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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Everybody wants to live forever, but some people shouldn't live at all ...

After a near-fatal car crash, Royce Lowell-Vandeweghe wakes up to find he's one of the first patients to undergo a radical new procedure: a full-body transplant. Convalescing years later and suffering from waking nightmares, he answers the door at his Long Island home and meets Delta Devlin, a New Yo
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Published July 9th 2019 by Blackstone Publishing
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Cheryl
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Future medical breakthroughs maybe not so far in the future

Royce Lowell-Vandeweghe just woke from a coma. He finds he was in a terrible accident and his head was transplanted onto a donor body. (Oh, and he comes from an old money family).

Detective Devlin with the Suffolk County Police Department gets involved with many of the puzzle pieces. I liked her unique ability of seeing the world around her which actually helps her with her job.

This medical thriller touches on medical ethics questions, tr
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Julie (HufflepuffGirl90)
This was my first time reading anything by Matthew Mather, but I have a feeling I’ll read more in the future. The novel was well written, the characters well rounded, and the ending a beautiful twist.
The first part was hard for me to get through. Mather sets up all the moving parts without showing what the end result will be. As such, it seemed to drag on a bit. But that all changed. Like a switch was flipped, the novel went from dragging along to full sprinting to the finish line.

Full review at
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M
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Creepy, science fiction murder mystery with hints of horror a la Frankenstein

I chose this book for its unique premise and reviews promising a combo thriller, murder mystery, and speculative fiction. Book #1 of the Detective Delta Devlin series begins with a murder and then a fascinating story about Royce Lowell-Vandeweghe, scion of a wealthy Hamptons family, who wakes in hospital with his head transplanted onto a donor body.

The book is a slow opener, but the pace does pick up. Told from two ma
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Jacque
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dreaming Tree is a medical science thriller centered on transplants. In this case, Roy wakes to find he was in a car accident and his head has been transplanted onto a donor body. For two years, his nervous system forms new connections to the donor body, but it still feels alien to him. Who was his donor? How did he die? Why does he keep dreaming of a little red-headed girl and her mother? Roy is from one of the wealthy Hamptons families, and the extremes they go to for extending their youth ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This intriguing sci-fi (?) mystery asks what happens when one person's head is transplanted onto some else's body. Royce is in just that position and while he's generally happy to be alive, he is experiencing all sorts of odd things- dreams mostly, but what can he trust these days? Detective Delta Devlin, who has her own unique issue- she's a tetra chrome- thinks he is a murderer but is HE the murderer or was his donor body? Whew. This one is twisty and you might periodically shake your head to ...more
Jim Stennett
Very quick read. Well written. Perfect for the beach, a plane flight or to pass a weekend. The first half can drag a bit at times as Mather sets up the dominoes, but the second half flies to the conclusion. Be Careful about starting the second half after around 11 pm - it’ll be tough to put down. The twist at the end really isn’t that shocking to be honest, but it ties everything together. The discussion of illegal transplant part harvesting has been tackled before, but this is an interesting ta ...more
Sheila Beitler
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*the author graciously sent me an ARC*

Living forever. Does that sound good? Sure it does, but what would you do to live longer? When Royce Lowell-Vandeweghe wakes up after nearly dying in a car accident, his entire world was shaken up. Did he consent to being a transplant patient, or did his wife say it was fine? And for whose benefit? Roy is desperate to find the truth. Even if the truth he uncovers is worse than his transplant. Mather once again knocks his new book out of the park. He takes us
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Kyra
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Booked received for free through NetGalley

I absolutely adore this book. It keeps you guessing the whole time, has some surprises, and makes it really hard to take breaks for real life. I love how cutting edge of the science was but at the same time so applicable to real life that it makes it almost scary. I've read two other books by Matthew Mather and he's quickly becoming my favorite author. Thank you
Mike Keller
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ethical issues aside, a body transplant just creeps me out!

So many complications, ranging from infection to rejection, but consider now the mental aspects of wearing another person's skin. With an overwhelming majority the body wins the contest, but is consciousness embedded in the tissue? Where does the soul reside? The author handles these issues and more. Plot twists designed by a master storyteller keep the suspense and action flowing smoothly. I enjoyed this book and look forward to see wha
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On the outside, this book seems exciting. After being decapitated in a car accident, Roy is now one of the world’s first full body transplant patients. This means that his head has literally been grafted onto someone else’s body. His life is now wave after wave of phantom pain, and is filled with someone else’s body odour. Well that and walking blackouts.

Check out my full review here!

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Julie (HufflepuffGirl90)
This was my first time reading anything by Matthew Mather, but I have a feeling I’ll read more in the future. The novel was well written, the characters well rounded, and the ending a beautiful twist.
The first part was hard for me to get through. Mather sets up all the moving parts without showing what the end result will be. As such, it seemed to drag on a bit. But that all changed. Like a switch was flipped, the novel went from dragging along to full sprinting to the finish line.
Andrea Olson
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A departure from his normal sci fi, this book would not allow me to put it down. A crime,
med tech mesh between reality and fiction, reminiscent of Michael Crichton and Michael Palmer.
Others have given some of the storyline, so I won’t rehash. It’s worthy of a read and looking forward to the next in this new series.
Linda
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author wants us to be reminded of Frankenstein (refer to his notes at the end) while taking on the ethics of organ donation and the urban myth of the new body part remembering its past life. Not making sense? Sometimes the book didn’t. The pseudo-science will satisfy most and the murder mystery is adequate.
donna
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Blackstone for the free arc via edelweiss. This story was fascinating. Watching Roy try to
Figure out what was happening during his blackouts and what was real and what was hallucinations. The mystery was engaging and the answers satisfying. The author tackled some very relevant topics.
Heather Bennett
The Dreaming Tree is a unique book that has a entertaining storyline. The characters are interesting. A decent book.
Doug Yonce
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Medical science fiction dominates the first part of the book so a solid background can be established for the murder mystery that follows. Interesting concept that allows for an entertaining novel.
Amy
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy or get to come

This was a different concept than I read before. I wasn't expecting it to take the path it did. The only I didn't like was the high speed wrap up.
Gabe
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Again, another interesting premise that was poorly executed. I cannot recommend.
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Matthew is the million-copy bestselling author of CyberStorm and Darknet, and the hit series Nomad and Atopia Chronicles. He started out his career working at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines, going on to become one of the world's leading members of the cybersecurity community. In between he's worked in a variety of start-ups,everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic hea ...more