The Tell-Tale Heartis probably one of those most interesting books that I’ve read lately. The author’s technique of filling in the past along with the present is very well done.
The book opens with Patrick recuperating from a heart transplant. His ex-wife is visiting him, and he is amazed that she still cares for him. Patrick had lived his life to the fullest - or at least the fullest of vices - drinking and sex. He was not much on family life. But now with a new heart, he is given another chance.
To say that this book is the story of a man who gets a life saving surgery and changes his life would diminish it somehow. It is more than that. The writing is lovely and sparse. Short sentences get the point across, no need for an excess of words. It’s like the author is writing the way Patrick feels, no more need for extraneous fluff, just do what you need to do.
An interesting side thread in the novel is the story of Drew Beamish, the young boy whose tragic accident gives Patrick his new heart. The author introduces his 18th century ancestors, and how they influenced the young Drew Beamish today.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!