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Your Heart Belongs to Me

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  14,621 ratings  ·  1,146 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense comes a riveting thriller that probes the deepest terrors of the human psyche—and the ineffable mystery of what truly makes us who we are. Here a brilliant young man finds himself fighting for his very existence in a battle that starts with the most frightening words of all…

At thirty-four, Internet entrepreneur Ryan
Mass Market Paperback, 364 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2008)
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Tom Lytle I totally agree. I am a big fan of Dean Koontz, but this one of the worst book I've read in quite some time. Huge disappointment

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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
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
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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 or something?

Mr. Koontz has written some excellent reads...and then there are a few like this one. sigh

-1 star.
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 999-challenge
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
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Apologies on all of the Dean Koontz reviews today. I am just reading books as I find them in my messy under construction house. This has led me to re-read some Koontz books (really just skim since I have read them before). I forgot how much I disliked "Your Heart Belongs to Me" until my re-read of it. A main character who I didn't care for and a BS ending just made me roll my eyes. Koontz for once didn't have a HEA ending, but the whole book felt seriously out of sync.

A rich man named Ryan Perry
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-own, fiction
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
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: koontz-dean
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
Apr 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mark N.
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Drumm
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense, thriller
I'm not quite sure about this book. Some parts it kept my attention and I wanted to keep reading and then other parts I was soooooo bored and didn't want to keep reading.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
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.

Rodesh Govender
Jun 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dean Koontz has managed to deliver a first class waste of time. An exceptional disappointment. The pages in this book feel to be worth less than the notes of the Zimbabwean currency.

It is books like this that make me want to stop reading.

For shame Dean Koontz.... For shame.

Jan 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Emma Bennett
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first thriller in a long time that lived up to my expectations and then some. I felt genuine fear, and had action and excitement from the first few pages. This is definitely not a slow burner, with, yes, some strange characters and some odd surprises but it all worked. I did find the ending a little cheesy though.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book was terrible. I had never read a Koontz book before, but I picked this one up because it sounded interesting. A guy gets a heart transplant and then a woman stalks him wanting it back? Sure, I'll give it a try. BAD IDEA. But as bad as picking the book up in the first place was, sticking with it to the end was worse.

There is so much wrong with this book, not the least of which is that this woman who wants the heart back DOESN'T SHOW UP UNTIL 222 PAGES IN. Technically, he glimpses her ar
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I'm the minority here, I enjoyed the book! Different from the usual prose we can expect form Koontz, more detailed and picturesque descriptions made me stumble a tiny bit but only so that I could slow down and absorb the beauty of the scenes. In the beginning we get to meet Ryan and Samantha, their day at the beach is described in a very poetic way; in my mind the pictures were like stained glass windows, richly saturated with glowing hues making the scenes stand out in my head days afte ...more
Nov 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, audiobook
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
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Jul 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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Nov 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, usa, thriller
Simple is the word I would use to describe this book. It wasn't bad but it was nothing special, just a quick easy read which I'm sure I will have forgotten all about in a few months times. Has made me seriously think about becoming an organ donor though, which can only be a good thing.

*edit 25th May 2016*
Well I've finally registered to become an Organ Donor! I guess books really do change lives :)
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, re-read
This starts as a horror with Ryan Perry (rich executive) needing a heart transplant. The woman/spirit donating the heart wants it back saying "your heart belongs to me"?
The story becomes a mystery with Ryan Perry trying to track the heart donor name/family.
At end, Koontz does a surprise with the real meaning of life & how his original girlfriend (Samantha Reach)seperated for years should continue .
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