Title: Losing Heart
Author: Donna Brown
Release Date: November 1st 2014
Age Group: Adult
“I hate you. I hate you with all of Sylvia’s heart.”
Helen has waited for months for the heart that will save her life. After reaching out to the grieving mother of her donor heart, Helen realises that a second chance comes at a price. The price, she soon realises, is much steeper than she’d ever have chosen to pay.
There’s more than one way to break a heart. There’s more than one way to destroy a life…
Losing Heart is a mix between Fatal Attraction and The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (totally showing my age!). Following her heart transplant Helen reaches a point where she is unhappy living with the constant put-downs from her husband and embarks on an affair, believing she is finding happiness. Yet when she welcomes the mother of her heart donor into their lives, things quickly spiral out of control.
Helen is a likeable character and we empathise with her, able to understand her reasons for being unfaithful, whether we agree or not. For her, receiving a new heart should be a time of celebration, but Donna Brown transforms it into an intense and destructive experience.
We can clearly see that Marian is unhinged but initially we attribute this to grief though there was a point at which her manipulation and strange moods began to worry me.
Losing Heart is a novella and the story develops over the course of a year. We don’t realise the passage of time because Donna Brown concentrates on significant events and writes at a consistent pace. As the story races on to its tense conclusion, we sense Helen’s paranoia and fear, hearing the echo of the warning she was given,
“Stay scared because it’s the only way you’ll stay safe.”
Losing Heart is a compelling story which has the power to make you look at friends in a new light!