Casey Schillinge is a vivacious young woman on the verge of making her mark on the world. While backpacking, she is struck down by a tropical disease and suffers cardiac failure. But at the eleventh hour, Casey receives a life-saving heart transplant and a rare second chance to begin again. Three years later, Casey has become a withdrawn shell of her former self: she is estranged from her loved ones, afraid of open spaces and rides the line between legitimate and criminal work. The worst of her troubles come in the form of violent night terrors; so frightening that she resorts to extreme measures to keep herself from sleeping. When she can take no more, she embarks on a desperate search for the source of her dreams. In so doing, she makes a shocking discovery surrounding the tragic fate of the donor whose heart now beats inside her chest. As she delves deeper into the mystery of her donor, she realizes her dreams are not a figment of her imagination, but a real life nightmare.
- Paperback | 416 pages
- 139.19 x 215.39 x 23.62mm | 449.06g
- 01 May 2016
- Central Avenue Publishing
- BC, Canada
"Mayes's characters inspire sympathy, and I kept reading to learn more about them." San Francisco Book Review "A riveting read! All you can think about is turning the next page!" Georgina Penney, author, Fly In, Fly Out ; Irrepressible You ; Summer Harvest (previous work) " Gifts of the Peramangk is an achingly beautiful story about perseverance and hope that I wished would never end. Dean Mayes clearly cares deeply about his characters, and his dedication to them shines through. I highly recommend this tale." Long and Short Reviews "With a highly original and well-developed plot, Dean has crafted a superior page turner which fans of the thriller genre will enjoy." Marcia, bookmusterdownunder.blogspot.ca "Overall, a great read that was fascinating medically and had great character development." Christina Boswell, Manhatttan Book Review
About Dean Mayes
Dean Mayes is a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse who is fascinated by the paranormal, so his stories weave an element of magical realism with deep humanism. He lives in Adelaide, Australia.