Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz

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Title: Your Heart Belongs to Me
Series: N/A
Author: Dean Koontz
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 2008
Format Read: Paperback
Pages: 338
Rating:

2feathers

“Back of Book” Summary:

At thirty-four, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket—until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he’s diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it’s his only hope, and it’s dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all…his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

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 twenty-six-year-old donor of the heart beating steadily in Ryan’s own chest. And she’s come to take it back.

My Review:

Your Heart Belongs to Me starts out with a great storyline. People dueling about who gets pushed to the top of the heart transplant list. Those with enough money are able to buy an organ without questioning where it came from. Ignoring the clues that suggest the heart came from a recently living healthy person who fell victim to a murderous scam. Ryan Perry is one of those ignorant men who received one of these transplanted hearts. Soon he discovers he is being stalked and terrorized from a member of the victim’s family.

About 75% of this book is great. However, the ending is just awful. All of Koontz’s books have happy endings (at least the ones I’ve read). Sometimes it flows with the story. But in this book it does not. Sometimes a great story needs a sad and suspenseful ending. As stated in my review of Intensity, I also did not like that ending. However, it was not as bad as this book’s was. The ending ruined the entire book. I would not recommend anyone read this but the most diehard of Koontz fans.

Read more Dean Koontz reviews by the Audacious Feather:

Intensity
Relentless
Seize the Night
The Good Guy
Your Heart Belongs to Me

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Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Title: Catcher in the Rye
Series: N/A
Author: J.D. Salinger
Genre: Classic Literature
Release Date: 1951
Format Read: Paperback
Pages: 277
Rating:

2feathers

“Back of Book” Summary:

Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. Read and cherished by generations, the story of Holden Caulfield is one of America’s literary treasures. The Catcher in the Rye is a timeless tale of a teenager struggling with society and himself. Holden Caulfield is a teenager who hates his own life. He believes that every single person in the world is phony. One day, he was kicked out of school – again. His life changes when he decides to go to New York for three days.

My Review:

Being that this is an American classic, I had high expectations for this book. It let me down. I thought the story was rather boring, and almost predictable.  I can see why the book is considered to be controversial, especially when read in high school literature classes. There is a lot of profanity, underage drinking, teenage rebellion (like skipping school and failing classes), and the lead character solicits a prostitute. Besides the controversy of this young character, the story isn’t very exciting. In the end, the real lesson is that the feeling of alienation among teenagers is common and doesn’t last forever. Some people think this book is really philosophical. I think the main character is more judgmental than actually philosophical. Calling a spade a spade doesn’t make you an intellectual. I see the main character Holden Caulfield as more of a whiny brat who doesn’t appreciate the education his father is paying for him to have. There is nothing spectacular about him at all. This book was nothing like I expected. I would never recommend this.