Title: The Tell-Tale Heart
Author: Jill Dawson
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publish Date: February 10, 2015
Source: TLC Book Tours
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "After years of
excessive drink and sex, Patrick has suffered a massive heart attack.
Although he's only fifty, he's got just months to live. But a tragic
accident involving a teenager and a motorcycle gives the university
professor a second chance. He receives the boy's heart in a transplant,
and by this miracle of science, two strangers are forever linked.
Patrick's body accepts his new heart, his old life seems to reject him.
Bored by the things that once enticed him, he begins to look for
meaning in his experience. Discovering that his donor was a local boy
named Drew Beamish, he becomes intensely curious about Drew's life and
the influences that shaped him--from the eighteenth-century ancestor
involved in a labor riot to the bleak beauty of the Cambridgeshire
countryside in which he was raised. Patrick longs to know the story of
this heart that is now his own.
In this intriguing and deeply
absorbing story, Jill Dawson weaves together the lives and loves of
three vibrant characters connected by fate to explore questions of life
after death, the nature of the soul, the unseen forces that connect us,
and the symbolic power of the heart."
My Two Cents:
In "The Tell-Tale Heart," Patrick gets a new lease on life after he has a heart transplant. Patrick is a professor who has spent his life passionately studying and perhaps neglecting his personal life. His family life isn't great and being able to essentially get another chance has really made him think about previous choices and whether or not they were the right ones. This book also explores whether or not the heart has some sort of internal memory. Not only is Patrick the focus of this story but Drew, the teenaged donor, and one of his ancestors become a part of the story as well.
This story felt very experimental in a lot of ways. The connections between the three main characters are tenuous and we do not really get to see the overall connection between all three of the characters until the very end of the book. I wish that we would have been able to see a little bit more of a connection sooner as I think it would have helped me to connect with both the stories and the characters a little quicker. While Patrick's story is interspersed throughout the book, Willie and Drew's stories are packed into one section for each character pretty much. All three of these characters are very different but they are connected to some degree in the way that they see the world, which is sort of cool.
I did really enjoy the writing in this book. There are some really interesting and good bits of writing in this book that kept me reading. Overall, I liked the writing and would try another book by this author but I would have liked more of a connection to the story.
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