When I received The Stopped Heart by Julie Myers, I expected to be drawn into a strange world of mastery and evil, but instead I felt quit confused. Lost in two worlds, one that was well over one-hundred fifty years back. The past held an enchanting character, a predator who brought discontentment and confusion to town and to a family in particular. In the present, Mary and Graham are dealing with a handful of issues; issues that would have driven many couples apart. Instead they try to cope with their situations, but Mary's having a hard time.
And she's seeing and hearing things; people..
The two worlds of this book collide with paranormal ramifications. How can the past know the names of people so far in the future? How can a woman see people of the past. And where does the red-haired man who's always smoking fit into both of these worlds? And lastly, is Mary going crazy?
This story takes place in the UK, so naturally, I found a great joy in taking up this book. I got to read in my odd, accent. Then Audible gave me a credit towards a freebie- so even though I was about 80 pages in to the story, I nabbed the audiobook too; my read-a-long was spectacular! The narrators, Elizabeth Knowelden and Lucinda Clare, gave voice to what I imagined. It was near beautiful.
What wasn't beautiful was how the story came to a close. I found myself as empty as the characters of the story.
Throughout the entire book, there are two stories taking place. What I didn't understand was why. The past was connected, but there was never a reason for it, other than Mary having always been able to sense or see or hear things. She saw those in the past and one in the past saw or knew of Mary, but that was it! There was no other connection! Mary found no solutions and the past still came to a horrific ending. I don't know if I understood the ending or not, but to me, she was a nutter and went off the deep end.
She'd claimed her heart has stopped, during the story. I think her mind did; she just walked away from reality and that was that. I was left slightly bothered. I appreciated what took place in the past more than what was taking place in the present. Then, Mary put herself in some of the dumbest situations- but I won't tell what because that would be a SPOILER! THEN, she repeated what people add so much, I thought she was a bit thick! I don't know... I sorta liked the book, but it wasn't enough. Maybe I'll read it again another time, but for now, I'm on to my next book, because I think my heart just stopped too! 📚
*Oh- I will be on holiday from June 9th - the 12th. We're going to Metropolis, to the Superman Celebration. Cheers!
Rating: 👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Bone Crusher is next.
**Book provided free, by author and Harper Collins Publishers, for an honest review.
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