One year later, Ryan has never felt better. Business is good and he hopes to renew his relationship with Samantha. Then the unmarked gifts begin to appear: a box of Valentine candy hearts, a heart pendant. Most disturbing of all, a graphic heart surgery video and the chilling message: Your heart belongs to me.
In a heartbeat, the medical miracle that gave Ryan a second chance at life is about to become a curse worse than death. For Ryan is being stalked by a mysterious woman who feels entitled to everything he has. She's the spitting image of the 26-year-old donor of the heart beating steadily in Ryan's own chest. And she's come to take it back.
©2008 Dean Koontz; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Koontz is a master of the edge-of-your-seat, paranoid thriller - and perhaps the leading American practitioner of the form." (Newark Star-Ledger)
"Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition." (USA Today)
I can't imagine a Mystery/Suspense reader being disappointed in this book. The action grabs you fast, right up front and pins you until the end. It's exceptionally well written; Koontz has the talent to emotionally hook the reader, then, like the undertow in the ocean, you discover how dangerous the waters really are. To put it more plainly, the human condition is revealed in much of its nakedness and readers are left affected and possibly somewhat disturbed. I will read it again, and soon.
A rich dot commer becomes ill and after visiting his doctor who tells him the possible causes of his enlarged heart could be poisoning among other things, Ryan quickly becomes suspicious of people, preferring to eat out of vacuum-sealed containers as a little-to-late precaution. His suspicions include watching other drivers on the road - don't know what he expects in this latter suspicion.
This story has been more than enough in substance to hold my interest and that of my husband on a long road trip. Still have over 3 hours left out of about 8.5 hours of narration.
This story's theme had a lot of potential but things just didn't fit. I didn't find the ending to be neatly-wrapped. Even the psychological threats the protagonist received weren't frightening - just weird and we're expected to believe that the way they happened were plausible.
What could have worked - just fizzled.
Dean Koontz is normally one of my favorite authors. Half way through the book I was hoping the protagonist would die so the book would move on to someone more interesting. I could not wait for this book to be over. If you do ignore the negative reviews (like I did), check to see if your player has a fast play speed to minimize the pain.
I must say, as an avid Dean Koontz fan, I was confused while I was listening to this and mistook the book to be by some other author unknown to me. The early banter between Ryan and his girl and the dogs at the end were the only part that was anything Koontz-like.
And what is all the garbage about "Sub-text"? Who cares? Proabably only a writer, but books should be written for "READERS". I don't need or want a writing lesson. Very strange.
The story made absolutely no sense and missing his usual charactor growth. I had absolutely no affinity to them, or even cared about them one way or another.
It hints that the main charactor, Ryan, had a poor childhood but didn't delve into it at all. It ended quickly without much of the suspense that I am used to from Mr. Koontz.
The real villian of the story, the Surgeon, was not addressed. Did he continue to opperate without any issues? This was not an abridged book, but it sure seemed like it. Typical Koontz would have went after the Surgeon, that would have made it more interesting.
Maybe this was one of his first novels?
Don't waste your time on this one if you are a fan. You will not get what you expect and probably be as disappointed as I was.
The only positive thing I can say is the narration is good.
Instead of a mystery or thriller, it turns out to be a book of spiritual enlightenment.
If you are looking for a good suspenseful book, look elsewhere
The Koontz books have gone steadily down hill for the past couple of years. I used to put him in the same category as Stephen King, but not the same level. Now, however his stories are getting increasingly long winded with not much happening in them. This was the worst by far, he seems to be trying to make statements with his books instead of just writing good fiction. I was 75% of the way through the book and I was still wondering when something of interest was going to happen. Severely disappointed, glad that I got this for the discount because I would really have been upset had I paid full price for this lame attempt. The next Koontz novel that I read will have to be free, because I will not take a chance with my money on writing like this.
This was disappointing. I read many of Koontz novels and this one was lacking. the main character was not like I expect Koontz character to be. He was way too neurotic and unsure of himself. And there really wasn't a villain either. The whole resolution was pretty lame.
I seldom give any Dean Koontz book a less-than-4-star review but this will be an exception. Medically, this book is like a tired Robin Cook novel. If it hadn't been for a sprinkling of the supernatural, the entertainment value would have been negligible. I was so far ahead of the story line that even the last-minute twists didn't turn this into a thriller for me.
Dean Koontz is usually a lot of fun and this is no exception. I don't think this is his best, but it's certainly not the worst. Maybe if he included a smart, adorable, loveable Golden Retriever I'd be more enthusiastic. He's spoiled me rotten: I've come to be very fond of his dog people.
The first half of this disappointing novel has nothing what so ever to do with the last half. It's like the author pulled down an incomplete novel and asked another author to finish it. The female characters were ridiculous. The love of this poor slob's life turned cold to him the only two times he needed her, instead insisting he guess the answer to a mysterious question that she refused to vocalize. Dean relationships 101 SVP. Dean's earlier works were about people overcoming long odds and making lives better. Lately, his work implies that no matter what we do at best we can only hope for a melancholy existence full of regret. And what is with all the male leads, Odd Thomas, this guy, ending up in Monasteries?? Dull, pathetic stuff.
I am a big fan of Dean Koontz and have been reading his books for over fifteen years. After joining Audible I became a Koontz listener and have been very pleased with the materials downloaded up to now.
The plot of this book seemed intriguing but proved not to be so. It takes a long time to get going. There is only a slight air of mystery created (in the middle of the book) and no fear and suspense at all. At one point I almost gave up listening but persevered and listened to it through to the end.
If you like your Koontz bloody or mysterious this book is not for you and you must seek elsewhere.
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