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Your Heart Belongs to Me - Dean Koontz: An easy, but satisfying read!
Your Heart Belongs to Me - Dean Koontz
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Your Heart Belongs to Me - Dean Koontz
Advantages: Draws the reader in quickly, good plot, well written.
Disadvantages: A bit of a 'non PC' faux pas at the end, and not detailed enough ending in general.
I picked this book up a few weeks ago in Oxfam. Hadn't heard of the title, but had recently been introduced to Dean Koontz novels. I was keen to read a few more. This was the only one of his books they had, and it seemed as good as any to go with!
PRICE / AVAILABILITY
As I said, I picked this up from an Oxfam store. Charity shops and bootsales are great places to pick up books cheaply, especially if it's something by a best selling author. They'll be quite easy to come by!
You can purchase this one for as little as a pound if you type the title and author into Google Shopping, and it's available from all the usual places such as Amazon.
If you don't shop online and your local bookshop doesn't have this, I'm sure they'd be happy to order it in for you.
According to The Book Depository, the RRP of this one is £6.05. So wherever you get it from, it should be reasonably priced.
THE WRITE UP
Your Heart Belongs To Me
" "For one man, they are the five most terrifying words of all . . ." One year after the heart transplant that saved his life, thirty-five-year-old Ryan Perry has never felt better. He's getting back everything he nearly lost forever--his business, his his life, and, with luck, his beloved girlfriend. Miracles do happen. Then the unmarked gifts begin to arrive--a box of candy hearts, a heart pendant. Most disturbing of all is a graphic heart-surgery video and its chilling message: "Your heart belongs to me." Ryan is being stalked by someone who feels entitled to everything he has. She's the spitting image of the twenty-six-year-old donor of the heart beating steadily in Ryan's own chest. And she's come to take it back. "
The blurb above gives information on the story from only a third of the way in and onwards. This is where the story pretty much begins to develop. I was surprised, although not put off, that the opening chapters were so long, detailed, and in depth. I was surprised because they didn't really develop into much in terms of the main story, but not put off because, like all Dean Koontz' writing, it was interesting and made you want to keep going.
If you'd read the back, like I had and like most people do before chosing a book, you'd wonder when the inevitable heart transplant was coming. And I think it would have been more enjoyable reading up to this point without knowing it would happen.
It is worth noting that the book is divided into three parts. Each clearly marked. Before the transplant, during, and after.
The story starts by introducing you to the main character, Ryan Perry, who is a young and wealthy internet entrepreneur. You also get to know his girlfriend Samantha. These characters are developed throughout the opening chapters, and in the first third of the book you don't really get to know much about any of the other characters. The only people who are mentioned briefly are a private security firm working with Ryan, medical professionals and the staff at Ryan's home. This seems to be an effective way of keeping the reader focused on the main plot without getting side tracked.
From the start, the writing is good; it flows well and you're soon drawn into the story. I'm someone who struggles to get into a book, but haven't found this with both Dean Koontz novels I've read. The scenes are set well with enough but not too much description, the characters develop, and you can quickly relate to the main character, Ryan's, way of thinking. So much so, that you can get as tunnel visioned as he does! (Although I won't say too much and give the whole plot away!).
When I got to the end of the book, and the plot was being wrapped up, I did however, feel a bit cheated. A lot of the beginning and middle sections seemed to be filled with red herrings. Some of these were explained in part, but no "oh wow! I didn't see that one coming!" style twists. Some of the previous happenings were not elaborated on at all.
This is the second Dean Koontz I've read (as I said before), and the second time I've been disappointed by an ending. I've seen the same thing mentioned by other reviewers, so it seems to be a bit of a trend.
Thought had clearly gone into the whole plot, from start to finish, and the end was interesting enough to satisfy the reader, but I think with these types of thriller / mystery novels, one expects even more twists and turns than what's provided here!
I enjoy Dean Koontz style of writing immensley, he really does tell a story well and it's clear he has a good working knowledge of whatever subject he's writing about. What did bother me in this book, right towards the end, was some of his 'non PC' terms. He refers to a young boy with Down's Syndrome as a 'Down's Syndrome boy' which I was quite taken aback by. I'm sure this was an oversight, but could potentially offend a reader!
A good read with an interesting subject matter, and a leading character that the reader can identify with.
A very well written story, that will draw in even the most impatient reader within a few chapters.
Some good twists at the end, although nothing groundbreaking. A little more focus on the ending, and a little less on the beginning, and this book could rate much higher!
I'll definitely read another Dean Koontz novel (in fact, I already am!).
Summary: An easy read that'll grab your attention immediately. Great if you like your thrillers and mysteries