An exceptional story which is both heart-rending and at the same time extremely interesting and enjoyable. This is the first Lisa Harris story I have read and if the next one by her and co-author Lynne Gentry is anything like this one, I can't wait. The facts in this story were also very enlightening - it's sometimes hard to believe that such things still happen in or so-called civilised society - we get so absorbed in our own lives that these things seem unreal. A timely reminder. Would love a sequel on where Mia and Race go from here!!
Put yourself in this/these young mothers' shoes - would go to such extremes for your little child? Of course you would, and I can only hope none of the readers of this medical thriller need make such a choice. A gripping, terrifying read about 'Organ Tourism'. I shuddered with every page I could not bear to stop reading. Fully deserving five star rating. I would like to read more by this author!
I have a love-hate relationship with medical thrillers. I love it because I love the suspense aspects. I hate it because it highlights the inequalities in medical profession both within countries like America, and globally. A million dollars for a heart transplant? The mind boggles.Yes, there is some blood and gore (gore = anything that can’t be fixed with an Elastoplast. There are some good reasons why I didn’t go into a medical profession). The worst of it is actually in the Prologue, so if you read the sample and are afraid it’s going to get worse, don’t worry. It doesn’t.
Kelsey Taylor is five years old, and needs a heart transplant stop urgently. Her mother, Catherine, is prepared to do anything to save her daughter. Even going to Africa to for a heart transplant. The only way she save her daughter is to ask her father for help—which could destroy her relationship with her husband.
Mia Kendall is a heart surgeon in the public hospital in Tanzania. She finds her heart transplant patients are dying. But the transplant patients from the nearby private hospital not. She’s suspicious. What is happening? Is there a problem with her surgical methods? Her post-operative care? Or is there a problem with the transplant organs?
Jeme is a Tanzanian wife and mother. Her husband has recently had a heart transplant, but he’s sick again. And she’s trying to protect her daughter—an albino, at risk of being kidnapped and murdered by hunters for her white skin and blue eyes. Unfortunately, this part of the story is based on fact. Albinos are considered cursed, yet at that same time, their body parts are considered good luck charms.
Ghost Heart focuses on the people who are trying to save lives. Catherine and Jeme, trying to save the lives of their daughters from two very different threats. Mia, trying to save her patients, and to make up for one mistake long ago. Organ transplant pilot Race Daniels, trying to save lives to make up for the two he couldn’t save.
It also highlights the tragedy of our modern medical system, and the way it favours the haves over the have-nots. Those who have insurance or money or who live in a country with a good public health system vs. those who don’t. The tragedy of transplants—the fact one person has to die in order for another to receive a new heart. The tragedy of greed—that where money is involved, someone will find a way to get rich at the expense of others.
The novel is suspense from start to finish, with several unexpected twists. Don’t do what I did and start it when you should be going to bed! Recommended for all medical suspense lovers.
Thanks to the authors for providing a free ebook for review.
I don't even know where to start with how much I loved this book. I knew going into it, that Lisa Harris was going to give me a suspenseful, thrilling and moving story right from the start. I was unfamiliar with Lynne Gentry's work, but if this book is any indication, I'll be checking out her other offerings as well. I guess the place to start would be with the title, Ghost Heart. Because this book does have heart. At the core, is the love of a mother for her child, who will do anything and everything possible to alleviate suffering or to provide protection. Each chapter, with its date and time stamp, propels you through the action and gives you a sense of time running out. You are literally pulled through this story, or maybe I should say, wrenched through this story, because it is full of action, but it is also a harrowing experience. This book was very meaningful and sheds light on something that is happening in the world that I knew absolutely nothing about, but that should definitely be brought to the forefront of the public's attention. It is literally heartbreaking. You would do well to read this book, take it to heart, and do what you can to help bring a bit of love and healing to this hurting world. Read Ghost Heart - you won't be sorry you did.
**I received an ARC copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review**