Your Heart Belongs to Me Hardcover – 5 Jan 2009
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Surely an author such as Dean Koontz can afford to relax? After all, every new offering from him always enjoys massive sales, so could it be time to rest on one’s laurels? It’s to Koontz’s credit that he chooses not to do that, and tries to ensure that each new book is subtly different from its predecessor (but not so different that it would alienate his considerable fan base). Your Heart Belongs To Me is close to being vintage Koontz (the title is not romantic, but a piece of macabre wordplay).
Ryan Perry, at 34, is a young man – hardly of an age to be on a waiting list, nervously hoping for a heart transplant. Luck appears to be with him: he is the recipient of a new heart, and (fortunately) the transplant takes, triumphantly. But a year passes, and Ryan begins to receive gifts in the shape of hearts, sent anonymously. A feeling of paranoia sets in – and this feeling is exacerbated when a large amount of money vanishes from his bank account – it has been donated to a local hospital’s cardiology department. Needless to say, all of this is a prelude to something truly horrific: everything he owns – including his new heart – is to be torn from him, and he is informed he will die a grisly death. Who is Ryan’s tormentor?
Readers of Koontz may not know the plot of Your Heart Belongs To Me (the author routinely comes up with fresh ones), but they’ll recognise that cold, unsettling vision that makes his books so grimly compelling. Not subtle writing – we don’t go to Dean Koontz for that – but totally unputdownable. --Barry Forshaw
Praise for Dean Koontz:
‘Odd Thomas is certainly a page-turner – this is a read-at-a-sitting novel – with a terrific final twist’ Observer
‘A terrific pursuit story … clever, up-to-the-minute, and riveting’ Guardian
‘There’s surprise after surprise, including a killer finale … a read-in-one-go novel’ Independent on Sunday
‘Velocity hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending’ Sydney Sunday Telegraph
‘Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler’ The Times
‘Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ The New York TimesSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Dean Koontz for me is brilliant in his simplistic style of writing, getting straight to the point and grabbing your attention. Admittedly, the endings of his books can fall flat, but apart from that they are all round entertaining reading. Unlike Stephen King (who I think is also brilliant) who seems to fall into literary floods at times and complicates a simple situation with the over use of wording.
However, YHBTM just didn't do anything for me on this occasion, I actually willed myself to read it, thinking that at some point it will pick up - sadly, it didn't.
I felt no connection with the main character and actually did not care if he lived or died from his heart transplant. I always think that using main characters who are multi millionaires never really appeals to the general public(unless they are being bumped off in an extremely nasty fashion of course!) especially this guy as he is just unlikeable. I found myself thinking this character has all the money in the world and has had a life that most people would never have lived - now kill him!
Sorry to say but it is a real let down. Dean Koontz is still one of my favourite writers and true enough people have bad days. Sorry but give this one a miss!
Part 1 is tediously slow. Part 2 picks it up ever so slightly. Part 3 leaves you thinking, "Is that it?, what a waste of time!"
Now don't get me wrong, i'm actually a Koontz fan, have read all of his books but lately he has been delivering some garbage...take for instance the "hero" of the present book reflecting..
" Las Vegas offered him nothing more than a games of chance. Already he was in a game with the highest possible stakes, and neither craps nor blackjack, nor baccarat, could distract him from the knowledge that his life was on the line."
What an awful line, cringeworthy. Same goes of the book, don't waste your time, if you are new to Koontz, read some of his older books instead like Dragon Tears or Mr Murder, Ticktock, Wintermoon or even some of his recent ones like the Odd Thomas series or Velocity, The Good Guy and definitely Frankenstein 1 and 2. As for me I'm just waiting for Franky 3 which I'm sure wont disappoint.
To give an incredibly brief summary, multi-millionaire Ryan Perry needs a heart transplant, gets one, and strange things start occurring. Seems like a model of Koontz genius, no? Sadly not. First of all, I simply didn't care about the main character. I didn't love him or hate him but simply felt absolutely nothing for him, which is a massive problem when trying to get through a book. Quite frankly, I didn't care whether he lived or died. The same can be said for the supporting cast of characters - they were all blurry creations that wafted in and out of the pages without making even the vaguest of imprints on my mind. Complete non-entities.
As to the actual story itself, it started with a lot of promise, but the more I read the more it felt like Koontz had taken two fairly decent ideas and had decided to mash them together to create one incoherent mess of a novel. About two thirds of the way through the story seem to change direction completely, and earlier strands of the story that had shown so much promise were unceremoniously dropped or randomly tied up. As for the ending, what a clichéd cop-out - I've rarely felt so cheated by a novel.
Reading this review back, it's a wonder I finished this novel. However, I would like to state that Dean Koontz is a smart and engaging writer, and this is a real blip in an otherwise great library of books. Don't let this put you off - just avoid like the plague and try "Intensity" instead!
In the second half of the book he has made a full recovery following the heart transplant but someones starts leaving strange messages in his seemingly impregnable house basically telling him that they want the heart back. At first the thought is that it may be all in his mind but all becomes clearer later.
Theres not a lot of time spent building up the tension in the second half but its still entertaining enough and unlike some of Koontzs books I found the explanation quite satisfying although the final chapter/ epilogue is as corny as Ive come to expect from him with the obligatory Golden Retriever making an appearence.
At 336 large print pages its a book that could be read in one sitting if you have a couple of hours to spare
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some kind of medical thriller, but with plot that was written in bits and pieces. A man starts having heart problems and thinks that someone tries to do him harm ( yes that's the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by laros76
Not gunna lie didn't really get this book when I started it but as I read on I started enjoying it more and more xxxxxxzPublished 15 months ago by kayleigh hayes
I was really disappointed with this, as I've enjoyed some of the author's other work. I was determined to get to the end, even though it was painfully boring and long winded. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Talula_Bell
Not the best novel by DK but still highly enjoyable, the ending wasn't what I was expecting but rather fitting!!!Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by RobLeese
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