Sunday, 11 June 2017

Review Spotlight: The Recipient by Audrey J Cole

The Recipient
by Audrey J Cole


GENRE:   Thriller



A year after serial killer Michael Rhodes is executed and allowed to donate part of his brain as an organ transplant, Sergeant Wade McKinnon gets called to a murder scene that shares uncanny similarities to those of the late Michael Rhodes. Other similar killings happen around Seattle, and Wade seems to be the only person still alive who knows enough about Michael Rhodes’s murders to be able to replicate them. When evidence found at one of the crime scenes points to Wade as the killer, he races to find the real culprit before it’s too late to clear his own nam
Elle is overjoyed when her husband, Brian, gets a second chance at life when he receives a partial brain transplant after suffering a debilitating stroke at the age of thirty-seven. Their lives seem to return to normal, but Elle notices a disturbing change in Brian’s behavior. When Elle learns that her husband’s brain cell transplant came from Michael Rhodes, she fears that Brian now has the mind of a serial killer.



The RecipientThe Recipient by Audrey J. Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

It's been a while since I read through a racy and pacy thriller, served piping hot in Robin Cook style. Wade and Elle are seemingly two disconnected individuals whose lives are intertwined by a heart-pounding twist of fate. The organs of Rhodes, a convicted serial killer, are donated, including his brain. Wade is a cop who knew enough about Rhodes to be able to recognize Rhodes' touch in a crime scene. The only smallish problem for Wade is the crazy fact that Rhodes has long been dead, and so cannot possibly be causing these new murders. Enter Elle and Brian. Brian has recently had a partial brain transplant. But instead of being overjoyed that her husband is now alive, Elle is pushed to a state where she needs to fathom the reasons behind his suddenly aggressive and irrational behavior. Is Brian having an affair? Or worse, is Brian possessed by Rhodes? Can donated organs retain the traits of their former owner? These are questions I'll leave for you to find the answers for.

The blurb got me hooked, and I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. The plot's solid and holds up the pace. The narration could have been tighter, clipping out more of the emotional parts, but it doesn't disappoint either. The author obviously knows her game and has done her research before embarking on a scientifically challengeable theme.

Overall, a great read. Can't wait for the next one from Audrey Cole.

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Goosebumps formed on her arms. She remembered it being all over the news when Michael Rhodes was executed and knew it was around the same time that Brian received his transplant. But it had never occurred to her that Brian’s transplant could have come from him.

She went to the computer nook just off the kitchen and opened her laptop. She ran a Google search for “Michael Rhodes organ donor.” A list of news articles came up, all of them dated just over a year before. She clicked on an article from Seattle’s biggest news station.

A video played at the top of the article, and Elle recognized the blonde reporter who appeared with a breaking news story. Elle turned up the volume on the laptop.

“Today, for the first time in our nation’s history, a convicted killer on death row will be allowed to donate his organs after his execution. A medical transport team will be standing by to connect the prisoner to ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, after he is pronounced clinically dead. His body will then be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.”

Elle closed the laptop and lifted the paper towel from her cut finger. Still bleeding. She reapplied the pressure and stared down at her computer. The late nights. Brian’s strange behavior. The lies. What if he wasn’t having an affair after all? What if Michael Rhodes’s brain cells had somehow changed Brian into a different person? No, she told herself, that wasn’t possible. If it were, it would mean I am married to a serial killer.



Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a writer of thrillers set in Seattle. Although born and raised in the Seattle area, Audrey now lives with her husband and daughter in Port Stephens, Australia. She maintains a blog for aspiring authors and is currently writing a psychological thriller.


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