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The Recipient
The Recipient

The Recipient


416 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $21.99)

Publication Date: May 2016

ISBN 9781771680387

Rights: WOR

Central Avenue Publishing (May 2016)

Price: $16.95


Her heart is dying.

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.

Her new heart is changing her.

Three years later, Casey has become a withdrawn shell of her former self: she is estranged from her loved ones, afraid of open spaces and rides the line between legitimate and criminal work.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.

What is her heart revealing?

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.

Will her heart end up killing her after all?

"As Dean takes you on an adrenaline-fuelled ride that twists to a kicker of a climax, ultimately uncovering a tale of human horror that is all too real, he will keep you guessing throughout as you try and figure out just who the good guys and the bad guys are. A word of warning – trust no-one as you race towards the very satisfying conclusion of this gripping psychological thriller!" - Marcia B, Book Muster Down Under

"Entwining very real social issues with fast-paced adventure and fascinating dream sequences, Mayes has created a story that successfully combines suspense, dark humor, cultural references, action and outright horror, an intense examination of what motivates the terrible crimes perpetrated in the novel. Be prepared for a wild ride!" - Abbie Williams, author of The Shore Leave Cafe series

"Overall, a great read that was fascinating medically and had great character development." - Christina Boswell, Manhattan Book Review

Be sure to also read Dean Mayes' other novels:
The Hambledown Dream
Gifts of the Peramangk
The Artisan Heart


"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,

"Overall, a great read that was fascinating medically and had great character development." —Christina Boswell, Manhatttan Book Review

Author Biography

Dean Mayes is an Intensive Care nurse who is fascinated by the paranormal, so his stories weave an element of magical realism with deep humanism. He grew up near Melbourne, Australia, and now lives in Adelaide with his family and dog, and enjoys cooking, Star Wars, and a good joke. Dean is the author of four successful novels: The Hambledown, Dream Gifts of the Peramangk, The Artisan Heart, and The Recipient.

Fans of Dean’s writing call him “a great storyteller” who “writes with passion” “a bit of magic, a touch of music,” whose “books keep making me cry in public,” and praise his “eloquent language,” moments that are “at times gritty,” but “real and life affirming, filled with poignant longing,” and his “portrayal of his characters and the way they entwine with each other.”

Indeed, author Molly Ringle gives him the ultimate praise for Gifts of Peramangk when she says, “It’s the kind of book that makes you want to become a better human.”

If you want to lose yourself in the stories of Dean Mayes, follow him at and on twitter @Hambledown_Road.