“Brenda Peterson weaves a haunting love story into a fast-moving plot. Animal Heart is based on facts that are terrifyingly true, and it captures the exquisite beauty of a world that we are devastating and destroying, piece by piece. Please read it.”
--Jane Goodall, author of Reason for Hope

When an eerie mass stranding of whales and dolphins takes place along the mist-shrouded Oregon coast, forensic wildlife pathologist Isabel Spinner covertly investigates this disaster as a crime against wildlife. When Isabel connects with Marshall McGreggor, an undersea photographer, the two find themselves making surprising decisions – that will forever change their lives. 

In her new environmental thriller, Peterson offers a captivating love story of people whose compassion for animals compels them into extraordinary acts of heroism. Based on cutting-edge science, this powerful page-turner is a haunting, highly original story of the deep bonds between humans and animals – and of our inevitably linked fates.

Praise for Animal Heart

“One can hardly imagine a more heartfelt work or a more unusual love story than this one. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.” —Library Journal

"Peterson weaves a haunting love story into a fast-moving plot." —Jane Goodall

“This is a galvanizing and enlightening tale thanks to Peterson's expert portrayal of animals, compassionate view of radical activism, and illuminating insights into our profound bonds with other species.” —Booklist

“[A] gripping tale about love, xenotransplantation and the military-industrial complex’s flagrant disregard for environmental responsibility. . .Peterson’s passion shines through.”

 —Publisher’s Weekly