- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1389 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Embrace (20 Mar. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XBY8Q9N
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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And that twist, talk about unexpected! I pride myself on being able to spot a twist/figure out most twists/figure out what’s going to happen a mile off (most of the time) but even I didn’t see that one coming - and it was HUGE. A game-changer.
Up until that point The Heartbeat Hypothesis had been a somewhat cutesy, everything-will-work-out, feel-good read but after that twist? All bets were off, all my preconceptions, and ideas of were the storyline might go, how the book will end, went out the window with that twist. I had no idea what to expect anymore.
And it got worse… Oh, my heart! I thought the first twist hit you in the feels but this? This hits you in the feels, takes them, throws them down on the floor and stomps on them. Needless to say, I was in full on, jaw-hanging-on-the-floor shock.
I’m not going to pretend that I ‘got’ why Audra (and even Jake) did some of the things she did because frankly? I didn’t. But it was still (mostly) fun to read those scenes - if a little confusing/frustrating.
I thought I knew what I was getting into with The Heartbeat Hypothesis, I couldn’t have been more wrong, but that’s what made it as good as it was/turned out to be.
Two years ago eighteen year old Audra Madison was the recipient of the heart of seventeen year old Emily Cavanaugh, saving her own life as Emily lost hers. She’s wanted to find out more about the girl who died and enabled her to live so has used the internet to find out more about her. She’s discovered Emily’s tumblr photos, her ‘Done-It’ list, and wants to recreate them. She contacts Jake, the photographer and Emily’s grieving brother, asking him to help her do this. He agrees but the two are obviously wary and Jake is moody, inconsistent in his interactions, brooding and also very talented at both photography and playing the piano. He keeps warning Audra not to get close to him as he’s sure to hurt her . . .
The story is told from Audra’s point of view as she explores her own feelings of survivor’s guilt and her new chance at life. As she strives to discover more about Emily whilst settling into life as a freshman at University with her best friend, Kat, she accidentally also uncovers unexpected information and even more questions. There are other tragic events in the story; it is an emotional roller coaster, an angsty, heart wrenching story with so many twists and turns! I initially thought it was going to be a relatively straight-forward, run-of-the-mill new adult romance but it certainly isn’t. There are light hearted moments but it is the emotional turmoil that makes this story stand out from the rest. When I discovered this is a debut novel, I was amazed - this author is definitely one to watch out for in future!
Thanks to the publisher for enabling me to read a copy of this via NetGalley. This is my honest review.
Audra is a college student and the recipient of a heart transplant, in dealing with her acceptance of her second chance at life she wants to learn about her donor so reaches out to the donor family and in doing so meets Jake, the brother of the donor. What follows is an intense friendship blighted by death, grief and secrets and Audra’s thirst for information about Jake and his sister. Jake is a guarded character that you can’t help feel for and at times I wanted to tell Audra to back off too.
I expected to be more emotional reading this book but for some reason it just didn’t happen and I’m not sure why as I liked the characters. This could be read as a YA book as things never progress sexually between the main characters though it is quite heavy on the subject matter of grief.
I think the author has done a great job with this as a debut book and I will definitely be looking out for more from her in the future and wish her every success.
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