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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Losing Heart is a thriller written by Donna Brown. Helen found out she was suffering from heart failure when she was only 45 years old. Suddenly, her life with her husband, Tom, and daughter, Josie, became tense and strained as she waited to hear about an available heart transplant. She hardly even expected the beeper to sound, but it finally did. While the identity of transplant donors and their families is usually kept confidential, Helen’s doctor accedes to her idea of sending a thank you letter to Marian Chambers, the mother of Sylvia, whose heart Helen received. Marian is thrilled to receive word from Helen and rushes to meet her. Soon, however, Marian seems to be everywhere and to be insinuating herself into Helen’s home and life. Dr. Jack Breadon, Helen’s heart surgeon and the man she’s starting to fall in love with, urges her to leave Tom and move in with him until he receives an appalling gift from Helen, or was it from her?
Donna Brown’s psychological thriller, Losing Heart, is taut and filled with suspense. Marian is a spooky and deranged character whose chilling presence may give some readers nightmares. In contrast, Helen and Dr. Jack are marvelous characters who I kept rooting for. Losing Heart is a novella that I could not help but keep reading until it was finished. It is such a good read! Brown is a marvelous writer; her style is smooth, and her plot is very compelling. Losing Heart also touches on the question of whether parts of the donor's personality are transferred with organ donation. Losing Heart is surprisingly good, and I’m really looking forward to reading more of Brown’s literary offerings. It’s highly recommended.