Already optioned for film, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is Peter Swanson's electrifying tale of romantic noir, with shades of Hitchcock and reminiscent of the classic movie Body Heat. It is the story of a man swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears.
On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss's comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, a woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago.
Liana Dector isn't just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn't quite forget. She's also a dangerous enigma and quite possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she's back - and she needs George's help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money…and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.
George knows Liana is trouble. But he can't say no - he never could - so he makes a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal, and murder from which there is no sure escape.
Bold and masterful, full of malicious foreboding and subtle surprises, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is an addictive, nonstop thriller - an ever-tightening coil of suspense that grips you right up to its electrifying end.
©2014 Peter Swanson (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
"The pace is fast...and the plot genuinely twisty.... [It is] seemingly pre-measured for the movies...often to good effect; all in all, a quick, deft, promising first crime novel." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[A] roller coaster thrill-fest of a ride, filled with deliciously wicked moments of mystery, murder, and mayhem, double-cross and deception. A cerebral noir thriller debut." (New York Journal of Books)
However his other book was amazing! This is the only reason I went back and purchased this one, I thought It was going to be another hit! I had to make myself press play day after day.. In the hopes that the story would take a turn for the better :(
The narration. The voice is flat, no intention, no emotion, nothing.
I can't get into the story because the narration makes it so boring I have a hard time following the plot. I quit after the second chapter.
I thoroughly enjoyed the kind worth killing and got this book because of it. I just kept waiting for it to get good and it just never did.
I am not sure but it could have been better.
This book seemed to follow a fairly predictable course and character introduction and development. What I feel was lacking was more character development from Leanna.
More questions are left unanswered then answered laying the also predictable foundation for a sequel- or trilogy.
The book was captivating and interesting but then strayed just enough into implausible to make this book less enjoyable. Instead of identifying with the main characters strife the reader is left a bit mystified at his purely emotionally driven decisions. This naïveté is hard for the reader to identify with after a while. In part one feels he deserves all bad things and more for being such a love starved puppy. I would have enjoyed seeing a bit more grit in his character development.
However fabulous first book for this author.
Book is an awesome story!! It kept me guessing page after page! The Narrator had a voice that I orally made me cringe, like nails to a chalkboard...not trying to be ugly, Mr. Paul!! Maybe if he wouldn't have read it by himself?!? Maybe a couple more ppl narrating the females' parts??? Idk though???!!??
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