In a freak collision when she was twelve, Mia Germaine faced death and the loss of her father. A heart transplant from a young murder victim saved her life, but not without a price. Twenty years later, chilling nightmares about an unresolved homicide begin to plague Mia. Compelled by these lost memories, she forms a complicated connection to the victim—the girl killed the night of Mia’s accident—due to a scientific phenomenon called “organ memory.”
Now suffocating beneath the weight of avenging a dead girl and catching a serial killer on the loose dubbed the “Triangle Terror,” Mia must dodge her own demons while unimaginable truths torment her—along with a killer set on making her his next victim.
As Mia tries to determine if her dreams are clues or disturbing phantasms, uninvited specters lead her further into danger’s path, costing her the one person who can save her from herself. More than a page-turning thriller, "A Secondhand Life" weaves a tale of second chances and reclaimed dreams as this taut, refreshing tale ensnares and penetrates you.
Had I known how much I would enjoy it, I wouldn't have left this book unread in my kindle for over a year. Now I'm just so glad to have finally decided to pick it up and read it.
1992. Durham, North Carolina. Twelve-year-old Mia Germaine survives a fatal car accident in which her father is killed. When she gains consciousness she's told she now has a new heart beating inside her chest. She has undergone a heart transplant.
Twenty-two years go by and now Mia is a healthy woman with a good job and in a relationship with a man who adores her. A young girl is found murdered, and after watching the horrible news, Mia begins to experience vivid terrifying nightmares, in which she's being attacked and murdered. What's happening to her? What do these nightmares mean? How come have they started now? Soon she realises that her borrowed heart is trying to tell her something. She suddenly feels the urge to find out who her heart belonged to. To her horror she discovers that it was the heart of a murdered girl called Alexis... murdered in very similar circumstances to the one she saw on the news... and in her dreams.
Guided by her heart, nightmares and hunches, Mia becomes obsessed to try the impossible... find the killer (now dubbed The Triangle Terror) and stop him from killing any more innocent girls. She wants to finally give Alexis and the other murdered girls justice. But this is no joke. Mia will have to piece together a complicated puzzle and risk everything she has... including her own life to do so. How can she do what the police force has failed to do in over two decades?
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Thanks to the author's fresh, pacey and articulate prose, I found myself flying through the pages on a suspenseful journey alongside Mia as she tries to catch this elusive psychopath killer who has vowed to clean the world from its filth and to save young girls from the impurities of the world.
Does 'organ memory' really exist? Or is it just science fiction? Well, there seem to be recorded cases of people from around the world who have changed their tastes, ideas and even began to talk in foreign languages following an organ transplant. This book is based on this phenomenon, and whether it's true or not, I absolutely loved the idea behind this plot.
All characters are realistic and brought to life in vivid colour. I liked Mia and her determined spirit and I found myself suffering with her and feeling her anguish and fear. Though Alexis was murdered in the first chapter, her heart still beating inside Mia ensured that she was present throughout the whole book as if she were still alive.
Though I wasn't 100% sure, I guessed the killer's identity before it was revealed but this didn't make the story any less enjoyable, and when it was finally confirmed at the end, the reality of what was actually at play and the reason behind the murders just blew me away. The truth was much more deep and complex than I could've imagined.
From the terrifying blood-curdling prologue in which the killer claims his first innocent young victim to the heart-pounding finale, this book kept me hooked and intrigued all the time. The numerous twists and turns, frightening murder scenes, multiple suspects and the odd chilling chapter from the pov of the killer made sure I was kept entertained and on my toes. Great read! Well done!
This was my first Pamela Crane book but it certainly won't be my last and I highly recommend it.
With thanks to the author for a review copy of this book that I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
Pamela Crane is a professional juggler. Not the type of juggler who can toss flaming torches in the air, but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. She lives on the edge (ask her Arabian horse about that—he’ll tell you all about their wild adventures while trying to train him!) and she writes on the edge. Her characters and plots are her escape from the real world of dirty diapers and cleaning horse stalls, and she thrives off of an entertaining tale. She is the author of several best-selling psychological thrillers, including the Amazon top 20 short story "A Fatal Affair" and award-winning "A Secondhand Life." To pick up a copy of a FREE book, or to find out more about her chaotic existence, visit her website at www.pamelacrane.com.