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Losing Heart

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  31 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
"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.

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Kindle Edition, 83 pages
Published November 1st 2014
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
*NetGalley book review*

This totally made me think of that movie The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. This book has it all... sorrow, suspense, drama, emotions overload and (as I call them) the creepy-willies. Talk about taking a sad situation, turning it into a gift and then I guess kind of turn into a over bearing overlord. Very good book indeed.
Lisa Bentley
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Helen is waiting for her pager to buzz. With every hour that passes she loses a little bit more faith; the buzz that she is waiting for will save her life. When her pager finally beeps it is to let her know that there has been a matching donor found to give her a new heart.

However, with this new heart comes dissatisfaction. Helen feels like the life that she is living isn’t doing justice to the gift that she has been given. She decides to live life to the fullest.

There is only one proble
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A short story thriller. Wasn't sure what was going to happen until the end. You'll finish it in a couple of hours and be glad you did.
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review also on my BLOG

*ARC courtesy of NetGalley*


That's the first thing that come to mind when I try to review this book.
Which is not the same as saying I didn't like it...I did! I liked it exactly for the emotions and feelings - even if negative - it aroused.
Helen, the main character, is not a likeable woman but in the long run it's impossible not to feel sympathy for her situation: she's pretty much alone in a war against a woman that apparently is "perfect" and that is w
Terry Tyler
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'll start by saying that this is a terrific plot, a great idea. Helen has a heart transplant but gets more than she bargains for when the mother of the donor invades her life. Marion Chambers does so in such a way that at first the reader feels sorry for her, then thinks she's a bit full-on, then realises that there's a lot more to her than meets the eye. That was good - I didn't expect it. Losing Heart would make a great thriller film (something like The Hand That Rocks The Cradle) - or a nove ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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What happens when you are waiting for a heart transplant? This story is a short story, but I felt really detailed and intense. Helen had been waiting for months for the beeper to go off telling her that a heart has been found. During this time she was trying to live her life but was scared. Then the beeper went off and they had a heart for her. Yeah so awesome, you would think, but then she decided she wanted to meet the Mother of the person she received the transplant.

You would think that it w
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have just started reading thriller/women's fiction stories, and I must say I really like them. I just finished The Girl on the Train, and now this one. Donna Brown's Losing Heart is a fast-paced, Fatal Attraction-feeling thriller, which blends guilt, loss, compassion, and outright psychosis into one solid story. I definitely rooted for Helen as she confronted Marian and also feared for her safety. In fact, there's so much in this novella, I almost wish it were a book instead, so Ms. Brown coul ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This short story was a thriller to read. I just couldn’t put it down at all. There were so many twists and turns that I just couldn’t quite figure out how it would all play out in the end.

I felt that the story was much longer than it really was. The character of Marian was truly terrifying with her every move taking over Helen’s life successfully trapping her in her life.

This so far has been one of my favourite reads of the year.
Masquerade Crew
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

Emily Maynard
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Erika Messer
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Helen loves her husband Tom but ever since she found out about needing a new heart she just has not been the same person. Tired and lonely, she retreats into her own world which makes her husband upset and she expects him to be having an affair although surprisingly he is not. Then a great doctor comes along - Dr Jack - and the find a donor for her and she embarks on an affair with Jack to find her own happiness. Except for the fact that Tom still loves her and after she has the new heart he exp ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, mystery
This story reminded me somewhat of the movie The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, in that, we know almost immediately who the villain is, but our heroine has a hard time proving it to everyone else because the villain cleverly hides her mental dysfunction behind a tidy mask. Only Marion's mask falls away fairly quickly.

Marian’s daughter has died and her heart donated to another woman, artist and housewife Helen. Despite the doctor’s warning, Helen reaches out and encourages a friendship with Marian.
Diane Coto
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
No one knows how they will react to certain situations until said situations actually come about. In the case of forty-five year old Helen Winslow, her heart was failing. If she didn’t receive a donor heart, she would most certainly die within a few weeks / months leaving behind her husband, Tom, and their eighteen year old daughter, Josie. But, Helen is one of the lucky ones. She receives a donor heart after Sylvia Chambers, a twenty year old young lady, dies tragically in a car accident.

Kirsty Vizard
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 bein
Donna Jones
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Emotional, Heart breaking, Chilling in fact this is just a Brilliant bloody read.
Every minute counts when your waiting for a new heart, Will you live to get one ? Will you survive the operation, Will your body reject it if you do ?. Dare you have that glass of wine sat there taunting you what if your beeper goes off would you still be able to go ahead ?. How would you feel if your time was slowly coming to and end and you were only 45? Would you resent those around you for being healthy ? Would
Laura Reading
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is truly a broken heart story full of emotions and family struggles.
From the beginning you know this is a family barely holding together.
Then what should be a wonderful thing - the emergency alert beeper goes off.

Helen has been waiting for a new heart to replace her failing one.
It is always bittersweet, knowing someone must die in order to get a replacement organ.
The emotions of the donor family will always be unpredictable, which is why anonymity is the best policy.
Is a new heart enough to
Edythe Hamilton
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Helen, diagnosed with heart failure, is upset that she on the waiting list for a heart and waiting for the moment her beeper sounds off. The waiting is getting the best of Helen and she releases her frustrations on her husband and daughter until one afternoon her beeper makes that welcoming sound.

Six months after a successful heart surgery, Marian, the mother of the heart donor requests a meeting and starts a friendship with Helen and her family that becomes more of an intrusion than normal endi
Lynn Smith
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Helen is dying from heart failure at age forty-five. Unless she gets a heart transplant she doesn't have long. About the time she is ready to give up a heart is available. Wanting to thank the donors family Helen sends a letter. After hearing back from Marian the mother of the young girl that died Helen agrees to meet. As Marian becomes more and more involved in Helen's life. Helen realizes there is more to Marian then what meets the eye and starting to feel like her life is in danger. But it is ...more
Marla Madison
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
The story begins with Helen a married woman who has five months to live unless she is able to have a heart transplant. After receiving a successful surgery and a new heart, she has an affair with her doctor. After she seeks and then finds out who her donor was, the donor’s mother ingratiates herself into Helen’s life and family.
The reader likes Helen, who is in love with Jack, but as the mother of the donor takes over her life I rather wished Helen would stand up for herself and move out. Every
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not normally a fan of short stories. They're just not long enough for me to become invested, to sink my literary teeth into. And, had I paid attention long enough to realize this was indeed a short story, I probably wouldn't have even bothered. And that would have been a mistake on my part. Because it's a very good story, made even better I think by the very fact that it is a story you can finish in one (fairly long) sitting. The story centers around a heart transplant. What's gained and wha ...more
Elaine Cantrell
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that this story lives up to expectations, lives up to them and surpasses them. From the time I started reading this psychological thriller, I couldn't put it down. I read it nonstop in one sitting.

The plot is good and hangs together beautifully while the characters are complex and multidimensional. The good characters aren't saints; they do some things they probably shouldn't, and you love to hate the bad guys.

Maybe you'd be better than I was at figuring out how it would e
Thikrayat Al-aradi
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Thikrayat by: Donna Brown
The first half is Somewhat confusing, because the story is not connected, events are written like drabble and jumping from one event to another with no warning. you feel like you are reading updates, or summary of episodes from a series.. Just highlights of events, and the story moves too fast (they started having sex on page 12! - but not sex sex, just hints, not descriptive at all. except for one scene which is still not that descriptive, it actually reminded me of YunJae smut fictions lol.)

Moniqua Sexton
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was like reading a Lifetime movie (and if you know me, you know that I am obsessed with Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network). It was insane. Marian is one crazy psychotic being and I wish Helen had tried harder to prove she killed her husband and her daughter. Tom was of course oblivious to it all, like most men in that situation. Jack wasn't fooled by any of it and he knew something was up from the beginning. Although I do not condone cheating or affairs, I'm glad that Helen had him b ...more
Polly Rock
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Spellbinding, creepy, and terrifying are just a few words for this book. I wondered how getting a new heart could turn into a thriller when I began reading this book. After just a few moments into the story I found myself glued to the book. The writer has a way of pulling you in and keeping you there in the story from the beginning. I began to feel anxious for Helen, wanting to yell at her to tell Marian to leave and not come back, to tell Tom to get out. The story was well written, building the ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated some of the thriller concepts here, especially some of the more unusual aspects of the plot. What I couldn't get behind were the relationships in the book, which seemed to happen so quickly and with so much volatility with little explanation. I attribute some of this to short story format, which didn't allow for much background. It was also so frustrating to hear what Helen was thinking to herself, and never saying aloud. Speak up for yourself, instead of being so resentful in priv ...more
Michelle Rodriguez
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Only finished because I had to

I would first like to say that this book needs a better editor. Second I disliked the story. The only saving grace in my opinion is that you come to hate multiple characters but not in a good way. I only finished because I cannot leave without knowing the ending and thankfully this wasn't a long book.
Kayleigh Falvey
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this book as it was so different from other books that I would typically read but I still enjoyed it a lot! Definitely worth a read if your getting into thriller novels.

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Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories and poetry as and when inspiration hits. She was co-contributor to David Brown's books, Man vs Cat and The Bleaklisted Books. She is also the author of Losing Heart, Playing House and Double-take Tales

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