He tells no one about his issues or his plan, save his girlfriend who he phones on the way to get the new heart. His girlfriend has published a novel and he keeps reading it over and over hoping to find a clue as to why she left. He keeps thinking about her telling him about writing and using subtext so whatever you are trying to say is implied the reader.
The premise is as follows: Ryan Perry, a 34 year old disgustingly rich guy has a heart problem and is in desperate need of a transplant. "Your Heart" introduces two brand new cardboards: Ryan Perry and Samantha whatshername. I wiped out, Ryan said, Im under the wave, in the murk, grabbin for air, my hand closes around what I think is the skeg. Samantha said, What kind of kamikaze rides a shark? It was funnier than watching an idiot ride a shark." I once read that Koontz bases his characters on his real life friends. Ryan goes to Shanghai, gets his transplant, and Koontz skips a year. However, the fun starts here.: "The approaching swell might have been the arching back of some scaly leviathan, larger than a thousand sharks, born in the deep but rising now to feed upon the sunlit world." Ryan receives gifts from a woman who claims that the heart belongs to her. It turns out that Ryan got his heart from a murdered political prisoner in China, a woman named Lily, who was put in prison because she practiced Falung Gong. Violet is pissed off at Ryan because apparently he didn't caught the "subtext" (his transplant was way too fast, ya know) and they killed her sister to get him his heart. Ryan, a desperate man who was left with less than a year, was supposed to say "no" to a transplant that would save his life. Violet trashes Ryan around, shots him in the foot and goes out somewhere because Koontz just can't kill the main character and has preaching plans instead for him. Again a year, two, three or ten pass and we see Samantha visiting Ryan in the orphanage he now runs. Koontz hacks out cliche after cliche, and ends it in the worst of all possible ways - instead of using his money to prevent cases like his from happening, Ryangives it all away hides in an orphanage with Golden retrievers and disabled kids which are supposed to bring him solace. I don't know what happened to the old bald guy with a moustache but I'd sure like to see him back, since this new one surely is a miserable writer.
I pretty much read this book in 2 sittings...I was that excited for some new Koontz.
There is very little action in this story - everything is told from his perspective with much descriptive prose. Maybe I'm getting ADD as I get older, but I don't have much patience for all the descriptions & subtexts - just cut to the chase and tell the story!
This one gets a star because I needed to rate it something to make a comment.
Your Heart Belongs to Me is about a 34 year old internet entrepreneur, Ryan Perry. I loved this book!
Koontz for once didn't have a HEA ending, but the whole book felt seriously out of sync. When Ryan meets with a doctor who promises he can get him on the top of a heart transplant list and damn the cost, the book goes sideways from there. I really didn't like him and when we figure out as readers what happens and how Ryan was "saved" I really despised the guy. Ryan and Samantha are finished after his heart transplant and you are left wondering what the hell happened. When the book skips a year later we find out what Ryan has been up to and how he wants to reach out to Samantha again. When someone starts stalking Ryan and telling him that his heart belongs to her I maybe laughed a few times. I just felt bored and hoped that the woman ended up killing Ryan so something interesting would happen. She is also a writer so when she and Ryan ends things, he spends a lot of time dissecting her work in order to read about the subtext behind her words.
In short, this had all of the things that I have come to love in Dean Koontz' works: the verbose descriptions, the painstaking detail that he uses to describe certain events or skills, and the depth that he gives to his central characters. But fans of Dean Koontz will definitely like this one.
Until the last 40 pages or so, this felt like the Koontz book that might finally convince me to stop reading his new books. The only reason I found it vaguely redeeming was the way it changed the story's overall portrayal of the main character. I suspect my compulsion to keep reading Koontz's new books will continue, though we'll see.
The story might have been deeper had it been told from more than one POV but Perry wasn't particularly introspective.
Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.