TLC Book Tours: Review The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

tlc tour hostReviewTLC Book Tours has provided me with a free copy of The Girl With A Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson to review for today’s post.

The Girl With A Clock For A HeartGoodreads Summary:

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…

My Thoughts:

I would buy this book based solely on the cover and the title. I think the cover is beautiful, and the title seems very interesting. This book is a mystery/thriller. I didn’t find it particularly mysterious or thrilling.  The main girl, Liana Dector, is maybe (?) mysterious, but I didn’t think the story was. This book is about a middle-aged man named George Foss.  His life is mundane, and every day is the same.  Until one day, while at a bar, he sees his old college love.  His first and only love in fact. She will again change his life forever. She shows up looking for George, because she needs a favor from him, a guy she hasn’t seen or spoken to in over 20 years. He agrees to help her, as she knows he will, because he was that type of guy when she knew him.  This book bounces from events that are currently happening to the past relationship from the time they spent together in college.  This book was a pretty slow read. I was expecting it to be fast paced throughout, but things didn’t really start picking up until the end of the book. The scene descriptions were good though.  The bar, the old abandoned house, and Liana’s childhood home,were very easy to imagine with the way the author talked about them. I felt like I kept waiting for the “twist” to happen or something, but for me that never happened.  This isn’t my usual genre, and although I didn’t hate this book, it doesn’t make me want to keep trying this genre either. 

Peter Swanson

The author has a website and is on Twitter.
The book is on Goodreads, and some purchase links include Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble.
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P.S. What did you think of this book? Was it mysterious and thrilling enough for you?
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