The Girl With A Clock for A Heart

The Girl With A Clock for A Heart

Book - 2014
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George Foss is a forty-year-old employee of a Boston literary magazine. He has passed the age when he thinks he might really fall in love, or take the world by storm, or have anything truly surprising happen to him. He has spent most evenings at a local pub with an on-again-off-again friend and lover, talking about the Red Sox and the minutiae of everyday life and obsessing about a love he lost in college. Until she reappears one day, twenty years later.

George has both dreamed of and dreaded seeing Liana Dector again. Liana was not simply an ex-girlfriend who had broken his heart. She was, as far as he knew, a woman who had skipped town under suspicion of murder, a woman whose transgressions were more in line with Greek tragedy than youthful indiscretion. Now Liana is in trouble. It has something to do with threatening men and missing money. And she needs his help. George could never resist her before--and that hasn't changed. Soon his quiet life is gone and he is pulled into a whirlpool of lies and murder that he will be very lucky to survive.

Reminiscent of the 1980's film, Body Heat , that made stars of Kathleen Turner and William Hurt, this romantic noir is full of malicious foreboding and subtle surprises that readers will never see coming. And the ever-tightening coil of suspense that culminates in the final scenes is at once so satisfying--and alarming--that it would have made Hitchcock blush.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2014.
ISBN: 9780062325273
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,24 cm


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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.

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.

Dec 05, 2014

Fans of Dennis LeHane will like this.

Jul 04, 2014

fast it in one sitting....

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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