Looking for a new book to add to your to-read list? Try Lucia DiStefano’s Borrowed: an unflinching, genre-bending story of love, mystery, and survival.
As seventeen-year-old Linnea celebrates the first anniversary of her heart transplant, she can’t escape the feeling that the wires have been crossed. After a series of unsettling dreams, inked messages mysteriously appear on her body, and she starts to wonder if this new heart belongs to her at all.
Across town, Maxine braces for a heartbreaking anniversary: her sister Harper’s death. Between raising her brothers and parenting her grief-stricken mother, Max is unable to ignore her guilty crash on Harper’s old flame or shake her lingering suspicion that her sister’s drowning wasn’t really an accident. With Harper as the sole connection, Linnea and Maxine are soon brought together in fantastic and terrifying ways.
Amanda Schwarz at Fisheye Graphic Services designed the cover.
“I’ve always been interested in the nature/nurture debate of how we become who we are,” said DiStefano. “To me, there’s mystery in that. In muscle memory, too. What can the body remember without the brain’s help? I think the cover carries that mystery forward – and also adds atmosphere. The distorted, spreading reflection of the title on the water mirrors the duality of identity. Can we see our reflections in situations that have shaped us as well as in an inherent ‘essence’?”