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In a freak collision when she was 12, Mia Germaine faced death and the loss of her father. A heart transplant from a young murder victim saved her life, but not without a price. Twenty years later, chilling nightmares about an unresolved homicide begin to plague Mia. Compelled by these lost memories, she forms a complicated connection to the victim - the girl killed the night of Mia's accident - due to a scientific phenomenon called "organ memory."

Now suffocating beneath the weight of avenging a dead girl and catching a serial killer on the loose dubbed the "Triangle Terror," Mia must dodge her own demons while unimaginable truths torment her - along with a killer set on making her his next victim.

As Mia tries to determine if her dreams are clues or disturbing phantasms, uninvited specters lead her further into danger's path, costing her the one person who can save her from herself. A Secondhand Life weaves a tale of second chances and reclaimed dreams as this taut, refreshing story ensnares and penetrates you.

©2015 Pamela Crane (P)2017 Pamela Crane

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A secondhand Life

What did you love best about A Secondhand Life?

This is a great book! I was caught up right in the beginning. So tragic to lose one of your parent in an accident. But to have to have a heart transplant to save your own life. This book was compelling .

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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It’s a whodunit that leaves you guessing until the

I’ve not read a lot of mystery books in the past. A Secondhand Life is a great mystery book in my opinion. It’s a whodunit that leaves you guessing until the end. Although there were times when I thought I knew who the killer was, I wasn’t really sure until it was revealed.

I never read the first book in the series and although ASL is labeled as the second book in the series, the book seems to have it’s own storyline. There’s no seemingly real dependency on the previous book and it seems to stand on its own. Which is good - I’ve listened to other books in a series without reading the preceding ones and had no clue what was going on. I’m curious why the second book was released on Audible before the first, but I’m sure the author has a master plan.

Beginning, and middle, I quite enjoyed the book.

But the end...

I’m the kind of person that if a mishap is done in the writing, it’s a blemish that I can’t overlook. Call it a bad habit. Call it OCD. Call it just being a pain in the ass. But the ending was kind of strange for me.

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In the final battle, Mia was stabbed or cut in the throat. It was a serious wound. It was enough to make her get woozy at a certain point, and even stain a towel red quickly. But afterwards, there was no mention of it. It healed miraculously, and even in the ending scene when Mia and Brad were “getting it on” no mention of a scab or stitches or tenderness. Nothing.
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Did it ruin the book? Of course not. The ending was great! But it’s like watching a movie and seeing the sound boom come down into the shot. It takes away from it. Cheapens it. Hopefully the author will make sure these prickly barbs are smoothed down for us OCD types in her future works.

Otherwise, she's a brilliant author.

Melanie Carey was a very entertaining performer. I loved the effort she placed into the enunciation of words. Her performance of the killer character was amazing. Her performance of male parts was the best I’ve heard yet.

This audiobook was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

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A Thriller That Kept Me Guessing Until the End!

This was the first time I have listened or read one of Pamela Crane's novels and it won't be my last. NO SPOILER REVIEW: The book is about a girl named Mia who receives a heart transplant and has yet to move on from a painful past. Years later she starts to have memories that are not her own and starts to wonder if they are related to the donated heart that beats in her chest. All the while, a serial killer dubbed the "triangle terror" is back on a killing spree going after young girls in her city.

This story reminds me of the theory of "6 degrees of separation" and how multiple lives can unknowingly intersect. The story focuses on a mystery with multiple sub plots that deepens the story and the connection to its characters.

As a breakdown, I would say this story is:
20% romance
80% mystery/thriller/police procedural (the story reads like a police procedural however a civilian is the one investigating and I found this interesting)
100% heart

This story was entertaining and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.




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Best I have read in a long time!!

I could not put this down! What a crazy ride. Absolutely riveting. Definitely worth the read ,definitely worth buying the series.

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I didn't see that coming!

Loved the premise of the story and all of the twists and turns held my attention throughout!

Narrator did an excellent job with the characters!

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Ehhh. It was OK.

I'm not sure why, but I had trouble with this one. Maybe I just didn't like the author's writing style. The story wasn't awful, but it just didn't hold any real surprises for me. Not really mysterious, not really suspenseful...and the main character was a bit whiney for my taste. The narration of the villain was horrid and trite. Almost cliched. Very one dimensional. I am evil...but I think I'm good, but I know I'm really evil, and I love the killing and the blood and the moment the life drains from them...blahblahblah. Just fell really flat. By the end, I just didn't care anymore and just wanted to finish so I could start something better.

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Great listen

Great listen with a unique storyline. Great narrator as well. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Love it

Loved the unique premise of this book and found it compelling and entertaining.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Fantastic!!!

This was a fantastic,suspenseful story that had me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to read more by this author!

*This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*

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great

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a great book! It kept me guessing all the way to the end. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested!

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  • DubaiReader
  • 02-19-18

Organ memory.

This was a fantastic premise for a murder mystery, especially as I came across mention of the phenomenon in the news at the time that I was reading the book. It appears that donated organs can have some residual memory from their previous owner; in this case, a faint memory of the murder that finished the life of Alexis and allowed her heart to be donated to Mia Germaine.

It's actually 20 years after her transplant that Mia starts to have flashbacks to the murder scene and she senses that this is not just a coincidence, but something that she feels compelled to follow up. Her investigation leads her to meet the victim's family and she teams up with Alexis's brother to investigate the murder, following Mia's clues.

I was listening to a well read audio version, narrated by Melanie Carey. The only problem I did have, was that, being a female narrator, it was a while before I twigged that the murderer was a man. Mostly it is Mia who tells the story but from time to time we do get the voice of the murderer.

An enjoyable read but, for me, there were just a few too may coincidences. I can't say more though, without spoilers. Even so, I definitely want to read the prequel novella, A Second Hand Lie.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 10-31-17

A bouquet of lilacs

A car accident, a father killed and his young daughter, Mia, saved by the transplanted heart she received from another twelve year old found murdered that same day. Twenty three years later, Mia, now enjoying a successful life and in a loving relationship, starts to have disturbing dreams, dreams of being strangled then stabbed, similar to the way two other young girls have died. Learning about the death of her doner, Mia determines to try to find the killer using her dreams as pointers to his identity.

Written mostly from the perspective of Mia herself, periodically there are sections as if written by the murderer, giving his feelings at the time as well as detailing his view of the killings. It is an interesting concept - is there actual muscle memory that can pass from doner to receiver of a transplanted body part? Unfortunately, this reader found too many problems associated with Mia's investigation to find this a satisfying story - from the apparent non thorough police investigation of the original murder of a twelve year old girl to the fact that the dreams would have been enough to reveal the killer's identity at least to Mia, even if she then didn't have further proof (If I could work it out well before the ending, surely someone with visuals would have seen it far sooner!).

The narration by Melany Casey is far more subtle, with the 'killer' voice resonant with a flat, depressant tone whilst that of Mia is animated with proper intonation and emotion. Well paced, also, it is a good performance and carries the story forward well.

My thanks to the rights holder of A Secondhand Life, from whom I received a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom, at my request, and this review is given freely. It was an interesting listen which posed intriguing questions but even despite this, and the good narration, I personally found it unable to sustain the level of mystery which I look for in this 'who dun it?' type of story. More cozy than the horror thriller that the subject matter and introduction would suggest.

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  • Elinor Dashwood
  • 08-26-17

Narration spoils book

I can't understand the raves for the narrator on this book. Please listen to the sample before you buy. Whenever the chapters or segments are from the point of view of the killer/heart donor, the narrator reads in a robotic, monotonous voice which is near impossible to listen to.

The reading perks up in chapters from the main character - but only really in dialogue, the descriptions or narrative sections are also in a monotonous voice with a staccato rhythm. So irritating! I got to chapter 6 and gave up. Up until then the story was only okay, maybe it perks up later but I can't listen to this anymore.

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  • Ellie S
  • 07-02-17

Brilliant.

Never saw the plot twists coming, excellent!! Very well written and works well on audible.

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  • Iain Hart
  • 06-19-17

What a story...

My first thought when listening to this was, that this is a genre I don't normally listen to, what I would call supernatural crime or supernatural noir.

And my second thought was that the author Pamela Crane has put a lot of research into the supernatural side of it.

The characters are well rounded and believeable, Mia is tanacious, the other characters all fit in and play their part well.

Unlike some crime novels, the clues in this story drip in an unatroosive way

The serial killer in the shadows is both human and monster in equal measure.

The conclusion I did not see coming, a sad but fitting end to a story that was both harrowing and brilliant in its own right. Definitely will get the rest of the series.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 06-13-17

Fab

I really enjoyed this audio book.
It involves organ memory and so much more.
I wasn't expecting half of what's involved and it just kept going.
The narrator was good and had a good mix of thought voices and spoken voices.
Definitely a book to listen or read!