Heart Stopper

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Heart Stopper is a thriller set in Galway, a city on the west coast of Ireland that is a research and manufacturing hub within the multi-billion-dollar medical devices industry. An Irish-Indian coder, who works at a pacemaker clinic, wakes up one morning in an unfamiliar apartment and makes a gruesome discovery. Her investigation exposes secrets that threaten a multi-million dollar enterprise. More

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About R J Samuel

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R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents from Kerala. She grew up in different parts of Nigeria with a brief stint in boarding school in the Nilgiri Hills in India and occasional summers in Kerala, London, and New York. In 1984, she moved to Ireland to complete her medical studies and vividly remembers the shock of arriving at Galway Train Station on an icy October night. Despite that traumatic first meeting, she fell in love with Galway and has remained there since, apart from a 3-year episode in the southwest of France. She is an Irish citizen and now considers herself almost Irish as well as almost Indian. Her first novel, 'Heart Stopper,' was published in February 2012 and her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,' in June 2012. Her third novel, Casting Shadows - The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter, was published in January 2013. Her novels are set in the West of Ireland, in Galway and Connemara, and also in Kerala, India.

She has been writing creatively for 6 years, excluding her period in France where she wrote nothing creative, probably because she was running a restaurant\bar despite having a background in Medicine (she is a qualified medical doctor) and IT (she has a Masters in IT) and absolutely no background in restaurants, apart from eating in them.

Her story 'Helmets' was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition' and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press '1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition' in January 2012. Her fiction entry, 'The Vision Painter,' went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.'

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Review by: Lilaine DuSud on Oct. 01, 2012 : star star star star
A well paced mystery and a love story, set in the gorgeous landscapes and current economic realities of Ireland (Connemara). The Medical field of research/industry and clinical operations on heart-stimulating devices (aka pacemakers), very skilfully and just as clearly described, serves as background-and foundations-for this most original and captivating adventure, where the reader's heart is put to severe test, following the heroines (Priya the scientist, Reyna the executive and her mother Catherine, the healer) on their path to discovering the actual cause of their respective boss, brother, and son, Daniel's death, and the true reasons for which it occurred. This won't be done without a few heart-stopping twists and more-or-less innocent casualties.
... even had to check my own heartbeat at the end, as the denouement unfold! :o
I'm getting to love Ireland more and more with each of this author's books.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: j sumner on July 07, 2012 : star star star star
I loved this book. The scenery of Ireland, the dynamic of cultures and the intrigue of a murder. Terrific story telling.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: c.c. on March 22, 2012 : star star star star star
An excellent thriller, mystery and romance rolled into one. The author skillfully combines sizzling and angsty lead and secondary characters, refreshing imagery of Irish settings, well-researched technical details (but not boring enough to make you skip sections), timely cultural conflicts, Irish economic woes and a very plausible and believable premise resulting in an intense, exciting page-turner.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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