What the Heart Remembers

What the Heart Remembers

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by Debra Ginsberg
     
 

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Whispers of the past…

When young Eden Harrison receives a heart transplant from an unknown donor, her seemingly charmed life falls apart. Haunted by dreams of people and places she doesn’t recognize, Eden is convinced that her new heart carries the memories of its original owner. Eden leaves her old life behind as she is mysteriously drawn to the

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Whispers of the past…

When young Eden Harrison receives a heart transplant from an unknown donor, her seemingly charmed life falls apart. Haunted by dreams of people and places she doesn’t recognize, Eden is convinced that her new heart carries the memories of its original owner. Eden leaves her old life behind as she is mysteriously drawn to the city of San Diego.

Whispers of the mind…

There, Eden becomes fast friends with Darcy, a young woman recently widowed by Peter, her wealthy, much older husband. But Darcy is unsettled by her inability to mourn, and more unsettled by recurring thoughts of Adam, a young musician she was having an affair with—who has suddenly vanished.

Whispers of the heart…

Yet, the more Eden learns about Darcy, the more she realizes that all is not as it seems, and she begins to suspect foul play behind Peter's and Adam’s fates. As the tension around them escalates, Eden’s mysterious dreams become more and more frequent. Can Eden listen to what her heart is trying to tell her before it is silenced forever?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The concept that memory can exist on a cellular level lies at the core of this captivating psychological thriller from Ginsberg (The Neighbors Are Watching). After Eden Harrison, who’s suffering from arrhythmia, successfully undergoes a heart transplant, she feels mysteriously compelled to leave behind her life in Portland, Ore., which includes her fiancé and her fulfilling job working with special-needs children. Eden starts over in San Diego, Calif., where she’s soon haunted by disturbing dreams and, after wealthy young widow Darcy Silver visits the restaurant where she works, a strong sense of déjà vu. As Eden gets closer to discovering the identity of her organ donor, she realizes that the truth may put her in danger. The suspense never flags as Ginsberg explores Darcy’s abusive relationship with her late husband and fraught friendship with Eden. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Ms. Ginsberg shows a remarkable capacity to inhabit the minds and motives of others.”—The New York Times
 
“A cross between Laura Lippman and Kate Atkinson, this novel is complex, original, and utterly intriguing. Will stay with you long after you've stopped turning the pages.”—Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of No Mark Upon Her

“A tense, twist-filled ride that knocked the breath out of me more than once….Part friendship, part rivalry, part cat-and-mouse game, the deepening bond between Darcy and Eden kept me guessing—and reading—far into the night.”—Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Together

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451237002
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Ms. Ginsberg shows a remarkable capacity to inhabit the minds and motives of others.”—The New York Times

“A cross between Laura Lippman and Kate Atkinson, this novel is complex, original, and utterly intriguing. Will stay with you long after you've stopped turning the pages.”—Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of No Mark Upon Her

“A tense, twist-filled ride that knocked the breath out of me more than once….Part friendship, part rivalry, part cat-and-mouse game, the deepening bond between Darcy and Eden kept me guessing—and reading—far into the night.”—Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Together

Meet the Author

Debra Ginsberg is the author of Waiting, Raising Blaze, and About My Sisters, as well as the novels Blind Submission; The Grift, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the the 2009 SCIBA T. Jefferson Parkers Mystery Award; and The Neighbors Are Watching, an Indie Next Great Reads pick.

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What the Heart Remembers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Eden Harrison has been waiting for heart transplant so that she can get on with her life and marry Derek. When a donor is found and the transplant is completed something strange starts to happen. Eden starts having nightmares about people, places and events that were never part of her life. She likes different food and pink is no longer her favorite color. She is convinced her new heart carries the memories of the original owner. She feels drawn away from Portland and to San Diego. She leaves everything behind including Derek to pursue the life her heart wants to lead. I have kept my synopsis brief on purpose. Sometimes the best books are found just from the title. Most of the time I don't read the back of the book before starting the story. This way I am not looking forward or waiting for something to happen, the story just evolves before my eyes. I can take it in and enjoy it at my own pace. This is my first Debra Ginsberg novel and Wow! It is fantastic!! She had me engaged from page one. These characters touched my own heart many times over. My father-in-law was a heart transplant recipient and I wish he was still alive because after reading this book I have dozens of questions. The whole concept of cellular memory is extraordinary and immediately after finishing the book I was searching the internet for more information. In addition to the medical and psychological aspects to the story there is a wonderful mystery interwoven within the pages. Who was Eden's donor? How did they die? Accident, natural causes or murder? As Eden tries to figure it out and put everything together she may be putting her own life at risk. The is a gripping novel that you will want to read all in one sitting. It has the twists and turns you expect from thriller that will make your own heart rate quicken, but it also has moments of heartbreak that will make you shed a tear. If I tell you more it will ruin your reading experience. Let me just say this is a story I will never forget and I know you will enjoy it just as much as I did. Thank you Debra Ginsberg for an awesome story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, smart and touching! As a cardiologist, of course I was fascinated by the book's theme of cellular memory, although I would have like to see more of Eden's interactions with her doctors. But as a lover of great literature, what made this novel great was Ms. Ginsberg's ability to put emotional states on the page. There are passages that are truly heart-wrenching. So enjoy the characters and get ready to have them all come together in a very intellectual yet emotive, compelling story.
catgurrrl More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't deserve a rating of one star, let alone 5 stars. This is the worst book I have ever read and it is poorly written. Don't waste your money....this book is awful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
worth the money to buy it
reesspace More than 1 year ago
The 411 by Maria: I read this last week while I was recovering from surgery oddly enough. Although it was nothing like the heart transplant in the book, it was a good read to get through the worst, most painful of my days. In What the Heart Remembers we meet Eden who has received a heart transplant from a donor. She suddenly changes her life after dealing with feelings that aren't necessarily her own. For most of the book, I was unsure of who the heart belonged to. The writer does a great job of building suspense and crafting a story with great characters. Darcy, Eden, Derek are the main focus of the book with three secondary characters that are quite important to the story. The story of Eden leads us to wonder, are our organs really just components to allow our body to do what they need for us, or do they make up who we are, storing memories and personality traits that are our personal makeup? Great read! Easy to jump in and out of if you can't dedicate constant time to reading