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Publisher's Summary

At 34, 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 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 26-year-old donor of the heart beating steadily in Ryan's own chest. And she's come to take it back.
©2008 Dean Koontz; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Koontz is a master of the edge-of-your-seat, paranoid thriller - and perhaps the leading American practitioner of the form." (Newark Star-Ledger)
"Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition." (USA Today)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Serra55 on 11-28-08

Dangerous Waters

I can't imagine a Mystery/Suspense reader being disappointed in this book. The action grabs you fast, right up front and pins you until the end. It's exceptionally well written; Koontz has the talent to emotionally hook the reader, then, like the undertow in the ocean, you discover how dangerous the waters really are. To put it more plainly, the human condition is revealed in much of its nakedness and readers are left affected and possibly somewhat disturbed. I will read it again, and soon.

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37 of 40 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By John on 09-15-09

Keep your heart - I don't want it.

Dean Koontz is normally one of my favorite authors. Half way through the book I was hoping the protagonist would die so the book would move on to someone more interesting. I could not wait for this book to be over. If you do ignore the negative reviews (like I did), check to see if your player has a fast play speed to minimize the pain.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Joseph on 04-24-09


I am a big fan of Dean Koontz and have been reading his books for over fifteen years. After joining Audible I became a Koontz listener and have been very pleased with the materials downloaded up to now.

The plot of this book seemed intriguing but proved not to be so. It takes a long time to get going. There is only a slight air of mystery created (in the middle of the book) and no fear and suspense at all. At one point I almost gave up listening but persevered and listened to it through to the end.

If you like your Koontz bloody or mysterious this book is not for you and you must seek elsewhere.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By swartz on 12-07-17

not the best Dean Koontz

intriguing story but slow, not your usual can't leave it Dean Koontz story telling.
Nice narration and characterisation tho.

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