The Second Time Around: A Novel

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Mary Higgins Clark

Narrated By: Jan Maxwell

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 2003

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes


Nicholas Spencer, charismatic head of the medical research company Gen-Stone, involved in the development of an anticancer vaccine, suddenly disappears.
Early results of the vaccine seemed highly promising. Yet, coinciding with Spencer's disappearance is news that the FDA is denying approval. Then comes the shocking revelation that Spencer had looted Gen-Stone of huge sums of money.
Marcia 'Carley' DeCarlo, a columnist for Wall Street Weekly, is assigned to cover the story. Carley is the stepsister of Spencer's wife, Lynn, an aggressive PR woman and socialite, whom she dislikes and distrusts.
As Carley proceeds with her investigation, she is confronted by seemingly impenetrable questions: Is Nicholas Spencer dead or in hiding? Was he guilty or set up? Why the sudden reversal in medical opinion of the vaccine from recognition to condemnation? As the facts unfold, Carley becomes the target of a dangerous group involved in a sinister and fraudulent scheme.


  • Lynn Smoak

    I loved this book. It was very suspenseful and kept you guessing. I love MHC as an author. She completes the story. I would read any of her books.

  • Alicia from Austin

    I should have paid closer attention to other people's ratings before I put this on my rental shelf. It's bad. And by bad I mean NOT at all good! The narrator sounds like a Sunday school teacher who's trying to work a 900-number date lines. It's just not convincing, and the writing overall is bad.

  • Anonymous

    Both Mary and Carol Higgins Clark write very good mysteries. I find both of them to be formulaic, but I usually enjoy the story even thought I usually figure out the killer long before the end. The writing is always sharp and witty.

  • Anonymous

    I found this story to be a slow-starter but picked up. I was never sure who was the guilty party until the end. I would say the characters were believable.

  • Wendy Hobson

    Mary Higgins Clark is always a good read. I loved the story!!!

  • Anonymous

    Dumb beyond belief . . . one vaccine to cure all kinds of cancer and birth defects, too . . . Author tries to lead reader emotionally instead of allowing reader to develop emotions as a result of what happens.

  • Wendy Largey

    I was unimpressed with this story, and even less impressed with the narrator. No surprises here, fairly predictable, and although you are kept in suspense throughout the story, the end didn't give me that "Oh my god!" feeling. The narrator really didn't help the situation either.

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