The Girl With a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson #review

Peter Swanson



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…


I found the premise of The Girl With a Clock For a Heart to be fascinating. I can’t say reading it had me mesmerised however. While not bad and a book I would recommend to mystery and thriller fans it was a book that felt more of a let down for me personally.

This book I think revolves around at its depths more so than mystery George’s infatuation for a woman he met many years ago who shows up out of the blue to ask for his help. I think this is where my disappointment comes from, I am not a romantic person I readily admit that, love at first sight is infatuation at best. George however will do anything for a woman who has all but a big giant red flashing neon warning sign around her.

Are people really that naive? Probably so but it didn’t feel true to me. The story told alternately in the present and past recollection by George from their earlier time together 20 years prior was well written. I think the author has great skill at storytelling, the story itself however did not capture me the way I thought it would and it sat half read for quite some time before I returned to it.

The mystery sort of works if you don’t look too close and don’t sit there wanting to bash George over the head with the book. While uneven the pace and writing was great and it was an easy to read story that unfolded in a pleasing way. The substance of the story itself felt inadequate not to mention the characters not quite as smart as you’d have hoped but people are people and make mistakes this there is no doubt in that so perhaps the fault is mine for being far too cynical.


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  1. Finally a book I’ve actually heard of :mrgreen:

    I’ve thought about reading this one but maybe I’ll pass on it. I’m to cynical too.
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  2. I haven’t heard of this one until now, however, I too have read several books lately where I felt the romantic aspects were just WAAAAYYYYY too far fetched. I, too, am cynical. Probably much more so than you. Lol.

    Excellent and fair review here Princess Jessica.
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