Review: The Donor by Clare Mackintosh

Format: Kindle finished 23 February 2020

Rating: 4.5/5


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 . . .


A quick read (about an hour for me), but an awesome one. This is how to write a short story. The terror of the situation comes across so well.

In this book, Clare Mackintosh broaches the subject of organ donation and the moral dilemma over whether or not it is a good idea to meet the family of people whose loss saved the life of your loved one. Organ donation is a very emotional topic, and Clare handles it with sensitivity.

However, this isn’t a simple tale and Clare has you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book which quickly escalates. There are twists and turns as you’d expect from Clare and there would definitely be the possibility of a sequel. A thrilling and captivating book.

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