Through the Heart

Through the Heart

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by Kate Morgenroth
     
 

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From the bestselling author of They Did It with Love, a chance meeting ignites romance and results in murder

Nora and Timothy have lives that are worlds apart. Nora lives in a small Kansas town, living paycheck to paycheck, working in a coffee shop. Timothy lives in Manhattan, responsible to no one and nothing except managing his family's

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From the bestselling author of They Did It with Love, a chance meeting ignites romance and results in murder

Nora and Timothy have lives that are worlds apart. Nora lives in a small Kansas town, living paycheck to paycheck, working in a coffee shop. Timothy lives in Manhattan, responsible to no one and nothing except managing his family's millions. When these two meet, it seems like the beginning of a fairy tale. Except Nora is not your typical damsel in distress, Timothy does not quite fit the role of a gallant prince, and fairy tales don't include a dead body.

As Nora and Timothy take turns telling their sides of the story, the reader is caught in the net of their love, and the chilling murder that results. With big questions of love, fidelity, filial responsibility and the role of fate, Through the Heart is a page-turning love story with a jaw dropping twist readers won't soon forget.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Morgenroth's latest begins with the police report of a homicide, then introduces the two main characters and works backwards. Bullied Nora is stuck in a dead-end job in Kansas, caring for her cancer-stricken mother. Spoiled rich boy Timothy walks into the coffee shop where Nora works, and it's mad love at first sight. A more unlikable pair of lovers is hard to imagine. She's spineless, he's brutally selfish, but they are united in their mutual distaste for their dreadful, if hopelessly stereotypical, families, who return their disdain. Alternating chapters—“Timothy,” “Nora,” and “The Investigation”—describe the course of their relationship and its consequences, one of which is a murder the morning of their wedding, the same murder that opens the book. As in They Did It with Love, the final revelation (who is murdered? who is the murderer?) is meant to be shocking. But after the hackneyed romance, obvious metaphors (e.g., the murder victim is stabbed through the heart) and nonsurprises, it's difficult to still care. Morgenroth has a strong, snarky voice and good pacing, but this book is a misfire. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Morgenroth (They Did It with Love) gracefully tells a love story, tragedy, and mystery from three very different perspectives: Nora's, Timothy's, and the findings of a police report. Nora is a young woman taking care of her ailing mother in her Kansas hometown, working in a knockoff Starbucks coffee shop, living a shadow of a life as her mother goes through treatment for leukemia. Timothy is a moneyed New Yorker, existing in a cold life of privilege and prestige. When a chance encounter between the two starts an unlikely relationship, facets of their personalities and their family relationships are slowly uncovered, revealing surprises for everyone involved. The crafting here is more literary fiction than popular mystery, but fans of both will be captivated by this haunting tale. VERDICT With character studies, a deep love story, challenging yet wildly differing filial duties, and a murder mystery, the only disappointment is that this beautifully gripping novel ends. Highly recommended.—Julie Kane, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101159583
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/29/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
384 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Morgenroth's full bodied characterizations, even of minor figures, plus the powerful forward motion of her narrative make this unusual mystery absolutely compelling. Quite possibly a breakthrough by the author They Did It with Love."
-Booklist

"With character studies, a deep love story, challenging yet wildly differing filial duties, and a murder mystery, the only disappointment is that this beautifully gripping novel ends. Highly recommended."
-Library Journal

"Morgenroth's devilishly sly approach to this story is uniquely unnerving for what it doesn't make obvious, providing a great deal of unexpected suspense without a single drop of blood falling for the most part of the read...An excellent character study, an astounding mystery; this read reinforces the idea that literate fiction and mystery can coexist in one book."
-New Mystery Reader

"If you like a sexy mystery, Morgenroth keeps the finger of suspicion rotating faster than a game of Spin the Bottle." —Marie Claire

"Morgenroth's greatest accomplishment is the ease with which she describes a certain kind of ennui and aimlessness-and the kind of fatal betrayals that can lurk beneath all that suburban gloss." —The Washington Post

"The character development and local color are so strong that this would be a hit even without the dazzling surprise ending." — Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Kate Morgenroth is the author of the bestselling Plume book, They Did It With Love, two thrillers, Kill me First and Saved, and three YA novels, Jude, Framed, and Echo. She lives in New York City.

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Through the Heart 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a lovely surprise. Although I became especially attached to the two main characters, I loved how well Morgenroth made the individual voices of all the characters so clear and distinct. Plot and character-driven, this book, with its clever and believable twists and turns, is a must read. A real treasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the surface you may mistakenly believe this to be a bit of fluff...I did...briefly. It didn't take many pages before realizing how wrong I was. Couldn' stop reading. The insights were amazing and the statements of feelings so profoundly exact, I found myself re-reading passages to try to memorize them. Sad, but ultimately so right and eventually you might even begin to believe in fate yourself....
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sparklenurse More than 1 year ago
Great easy read to curl up with a cup of tea. Somewhat unpredictable with a few twists.....
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The Hamptons, New York police report describes a homicide that actually began in Kansas. Nora works at a coffee shop in Kansas where she cannot afford to buy a cup. She also cares for her cancer stricken mother who is undergoing expensive chemo treatments for leukemia in Kansas City, a long drive. Timothy is a spoiled rich kid living in Manhattan off his family millions. He stops in the coffee shop where he and Nora meet. They are instantly attracted to one another as they fit well together since she is a submissive and he is a bully. Besides desire for each other; they each loathe their respective families. The fairy tale ending is found in the police report. Points of view rotate mostly between Nora and Timothy with the police investigation thrown in periodically as the reader wonders until the final twist as to who the victim is. Although the love at first sight seems over the top of Mount Sunflower with this couple as she is a mouse and he is selfish, the story line hooks the reader anyway with anticipation while following the fascinating bittersweet love story; pondering throughout who will be left standing in police custody. Harriet Klausner