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 of The Girl with a Clock for a Heart:
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.
My review of The Girl with a Clock for a Heart
I’m not surprised that this book has been optioned for film already. It’s insanely, wickedly good. If I’m working on a five-star rating system, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart gets 5 stars. And I rarely give a book five stars.
The story is fresh, smart, and compelling. The characters are interesting and intriguing. The twists and turns will have you anxiously reading page after page. This is a novel you’d expect from a seasoned, veteran author. Instead, this is the first novel of Peter Swanson. Whoa.
If you are looking for a fast-paced suspense thriller, look no further. The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is as good as it gets, folks. As I was reading, I found myself thinking of Alfred Hitchcock. Swanson’s writing channels that type of brilliance.
I read this book in an afternoon. I was woefully disappointed — disappointed that I could not force myself to make this experience last longer. I kept checking to see how many pages I had left, and as it got closer and closer to the end? I would get frustrated that the story would be over too soon. However, this is the type of novel that I would read more than once. How many books can you say that about?
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. Peter Swanson is, simply put, a master of the written word. I will, without a single doubt, be a lifelong fan.
Mr. Swanson, if you happen to read this…please, please, please write as much as you can. I can’t get enough!
P.S. I’ll be reviewing his other novel, The Kind Worth Killing, shortly. Expect more unabashed (and well-deserved) praise.
Read an excerpt of The Girl with a Clock for a Heart:
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.
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I was not compensated for writing this review. I received a copy of The Girl with a Clock for a Heart to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.