Review: What The Heart Remembers by Debra Ginsberg

What the Heart Remembers by Debra Ginsberg (Purchased)

New American Library a Division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2012

Description (from the author’s website)

A novel of psychological suspense that centers on the unlikely – and dangerous – friendship between two women; Darcy Silver, a beautiful young widow, and Eden Harrison, the recent recipient of a heart transplant.

“A cross between Laura Lippman and Kate Atkinson, this novel is complex, original, and utterly intriguing. Will stay with you long after you’ve stopped turning the pages” — Deborah Crombie, New York Times Bestselling Author of No Mark Upon Her

“A tense, twist-filled ride that knocked the breath out of me more than once… Part friendship, part rivalry, part cat-and-mouse game, the deepening bond between Darcy and Eden kept me guessing – and reading – far into the night.”  — Marisa de los Santos, New York Times Bestselling Author of Falling Together

My Review (4 Stars: Liked it a lot!)

With a thriller like What the Heart Remembers by Debra Ginsberg, I wouldn’t want to give too much information away.  Reading how the story unfolds is what makes this a thriller after all.  In the story, Eden Harrison receives a heart transplant.  After that her life changes.  She, in a way, becomes a different person.  She moves from Portland, Oregon to San Diego where she becomes friends with Darcy Silver, a beautiful, rich, young widow.  The mysterious connection between these two women unfold in a surprising way.

Central to this story is the concept of cellular memory (Wikipedia):

“A variation of body memory, the pseudoscientific hypothesis that memories can be stored in individual cells”

Author Debra Ginsberg is very clever in the way she presents this idea as truth.


10 thoughts on “Review: What The Heart Remembers by Debra Ginsberg”

  1. Pat
    Hmm this one does sound like it would be very interesting and you are right not to discuss the plot because so much can be given away, even now my mind is ticking away on whose heart has Eden received!


  2. I don’t think I could read this one right now (a friend just lost her son and they are donating his organs) but I do very much want to believe in the concept of cellular memory so that this wonderful boy’s spirit will live on in those who receive the gift of life from him.


    1. I am very sorry for your loss. I believe in a small way there is cellular memory. However, I think this book is overly dramatic in that regard. Thanks for stopping by Kristen.


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