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The Recipient Paperback – May 1, 2016
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(previous work) "Gifts of the Peramangk is an achingly beautiful story about perseverance and hope that I wished would never end. Dean Mayes clearly cares deeply about his characters, and his dedication to them shines through. I highly recommend this tale." —Long and Short Reviews
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In the Recipient the setup is exactly as long as it needs to be and promises good things to come. Interesting characters are introduced and the writing is solid with the writer showing, rather than telling—along with good dialog and visuals. Great first act and you’re pulled into the story. What that story is you’re not yet certain, but you like Casey Schillinge and her triumph over death, so far. The writing is good and stays tight throughout.
My only problem is with the story itself. It was not what I expected having read Mays’ first book, The Hambledown Dream, which I loved. This was as if the author was assigned to do a story about a heart recipient and told to write what you know—which seems exactly what he did. It had some supernatural overtones, but not as many as I expected. In the end I found it good, but not my cup of tea. It may be yours though, so I do recommend it if you like good writing…
I loved the premise - that in organ donation some part of the donor lives on in donated organ; in this case, the heart that is transplanted into the heroine Casey, and which saves her life.
A year after her operation, Casey is struck with pain in her chest and ongoing nightmares that threaten her sanity, nightmares in which she gets glimpses of the terrible way in which her organ donor died.
Very well written. Tightly paced. The action is unrelenting as Casey seeks justice for the organ donor she comes to feel she 'knows' as the pages turn.
I'd recommend this book to anyone in the mood for something different, who likes thrillers, and doesn't mind suspense with some vivid (but not overdone) violence... this one isn't for the faint hearted, and as it races toward the end, it'll keep you on the edge of your seat into the small hours.
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Last updated on 14 Jul 2017
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