The Donor - Clare Mackintosh

Reading Challenge Category: needed a quick read for the end of the month

Official Blurb:

She gave you everything. But what does she want in return?
When Lizzie's daughter Meg is given a life-saving heart transplant, Lizzie feels hugely grateful to the nameless donor. Then she receives a letter from the donor's mother, Karen, asking to meet, and it seems like the least she can do.
But as soon as Karen is welcomed into their lives, Lizzie feels something isn't right. And before long, she can't help but worry that by inviting Karen in, she might have put Meg in danger . . .

My Thoughts:

I needed a quick and engaging book to finish off my month (I don’t like to read books over the month barrier, so I knew I didn’t have time to read a full-length one). So, this was perfect as it gave me the chance to read the only Clare Mackintosh book that I haven’t read and I was able to read it in a couple of hours.
It’s always a worry when a book is so short (80 pages) as to whether the author can get a right balance of character development, story and excitement to grip you. Sometimes they can feel rushed and others you just don’t feel invested in the characters. These certainly weren’t a problem with this book. It felt much longer than it was as you get both a back story, the main body of drama, the outcome and the happy ever after.
I didn’t know what direction the book was going to take whether it was going to plod on at a gentle pace which the beginning indicated. However, as you are getting into the depths of the story, it hits you over the head with a surprise, and you are then utterly gripped.
It was brilliantly written, and the characters had enough depth for you to care about them and get angry alongside them. Very impressed that this story that packed a punch was bundled up in such a few pages.

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The Donor
by Clare Mackintosh
Date Started
30th July 2020
Date Finished
31st July 2020
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