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[Alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00E9IN7VS] Could you live with the heart of a killer? Fraser Grant was a kidnapper, a vile, murdering sociopath. Now he’s dead. Murdered in his own home, the women of Sydney can breathe easy again. All but one. His final victim is still missing — chained up, running out of time, and awaiting a captor who will never return. Detective Sergean [Alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00E9IN7VS] Could you live with the heart of a killer? Fraser Grant was a kidnapper, a vile, murdering sociopath. Now he’s dead. Murdered in his own home, the women of Sydney can breathe easy again. All but one. His final victim is still missing — chained up, running out of time, and awaiting a captor who will never return. Detective Sergeant Charlie Cooper is desperate to find the missing woman alive. On the verge of quitting Homicide after a decade chasing the brutal killer, this is his last chance to atone for all the victims he failed. After a life-saving heart transplant, Eva Matthews just wants things to get back to normal. But when she learns she has the heart of the serial killer, will nothing stop the nightmares that plague her? Dark Heart is a detective story, a race against time to save a life. But it’s also an exploration of cellular memory, the intriguing medical phenomenon of patients receiving more than just an organ from their donor. The terrifying serial killer may be dead, but that is just the beginning…


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[Alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00E9IN7VS] Could you live with the heart of a killer? Fraser Grant was a kidnapper, a vile, murdering sociopath. Now he’s dead. Murdered in his own home, the women of Sydney can breathe easy again. All but one. His final victim is still missing — chained up, running out of time, and awaiting a captor who will never return. Detective Sergean [Alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00E9IN7VS] Could you live with the heart of a killer? Fraser Grant was a kidnapper, a vile, murdering sociopath. Now he’s dead. Murdered in his own home, the women of Sydney can breathe easy again. All but one. His final victim is still missing — chained up, running out of time, and awaiting a captor who will never return. Detective Sergeant Charlie Cooper is desperate to find the missing woman alive. On the verge of quitting Homicide after a decade chasing the brutal killer, this is his last chance to atone for all the victims he failed. After a life-saving heart transplant, Eva Matthews just wants things to get back to normal. But when she learns she has the heart of the serial killer, will nothing stop the nightmares that plague her? Dark Heart is a detective story, a race against time to save a life. But it’s also an exploration of cellular memory, the intriguing medical phenomenon of patients receiving more than just an organ from their donor. The terrifying serial killer may be dead, but that is just the beginning…

30 review for Dark Heart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Oh dear - I seem to have discovered another really good series! As if I needed any more. This is an excellent book, really nicely written and with two very promising main characters in Cooper and Quinn. The story is fascinating and well paced, turning it into a book that is very hard to put down. I actually read it in one day and whenever I did have to put it down I was very quick to get back to it! The story begins when a serial killer is killed and his last potential victim has to be found befor Oh dear - I seem to have discovered another really good series! As if I needed any more. This is an excellent book, really nicely written and with two very promising main characters in Cooper and Quinn. The story is fascinating and well paced, turning it into a book that is very hard to put down. I actually read it in one day and whenever I did have to put it down I was very quick to get back to it! The story begins when a serial killer is killed and his last potential victim has to be found before she dies. And then there is the mystery of who murdered the murderer. It was all very exciting and of course here is a twist to the tale. I failed miserably at predicting the guilty party but that's not unusual for me:) With hindsight all the clues were certainly there. All good. Now I am looking forward to Cooper and Quinn #2.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Enjoyed this book. There are two families, detective Cooper and Matthews family. Cooper has been after this serial killer for ten years, and promised his wife he will quit homicide and spend more time with his family. Eva Matthews is thirty years old heart transplant patient. You'll learn more about both these families as you read. And very determined report writing about this serial killer, he wants to know everything about him, his wife is missing and could become his tenth victim. Enjoyed this book. There are two families, detective Cooper and Matthews family. Cooper has been after this serial killer for ten years, and promised his wife he will quit homicide and spend more time with his family. Eva Matthews is thirty years old heart transplant patient. You'll learn more about both these families as you read. And very determined report writing about this serial killer, he wants to know everything about him, his wife is missing and could become his tenth victim.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Dark Heart by Aussie author Catherine Lee is the first book in the Cooper & Quinn series and what a fabulous start it was. Intense, gripping, page turner, heart stopping, twists and turns all the things I enjoy in a thriller/mystery novel. And this book had all of these things and so much more. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    3.5 stars The assault on my overloaded kindle continues. This book has been on there for awhile & its time had come. It's a combination of police procedural & an interesting look at the concept of cellular memory in transplant patients. Sooo...what if your new heart came from a serial killer? A recent murder victim is discovered to be a killer police have been hunting for 10 years. His donated organs will save a young woman's life but have enormous repercussions for her whole family. I really like 3.5 stars The assault on my overloaded kindle continues. This book has been on there for awhile & its time had come. It's a combination of police procedural & an interesting look at the concept of cellular memory in transplant patients. Sooo...what if your new heart came from a serial killer? A recent murder victim is discovered to be a killer police have been hunting for 10 years. His donated organs will save a young woman's life but have enormous repercussions for her whole family. I really liked the procedural aspect of the story. The 2 MC's (cops) were great characters & the plot suitably twisty. For 80% of the story I was all in. But I'm afraid I felt let down by the last bit for 2 reasons. One was the ethical dilemma faced by police at the end & how it played out. The other was the inclusion of a personal pet peeve.....instalove. You know, the old I've-known-you-for-5-days-and-can't-live-without-you scenario. Erk. The sad thing is the accelerated romance was unnecessary & not integral to the story line. Maybe it could have ended with the blissful couple just going on a first date? Anyhoo, the rest of the book was a well written & pacy read. If you're a bigger fan of amour, ignore my rant & give this a go.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Detective Sergeant Charlie Cooper was about ready to walk out Homicide’s door to spend more time with his long suffering wife Liz and their two sons when a murder took his attention. The shock he and his partner Detective Sergeant Joey Quinn felt to discover the dead man was the serial killer Cooper had been hunting for almost a decade was immense. Eva Matthews had just received a life-saving heart transplant and was noticing the difference in her breathing immediately. In ICU in a Sydney Hospita Detective Sergeant Charlie Cooper was about ready to walk out Homicide’s door to spend more time with his long suffering wife Liz and their two sons when a murder took his attention. The shock he and his partner Detective Sergeant Joey Quinn felt to discover the dead man was the serial killer Cooper had been hunting for almost a decade was immense. Eva Matthews had just received a life-saving heart transplant and was noticing the difference in her breathing immediately. In ICU in a Sydney Hospital, she was being monitored constantly – her parents and best friend Taylor were by her side. But Eva was suffering nightmares when she slept and of course she was sleeping a lot as she recovered. When she was informed by Sydney Times reporter Andrew Fox on the probable cause for her nightmares, Eva was shocked at what she learned. She had received the heart of a psychopath… But the horrific discovery that another young woman was missing, taken by the serial killer before he was killed, meant the clock was ticking for Cooper and his team. They desperately needed to find the killer’s last victim – alive – to gain a measure of satisfaction after the long and drawn out failures of the past. But how would they find her? There was no evidence pointing anywhere – would they find her? Would she still be alive? And would they discover who murdered the murderer? Dark Heart is #1 in the Cooper & Quinn Mystery series by Aussie author Catherine Lee and was a heart stopping, breathtaking race against time; a journey into the subject of heart transplants and whether cellular memory is fact or fiction. Incredible twists littered the story which was told in a highly intriguing manner. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and can’t wait to read the next in the series. Highly recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    This is an exceptional book! Detective Cooper has been hunting a serial killer known as The Adultery Killer for nine years without catching a single break towards solving the case. Detective Quinn is just starting out in Homicide and has just been paired up with Cooper when they catch a new case. Cooper and Quinn are stunned to discover that the victim, identified as Fraser Grant, is none other than the Adultery Killer. Now Cooper's serial killer case is solved but who killed Fraser Grant? And w This is an exceptional book! Detective Cooper has been hunting a serial killer known as The Adultery Killer for nine years without catching a single break towards solving the case. Detective Quinn is just starting out in Homicide and has just been paired up with Cooper when they catch a new case. Cooper and Quinn are stunned to discover that the victim, identified as Fraser Grant, is none other than the Adultery Killer. Now Cooper's serial killer case is solved but who killed Fraser Grant? And why? Meanwhile, Eva Matthews has finally gotten a new heart and under goes a life saving transplant. Her joy is short lived, however, when she finds out that her new heart is that of Fraser Grant, a serial killer. Now Eva is having terrifying nightmares about a woman who needs her help but when Eva reaches out to save her she sees herself as the woman's killer instead. Eva must decide if the nightmares are just a result of the stress from the surgery, or the anti rejection and pain meds, or something much, much worse. What if the new heart changes who she is/was.... into a killer? I read the prequel to this one and really enjoyed it but Dark Heart was even better! I immediately loved veteran homicide Detective Charlie Cooper, and his new, young partner, Detective Joey Quinn. I wanted to wrap Eve up in my arms and tell her that it would all be okay. But how could I? The ideas behind the story are definitely plausible which makes it even more creepy! This is a spooky, heart pounding thriller that brings a whole new meaning to the pseudoscientific hypothesis that memories can be stored in individual cells. The twists in this one are mesmerizing and I could not put it down! I will be reading the second in this series, Dark Past, as soon as possible! I can't wait to see what Detectives Cooper and Quinn will be up against next time!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This was a quick and easy fast paced read. A man found murdered in his apartment turns out to be the 'adultery killer', a serial murdered who has been killing an adulterous woman once per year for the last 10 years. DI Charlie Cooper has been on the case since the beginning and is about ready to transfer out of homicide but first he must find the murderer's 11th victim, Amanda Fox believed to be chained up and still alive. Meanwhile a young woman has received the murderer's heart in a much neede This was a quick and easy fast paced read. A man found murdered in his apartment turns out to be the 'adultery killer', a serial murdered who has been killing an adulterous woman once per year for the last 10 years. DI Charlie Cooper has been on the case since the beginning and is about ready to transfer out of homicide but first he must find the murderer's 11th victim, Amanda Fox believed to be chained up and still alive. Meanwhile a young woman has received the murderer's heart in a much needed transplant and is having terrifying dreams about a mystery woman that she feels belong to the murderer. I personally don't subscribe to the idea of cellular memory in transplant organs to the extent used here (ie. specific, complex memories), however it's an interesting idea for a twist on a murder tale.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Dark Heart is the first book in the Cooper and Quinn Series and the first book I have read by Catherine Lee. I was surprised how Catherine Lee combined the two main themes of Dark Heart, and have them collided with a cold case of Detective Sergeant Charlie Cooper. Dark Heart also explores what happens to patients who has a heart transplant, and the readers of Dark Heart will have respect on how Catherine Lee skilfully combines this into the story. Also, Dark Heart started me to think about polic Dark Heart is the first book in the Cooper and Quinn Series and the first book I have read by Catherine Lee. I was surprised how Catherine Lee combined the two main themes of Dark Heart, and have them collided with a cold case of Detective Sergeant Charlie Cooper. Dark Heart also explores what happens to patients who has a heart transplant, and the readers of Dark Heart will have respect on how Catherine Lee skilfully combines this into the story. Also, Dark Heart started me to think about police, the victims and the families of serial killers and how it affects their lives. I recommend this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This novel has cemented my view that Catherine Lee is an exceptional author of police crime mysteries. This is the second book of the Cooper & Quinn series I've read, and if possible, was even better than the prequel. In this installment we see Cooper's new partner, Joey Quinn, working alongside him to finally solve the Adultery Murderer case. Add in the very technical premise of organ transplants and cellular memory, and you have an action packed thriller that has you on the edge of your seat f This novel has cemented my view that Catherine Lee is an exceptional author of police crime mysteries. This is the second book of the Cooper & Quinn series I've read, and if possible, was even better than the prequel. In this installment we see Cooper's new partner, Joey Quinn, working alongside him to finally solve the Adultery Murderer case. Add in the very technical premise of organ transplants and cellular memory, and you have an action packed thriller that has you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. Highly recommended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    This book is a lackluster first in a series. It is a shame actually because it should have shined. The good. Cooper and Quinn are great characters and they are the only reason I will be picking up the second book in this series. The mystery in and of itself was fantastic a serial killer dead and the hunt for his last victim. The writing is great and when it was focused on police procedural aspect aspects I powered through them. The bad. The sub plots around Eva were a total waste of time. All they This book is a lackluster first in a series. It is a shame actually because it should have shined. The good. Cooper and Quinn are great characters and they are the only reason I will be picking up the second book in this series. The mystery in and of itself was fantastic a serial killer dead and the hunt for his last victim. The writing is great and when it was focused on police procedural aspect aspects I powered through them. The bad. The sub plots around Eva were a total waste of time. All they served to do was distract from the main story and frankly they were a little dull. It was not enough to turn me off the rest of the series but it does mean that I wont be running out to get the next book. Also this book was set in Sydney but it really could have been set anywhere. All in all not a bad read but not a stunning read either.

  11. 4 out of 5

    C. McKenzie

    I seldom read crime mysteries, but I'm glad I stumbled on this one. It pulled me in from page one with the premise of the serial killer who becomes a victim and the idea of cellular memory. There's tension during the search for the killer's last, but potentially still surviving victim, then there's more with mysterious dreams that a heart transplant patient experiences. And just when you think you've got the answer, there's another twist. The pacing is great and the style clean and crisp. In the I seldom read crime mysteries, but I'm glad I stumbled on this one. It pulled me in from page one with the premise of the serial killer who becomes a victim and the idea of cellular memory. There's tension during the search for the killer's last, but potentially still surviving victim, then there's more with mysterious dreams that a heart transplant patient experiences. And just when you think you've got the answer, there's another twist. The pacing is great and the style clean and crisp. In these kinds of books, I usually become tangled and lost in all the evidence gathering and suspects, but not this time. For me a mark of a good story, is when I can't wait to get back to reading it. Dark Heart was one of those.

  12. 4 out of 5

    D.S Mac

    This was absolutely fantastic! Beautifully written, with a deep twisty storyline and some brilliant characters. Highly highly recommend 👌

  13. 5 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    Dark Heart explores the concept of cellular memory, asking whether the heart is capable of retaining memories and transferring them to the recipient. This aspect of the story has a dramatic, powerful emotional pull. Eva's struggle is palpable after learning she's been given a killer's heart. We're right there with her, imagining what it would be like to feel that heart beating inside us. The murder mystery aspect of the story unfolds in whodunit style, allowing us to solve the case along with Det Dark Heart explores the concept of cellular memory, asking whether the heart is capable of retaining memories and transferring them to the recipient. This aspect of the story has a dramatic, powerful emotional pull. Eva's struggle is palpable after learning she's been given a killer's heart. We're right there with her, imagining what it would be like to feel that heart beating inside us. The murder mystery aspect of the story unfolds in whodunit style, allowing us to solve the case along with Detective Cooper. The twists are handled well and are believable. I wasn't totally sold on the intense love connection, which happens quickly, without any buildup or clear emotional connection. But the characters do seem to work well as a couple. The major disappointment for me came with the ending. First, Detective Cooper's dilemma should not really have been a dilemma at all, at least not from a professional standpoint. And then we're left hanging with a non-ending. I am really not a fan of books that leave unresolved threads dangling. Cooper and Quinn make a great team and, despite my irritation with the end of this book, I am looking forward to spending more time with these detectives. *I was provided with an ebook copy by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Oxier

    Very good This was very well written and I breezed through it as I was anxious to see what happened. The story centers around a woman named Eve who has just had a heart transplant. What she doesn't know right away is that her new heart belonged to a serial killer who preyed on women cheating on their husbands. And as it turns out, the killer was then murdered before law enforcement could find the man's latest victim. Amanda was the wife of Andrew, an ambitious journalist who had been writing abou Very good This was very well written and I breezed through it as I was anxious to see what happened. The story centers around a woman named Eve who has just had a heart transplant. What she doesn't know right away is that her new heart belonged to a serial killer who preyed on women cheating on their husbands. And as it turns out, the killer was then murdered before law enforcement could find the man's latest victim. Amanda was the wife of Andrew, an ambitious journalist who had been writing about the serial killer for ten years. The serial killer picked one woman a year and this time he singled out Amanda. It's up to Detectives Cooper and Quinn to not only solve the serial killer's murder but also to find the missing Amanda, should she be alive or dead. Because there's a chance she could still be living, they are in a race against time. Meanwhile, Eve, in the hospital after her transplant, is having strange dreams about an elusive woman she is sure is in danger. Then Andrew visits her and reveals whose heart she has and the fact his wife is missing. He talks to her about cellular memories. In other words, he believes she might be able to help find Amanda because some of her memories belong to his wife's abductors. Sound complicated but it was very easy to follow the characters and the action as it took place. The only reason for the four star rating is that I thought the ending just a tad bit over the top, like the author went a trifle too far in order to further sensationalized it. This didn't detract any from the book's enjoyment and I would still recommend it if you're in the market for a good thriller.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hans

    Extremely well done! It's part thriller, part medical world and part love story! I really, really enjoyed this. It also contains a couple of unexpected twists. Cooper and Quinn are very likeable characters with whom it's easy to connect. A fantastic debut thriller! Extremely well done! It's part thriller, part medical world and part love story! I really, really enjoyed this. It also contains a couple of unexpected twists. Cooper and Quinn are very likeable characters with whom it's easy to connect. A fantastic debut thriller!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    This is such an enjoyable read. when I had to stop reading, I thought to myself that I needed to watch the next episode, forgetting that it was a book I was reading and not watching the latest hit TV show. whith that said, I can see this story on the screen. I connected Cooper enough that our train of thought was the same and I felt the need to prove our theories right or wrong. I loved that this story kept me guessing even though the obvious is given to me. I still had doubts, I was still not co This is such an enjoyable read. when I had to stop reading, I thought to myself that I needed to watch the next episode, forgetting that it was a book I was reading and not watching the latest hit TV show. whith that said, I can see this story on the screen. I connected Cooper enough that our train of thought was the same and I felt the need to prove our theories right or wrong. I loved that this story kept me guessing even though the obvious is given to me. I still had doubts, I was still not convinced the whole puzzle was pieced together and I loved the twist. It wasn't something I was expecting.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    I have to admit to having Dark Heart sitting on my Kindle for a while. This is the first in Lee’s Dark Series featuring detectives Charlie Cooper and Joe Quinn, set in Sydney, Australia. I began reading this book having not reminded myself of the synopsis and was expecting your average run-of-the-mill crime thriller. Boy, was I wrong, Dark Heart proved to be anything but! For nine years Cooper has been trying to find a serial murderer dubbed the Adultery Killer to the point that it has made him r I have to admit to having Dark Heart sitting on my Kindle for a while. This is the first in Lee’s Dark Series featuring detectives Charlie Cooper and Joe Quinn, set in Sydney, Australia. I began reading this book having not reminded myself of the synopsis and was expecting your average run-of-the-mill crime thriller. Boy, was I wrong, Dark Heart proved to be anything but! For nine years Cooper has been trying to find a serial murderer dubbed the Adultery Killer to the point that it has made him reconsider his position within the homicide team. Imagine his surprise when the victim of a recent murder is discovered to be the elusive Adultery Killer! A chain of events is set in motion which takes Cooper, Quinn and the reader on an unusual, twisting journey. Will Cooper and Quinn be able to find the Adultery Killer’s latest victim before it’s too late? Dark Heart moves along at a great pace and while I enjoyed the crime and procedural aspect to the book, it is the social and psychological themes that really appealed to me. Cellular memory features heavily in Dark Heart and gives it a thought-provoking edge. Following a transplant Eva Matthews discovers the new heart she has so desperately needed comes from a multiple murderer and this completely rocks her world. As she becomes unwittingly caught up in the frantic search for the Adultery Killer’s last victim. This really got me thinking about organ transplants and the psychological issues that can arise from this. I hadn’t given much thought to the fact that it is done anonymously or the reasons why this is the case, and Dark Heart caused me to mull this over. Lee has carefully considered the emotional fall out of finding out the heart you have placed inside of you that has, ultimately, saved your life, has come from a less than salubrious person. Would this have been as much of an issue to Eva if she hadn’t read about cellular memory prior to her transplant? While I’m not sure if I believe in the existence of cellular memory, I did wonder how I would feel to have the organ of a murderer inside of me. Dark Heart flits between three points of view. There is the police procedural conducted by Cooper and Quinn, Eva’s experience of receiving a heart from a killer and Amanda, the final victim of the now deceases killer. Lee has also added a depth to the story of Amanda. As Amanda helplessly awaits her fate, not knowing if she will live or die, she contemplates her life and the decisions she has made. This effectively brought Amanda to life for me as more than ‘just’ the victim who has to be found. An enjoyable read, Dark Heart surprised me with its hidden layers and thought-provoking themes making this different from your average crime thriller. As a result, I will be checking out the rest of the series. A huge thank you to Catherine Lee for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    This is a brilliant first in this new series, I enjoyed it a great deal. Plus it's the best freebie I've downloaded all year, too. I'll be sticking with it for sure. Both lead character cops are nice guys, I especially liked Quinn. It was quite a fascinating story regarding the transplant and cellular memory mentions....some seems very implausible but not all of it so it does keep the reader quite interested in learning more. Eva did irritate me at times. She seemed quite childlike at times and I This is a brilliant first in this new series, I enjoyed it a great deal. Plus it's the best freebie I've downloaded all year, too. I'll be sticking with it for sure. Both lead character cops are nice guys, I especially liked Quinn. It was quite a fascinating story regarding the transplant and cellular memory mentions....some seems very implausible but not all of it so it does keep the reader quite interested in learning more. Eva did irritate me at times. She seemed quite childlike at times and I found it no wonder her mother treated her like a kid !! Jack made me cry at one point. He was a good old guy. I did wonder about the other women murdered by the killer in the story. It would've been nice to learn more about them along the way. The description of the killer's life 'revolving around murdering women' wasn't very fair, I thought, since he "only" killed one per year. There really weren't heaps of mistakes, either, which will always be a huge plus for me. Misplaced apostrophes were about it (reader's/hours/visitor's), a missing comma, stuff-up needs that hyphen, and Word document usually has the capital W. That was it so I found that impressive. I'll look forward to the guys' next case together.

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Bastin

    A woman who is a victim of a serial killer is tied/secured in an unknown location. Detective Sergeant Charlie Cooper is desperately searching for the criminal. Then the killer is himself killed, and the problem becomes how to find the (hopefully still alive) victim before it's too late? Charlie has been at this job for a long time, and has been unsuccessfully searching for this killer for ten years. He is planning to leave the force, to spend more time with his family, but he just can't let this A woman who is a victim of a serial killer is tied/secured in an unknown location. Detective Sergeant Charlie Cooper is desperately searching for the criminal. Then the killer is himself killed, and the problem becomes how to find the (hopefully still alive) victim before it's too late? Charlie has been at this job for a long time, and has been unsuccessfully searching for this killer for ten years. He is planning to leave the force, to spend more time with his family, but he just can't let this case go, not yet. The killing of the criminal has a bright side, in that his heart is harvested for donation to a hospital patient who has been waiting for a available donated heart. But that patient starts to see strange side effects after the transplant, and it starts to look not so good. There are a lot of twists to this story, a lot of interesting characters and situations developing. It's well worth the read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Dark Heart by Catherine Lee. A mystery usually begins with a murder – but what if it’s the killer who turns up dead?Detective Charlie Cooper is on the verge of leaving Homicide to spend more time with his young family. But when the serial killer he’s been chasing for a decade is murdered, Cooper has the chance to save the killer’s final victim and atone for all the one’s he’s failed.After a life-saving heart transplant, Eva Matthews just wants things to get back to normal. But when she learns sh Dark Heart by Catherine Lee. A mystery usually begins with a murder – but what if it’s the killer who turns up dead?Detective Charlie Cooper is on the verge of leaving Homicide to spend more time with his young family. But when the serial killer he’s been chasing for a decade is murdered, Cooper has the chance to save the killer’s final victim and atone for all the one’s he’s failed.After a life-saving heart transplant, Eva Matthews just wants things to get back to normal. But when she learns she’s received the heart of the serial killer, she can’t ignore the strange dreams that now haunt her. Is the killer’s heart telling her where his final victim is hidden? This was a really good read with good characters. Kept me thinking. Really good page Turner. 4*. Netgalley and weaponry co-op.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Engrossing" A complex story line that doesn't make for an easy read. Great characters though. I enjoyed it. "Engrossing" A complex story line that doesn't make for an easy read. Great characters though. I enjoyed it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lyndall

    I really enjoyed that this was set in Sydney. It was a concept I had never thought about. I would read another book by Catherine Lee

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    2.5* rounded up to 3*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jay Williams

    The story revolves around a young woman who has just received a heart transplant. Surprises after surprises come out as she deals with nightmares whenever she goes to sleep. Cooper and Quinn are the detectives who must find a missing woman and identify the murderer of the heart donor. The police procedural aspect of the story is outstanding. The characters are extremely realistic and behave in a manner consistent with their persona. I will leave the many surprises for the reader to uncover, but The story revolves around a young woman who has just received a heart transplant. Surprises after surprises come out as she deals with nightmares whenever she goes to sleep. Cooper and Quinn are the detectives who must find a missing woman and identify the murderer of the heart donor. The police procedural aspect of the story is outstanding. The characters are extremely realistic and behave in a manner consistent with their persona. I will leave the many surprises for the reader to uncover, but say it is impossible to see everything coming. The writing was very clear and easy to read for a story based in Australia. This was a book I couldn't put down for any reason. At the end I was excited and relieved.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha herbert

    Great book I love a murder mystery. This one has a lot of twists and turns especially at the end. Great characters. Easy to read but hard to put down.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DS Charlie “Coop” Cooper (homicide) had discussed this matter with Dr. Max Christie (forensic psychologist). DS Cooper & Detective Sr. Constable Quinn went to interview Jack Simpson (father) about his son Fraser who had since died. Dr. Graham (cardiac surgeon) had transplanted a donor heart into Eva “Evie” Mathews (patient, fashion designer). Brenda Matthews (mom), & Alan Matthews (dad), came to see her quite frequently. Amanda Fox (Andrew’s wife, Medlow & Bracks advertising firm) is missing. Kate DS Charlie “Coop” Cooper (homicide) had discussed this matter with Dr. Max Christie (forensic psychologist). DS Cooper & Detective Sr. Constable Quinn went to interview Jack Simpson (father) about his son Fraser who had since died. Dr. Graham (cardiac surgeon) had transplanted a donor heart into Eva “Evie” Mathews (patient, fashion designer). Brenda Matthews (mom), & Alan Matthews (dad), came to see her quite frequently. Amanda Fox (Andrew’s wife, Medlow & Bracks advertising firm) is missing. Kate McKinley (co-worker M & B advertising firm) didn’t know & didn’t seem to care where Amanda was. Detective Senior Constable Sonia Hightower had been added to the investigation team. What information did Stacey offer up? Dr Mr (.) Warning: This book contains graphic adult content, violence, or profanity which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written who-dun-it murder mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great who-dun-it movie, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. A very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Pattison-Rideout

    Being an avid reader of crime / thriller novels it can be quite hard to find something original and which genuinely keeps you guessing right to the end. However, this wasn't it. The story is based on the pursuit of a serial killer - the Adultery Killer - who targets women that are cheating on their husbands, keeping them captive and then presumably murdering them, though no bodies are ever found. This in itself could have been a great book - especially when the killer himself turns up dead and t Being an avid reader of crime / thriller novels it can be quite hard to find something original and which genuinely keeps you guessing right to the end. However, this wasn't it. The story is based on the pursuit of a serial killer - the Adultery Killer - who targets women that are cheating on their husbands, keeping them captive and then presumably murdering them, though no bodies are ever found. This in itself could have been a great book - especially when the killer himself turns up dead and the race is on to find his tenth victim before she dies. If the author had stuck to this, I might have enjoyed it more. However, when the heart of the killer is transplanted into a young woman, Eva, who then starts having 'visions' of what might be the tenth victim; the book descends into something quite terrible. Cliche and predictability ratings are off the chart and, though I quite liked the cop characters of Cooper and Quinn, I'm not sure this will be enough to drag me back into the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan Porter

    So different! A very good book. Exciting, entertaining, great characters, well written. The only criticism I have is a pet peeve. WHY do these authors feel the need to use foul language in their books????? It's unnecessary, does absolutely nothing to "enrich" the book, AND they run a big risk of alienating readers! I often stick to women writers because most women authors are smart enough to leave out gratuitous foul language knowing that f*** is SUCH a filthy word and TOTALLY unnecessary. Contra So different! A very good book. Exciting, entertaining, great characters, well written. The only criticism I have is a pet peeve. WHY do these authors feel the need to use foul language in their books????? It's unnecessary, does absolutely nothing to "enrich" the book, AND they run a big risk of alienating readers! I often stick to women writers because most women authors are smart enough to leave out gratuitous foul language knowing that f*** is SUCH a filthy word and TOTALLY unnecessary. Contrary to what many think, MANY MANY of us do not use filthy language, nor do those around us!!!! I found one big error in this book ----- since no visitors but family are allowed in ICU, why did the best friend go in, while the "no visitors but family" rule was a big factor and was mentioned several times. Still, this was a good book. Would have given it 5 stars if not for the gratuitous foul language.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    I don’t often read police-procedural-type mysteries, but the premise of Dark Heart added a twist that I liked. Namely that Eva Matthews receives a heart transplant, and the heart came from a serial killer. The concept of cellular memory was stretched rather a long way, but it did add flavor to the story. Ms. Lee’s writing style is easy on the eye and kept the pages turning for me. This is the first book in a series (all with Dark in the title), and at the time of writing this review the novel was I don’t often read police-procedural-type mysteries, but the premise of Dark Heart added a twist that I liked. Namely that Eva Matthews receives a heart transplant, and the heart came from a serial killer. The concept of cellular memory was stretched rather a long way, but it did add flavor to the story. Ms. Lee’s writing style is easy on the eye and kept the pages turning for me. This is the first book in a series (all with Dark in the title), and at the time of writing this review the novel was free for Kindle. $0.00 is always a good price. If you enjoy well-written mysteries with some unexpected twists, I’d recommend you pick up a copy of Dark Heart. It may open you up to an enjoyable series. Disclaimer: This review was originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. I may have received a free review copy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I agree with someone here who said she was underwhelmed by this book. I did learn some things about heart transplants, although I'm not sure about all that cellular memory stuff. This book takes place in Australia, but you almost wouldn't know it. It had no "local color"; it was very generic in its setting. I was disappointed by that. I agree with someone here who said she was underwhelmed by this book. I did learn some things about heart transplants, although I'm not sure about all that cellular memory stuff. This book takes place in Australia, but you almost wouldn't know it. It had no "local color"; it was very generic in its setting. I was disappointed by that.

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