- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (March 29, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062409328
- ISBN-13: 978-0062409324
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Stopped Heart: A Novel Paperback – March 29, 2016
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This overlong novel from British author Myerson (The Quickening) focuses on two families living in the same village near Ipswich in Essex, separated by 150 years. In the present, grief-stricken Mary Coles and her husband move to a run-down cottage with a large back garden, once a farmyard, to seek a new start after a tragedy that's only gradually revealed. Meanwhile, in the past, 13-year-old Eliza narrates the story of a red-haired stranger, James Dix, whose sudden arrival at her family's farm leads inexorably to trouble. Dix is a seducer whose tendency to violence gradually becomes clear, and wary Eliza is only one of his targets. Back in the present, Mary's married neighbor, Eddie, begins paying inappropriate attention to her. The forward-looking visions of Eliza's four-year-old sister, Lottie, and Mary's visions of the past connect the experiences of the two families, but this contrivance fails to unite the two stories into a suspenseful whole. Agent: Karolina Sutton, Curtis Brown (U.K.). (Mar.)\n
“Can’t remember who…drew my attention to the new Julie Myerson, but whomever it was, thank you. It’s bloody brilliant.” (Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train)
“Increasingly gripping…. What Myerson writes about so well: that eerie sense when something is both familiar and unfamiliar.” (Katharine Weber, New York Times Book Review)
“Gripping parallel narrative.” (New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice)
“On the first page, it’s clear that something indescribably horrific has happened…. This novel is impossible to put down; it will be read compulsively to learn the what of what has happened, if not the why. A stunner.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Just as frightening as Edgar Allan Poe…. Scary, suspenseful, and the most intriguing novel yet. This new thriller by Julie Myerson is incredible.” (San Francisco Book Review)
“Myerson twines a delightfully twisted tale, exposing the dark underbelly of love and the gaping, raw wounds of grief… By turns terrifying and heartbreaking; an enthralling spine-chiller.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“In this hair-raiser, Mary Coles moves to a country cottage that seems too good to be true…and it turns out, she’s right. Goose-bumps ensue.” (Cosmopolitan)
“Beautifully written and cleverly told…. An extraordinarily potent experience and not for the faint-hearted.” (The Guardian)
“The story is heart wrenching, unremittingly grisly…. A thriller and…a page-turner…. The Stopped Heart exposes the flesh of the lives cut in half, the pain and loves of the past, and why they are no less real than the present.” (Independent (UK))
“Myerson evokes mystery and madness, with glimpses into devastating events, the full extent of which are slowly and skillfully uncovered.” (Vogue (UK))
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There was potential for brilliance, I love supernatural thrillers and this was building to a stunning conclusion that might have overcome the overly long drawn out telling of the story.
But as I said.... no ending, it just stopped. Be warned.
Since both stories involve tragic death, it can be a difficult read. Also, the book switches from present to past very quickly, and it's necessary to concentrate to stay on top of the narration. The writing is compelling, though, and I know I'll be looking for more of Myerson's stories.