Pages
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Do You Want To Know A Secret? Reviews

  • Debbie
    2019-03-21 02:23

    I really enjoyed this book. This was one of that books that kept me up reading at night. There are 10 books in the series and I'm so happy that the local library has the whole set, because I will be reading through them.

  • Jerry B
    2019-02-28 23:07

    Good Venue, Satisfying Plot, But Lots of Clutter...By now y'all probably know Mary Higgins Clark is the ex-mother-in-law of our author here, Mary Jane Clark. Many speak to the similarities of style -- a dashing (and gorgeous wholesome single mom, young widow, and accomplished professional) leading lady who overcomes all odds; enough violence and suspense to entertain and befuddle; and a nice clean ending we can all feel good about. Well hopefully that could be said about many a good book. The differences we see are more interesting. First the venue -- set mostly in the surrounds of a major news network, midst the tribulations of the early morning shows and anchor broadcasts at night, we certainly get (ala the movie "Network News") plenty of up close looks at the pressured lives on the news set. In the best tradition of write about what you know about, MJ speaks from personal experience as a producer and writer for CBS News. Indeed, Dan Rather gets a cameo mention in the story, as he does in the acknowledgments up front for his encouragement to the author. We just hope the romances reported among many co-workers aren't quite that prevalent, although as we know, propinquity is a powerful force (said Zelda to Dobie...).Second, we get a pretty good story line. The first shocker is the apparent suicide of a famous anchor, followed thereafter (but paced well) by the murders of his doctor and his secretary. Even the most dense of us realize the connections, though the trained newshounds seemed to miss it. A big surprise at the end serves up a murderer we dare say few suspected more than a page or two before the unveiling, so high marks for suspense.Third, and of course not as welcome, we do get an awful lot of characters, relationships, AIDS pleas, disease causes, snippets of events, changes in scenery, etc.; to us, all that clutter gets a little tiresome. Certain loose ends never do get wrapped up, and we're not even sure that a major subplot, the campaign machinations of a presidential candidate, really advanced the basic story line that well. We also personally disliked chopping the book up into 141(!) chapters - do the math, they span 302 pages, so that's like two pages each. And the last 35 span only 25 pages, so we're down to barely more than the "sound bites" so lovingly quoted throughout.So - for her first outing (of four to date), not bad. Clean things up, simplify a little, give us a little longer reading stretch with out raising and lowering the curtain a hundred times, and we might have something here. We'll at least move on to number 2 - "Do you promise not to tell?". And you?

  • Stephanie Bryant
    2019-03-07 04:57

    This was a well-laid out story, slowly letting bits of investigative information out as it is uncovered - and I was rather surprised by the revelation of the killer. Looking forward to checking out the next book in the series.

  • Kristen Landon
    2019-03-14 00:20

    A descent mystery. It's a bit dated to read now.

  • Ro Sands
    2019-03-22 04:59

    Great Mystery Thriller. Story kept me interested. I enjoyed the book.

  • Candy
    2019-03-09 06:10

    Could not get into the story line. I read 40% before I got to a the beginning of a plot. It took too long to get started.

  • Sandi
    2019-02-23 05:18

    Loved this book! Great story, great characters, great read!

  • Leira Murillo
    2019-03-11 00:07

    A page-turner I would say. Mary Jane Clark twisted the events and the characters' personalities. A good book for detective wanna be or any person who wants a guessing game. I would say she is a brilliant author. I would love to search for more of her books. Eliza Blake and Bill Kendall, both of them was news anchor in KEY News and was the central character. Eliza Blake was a widow at the same time a single parent. She depended on her work at Key that is why she values it very much. Everybody at the KEY News or the whole world was shocked by Bill Kendall's death. Bill Kendall is the anchor of KEY Evening News, a dear friend of Eliza Blake and a father of a boy with Fragile X syndrome, William Kendall. Bill had a secret that only few of his trusted people knows. Bill Kendall had a gruesome suicide because of his AIDS. A virus that he got because of the blood transfusion when he and Range, the KEY news producer, had an accident. Judge Dennis Quinn thought that he was free from Bill's blackmailing of turning him in. Dennis Quinn stole some money of the New Visions Charity. Which Bill found out and oblige Dennis to pay the money back. Besides this, Bill Kendall also had an affair with the next possible first lady of USA, Joy Wingard. Nate Heller, campaign manager of the Wingard's later found out. And keeping the anchor's affair with Joy a secret was his solution to avoid bad image during the campaign. Dr. Leo Karas, Eliza's and Bill's psychiatrist knew this all that is why he was murdered by an unknown suspect. Father Alec Fisco the young priest who performed Kendall's funeral also knew this secret but he had the seal of confession that can never be broken. Jean White, bill's secretary read bill's personal files and found out, she called Eliza Blake to tell the truth but unfortunately she was also killed. All of these events have connections. Connections that Eliza later dug and found out. She and her daughter was in danger. The murderer is in the kitchen...

  • Teena in Toronto
    2019-03-25 00:16

    When popular news anchor, Bill, commits suicide, everyone is shocked. As the book progress, we learn more about Bill and what drove him to kill himself.There were a lot of characters in this book and you're not sure who to trust or who has something to hide or who is a murderer. Eliza is the young widowed mother of a four-year-old daughter. She works as an anchor at the KEY New and is thankful to have an elderly nanny. She has a secret from her past that has been recently revealed in a scandal magazine (I didn't think it was that big of deal). There is a charismatic front-running presidential candidate, his wife and his campaign manager who are all hiding secrets. Bill and Eliza see the same psychiatrist. There is a judge who has been making $5,000/month payments to Bill. There is a homeless man who goes around stealing doorknockers. Range is Bill's best friend and works at KEY News. Yelena is the president of the network who is sleeping with Pete, Bill's replacement, and helping him get ahead but he's only using her. There is the priest who Bill got close to a couple months before his death. Louise is Bill's ex-wife, who is mourning like a widow even though they had split up years ago.It is written in third person perspective with the focus on various characters. I thought the writing style and pacing were okay. I like the structure ... some of the chapters were longer and some were short. We find out in the end who the murderer is and I thought who it was was absurd. It was kind of a letdown to get to the end and find out "who dunnit".This is the first in the KEY News series (there are currently 12 in the series) and the first one I've read. I like getting into series and have read and liked other books by this author (the Piper Donovan series) so thought I'd check it out. I thought this book was just okay and perhaps will read more in the series sometime.Blog review post:

  • Caroline
    2019-03-15 02:58

    Do You Want to Know a Secret?by Mary Jane Clark Mary Jane Clark's name is designed on the cover to resemble that of her former mother-in-law, Mary Higgins Clark. No accident there. Besides the marketing value of a famous name, Mary Jane's style is slavishly imitative of Mary Higgins. A bright young career woman is stunned to find a dear friend dead, possibly (probably) murdered. The murderer knows she must be silenced. Several killings (and a new boyfriend) later, Miss Bright-Young-Career is menaced and nearly killed, but saved at the last moment (often by said, new boyfriend). The murderer ends up dead, or insane. This time around, it is young widow Eliza Blake who finds herself in peril. Her old friend and co-worker, anchorman Bill Kendall, has just committed suicide. The question as to why involves embezzlement from charities, a political election, a mentally ill homeless man, religion, psychiatrists, and AIDS. Also a killer who slays anyone who comes close to the truth. Little vignettes of the heroine, her friends, enemies, and coworkers are intercut together as the suspense (hopefully) comes to a head. Can I call this Mary Higgins Clark-esque? Fortunately, I like this kind of novel, so the manufactured air was bearable. It was dressed up well enough. Ms. Clark's day job is in a broadcast news studio and she seems to knows what she's talking about with the little details. The characters, though entirely predictable, were fine. However, the ending threw me for a loop. It was totally unexpected (which is good), but totally unbelievable. There are a few details that remain unresolved. Did Wingard confront his campaign manager about lying to him? What happened to the murderer? The gun goes off and that's that. Why did Bill keep verbatim transcripts of all his conversations on his computer? Honestly, though, I do not really want to know. Do You Want to Know a Secret would make a decent airplane read.

  • Linda
    2019-03-22 01:07

    This was the author's first book and you see the growing pains, I read her first Wedding Cake mystery and was curious about her earlier work. The culprit surprised me so big points for that plus it took forever to get to bodies after the initial death that sets up the story. I had a problem with the choppiness of the book, too many short chapters. There was very little flow in this book and hopefully that changes as there are more books.Clark has a background in a TV network news division and so she writes what she knows capturing that world how it was perfectly. Funny how some of the budget constraints faced today are sprouting even in this book written in 1998. A likeable heroine with a tragic past struggling to find her way and make a future for herself and her daughter but she's not always the central character. At the end some justice and some loose ends for all the characters. I'll check out the next book and see where that takes readers.

  • Debbie J
    2019-03-22 02:09

    Do You Want to Know a Secret? is a passable enough murder mystery for what it is, i.e., the literary equivalent of a quaint 20th century soap opera.Implausible plot points and pedestrian dialogue abound, and even the most mundane characters speak to each other as if they’re reading their words via teleprompter. In addition, the book’s structure is puzzling; it contains more than 100 chapters, many comprising only a few sentences. Do You Want to Know a Secret? resembles the novelized version of a screenplay, full of frequent whiplash-inducing focus shifts from one character and location to another. Perhaps the author’s approach was deliberate given how the story is based around the goings-on at a CNN-esque TV station. Nonetheless, despite several shortcomings, the story did manage to pique my curiosity about the series. I am planning to make a second attempt at audiobooking next offering, Do You Promise Not to Tell?

  • Tanja
    2019-03-16 06:07

    This was a good book, with a few twists and turns to divert the reader - or at least me - to guess who the real foe is - and I was surprised! The short plot summary: Anchorwoman Eliza Blake, the upcoming star at KEY News, is shattered by her friend and co-anchor's death. Her past is being ripped apart by tabloid magazines and she finds herself more and more in danger as others close to her mysteriously die. Accidents? Murder? It's a tale involving the possible next president's wife, a priest, a judge gone bad and others whose secrets are rather left closed up...I enjoyed reading this story. It was fast paced - also due to the 141 chapters - and never got boring for me. Eliza Blake is mother of a young daughter, and I could relate to her working and the nagging bad conscience of leaving her child with others.

  • Jan
    2019-02-25 00:21

    This was a good murder mystery. I was kept guessing right up until the end and was pleasantly surprised. I liked the way the story unfolded. Each chapter was told from a different character's perspective, putting little bits and pieces of the puzzle in place. The heroine, Eliza, is a young widow with a 4 year old daughter. Eliza is a newswoman on the rise. Her face is well known to viewers of the KEY News TV channel. Everybody wants a scoop and everybody has a secret. We learn about the power of polictics and journalism from a behind-the-scenes-media perspective.The book dates itself though, commenting on big news stories of the time (late 1990') and this bothered me a bit. However, I do look forward to reading more of this author's work.

  • Diane Morasco
    2019-03-10 01:19

    Do You Want to Know a Secret? is a sharply designed spine-chiller.Mary Jane Clark is a masterful storyteller. She weaves thrillers infused w/fireworks so powerful you feel like you have just stepped into the intense, unforgettable, hold-you-breath scene she has created & have become the main character.Ms. Clark knows her stuff. Mary Jane Clark's distinct, accelerated prose allows readers an insider's glimpse of the broadcast-news business as the fictional KEY News takes you along for one adventurous ride.Ms. Clark holds nothing back as she siphons her searing topics from bona fide headlines.Do You Want to Know a Secret? is a tightly knit whodunit with nonstop action, a suspenseful plot that packs a wallop & absorbing characters.

  • Amy
    2019-03-06 06:24

    Perfect diversion for the time following an eye doctor visit, where I got my eyes dilated and couldn't spend the rest of the day doing the things I like to do, including reading. An ear-read was a good substitute for page turning, though.Story was a bit formulaic, and a bit dated, but decent enough. The Clark women (Mary Higgins, Carol Higgins, Mary Jane) all tend to run together in my mind these days. I usually pick the least likely/most benign/trusted early on and pin the butler label on them. More often than not, I'm right.

  • Toni N
    2019-02-26 02:00

    This is the first book (of the over 30 I have rated on Goodreads) upon which I am bestowing a 5 STAR RATING. This book was FANTABULISTIC!!! It is not the kind of book I would normally have read, based on the excerpt. But, I was familiar with the author, so I gave it a shot. I was surprised to find that I could not put it down. I wanted to know every "secret" this book withheld from me. And happily, I was not disappointed with the ending. If you're looking for a "goodread"...this is it!

  • Marca
    2019-03-11 00:57

    A suicide/murder mystery among the nation’s elite politicians and reporters. A bunch of them know THE BIG SECRET, but have various incentives not to tell. The big mystery to me was why THE BIG SECRET was so shameful that a national reporter would commit suicide. Twenty-years ago, maybe, but the book was published in 1998. Oh, and in the real world, there is no way all those people would keep the secret.

  • Gloria Johnson
    2019-03-25 06:04

    This is the first in the Key News series and introduces the character of Eliza Blake. She is a widowed mother of a 4-year old daughter, working for Key News on television. The death of the anchorman begins the series of events in which she becomes involved. Also involved is the front-running presidential candidate, his wife, campaign manager, a psychiatrist, a judge, a homeless man, and several other employees at Key News. It's a pretty good book, and I will probably read more in the series.

  • Linda
    2019-02-21 23:56

    Fast read. TV station anchorwoman is suspicious of her colleague's suicide and, when their psychiatrist and his secretary are murdered, she investigates. Conspiracies involving an AIDS diagnosis, a presidential candidate, bribery, embezzlement and a federal judge up the ante, then the anchorwoman herself becomes a target. Entertaining, but not great literature.

  • Anita
    2019-03-24 23:15

    Suicide, murder, scandals and blackmail make for an intriguing whodunit. I had my suspicions as to who the suspect might have been, but I was thrown a curve ball. I just found it a little 'boring' being that the setting centered around life in a newsroom and the lives of its characters -- but that's just a personal (non)-preference. For that, this read gets a 3½ stars.

  • Kathy Sandlin
    2019-02-28 02:06

    I've read most of the Mary Jane Clark. Kind of found her by accident since she was right with the Mary Higgins and Carol Higgins in the bookstore. Good reads....probably better than the Carol Higgins but not as good as the Mary Higgins books. They are nice fast reads. I'll just add a few to the list

  • Anne Marie
    2019-03-09 06:21

    At first as I was reading this book, I thought it had too many characters to keep track of and I was getting lost as to what was going on. But soon enough, I couldn't put the book down! It was great, especially when the author mentioned places in the area. Looking forward to reading more of her books.

  • Laurie
    2019-03-02 21:58

    Hurray! A new mystery author for me to read this summer. A friend accidentally took this book out thinking the author was Mary Higgins Clark - but it's not. This book is about a tv news anchorwoman at KEY News - the author works/worked for CBS news. I enjoyed it and I'm already reading the second book (this one was written back in 1999).

  • Kim
    2019-02-27 03:17

    Very interesting look into the television news business. I have to say it is really probably only a 3.5 or so but I had to round up because I was completely off on my guesses of who the culprit would turn out to be in the end! At the very moment of the reveal, I felt like, What. Just. Happened!? That doesn't really happen to me much anymore! Going on to book 2!

  • Rachael Rituper
    2019-03-20 00:12

    I really liked this book. I was pleased that Eliza, the main character was very likable. There were many different characters with lots of drama happening in their lives. It made for an entertaining book.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-23 22:00

    I had a hard time getting into this book. I didn't really like this book till the very end. I like this author but this was not one of her better books. I will though continue with the rest of the serirs and hope they get better.

  • Sue Klasing
    2019-03-04 05:02

    Great surprise ending! I was surprised how much I liked this author, I have always been a Mary Higgins Clark fan and sort of overlooked this author thinking she was trying to get a free ride on the similarities in their names. I was wrong!!

  • Karin
    2019-03-14 05:14

    Classic-style mystery. It was not particularly well written, and it was very dated (I could totally tell it was written in the 90's), but the mystery format of it was pretty good. If you enjoy the mystery genre it was an okay read.

  • Julie
    2019-03-18 01:05

    I would probably rate this 2.5 stars. I went with 3 stars because I listened to the whole book...didn't jump ahead or quit in the middle. I really wanted to like this book, but found it to be slow moving and a little boring. :o(