Title: A Secondhand Life
Author: Pamela Crane
Publisher: Tabella House
Date of publication: April 28th 2015
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Number of pages: 314
POV: Alternating 1st person
Where you can find this book: Amazon
In a freak collision when she was twelve, Mia Germaine faced death and the loss of her father. A heart transplant from a young murder victim saved her life, but not without a price. Twenty years later, chilling nightmares about an unresolved homicide begin to plague Mia. Compelled by these lost memories, she forms a complicated connection to the victim—the girl killed the night of Mia’s accident—due to a scientific phenomenon called “organ memory.”
Now suffocating beneath the weight of avenging a dead girl and catching a serial killer on the loose dubbed the “Triangle Terror,” Mia must dodge her own demons while unimaginable truths torment her—along with a killer set on making her his next victim.
As Mia tries to determine if her dreams are clues or disturbing phantasms, uninvited specters lead her further into danger’s path, costing her the one person who can save her from herself. More than a page-turning thriller, “A Secondhand Life” weaves a tale of second chances and reclaimed dreams as this taut, refreshing tale ensnares and penetrates you.
I am going to start this review off with something that I almost never do (I can count on my hand how many times I have done this). I am absolutely in love with the cover. I don’t know why but it really caught my eye and I will just stare at it. I think because it is so simple (a girl hugging herself in black and white with a black splash of something across her back).
Now that I am done drooling over the cover, let’s get this review going.
Mia grew on me during this book. When I first started reading it, I thought she was a little self-centered, impulsive and very hung up on how her scar looked. But, as the book progressed and the deeper she got into her seach on who killed Alexis, she evolved. She became this person who was the opposite of what I said above and the end of the book, well, let’s just say that forgiveness is everything.
The mystery surrounding the killer was great and the author threw out red herrings left and right. When it was revealed who the killer (and the serial killer) was, I was genuinely shocked and then saddened.
I found organ memory fascinating and plan on doing a little more research on it. Just the thought of an organ retaining memory intrigues me.
The end of the book (and the epilogue) was absolutely great and made me have tears in my eyes. I do hope that there will be a book 2.
How many stars will I give A Secondhand Life: 4
Why: This was a wonderfully written mystery/thriller that absolutely kept my attention on the book. The author did a great job at keeping not only the suspense going but also at keeping who the killer was.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: Some very mild sexual situations, language and some pretty graphic violence
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**