Short Stories · suspense · thriller

The Donor – Clare Mackintosh ★★★★

Blurb; She gave you everything. But what does she want in return?

When Lizzie’s daughter Meg is given a life-saving heart transplant, Lizzie feels hugely grateful to the nameless donor. Then she receives a letter from the donor’s mother, Karen, asking to meet, and it seems like the least she can do.

But as soon as Karen is welcomed into their lives, Lizzie feels something isn’t right. And before long, she can’t help but worry that by inviting Karen in, she might have put Meg in danger . . .

My Review; This has to be the best quick read I have read yet! Thrilling. Gripping. Tense. Edgy. Dark. Twisted. Deadly. I was hooked. I am a big fan of this authors books but due to concentration levels going awol quick reads are helping me. This is brilliantly written. Full of suspense.

Meg is given a new heart through a donor and the family soon gets in touch with the donors family and a relationship emerges which quickly turns dark and deadly fast. They were warned not to have contact and they should have listened. Heart pounding especially the ending had my pulse racing. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Loved it. Brilliant.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

The Donor – Helen Fitzgerald ★★★

Blurb; Will Marion has two perfect kidneys. His daughters aren’t so lucky. Question is: which one should he save? Will’s 47. His wife bailed out when the twins were in nappies and hasn’t been seen since. He coped OK by himself at first, giving Georgie and Kay all the love he could, working in a boring admin job to support them. Just after the twins turn sixteen, Georgie suffers kidney failure and is placed on dialysis. Her type is rare, and Will immediately offers to donate an organ. Without a transplant, she would probably never see adulthood. So far so good. But then Kay gets sick. She’s also sixteen. Just as precious. Her kidney type just as rare. Time is critical, and he has to make a decision. Should be buy a kidney – be an organ tourist? Should be save one child? If so, which one? Should be sacrifice himself? Or is there a fourth solution – one so terrible it has never even crossed his mind?

My Review; Another great read from Helen. Finished it in one day an easy read for me. It’s every parents worst nightmare. What can we do? Are they going to make it? Who should he chose?

Let me tell you now this family is far from normal… We have a mother who doesn’t care and leaves for drugs and a thug. A dad who doesnt know what to do and drinks a lot. Twin Kay is the perfect member of the family the only character I actually liked. Then the other twin Georgie is off the rails and has an attitude problem and lives on the wild side. Every single character wound me up in some way except Kays.

We get an unexpected, shocking outcome towards the end but personally I felt a lot of the good stuff was happening towards the end and then it was suddenly cut short, open to the readers interpretation of what happens next.

I awarded three stars as for me I enjoyed her other books miles more than this one but this was still a great read which I devoured in a day.

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