5 out of 5 stars
Dr. Tori Taylor is cold, abrupt, and has no tolerance for incompetence. She has little need for anyone but her patients. But that’s all about to change. After undergoing a heart transplant, Tori realizes, with chilling regret, she has no friends among her colleagues. Alone in her recovery, Tori begins to have nightmares that feel all too real. She also experiences a change in her emotions. Never the expressive, touchy-feely type, Tori now finds herself crying all the time, and needing the physical touch of others. When she realizes the hospital she works at has put her on administrative leave because of her intolerant behavior, she has no recourse but to apologize to the nursing staff and undergo counseling. Those are the least of her worries. Tori is convinced the nightmares she’s having are events in the life of her donor. Tragic events. So she begins to investigate. Soon Tori becomes the hunted. With the help of Phin, her counselor, she begins to unravel the events leading up to her donor’s death.
A HEARTBEAT AWAY was captivating! Though Tori is a complete pain in the butt, she becomes a character you empathize with and only want the best for her. Her relationship with Phin is unique and endearing and just what Tori needs. The storyline is a bit twisted but believable, especially since Harry Kraus is a doctor. The flow of the book is unique since Kraus highlight’s several characters that could be Tori’s donor, keeping the reader guessing until the end. A fascinating read I would highly recommend.