A year after the heart transplant that saved him from certain death, thirty-four year-old Ryan Perry has never felt better. Business is good at his Internet company, and he hopes to reconcile with the girlfriend who inexplicably broke things off. But someone is out there who intends to collect on a prior claim to the one thing that made it all possible...
It begins with a piece of jewelry in the mail, a heart pendant, without a return address. Then a box of little valentine candy hearts arrives. A graphic heart surgery video supplants the advertising demo Ryan is watching with a chilling message: Your heart belongs to me. The harassment escalates and Ryan is made to understand that all he values will be taken from him. And as every facet of his life comes under siege, he begins to glimpse a mysterious woman stalking him a woman who looks just like the twenty-eight-year-old donor of the heart beating steadily within his own chest.
She wants it back.
" The ultimate plot payoff is unworthy of this gifted author, as are patches of ponderous prose ..." - Publishers Weekly.
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Rated of 5
Subtext. Isn't that the truth.
All though I did find it hard to get into & found very little meaning to the book until the last few chapters - I found the true underlying purpose to be beautiful & completely understand why most of what was written was necessary. It shed a light upon people & life - for me.
Rated of 5
Clueless with no sci-fi
This reads like a mystery, whodunit novel. No thank you. I had no clue what was going on until the end. A very frustrating and not very interesting read. Ryan Perry is not a believable character. There was no building of suspense. Just a building of annoying questions. The ending is weak and unsatisfying. If, the book wasn't given to me as a gift I would have thrown it in the trash and given it "very poor" as a rating. I love Dean Koontz for his sc-fi. No sci-fi here.
Dean Koontz was written more than 70 books. His books are published in 38 languages and have sold more than 400,000,000 copies, a figure that currently increases by more than 17 million copies per year. Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently lives with his wife, Gerda, in southern California.
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