Your Heart Belongs to Me Author:Dean Koontz At thirty-four, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket -- until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he’s diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it’s his only hope, and it’s dwindling fast. Ryan is about... more » to lose it all…his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.
One year later, Ryan has never felt better. Business is good and he hopes to renew his relationship with Samantha. Then the unmarked gifts begin to appear -- a box of Valentine candy hearts, a heart pendant. Most disturbing of all, a graphic heart surgery video and the chilling message: Your heart belongs to me.
In a heartbeat, the medical miracle that gave Ryan a second chance at life is about to become a curse worse than death. For Ryan is being stalked by a mysterious woman who feels entitled to everything he has. She’s the spitting image of the twenty-six-year-old donor of the heart beating steadily in Ryan’s own chest. And she’s come to take it back.« less
Loving all books, Dean Koontz, I'm not sure that I can say the same for this one. Normally, all of his books immediately draw me into the story. This one failed to do that until Chapter 51. Still, I would recommend it to anyone who can hold out until approximately the aforementioned chapter.
I have been reading Koontz's books for more than 15 years. He is my favorite author and I whenever I read one of his books I have to read it nonstop no matter how late I need to stay up to finish. I save every book of his that I buy, but I will be giving this one away. It was the only one of his books where I sat there at the end and went Huh? The description of the book does not really describe what the book is about. Koontz should stick to what he is good at. This was not a novel of suspense but rather an analysis of one man's pysche and motivations. It took more than 180 pages for anything even remotely unusual to happen!!! What a bore.
This is not one of my favs from Dean Koontz,I have read all of his books and this one is a bit wordie and kinda drags on.The ending kinda left me feeling down. I did not feel this book was about sef-discovery To me it seemed as if Dean started writing one book and changed his mind in the middle. But if you like Dean Koontz you may want to read this to make up your own mind
It's been a while since I've read a Dean Koontz novel most of his work(s) are great, however this novel was very slow and hard to get into, not the Dean Koontz that I've enjoyed. This book took forever to really get to anything interesting. If you really like to wait until the book is almost over for any action to occur this is your book, but it really left me a feeling of "Huh???" This book did Not win me over at all. I don't recommend this one. Sorry out there to all the Dean Koontz fans
I thought this was a pretty typical Koontz thriller - definitely not his best but not his worst either. It tells the story of a rich dotcomer who suddenly is in need of a heart transplant. As soon as this happens, strange things start happening including weird dreams, paranoia (including thinking his girl friend might have poisoned him), unexplained thumping sounds, etc. With his unlimited funds, he ends up changing doctors and getting a transplant within a few months. Well then things really get weird and out of hand. I don't want to give away too much but I really didn't expect what happened at the end. Would give this one a mild recommendation for Koontz fans.
At the beginning Ryan, a very well to do man, falls madly in love with Samantha, a woman nine years his junior. She appears to feel the same way and the relationship is going along swimmingly until one day he fears he's having a heart attack and visits the doctor. It turns out he has a heart ailment that may or may not have been caused by poison and begins to suspect his love of an unthinkable betrayal. Ugh, as if having a deadly heart condition wasn't enough of a worry!
Ryan's nosy search into Samantha's past gets him thinking about all sorts of conspiracies involving her mother, some death doctor and Samantha's deceased twin sister. This paranoia bit really maddened me. Instead of talking with Samantha, the love of his live, about any of this he decides to do it all on his own and keep it from her even after he's decided she's not a money grubbing murderess. At this point, I don't like this guy much at all. Koontz spends a huge amount of time describing this Ryan's tedious, spoiled lifestyle when he should have been developing him into a likable character.
Ryan ends up needing a heart transplant (hopefully, it'll improve his emotional handling of his lover!), gets one and the book then skips an entire year. Now he's estranged from Samantha and is being stalked by a young woman who claims his heart belongs to her. His paranoia sets in again and the rest of the book is spent with him chasing down this big plot about his new heart.
This book will not go down as my favorite Koontz novel. It mostly annoyed me, the character Ryan was such a spoiled, pampered, egotistic, opinionated priss (especially when it came to his own flawed parents) that it was hard to stomach at times. After reading the ending I figure Koontz did this to prove a point but honestly if I weren't listening to this as an audiobook I would've put it down and never picked it up again.
Okay, so not his best work, but I couldn't put it down; stayed up 'til 3:00A to finish parts 2 and 3. Not the ending I expected, and felt almost as if Koontz plotted and pondered deeply through the entire book, but wasn't sure how to finish it. So it just sort of...ended. But I was still gripped by the subtext and knew that in true Koontz fashion something good had to come of all the drama and trauma. Suspenseful, and to be honest, the only part I was able to figure out almost from the first mention of her name, was Ismay. Koontz can keep you guessing in his books. Great writer.