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The Darkness Within: A heart-pounding thriller that will leave you reeling by [Stone, Lisa]
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About the Author

This is Lisa’s Stone’s first crime novel. She previously took the non-fiction world by storm with her bestselling books on fostering, written under the pseudonym Cathy Glass.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1340 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (13 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NCW42BM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sheila Camp VINE VOICE on 18 July 2017
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I'm a great reader of Cathy Glass and was so looking forward to this book. I wasn't disappointed.

Jacob is the person who needs a heart transplant. Shane dies in a car accident. Jacob receives Shane's heart and also has a change of personality so therefore receives Shane's not so good (very very bad) points.

During the course of getting well again Jacob becomes a really bad chap and his mother tries to find out about change of personality after transplant.

To make matters worse Jacob also meets Shane's ex-girlfriend who wasn't aware that Shane had died.

An excellent book that stops you doing your jobs!
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mg I can now breathe!!! What an amazing, interesting and totally un-putdownable read The Darkness Within was, I have read all of Cathy Glass books and was so excited to hear that she had written a different genre, I hope to read more books by Lisa Stone.
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Absolutely amazing! Captivating! Needs to be made in to a film!! ASAP
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Jacob Wilson is critically ill and needs a heart transplant. To the joy of his parents and girlfriend, he receives one and recovers well. Soon afterwards, however, his behaviour starts to change – he becomes increasingly short and snappy with his parents, starts treating his girlfriend badly and begins to experiment with drinking and drug use despite strict health warnings. Concerned about the changes in their son, Reverend Wilson and his wife try to reach out to him, only to be pushed away. As the days go by, more and more dark and violent aspects of their son are revealed and frustration with his illness seems to be an increasingly unlikely cause. When an elderly lady living in their village is attacked and robbed, Jacob’s parents have to question what their once loving and kind son may be capable of, and what or who is at the root of his sudden descent into evil.

This was a well-written and extremely addictive novel that will stick in your head long after putting it down. It begins by introducing the character of Shane, a violent and obnoxious man who abuses and beats his girlfriend Rosie. On an alcohol-fuelled bender, he crashes his car and dies. Shortly afterwards, a heart becomes available for Jacob. Whilst the general structure of the plot is fairly predictable early on, the author handles it well and injects a few twists and turns along the way that keep you turning pages. Jacob’s gradual metamorphosis from polite vicar’s son to a cruel, manipulative and immoral thug is written in a way that builds up the tension, and his parent's’ attempts to understand what is happening were mostly believable, although at times their turning a blind eye seemed a bit passive. The ending of the story was dramatic and high in tension and provided some interesting moral dilemmas to consider.
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Imagine you had a critically ill son waiting for a heart transplant and were aware that time is running out for him. A beautiful young man, ambitious and clever. This is the situation Rev. Wilson and his wife find themselves in as they pray for a heart to be found for him, knowing that this means some other mother and father will lose their son to give their’s life.

Then one night a young man dies and Jacob is saved. However, his temperament is changed; he is arrogant; violent, and cruel. As his behaviour deteriorates his mother becomes increasingly concerned especially when he is accused of raping his girlfriend. Slowly his parents uncover Jacob’s secrets. His mother faces the question of whether the ‘new’ heart has changed him and seeks to discover whether this is possible.

This book raised some interesting questions and offered some explanations about this premise. I was also interested to learn of the discipline required to maintain health after heart transplantation and was surprised to learn of the regimes required.

The characterisation of Jacob and the heart donor were finely drawn and I could not help but fear for Rosie. Is there a lesson to be learnt; is it possible that Rosie could fall for the same character defects twice? I don’t know, but I was worried about her. Did I enjoy the book, yes, but I didn’t think it amazing?
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This chilling book starts with Shane, a superficially charming man with anger issues, who gets a bit violent when he has a few beers. Especially if he feels that other people are disrespecting him, or challenging his manhood. When that happens, he cannot be held accountable for his actions. Well, they asked for it, didn’t they. Shane should be respected for the Master of the Universe that he is.
Luckily for the world – and particularly for his battered girlfriend, Rosie – Shane’s drunken, reckless driving puts him in intensive care in hospital, and we are able to forget him, and move on.
The next significant male is the story is Jacob, an intelligent, kind, respectable son of a vicar, who loves his parents and his girlfriend, Eloise (the daughter-in-law elect). A bigger contrast to Shane is barely possible. Jacob is very ill with a congenital heart condition, and as we meet him, he is being rushed to hospital for a long-awaited heart transplant. The new heart gives him a new lease of life – but unfortunately may have also gifted him with number of new, and unpleasant, personality traits. Was Jacob always this mean, spiteful and violent, and just unable to be that way because his poor health made him reliant on the goodwill of others. After all, the children of vicars are notorious for ‘going wrong’. Or does it have something to do with the personality of the heart’s donor? Obviously, the latter scenario would be ridiculous. You only see that in black comedies like “Scream Queens” – and this is assuredly not a comedy. One thing is certain, Jacob is changing. His violence – particularly, but not solely, against women – escalates, and make very difficult reading.
The theme of domestic violence is a distressing, though all too common, one.
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