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A high-concept new thriller from the internationally acclaimed Dean Koontz about a young man who owes his life to a heart transplant ! but confronts an imminent and far darker death At 34 Ryan Perry suddenly finds himself on a waiting list for a heart transplant. Although he keeps working and looks fit, his condition is deteriorating. Nevertheless, Ryan manages to remain u...more
Mass Market Paperback, 413 pages
Published 2009 by Bantam (first published 2008)
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Miss Kim
Gah! Is someone going to come up with a cure for my compulsion to force myself to finish books that suck? I am a fan of Koontz, but this one is not worthy of a recommendation.

Ryan is a 30 something dotcom phenom. He starts to have heart problems and becomes paranoid that someone close to him is poisoning him, because he has barrels of money. It turns out he needs a transplant. He gets hooked up with a doctor that will get him on the top of the list 'at any cost'. He tells no one about his issues...more
Maciek
Another horrible creation from Dean Koontz. Once one of my favorite guilty pleasures - his books, while flawed, were entertaining. But now? Dissing his new novels is so easy it's not even funny.

Your Heart Belongs to Me (2008) is an attempt at a medical thriller, in the vein of Tess Gerritsen and Robin Cook. The premise is as follows: Ryan Perry, a 34 year old disgustingly rich guy has a heart problem and is in desperate need of a transplant. He recieves one, but soon starts receiving messages f...more
Bill
I pretty much read this book in 2 sittings...I was that excited for some new Koontz. I thought it was great too. It's a great example of the new style of writing he has taken on in the past 5 years or so, yet totally unique in a sense that...I guess in a sense that he broke all the rules of classic storytelling. I literally turned page after page just wondering why he was taking the story where he was, and when it was all said and done I was sort of speechless. After finishing the book I felt li...more
Donna
This was another Koontz dud to me. A rich, young internet guru suddenly starts having heart problems. But instead of accepting it as just "life sucks sometimes - even for the rich" he gets paranoid & starts thinking someone has done this to him, i.e. poisoning. So he tries to "take control" and find out who is plotting against him. Thus begins his downward spiral. For some reason, I just couldn't connect to this character or even commit to a decision - is he crazy or is he sane? There is ver...more
Scott
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Becky
Your Heart Belongs to Me is about a 34 year old internet entrepreneur, Ryan Perry. He learns of a terrible medical condition that limits his life to a year if he doesn't receive a new heart. The first thing Ryan does is begin to search for an answer about his condition. Years later, Ryan is visited by a woman claiming that she wants her heart back. And she's willing to use violence to get it.

I loved this book! It had romance, it had drama and mystery. Koontz's use of the English language is AMAZ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This one gets a star because I needed to rate it something to make a comment. if I could I'd give this one negative numbers...really, Mr. Koontz what were you thinking? Were there some bills due and you needed some quick cash?

-1 star.
Joel
Until the last 40 pages or so, this felt like the Koontz book that might finally convince me to stop reading his new books. Then it was vaguely redeemed in the final pages. I do mean vaguely, though. The explanation of things is actually not very impressive, we find out that significant information was left out of the earlier story so that the reader can't too easily guess what was happening, and the wrap up is too tidy. The only reason I found it vaguely redeeming was the way it changed the sto...more
Jodi
Healthy, wealthy Ryan Perry discovers he has a heart disease that only a transplant can cure. But he starts having feelings of paranoia and after the transplant, odd things, supernatural things, seem to be happening.

Unfortunately, the story doesn't hold together very well in any aspect. Perry is neither a likeable nor dislikeable character. In fact, only a nurse and a security guard are even vaguely memorable and they have bit parts. The book doesn't flow in any one direction and ultimately mak...more
Mark N.
After having finished Koontz's "Your Heart Belongs To Me" today on my lunch hour, I found this website after doing a Google search to find out what others thought of this particular book. After having read a number of the reviews for it here, I think it's safe to say that for many, the book didn't live up to their expectations.

Given the short summary of the story to be found on the back of the cover, I think it's easy to get a false impression of what one might be in for with this book. If one i...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Back in 2008 I read the hardcover girl with her nose in a flower edition. The book caused me to be mad at Dean for six months. During those six months I read some earlier great books by Dean Koontz such as Hideaway and Cold Fire etc. The next Summer (2009) I was happy again with Dean because he published three new books that I enjoyed: A Big Little Life, Relentless and Dead and Alive of course that December 2009, I was once again mad at Dean when I read Breathless, but that's a different story.

I...more
Friend the Girl
Dec 02, 2008 Friend the Girl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the best of Dean Koontz
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Carol
I listened to this book on CD on my car. I can't tell you why I listened to the whole thing but I just kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. I used to love Dean Koontz' books but lately they just don't appeal to me but I keep trying. In this one, a paranoid computer guru has to hae a heart transplant and is totally paranoid both before and after the transplant, obviously, with good reason. Not my favorite book by Mr. Koontz.
Barks & Bites
Ryan falls madly in love with Samantha, a woman nine years his junior. She appears to feel the same way and the relationship is going along swimmingly until the day he fears he's having a heart attack and visits the doctor. It turns out he has a heart ailment that may or may not have been caused by poison. He naturally begins to suspect his love of an unthinkable betrayal. Ugh, as if having a deadly heart condition wasn't enough of a worry!

Ryan's nosy search into Samantha's past gets him thinkin...more
Kristy
not typical Koontz - there was some mystery ALthough pretty early on I figured out where the story line was going with the organ donor thing not being on the up and up but I did not know who fit in where . No big surprises - it's very easy to figure out the second DR. was up to no good and the only thing you were unsure of turned out to be his paranoia - which I guess I was disapointed there was not more to the plot at that point!!! It left you with having to buy into his seeing "spirits and sup...more
Frank
If you are familiar with Koontz then most of his writings are pretty much taken for granted. Still some books are better than others. I see a lot of reviewers struggled with this one but it touched me maybe because it had more realism with my life than it did with others. Sometimes Koontz offers more depth than many of his readers can understand because it is in realm they have never experienced (that s not a fault of of the reviewer). Maybe they have not had the experiences that relate to a par...more
Donald
He mentions - yes, only mentions - golden retreivers twice, and an irish setter once.

I enjoyed the Poe tie-in, I thought it was well done. Especially at the start of it when I was thinking that it had a lyrical quality like Poe's stuff. You know the tap, tap tapping; the gentle rapping, something like that. Now I think I need to pick up some Poe.

Overall I enjoyed the story and once it got going, the suspense built nicely. He develops the characters well, delves into the psyche of the MC who need...more
Laine
Weird. I think he wrote this one to make money.

I did very much like this ONE sentence: "of the qualities that draw a bright woman to a man, truthfulness is equaled only by kindness, courage, and a sense of humor." Now I could riff on that for a while, and enjoy myself immensely. The rest of the book is pitiful.

One keeps trying to think otherwise, however, since Koontz mentions the roots of violence to be ..."lust, envy, anger, avarice, and vengeance. The tap root is ignoring the truth."

OK he is...more
Ellyn
Dean Koontz is normally an automatic read for me (although I never got into the sequels for "Odd Thomas") and this book lines up with his most recent releases as diverting enough, but it didn't wow me like his early work. Super-rich bachelor Ryan discovers he has a year to live and is put on a heart transplant list. A year after receiving a heart, he finds himself prey to a stalker who claims that the heart belongs to her. I liked the end, but the story was kind of slow and choppy and the supern...more
Leah
This book started out great. I quickly realized that most of the book was never-ending prose about dreams or the weather and very little character story, which is what I really enjoy in a book. And what the heck was with the "yellow... yellow... yellow" paragraph, that was echoed occasionally? Was that *subtext* (you'll get it if you read the book) for cowardice or some rude stereotype about oriental people? Ugh. The thinly veiled Poe references didn't ring true (sorry for the pun) either. Wish...more
Elaine
just bought the audio Audible.com

A rich dot commer becomes ill and after visiting his doctor who tells him the possible causes of his enlarged heart could be poisoning among other things, Ryan quickly becomes suspicious of people, preferring to eat out of vacuum-sealed containers as a little-to-late precaution. His suspicions include watching other drivers on the road – don’t know what he expects in this latter suspicion.

This story has been more than enough in substance to hold my interest and...more
Matthew Tait
At 34, Ryan Perry has achieved his life’s ambition and then some: the head of successful software outfit and social-networking site that has seen him accumulate millions. Not only is he a Forbes magazine entrepreneur, Ryan is also dating an attractive fellow/surfer journalist (Samantha Reach) who isn’t far away from accepting his marriage proposal. So when he suffers a mild heart-attack and subsequently learns of its defect, his once placid world is altered radically. Ryan only has a short time...more
Dlora
I was very annoyed with this book. Koontz writes well and I still enjoyed many of his insights, but I was irritated with the protagonist's behavior. Very wealthy and very healthy, 35-year-old Ryan Perry learns that he has an enlarged heart and he reacts with full-blown paranoia. The doctor tells him that his heart problem might have been caused by several things, perhaps a disease, or poisoning, or a genetic disorder. Ryan jumps to the conclusion that he is being poisoned, perhaps by his girlfr...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I hadn’t read Dean Koontz in a long while, and was excited to read Your Heart Belongs To Me. The Book Summary had me hooked! Thirty-five-year old Ryan Perry feels better than ever one year after a heart transplant that saved his life. He’s ready to get back to the business of life and to his have beloved Samantha – if she’ll have him back. He has his life that Cardiomyopathy almost claimed.
But on the transplant anniversary, he finds candy hearts on his pillow. The next night a heart pendent is...more
Donnell Bell
My husband and I recently took a trip to the library so he could feed his passion -- nonfiction -- while mine of course is fiction. As I looked around volume after volume of tomes, I did something unheard of, I checked out a book. As a writer, I prefer to buy my books and support the craft, but Dean Koontz' Your Heart Belongs to Me, virtually leapt off the shelf.

I have to say if I was judging this book from a writing contest perspective -- where many say: Is there a good balance between dialogue...more
Harry Kane
When one looks at the reviews of any new book of Mr. Koontz, there are three basic staples:

1. “I’ve read many books by Koontz but what happened to him? His new stuff is crap and this is no exception. I’ll still buy the next one. If you want to try him out – go for my favorite books, which are…”
2. “I’ve read many books by Koontz but then something happened. With this book he makes a comeback! It’s as awesome as my other favorite of his, which are…”
3. “I’ve read many books by Koontz but what happe...more
Frederick Brooke
When 34-year-old billionaire Ryan Perry discovers he has maximum one year to live because of a bad heart, his doctor tells him there are three possible causes. The most likely is genetics. The condition could also come from long term heavy drinking, but that isn’t really Ryan. The third possibility is poisoning.

Step into this lyrical psychological thriller as Ryan races against time to save his own life through aggressive treatment, while at the same time trying to discover what happened to him....more
Dany
It was awesome! I think Dean Koontz was brilliant. (view spoiler)...more
Laura
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Ellen
This is a very readable book, like most of Koontz's novels. Although I love a mystery, the theme of the book made me uneasy (as it did with another author's book, "Heartsick," also briefly reviewed on my pages.)

The main character is neither likeable or unlikeable, and that may be the core of the problem. His illness and subsequent paranoia left me uncomfortable and I could not get beyond his medical condition to be swept into the mystery element, which starts too far into the book.

I stayed with...more
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