Two mothers. Two daughters. One heart.
When Alison's beloved daughter Amalie drowns, her world turns impenetrably dark. Alison tries to hold it together throughout the bleak Fall, but in the darkest days of the Norwegian Winter she completely falls apart.
In another family, Amalie's passing is a new beginning. After years of severe health problems, young Kaia receives a new heart on the morning after Amalie drowns. Her mother Iselin has struggled to raise Kaia on her own and now things are finally looking up. She's even made an affluent new friend who's taken a special interest in her and her daughter.
Alison knows she shouldn't interfere, but really, she's just trying to help Iselin and Kaia. She can give them the life they never had, and by staying close to them, she can still be with her daughter. Kaia is just like her, and surely, something of Amalie must live on in her. As her grief transforms into a terrifying obsession, Alison won't let anything stop her from getting back what she has lost.
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The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl
Questions for Discussion
1. Who is your favorite character in The Heart Keeper, and why?
2. How do you feel about the notion of cell memory?
3. Why do you think Sindre and Alison are unable to support each other in their grieving processes?
4. What do you think of Kaia’s similarities to Amalie after the heart transplant?
5. Which character(s) elicited the most and least sympathy from you, and why?
6. Can you understand why Alison does what she does with Kaia at the end of the book?
7. Did the story change or challenge your ideas about organ donation? If so, how?
8. How do you think the experience of growing close to Alison will change and affect Iselin and Kaia in the future?
9. What were your thoughts on Iselin’s parenting style?
10. What did you believe Alison’s intentions with Kaia were as the story neared its end?
11. What are your thoughts on how Sindre managed his feelings toward Alison after the loss of Amalie?
12. What purpose do you think Oliver serves in the story?