False Hearts

False Hearts

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Surgically separated conjoined twins become involved in a murder plot perpetrated by the head of a powerful crime syndicate that specializes in the dealing of a drug that allows people to carry out their darkest desires in a nightmarish dreamscape.

McMillan Palgrave

Laura Lam's adult sci-fi debut False Hearts: Two formerly conjoined sisters are ensnared in a murderous plot involving psychoactive drugs, shared dreaming, organized crime, and a sinister cult.

Raised in the closed cult of Mana's Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined.

Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins' home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the police arrive and arrest her for murder--the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Tila is suspected of involvement with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Verve, a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin's life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins' past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.



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One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood. She's arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades. The San Francisco police suspect involvement with Verve, a powerful drug, and offer her twin sister Taema a chilling deal. Taema must assume Tila's identity and gather information -- then if she brings down the drug syndicate, the police may let her sister live. But Taema's investigation raises ghosts from the twins' past. The sisters were raised by a cult which banned modern medicine. But as conjoined twins, they needed surgery to divide their shared heart--and escaped. Taema now finds that Tila discovered the links between the cult and the city's underground. Once unable to keep secrets, the sisters will discover the true cost oflies--

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2016
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780765382054
Branch Call Number: SCIFI LAM
Characteristics: xi, 365 p. ;,25 cm.

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Science fiction thriller. When their shared heart begins to fail, conjoined twins Taema and Tila Collins escape from a technophobic cult to undergo surgery. For the first time, they can lead separate lives, but when Tila comes home covered in blood, she is charged with the murder of a member of t... Read More »


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jmli
Aug 25, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of blood; can get gory

j
jmli
Aug 25, 2017

Sexual Content: Sex scenes

j
jmli
Aug 25, 2017

Violence: Shootings and stabbings

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jmli
Aug 25, 2017

Coarse Language: Occasional swears

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Aug 25, 2017

Before I begin this review, I'd just like to say that I am so impressed.
The high-tech setting is so intense, and I've never read anything quite like it. Lam has an amazing skill for world-building, and I was hooked in on the very first page.
The mystery is something I really loved. Twists and turns along the way keep the reader on the very edge of their seat, and I was falling head over heels for it.
The pacing of the plot is commendable, and eventually, I just slipped right into the rhythm of the events. It's easy to keep up with but also keeps you on your tippy-toes.
The writing nicely complements the book, and I found it enjoyable if not somewhat creepy at times.
Despite the fact that the plot is constantly thickening with more and more secrets, False Hearts makes sense. It explains itself. The theories are understandable and rather logical, not just randomly thrown in.
Speaking of randomly thrown in, I'd imagined that Taema and Tila being conjoined twins was just going to be a lame addition to the book. You know, to build interest/hype. I couldn't be more wrong about that.
These twin sisters are connected on such a deep level, and I was completely drawn in by their overwhelming emotions of fear and love. Saying this, I do wish we saw more of Tila since most of the book is focused on Taema's mission to save her.

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Aug 25, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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jmli
Aug 25, 2017

In a futuristic world of technology and shared dreams, Taema must clear her twin's name by going undercover.

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Aug 25, 2017

We always find our way to each other. The first thing I did when I woke up from the surgery was find my other half. This time, Taema will find her way back to me.

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