Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.
But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks—and vivid dreams of being strangled—she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor’s murder.
Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked—by a man she’s only met in her nightmares.
The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin’s daughter.
Of course, he doesn’t know about that. Yet.
Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there’s no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her—before she remembers too much.
About the author:
This is the first time I’ve heard of cell memory – where the recipient of an organ seems to recall and dream about things that happened to the donor. In this sorry Elin recalls things about the violent death of the donor of her heart. It’s interesting that the author has Elin’s mother suffering from dementia and losing her memory as Elin struggles as she recalls the memories of another person.
As Elin faces her widowhood, her mother’s illness, and her own confusion, she manages to also to be a single Mom to her little girl. The reader is filled with respect for Elin’s character.
Then there’s the character of Marc – who tries to work past his anger at Elin for denying him the knowledge that he is the father of her child. However, his anger doesn’t prevent him from taking on the responsibility for Elin’s safety and being involved in the life of their daughter.
The characterization is really well done. And there’s the underlying Christian theme of finding our identity in Love. As Elin struggles to come to terms with who she really is, her mother’s wisdom despite the dementia shines through:
It’s how we love, honey. And you love with your whole heart. God shines through you. Don’t ever let that change.”
I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story and the suspense sprinkled with romance and wisdom!
I’ll be looking out for more of Colleen Coble’s books.
I got this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.