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False Hearts

False Hearts Orphan Black meets Inception 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 cu

  • Title: False Hearts
  • Author: Laura Lam
  • ISBN: 9780765382054
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Orphan Black meets Inception 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 beginOrphan Black meets Inception 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 Zeal, 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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    1. Emily May on said:

      “Sign on, and pretend to be my sister?” “Yes. You’d go undercover into the deepest, darkest underbelly of San Francisco.”4 1/2 stars. I guess I should be reading more science fiction because if this and Railhead are anything to go by, the genre is exploding with goodness this year.Are you ready for a futuristic world full of criminals, twisted cults and undercover operations? Are you ready to delve into this dark future San Francisco, plagued by psychoactive drugs and shared dreaming? [...]

    2. Laura on said:

      Now that was awesome!! There is so much to be found within these pages. Formerly conjoined twins, a creepy cult, a futuristic world filled with all kinds of neat tech such as hovercars, VeriChips, auditory & ocular implants (more on that later), psychoactive drugs that bring you into dreamscapes, an organized crime group similar to the mob, shared dreaming, a murder to start everything off, and so much more. I could not get enough!I hadn’t heard much about this one. It’s quite surprising [...]

    3. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ on said:

      After years without reading science fiction (because really, who cares about aliens anymore?), I decided to try and find some new authors because you know what? The real world sucks sometimes, and escaping it seems wonderful to me right now. Please feel free to send me your recs, and a big thank you to Emily for her review without which I would have never heard of False Hearts. *looking at the news**turning my ocular implants off* I don't know what's worst, really : reading about a futurist worl [...]

    4. LolaReviewer on said:

      Lost interest. Would not recommend. Too boring. Similar to Vicarious by Paula Stokes, but not as suspenseful and not as much of a page-turner.

    5. Kassidy on said:

      *4.5*I love the diversity and futuristic aspects. The technology is so fascinating and there are just so many cool aspects to this story. I would highly recommend!

    6. Laura Lam on said:

      Edit June 15, 2017: If you've read False Hearts and crosspost your review to a book retailer (, B&N, Waterstones, etc), I'll send you a signed bookplate and a bookmark as thanks. More info here: lauralam/signed-book--I made this with my words. A little about this book:- Stars formerly conjoined twins (grew up conjoined and separated at 16). I imagine them looking like Suzana and Suzane Massena.- They grew up in a cult set in the redwoods of Muir Woods- San Francisco is obsessed with perfect [...]

    7. Aditi on said:

      “Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child.” ----Barbara AlpertLaura Lam, an American author, pens a gripping and a m [...]

    8. Mogsy (MMOGC) on said:

      4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/07/17/I really enjoyed this book. Clearly author Laura Lam has been busy honing her craft in the years since her debut Pantomime, the novel that first introduced me to her wonderful writing and storytelling. She’s taken those skills to a whole other level with False Hearts–a very different novel from her previous work to be sure, but it’s no less gripping and emotionally impactful.Taema and Tila are two of the most amazing characters you [...]

    9. Veronique on said:

      4.5What an arresting premise! A twin has to take her sister's identity to enter a criminal syndicate in order to save her life. Well, that attracted my interest right there. The story is set in a future San Francisco where everyone has been altered to be beautiful and crime is nearly extinct - well, on the surface of course - due to a drug called Zeal that allows people to purge their non-social and violent tendencies safely, while also pacifying them. Clubs offering this miracle cure, as well a [...]

    10. Ariadne on said:

      I have to say right up front: I really dislike writing negative reviews. I'll try and be as specific as possible on what my issues were so you can judge whether or not you think those issues will bother you as well. I strongly believe just because one person loves/hates a book it doesn't mean everyone will. Still, this is one of those times where I feel like I read a very different book than the bulk of the reviewers out there. With glowing reviews at every turn, and ample comparisons to several [...]

    11. Lindsay on said:

      A fantastic SF mystery thriller about a future San Francisco, a cult and now-separated conjoined twins who escaped the cult.Taema answers the door to find her blood-covered twin sister Tila there. Soon after the police turn up and take Tila away, the first arrest for the first murder in San Francisco in decades. The use of the drug Zeal has suppressed most peoples violent urges and city is apparently peaceful and crime free. Of course the police want to interview Taema as well, but things get st [...]

    12. Amy Plum on said:

      I loved this book. The world-building totally sucked me in, the pace was relentless and I fell in love with the characters. Can't wait to dive into Shattered Minds now!

    13. ashley c on said:

      I WROTE A WHOLE REVIEW AND SOMEHOW LOST IT. I HATE YOU SOMETIMES, . I'm going to try and rewrite everything again without throwing my laptop on the floor. I probably sound a bit snarky because writing this again is making me reflect, for the second time, all the things I didn't like about this book and that isn't pleasant. The first thing I thought after I put down the book, after giving up halfway through it, was that it was nothing like Orphan Black or Inception. Both of them just happen to b [...]

    14. Asghar Abbas on said:

      Ah, sisterly love ! Was it terribly contrived? Believable? I felt that that love was believable, what do we believe though, what do we know, what are we even talking about, I believe I do not know. Of Men and Monsters. I do know. Sigur Ros. Men are monsters. Simple. No matter the new Songs these days. Since I can't seem to shake off the concept of twins, the very notion, an illusion of loyalty to be sure- in other words, quite borrowed from the White Rabbit I assure you, I am going for a swim so [...]

    15. Liz Barnsley on said:

      False Hearts was a dream read in more ways than one. Tagged as “Orphan Black meets Inception” that is actually not a bad analogy – but as well as all the scifi geekery and gorgeously imagined settings both in and out of the mind, this is also the story of two sisters and their changing relationship.This is one of those novels that comes alive, not only because Laura Lam has a deft and extraordinarily imaginative eye for the small details that create a vivid world but because it has a surre [...]

    16. Sarah on said:

      When her twin sister comes home covered in blood and is promptly arrested for murder Taema is convinced that there must be some kind of explanation. She is sure that Tila must be innocent no matter how much evidence is stacked against her. With the police determined to press charges there is only one thing standing between Tila and the death penalty and that's Taema. The police offer her one chance to save her twin's life, if Taema goes undercover as her sister and helps them bring down a drug s [...]

    17. Helen on said:

      Interesting take on life in the future, I'd certainly take advantage of the youth, weight and hair colour advances!!Conjoined twins, growing up in a cult seek life, individuality and a brighter future.

    18. Robyn on said:

      4.5. I really enjoyed this futuristic sci-fi x murder mystery novel. Great characters, wonderful sense of place, and a very interesting technological world. I listened to this and was very impressed with how skilful the narrator was!

    19. Marc Aplin on said:

      How would you react if the most important person in your life was being accused of a murder you know they couldn’t possibly have committed? How far would you go beyond your comfort zone to prove them innocent? Would you risk your future, even your life, to save theirs?Taema and Tila were born as conjoined twins. The majority of their life they grew up in a cult-like environment within a small rural town, connected to a forest. Their life was quiet, secluded and literally together. Then, at the [...]

    20. Beige on said:

      A BR with the group SpecFic Buddy ReadsI was truly mixed on this one. Liked:- The author's vision of a future San Francisco and USA - In fact, I wanted to know more about the history of how it came to be.- The backstory told by the formerly conjoined twin Tila was interesting and I thought the confessional journal format worked wellLiked Less:- The bulk of the story is a murder mystery told by the other twin Teama and the writing style just didn't work for me. I don't have the skills critique it [...]

    21. Greyson (Grey) Edwards on said:

      False Hearts: 4 ★'sShattered Minds: TBROrphan Black meets InceptionThis was all it took for me to be sold on this book. I could write a whole review on just how much I love Orphan Black but that's obviously not what we're here for so let me just say that when I stumbled across a book being marketed as similar as Orphan Black I was here for it and I had hella high hopes for it. I pretty much set if up for failure. But False Hearts hit every single expectation with a sledgehammer. Now, I did tak [...]

    22. James on said:

      If you read only one story about conjoined twins who are raised in a cult but later escape to 22nd century cyberpunk-y neo-San Francisco where they go undercover in the mob and use psychedelic drugs to solve a murder, make it this one.

    23. ⇝LEAH⇜ on said:

      An easily addictive and fascinating listen set in a ingenuously futuristic San Francisco. ⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜Plot: 5/5Main Characters: 5/5Secondary Characters: 5/5The Feels: 4.7/5Pacing: 5/5Addictiveness: 5/5Theme or Tone: 5/5Flow (Writing Style): 5/5Backdrop (World Building): 5/5Originality: 5+/5Book Cover: 5/5Narration: 5+/5Ending: 5/5 Cliffhanger: nopeSteam Factor 0-5: 4Genre: Futuristic | Science Fiction | MysterySetting: San FranciscoSource: Own Audible AudiobookTotal: 5/5 STARS - GRADE [...]

    24. Annamaria on said:

      "This is the first time I've ever been lonely."The context in which False Hearts is immersed is fascinating. We read through two different perspectives, Tila's and Taema's, two former conjoined twins who managed to escape from the closed cult of Mana's Hearth, cult that keeps at arm's lenght from all of the Impures and that lives in a compound in a forest surrounded by a swamp. When Tila and Taema run away and arrive in San Francisco they are surgically separated and given two separate artificia [...]

    25. Gary on said:

      Every once in awhile I come across a book that feels like it was written specifically with me in mind. It's flattering, despite the fact it obviously wasn't literally written specifically with me in mind. It's nice to know there's an author out there who was thinking "there are people out there who will want to read just this very thing" and one of those people turns out to be me. It's like getting a gentle ego massage from a total stranger. I greatly appreciate it.False Hearts is a sci-fi thril [...]

    26. Katharine (Ventureadlaxre) on said:

      The type of book that is hard to write anything about because it's just so MUCH. And I can't say anything anyhow, as I read this in beta format and IT'S ALL SECRET. Mwuaha! All I'll say is that this is very, very fantastic, I love it, I need more and I don't want it to be over. But I DO want to see cover art and hold it once it's all shiny and published and re-read it again! SO dang good Laura. SO GOOD.

    27. *~Lan Lan~* on said:

      Just finished the preview excerpt I received from NetGalley for an honest review. I had a lot of fun with this. The characters were spot on, the plot was fast paced, and the twists and turns kept me reading. The only thing the author could have done was work on the world building a little more. But other than that I really enjoyed it. I am more than likely going to pick this book up when it does come out :)

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