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The Unremarkable Heart
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150 of 156 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2011
This short story - I read it in less than an hour - describes the thoughts and feelings of June Connor, who is dying of cancer, during the last hours of her life.

There have been a couple of significant incidences in her life involving her husband, Richard, and their daughter, Grace.

By the time I had read about a third of the story, I felt it was just so depressing I wondered why I was bothering to read it. However, I don't like to leave anything unfinished and I had previously enjoyed work by this author - especially Broken - so continued on.

The story did then begin to draw me in and I became intrigued as to the direction it was going to follow.

It certainly has a sting in its tail and I felt the final paragraphs were very cleverly handled.

The story was skillfully crafted and showcases the author's abilities. It should prove a good taster as it displays how an accomplished writer is able to draw even a reticent reader under her spell.

I have pre-ordered Karin's latest offering Fallen due for release in July so did not read the extract included with the download. As mentioned above, I have already read Broken. I'm not sure how much benefit is gained by including these extracts as Kindle owners can download samples anyway.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2011
Slaughter has always been a favourite author, but this was a total disappointment. Yes, it was well written (apart from silly typos), but as value for money it failed miserably.
Thank heavens it only cost 49 pence - but why do Amazon not tell you that you are only getting a short story when it appears to be advertised as a full sized book?
This is happening too many times for my liking. As far as this one is concerned, morbid, nasty and decidedly NOT uplifting in any way. Wish I hadn't bothered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2012
I must say that overall I enjoyed this book, albeit a little on the short side. Written to a good standard and with a remarkable value for money price. This is my first Karen Slaughter book, and I will certainly give some of her other titles a try.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
The Unremarkable Heart is quite a clever bit of marketing for Karin's full length novels, Broken (out in paperback in June) and her newest book, Fallen. You get a new short story for a few pennies and the first chapters of both books to whet your appetite.

Firstly, The Unremarkable Heart is a short story based around the last days of June's life who is dying from lung cancer. The story is a reflection on her life and upcoming death and is grizzly in true Karin Slaughter style. Like many of her characters, June isn't instantly likeable and you may not even sympathise with her by the end but you can understand how her life has unravelled. Certainly worth reading for the price.

The first "page" of Fallen is not the first page of the novel but a synopsis that completely ruins any suspense of what follows. I'd advise you to go straight to the page saying Chapter One if you want to read the extract.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2011
As a fan of her books I still bought this but wish I had read the reviews! Not her best storytelling but the thing that really annoyed me is that included in the bundle are two of her next books which take up just under half of the percentage so a very short story. (You will read it in just over an hour.)
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2011
I got this because the author is a firm favourite of mine.
This is well written however it is somewhat pointless and predictable.
The story material is very thin and even for a short story drawn out unnecessarily.

Others say of a twist at the end but its signposted in the story so not very surprising.

Not up to the authors usual story plot capability.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a short story by Karin Slaughter and took me only about 20 minutes to read, but at just a couple of pence I can't really complain.

It started off as quite a depressing story about a woman on the final day of her life, suffering with cancer, but every couple of pages there'll be a hint of a secret revealed...then another...and so on, so it kept me wanting to find out what she had been hiding to the end. It is a well crafted story that kept my attention (I was about to give up at the beginning as, as I said, it is very depressing) but was all over a little too quickly.

This story was ok but should have really been part of a collection of short stories than on its own as it is extremely short (only about 600 locations). Worth a read at the small price tag but I'd wait until Fallen next month instead if you want a full novel from Slaughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2011
Hard to say that this is a waste when it is low cost but poorly written, not checked for errors and felt more like a chapter than a book. Vary disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2011
Having read all of Karin Slaughters other books I was so terribly disappointed in this one. What a waste of time and effort. How the mighty have fallen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2012
Karin Slaughter has been one of my favourite authors for the longest time, bringing feelings that no other author can match.

The Unremarkable Heart is by no means good. By that I mean it is not an enjoyable read, in a good way. The story is dark and depressing, with shocking moments throughout culminating in one very anger inducing ending!

It is thought provoking and brings feelings of sadness, pity, shock, anger and awe (not in that order) that cannot be matched.

I am very happy that I have read this short story. Although it is short, and can be read in an hour, I feel for the main character, June, like I felt for characters in her other books.
I hope Karin continues to write stand alone short stories!
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