Friday, November 25, 2016

Review: Dark Heart by Catherine Lee

Genre: Mystery


Detective Charlie Cooper is on the verge of leaving Homicide. But when the serial killer he's been chasing for a decade is murdered, Cooper has the chance to save the killer's final victim and atone for all the ones he's failed.
After a life-saving heart transplant, Eva Matthews just wants things to get back to normal. But when she learns she's received the heart of the serial killer, she can't ignore the strange dreams that haunt her. Is the killer's heart telling her where his final victim is hidden?”


Catherine's love of reading and dislike of working for a living led her to the only possible solution -- write fast-paced mysteries that readers will struggle to put down. Not content to simply produce page-turners, Catherine strives to leave the reader with more than who did it to think about. Cellular memory, ancestry, genetic therapy, and cyberbullying are just some of the topics involved in the Dark series, as Detective Charlie Cooper and his partner Joe Quinn solve mysteries and murders in the heart of Sydney.
You can find out more and get a free copy of Dark City, the prequel novella to the Dark Series, on Catherine's website.


I don’t often read police-procedural-type mysteries, but the premise of Dark Heart added a twist that I liked. Namely that Eva Matthews receives a heart transplant, and the heart came from a serial killer. The concept of cellular memory was stretched rather a long way, but it did add flavor to the story. Ms. Lee’s writing style is easy on the eye and kept the pages turning for me.

This is the first book in a series (all with Dark in the title), and at the time of writing this review the novel was free for Kindle. $0.00 is always a good price. If you enjoy well-written mysteries with some unexpected twists, I’d recommend you pick up a copy of Dark Heart. It may open you up to an enjoyable series.

Buy now from:    Amazon US    Amazon UK


Australian settings and English usage.

Format/Typo Issues:

Very clean copy.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: Pete Barber

Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words

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