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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz's Your Heart Belongs to Me is yet another great story told by one of the best fiction writers out there. I don't even have to mark my calendar, Koontz releases two a year, one near my birthday in May and one near Christmas, and he never disappoints. (And the kids always know what to get me as a gift! I don't know what the heck they'll do if he decides to retire.)

Your Heart Belongs to Me is similar in tone to The Good Guy, The Husband, the Christopher Snow books and so many more. What these books all have in common is heart. The protagonists are almost always witty, decent, good to the core folks, the kind of people you'd want to get to know and spend some time with. Koontz's ability to write people to life is what makes all his novels so compelling. We root for the hero/heroine because we just like them so much that we can't stand to see them not succeed.

I really enjoyed Your Heart Belongs to Me. It's not my all time favorite Koontz, that would be a tie between Life Expectancy and One Door Away from Heaven. Oh wait, there's also The Face, Dark Rivers of the Heart, From the Corner of His Eye, Fear Nothing, The Taking, Odd Thomas, and so on and so on..... (I won't give him too much credit for Life is Good, I'm pretty sure that was all Trixie!I think Dean just supplied the kibble, treats and walks. And perhaps advice about that dastardly semi-colon. The rest was all Trixie.)I guess I really can't pick a favorite after all, I'll just have to say, Dean Koontz never disappoints me and I always look forward to his next novel.

From Amazon

From the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense comes a riveting thriller that probes the deepest terrors of the human psyche—and the ineffable mystery of what truly makes us who we are. Here a brilliant young man finds himself fighting for his very existence in a battle that starts with the most frightening words of all…

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.


Anonymous said...

I agree - Koontz is a great writer, but some of his books are just too scary for me.