The Girl with a Clock for a Heart
by Peter Swanson
on Tour January 6 - February 28, 2015
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Literary
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Number of Pages: 304
Synopsis: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.
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Author Bio:Peter Swanson is the author of The Kind Worth Killing, and has degrees from Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College. He lives with his wife in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he is at work on his next novel.
As I was thinking about my review, I began contemplating clocks. What are the characteristics of a clock that pertain to the girl or, better yet, the girl's heart mentioned in the novel's title? Are there similarities that are easily noticeable?
George is a middle-aged man unhappy with his life. He thought that he'd be married with children by the time he reached his late 30s, early 40s. That hasn't happened. As I was reading, part of me wondered if George's situation is due to the fact that he's utterly boring. He goes to work at the same job day in and day out. He has an on-again off-again relationship with one of his co-workers. He takes no risks, has no social life. He's stuck in the past and doesn't seem to give any one woman a chance to get close enough because he's constantly comparing them to his remembrance of Liana.
Liana will do anything to get out of Florida. Anything. This chic is all about numero uno. She uses whomever she wants to get her way. I don't care for her and I could see her false personality from a mile away. How in the world George allowed himself to be suckered in time after time is beyond me.
To answer the above questions, I've yet to figure out how Liana's heart is like a clock ... unless it's implying that she has no heart, in which case that would be true. I hate to say this since this review is part of a blog tour, but I don't like this novel. It left me frustrated. I know there are guys out there who want to believe the best in a girl they have a thing for, but eventually most dudes are like "F*** this. I'm out." They don't keep doing nonsensical, stupid favors that any normal person would be like, "You know what? You asking me to do this is throwing up a bunch of red flags. You can do it yourself. You made your bed, now lie in it." while throwing up a duece on their way out the door.
By all means, give this book a chance if you'd like to. Don't let my sole opinion determine whether or not you read this novel. You never know. You may like it.
*A physical copy was provided by the tour host for the purposes of this tour and in exchange for an honest review.