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.
Great characters and interesting plot, but moving the story along requires the author to have characters do a few things I'd expect to see in scary horror movies where everyone else knows not to go into the basement. Narrator is good, although a bit grating with some female voices. Never-the-less, I would read the author again and listen to the narrator as well.
I liked the overall plot and most of the characters in this book. It kept me hooked and engaged the whole time. (Spoiler-ish) The only thing I didn't like was the main character's wishy-washy back and forth issue. He knows he shouldn't believe a word she says - but he does anyway. He knows he should tell the police everything up front - but he doesn't right away. He knows he shouldn't trust her - but he does. Do men really act like this when they're in love/lust with a beautiful woman? It was frustrating how wimpy he was at times...
The narrator was good, though, and so was the overall story.
I only give books that I'll listen to again a 4 or 5 star rating. Once was enough for me with this book. I would have loved if it had the woman's point of view as well as the man's.
I love mystery and thrillers, but for some reason this audiobook didn't capture my attention like others do. It was a little slow, and all in all, not that great of a story.
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