Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Book Review: The Girl With A Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson

No, this book does not actually feature a girl who literally has a clock for her heart. It’s metaphor.

George Foss never thought he'd see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack's Tavern. 

When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl's grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece - the one who had committed suicide - was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved - and of the things she may have done to escape her past. 

Now, twenty years later, she's back, and she's telling George that he's the only one who can help her . . . 

I like the writing style of this book, it sort of poetic. The book does switch between the now and when George first met Liana. The format works for the suspense. 

George is not very likable character. Certain parts of the novel you do feel sort of sorry for him but I don’t think I would actually be best buds with him. He’s in his 40s, he single and works for a slowly failing business: so not a lot to lose when Liana shows back up. The other characters are alright. The motives are bit mystery; there are meant to be that way. George is surrounded by strongish woman; his life is mostly influenced by woman during the book. Females do sort of play big part of the story. However, there something about the portrayal of the woman that bugs me. It not like I can define the thing that’s on the tip of my tongue. Maybe it the fact that none of the woman actually talk to each other in the book. 

Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars for descriptive nipples. I enjoyed reading it. I’m finding it hard to find hings to say that wouldn’t be a spoiler. There lot of things this book for people to enjoy. The ending does leave with some questions, not clear answer to what went down fully.

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