Review: The Recipient

The Recipient by Dean Mayes


Read from 17 – 20 June, 2017

Synopsis: Casey Schillinge is a vivacious young woman on the verge of making her mark on the world. While backpacking, she is struck down by a tropical disease and suffers cardiac failure. But at the eleventh hour, Casey receives a life-saving heart transplant and a rare second chance to begin again. Three years later, Casey has become a withdrawn shell of her former self: she is estranged from her loved ones, afraid of open spaces and rides the line between legitimate and criminal work. The worst of her troubles come in the form of violent night terrors; so frightening that she resorts to extreme measures to keep herself from sleeping. When she can take no more, she embarks on a desperate search for the source of her dreams. In so doing, she makes a shocking discovery surrounding the tragic fate of the donor whose heart now beats inside her chest. As she delves deeper into the mystery of her donor, she realizes her dreams are not a figment of her imagination, but a real life nightmare.

Bookish Things: 418 pages. The cover is simple but it works with the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $8.54.

My Review: 

Sometimes I really hate reading friend reviews of books before I read them because it can sometimes set really high or low expectations. This was the case with The Recipient.

I went in with the expectation that this would knock my socks off. That it was a gritty thriller claiming it’s space in the genre by breaking new ground.

Alas it wasn’t all that.

It was good, I’d even venture to say it was quite good. The concept interesting and thought provoking, but it didn’t knock my socks off.

I really liked the way the technical and medical content was explained, just enough information to explain without over simplifying. The writing was good, the characters believable and the plot well paced.

The sense of Melbourne and it’s surrounds was well handled, adding a true Aussie flavour to the story without shoving it down the readers throat.

I think what didn’t work for me was the lack of hints along the way. The final reveal was completely out of the blue and as such, felt unrealistic.

I also felt the opening 25% was a tiny bit too slow. There was a lot of set up that might not have needed quite so much room. It’s only a little off, it only niggled instead of putting me right off.

Overall, if you like interesting story lines and thriller mystery stories set in Australia, I’d highly recommend this. It’s not perfect, but that kind of adds to its charm.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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