"Obsession with a really weird twist" Losing Heart by @_mrs_b #thriller #review

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Losing Heart

Written by Donna Brown

Genre(s): Thriller

"I hate you. I hate you with all of Sylvia's heart."

Helen has waited for months for the heart that will save her life. After reaching out to the grieving mother of her donor heart, Helen realizes that a second chance comes at a price. The price, she soon realizes, is much steeper than she'd ever have chosen to pay.

There's more than one way to break a heart. There's more than one way to destroy a life...

Sharon Flood's Review

Obsession with a really weird twist

The entire story was about conflict. The characters were emotionally and physically embattled throughout. There was a sense of impending doom that settled over them like a thick mist. That's actually a good thing in a psychological thriller like this.

I was never really sure till near the middle where the story was headed. I was kept guessing as to who was at risk, or not. There were elements of the movie Fatal Attraction - obsession to the max, with a really weird twist. I liked that a lot.

The story is so well written and visual that I took almost instant visceral sides against the main characters – Helen, Tom, Marian, and Jack. I didn't like any of them as people. The main character Helen, had a heart transplant. The normal reaction to a character under stress is empathy, or at least some sympathy. Her behaviour towards her family after the transplant made me like her less.

Although she became a victim later in the book, her initial actions coloured how I felt about her. Her husband Tom was unlikable from the start. He didn't support his wife at all. He was more sympathetic toward Marian, the mother of Helen's heart donor. Then there's Marian. Her behaviour was off the wall from the get-go. I didn't like her either.

I liked the story very much. I'd recommend it to anyone, but I just didn't expect to take such an emotional stand against all of the characters. Ms. Brown made me relate to them on a personal level, as if they were people I knew – and disliked. There's no rule about liking characters in a book, but it would have been nice to have someone to root for. I did like the ending, though. It was satisfying.

Disclaimer: Book provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.