The Girl With A Clock for A Heart

The Girl With A Clock for A Heart

Book - 2014
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An atmospheric tale of romantic noir with shades of Hitchcock about a man who is swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears

George Foss, a forty-year-old employee of a Boston literary magazine, has passed the age when he thinks he might fall madly in love or take the world by storm, or have anything truly remarkable happen to him. He spends most of his evenings at his local tavern talking about the Red Sox and the minutiae of everyday life, and obsessing over a lost love from his college days who vanished twenty years earlier. Until she reappears.

George has both dreamed of and dreaded seeing Liana Decter again. She isn't just an ex-girlfriend or the first love George could never forget. She's also an enigma and quite possibly someone who was involved in a murder years ago, a woman whose transgressions are more in line with Greek tragedy than youthful indiscretion. But suddenly, she's back--and she needs his help. She says that some men are after her and that they believe she's stolen money from them. And now they will do whatever it takes to get it back.

George knows Liana is trouble. But he can't say no--he never could--and soon his quiet life is gone as he is pulled into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, betrayal, and murder from which there is no sure escape.

Bold and masterful, full of malevolent foreboding and subtle surprises, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is an addictive, nonstop reading experience--an ever-tightening coil of suspense that will hold you in its grip right up to its electrifying end.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2014
ISBN: 9780062267498
Branch Call Number: SWA
Characteristics: 292 p. ;,24 cm

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gloryb
Jul 09, 2017

The book was offered on Kobo, but I found it for free in the library. Glad I read the book because this book has flashbacks all nicely contained in several chapters, typed in italics, throughout the book. I hate it when flashbacks interrupt the flow of the story so I read all the chapters printed in italics first as these were flash backs to the time when George was just starting college. What happened to him then explained what was presently happening to the 40 year old who was getting tired of his mundane office job. I couldn't have flipped to these pages to read them on my Kobo. The writing is good, the story flows well, and the characters are sympathetic even if Liann/Aubrey/Jane comes across as manipulative. A writer to watch for.

I thought it was awesome: echoes of Gone Girl but with so much more. It also reminded me in a strange way of In Between Days by Andrew Porter in terms of the tone and college setting. I think it would have mass appeal because of the continuing plot twists and suitably enigmatic ending.

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ac_346
Apr 05, 2015

Outstanding modern noir. Superb debut novel. Excellent writing, excellent use of multi threaded story line. I don't want to give any plot details away. As to the above comments re the ending and the cover, the ending is excellent & appropriate, and the cover appropriate and self explanatory.

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OPL_April
Dec 05, 2014

Fans of Dennis LeHane will like this.

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MillieBT
Jul 04, 2014

fast pace....read it in one sitting....

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tegan
Jun 24, 2014

I'm not typically a genre reader, but someone highly recommended the title to me, so I decided to give it a whirl. And, it turns out, I really enjoyed it. The plot is fast-paced and super engaging - I read it while commuting over the course of a couple days. Some of the choices that the main character George makes are a bit unbelievable, but totally engrossing nonetheless.

And this is definitely not a book to judge by it's cover...I'm not really sure what it is all about.

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