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Losing Heart by [Brown, Donna]
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Donna Brown's psychological thriller, Losing Heart, is taut and filled with suspense. Marian is a spooky and deranged character whose chilling presence may give some readers nightmares. In contrast, Helen and Dr. Jack are marvelous characters who I kept rooting for. Losing Heart is a novella that I could not help but keep reading until it was finished. It is such a good read! Brown is a marvelous writer; her style is smooth, and her plot is very compelling. Losing Heart also touches on the question of whether parts of the donor's personality are transferred with organ donation. Losing Heart is surprisingly good, and I'm really looking forward to reading more of Brown's literary offerings. It's highly recommended.
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The characters are well-rounded and believable, which makes this romantic thriller especially compelling. The whole set-up is riveting and relatable: why shouldn't the mother of a donor feel some sense of connection to the recipient? And why shouldn't the recipient feel an enormous sense of gratitude and responsibility for the donor's mom? Put in this situation, most people would act similarly. It's frustrating that people think Helen is being paranoid, but it's also understandable. What makes Losing Heart so riveting is that it is both plausible and thrilling, making the plot and it's terrifying climax all the more real. 

Donna Brown has crafted a highly engaging novella. She is definitely a writer to watch. A major bestseller is very likely in her future. 
Self Publishing Review, 5 Stars

Product Details

  • File Size: 240 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OBTT7LY
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Artist and housewife Helen, is a recipient of a heart transplant. Despite the doctor's warning, Helen reaches out and encourages a friendship with the donor's mother, Marian. At first Marian comes off as sweet and a bit distraught -- but soon becomes unbearably imposing, as well as rude and demeaning to Helen. Marian's behavior escalates, boarding on insane and creepy.

The writing was very smooth and the flow made the book a quick read, but I was disappointed by the end. The final scene is a major one, but it petered off, leaving me wanting for more.

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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What happens when you are waiting for a heart transplant? This story is a short story, but I felt really detailed and intense. Helen had been waiting for months for the beeper to go off telling her that a heart has been found. During this time she was trying to live her life but was scared. Then the beeper went off and they had a heart for her. Yeah so awesome, you would think, but then she decided she wanted to meet the Mother of the person she received the transplant.

You would think that it would be simple just meet the mother and thank her for the heart, but you would never think of what happens next. You will have to read the book.
I felt the author did a great job of writing this short story, there could have been more, but there wasn’t any reason. The book tells it like it and I thought it was great.

This is the 2nd book I have read from Donna Brown and can’t wait to read more. Makes me really like short stories.
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I'll start by saying that this is a terrific plot, a great idea. Helen has a heart transplant but gets more than she bargains for when the mother of the donor invades her life. Marion Chambers does so in such a way that at first the reader feels sorry for her, then thinks she's a bit full-on, then realises that there's a lot more to her than meets the eye. That was good - I didn't expect it. Losing Heart would make a great thriller film (something like The Hand That Rocks The Cradle) - or a novel. The problem with the book I've just read is that it's crammed into novelette length.

We find out at the beginning of the story that Helen is having an affair with her doctor, Jack. There is no build up to this, or explanation for why she is being unfaithful to her husband other than a basic lack of communication. Helen comes over as a cold, selfish person who cares only about herself and her own needs, from what I could tell from the brevity of the narration, as does Jack, who keeps reassuring Helen that she is perfect and has done nothing wrong, despite the fact that she appears to consider her husband and Marion Chambers nothing more than irritating inconveniences. When Marion's behaviour becomes more bizarre and overwhelming, however, she has a personality u-turn and just accepts it. There are some excellent opportunities for development, with a story line that is reasonably well thought out, but it just felt so rushed, as if I was reading a first or second draft, or something with the bare bones written down that is waiting to be fleshed out into a novel. Period breaks are given with small horizontal lines, but in some cases just plunge straight back into another scene without it being clear who is talking or what is going on.
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I have just started reading thriller/women's fiction stories, and I must say I really like them. I just finished The Girl on the Train, and now this one. Donna Brown's Losing Heart is a fast-paced, Fatal Attraction-feeling thriller, which blends guilt, loss, compassion, and outright psychosis into one solid story. I definitely rooted for Helen as she confronted Marian and also feared for her safety. In fact, there's so much in this novella, I almost wish it were a book instead, so Ms. Brown could have spent more time expanding on the end a bit.
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This is truly a broken heart story full of emotions and family struggles.
From the beginning you know this is a family barely holding together.
Then what should be a wonderful thing - the emergency alert beeper goes off.

Helen has been waiting for a new heart to replace her failing one.
It is always bittersweet, knowing someone must die in order to get a replacement organ.
The emotions of the donor family will always be unpredictable, which is why anonymity is the best policy.
Is a new heart enough to repair a damaged family?

Helen reaches out to her donor's family but it is her husband Tom who opens the door to am extended relationship with Sylvia's mother, Marian. In fact, he never even asks Helen how she feels or what she thinks.

This is not a mystery. This is sheer horror.
It's appeal is in that it could be true.
Losing Heart is one of those books that, when you have finished, you sit back and absorb what happened.

I was given this book in exchange for my own opinions.
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Helen is dying from heart failure at age forty-five. Unless she gets a heart transplant she doesn't have long. About the time she is ready to give up a heart is available. Wanting to thank the donors family Helen sends a letter. After hearing back from Marian the mother of the young girl that died Helen agrees to meet. As Marian becomes more and more involved in Helen's life. Helen realizes there is more to Marian then what meets the eye and starting to feel like her life is in danger. But it isn't Helen's life that is in danger.

I am not sure how I felt about Helen, in one way I can understand where she is coming from but on the other hand she seems cold. As the story unfolds I do find myself liking her more. Between the heart transplant, a husband that doesn't seem to care anymore and a crazy women in her life. I guess she would be struggling. Her husband Tom pretty acts as if he doesn't care she got the transplant or not. Just keeps insisting on Marian being in their life. Great short read for lovers of thrillers and suspense.
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