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Sneak Peek Sunday: Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray

Hello there! I’m popping in to share this awesome book with you before it’s released this Tuesday!

Title: Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart

Instructions for a Secondhand Heart


Author: Tamsyn Murray

Publisher: Poppy

Expected Release: December 5, 2017

Source: ARC*

My rating: 4/5 Goodreads stars

Jonny knows better than anyone that life is full of cruel ironies. He’s spent every day in a hospital hooked up to machines to keep his heart ticking. Then when a donor match is found for Jonny’s heart, that turns out to be the cruellest irony of all. Because for Jonny’s life to finally start, someone else’s had to end.

That someone turns out to be Neve’s twin brother, Leo. When Leo was alive, all Neve wanted was for him (and all his glorious, overshadowing perfection) to leave. Now that Leo’s actually gone forever, Neve has no idea how to move forward. Then Jonny walks into her life looking for answers, her brother’s heart beating in his chest, and everything starts to change.

Together, Neve and Jonny will have to face the future, no matter how frightening it is, while also learning to heal their hearts, no matter how much it hurts.

*I was sent a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Please note, this was also published sooner in the United Kingdom, however I have the US ARC edition.


I really enjoyed reading this book. Before I had started it, I was between books and I had picked up several of them, but none of them really stuck. This one hooked me right away, and I love how it was told from alternating perspectives.

Something I really loved was the mix of media within the book. Jonny is an artist, and some of his comics and drawings are included. When extra things like this are added to the book with purpose, I really appreciate how it gives more to the story. I feel like readers are better able to understand Jonny through his pieces as well.

The first chapter with Neve I thought was a flashback, but when I realized it was real time, it made things more real. I think seeing her go through that really developed her character for the rest of the book. I liked seeing her evolve over the course of the story. She is someone who has always had a chip on her shoulder and it seems that her brother’s death might make that permanent, but it also gives her a new perspective.

One thing that bothered me was that the book was set in England but the characters referred to soccer as soccer. I think it should be kept as the normal term that they use overseas to make it more genuine. That didn’t detract from the book at all, but it is something that made me confused at first.

Overall, the story was unique and I really liked it. It’s perfect for you to pick up this holiday season!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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