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The Unremarkable Heart by [Slaughter, Karin]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 339 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051OU3W0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 339 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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I have never read any Karin Slaughter books before but was drawn to try this because of the great Kindle price. I was impressed. This is a dark, dark tale of a woman on her deathbed looking back at her life and a number of appalling events involving her daughter and husband. It's quite hard to summarise this without giving too much away but suffice to say the events that ruined the protaganist's life unfold slowly and horrifyingly until the final devastating paragraph. The ending left me feeling unsettled and I couldn't stop thinking about it as I tried to get to sleep.

Overall, well worth the price - just don't read it at bedtime!

Mark Edwards
Co-author of Killing Cupid: The Gripping Stalker Thriller
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First and foremost bear in mind this is a short story, one can read this easily within a couple of hours, give or take. I have never read anything by Karin Slaughter previously but the positive reviews of her prior and current works do her justice if this short snappy piece is anything to judge by.

The story is told through a dying lady, June Connor. The author puts you inside her mind on her last day on her death bed being cared for by her husband Richard. There is a grisly tension between the two of them, the reason being revealed towards the end but the build up is well written and structured to the point where June's thoughts and feelings are vividly akin to that of a person on their final day of life, very realistic and cleverly done by the author.

I didn't read the first chapters of her new novels which are included as freebies to induce the reader to purchase them, the short story showcases her abilities adequately to make one realise her material is worth reading further. Looking forward to reading more by her!

4 stars instead of 5 as in my opinion it should have been available to download for free despite the low price as full novels are available in the top 50 for a similar price.

Enjoy.
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