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

30366941Edition: Paperback, 333 pages
Published by: Faber & Faber
Genre: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 8th August 2016

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…

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Many thanks to Faber & Faber publishing for kindly sending me a copy of the book!

Following the success of The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson’s debut novel The Girl With A Clock For A Heart has been reissued with a new cover.

This story follows George Foss, who works at a literary magazine, lives with his cat called Nora and has a sort of girlfriend, Irene. He lives an ordinary life and nothing interesting happens, until his college one-time mysterious girlfriend appears out of the blue at a bar asking for help. Does he help her? Of course he does. He doesn’t even have to think about it.

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Book Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

25406946Edition: Paperback, 352 pages
Published by: Vintage, 31st December 2015
Genre: Adult, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Completed: 13th February 2016

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back.

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage – the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her.

But something goes wrong.

Very wrong.

And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house;

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room;
And in the dark, dark room there was a dark, dark cupboard;
And in the dark, dark box there was a….skeleton!

The got the impression I got from this epigraph is I may be in for a creepy read but it’s not as creepy as it sounds.


In A Dark, Dark Wood is about our main character called Nora, aka Leonora who is a crime fiction writer, likes to go running and lives in Hackney. Then out of the blue, she gets an email – an invitation to Clare’s Hen Party. Nora hasn’t spoken to her former best friend in the last decade. Why now? Curiosity gets the better of her and so she agrees to attend.

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Book Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

25820446Edition: eBook
Published by: Faber & Faber, 3rd February 2015
Genre: Adult, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Completed: 31st January 2016

A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. This is a modern re-imagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classicStrangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart.

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.”

From there, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda’s demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse–one they both cannot survive–with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

This book was insane, in a good way. Not as insane as Gone Girl (that’s on a whole different level) but still bloody insane!

It starts off with millionaire Ted who is at Heathrow airport waiting to board a flight back to Boston, in the Business Lounge drinking a martini and that’s where he meets a mysterious and gorgeous redhead called Lily. They get talking and Ted reveals jokingly that he’d like to kill his wife and to his surprise, Lily says she wants to help.

“Truthfully, I don’t think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.”

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Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

18775247Edition: Paperback – Borrowed, 405 pages
Published by: Hodder Paperbacks, April 23rd 2015
Genre: Adult Fiction, Crime, Thriller, Suspense
Rating: 3 stars

Summary courtesy of Goodreads:

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

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Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone_Girl_(Flynn_novel)Edition: E-Book
Published: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (24 May 2012)
Genre: Adult, mystery, thriller
Rating: 5 stars

*Closes book after finishing reading*

Immediate reaction: WTF. This is one f***ed up book.

I feel like Gone Girl has been a book that I have been wanting to read since…forever. The film was released last year and it was like telling me, ‘you gotta read this!’ And now there I am, finished with this book. The Goodreads rating is only 3.97 and I understand all the readers’ point of it not hitting the 4 star mark. Thank you for the recommendation @neddi-style!

In a nutshell, basically boy meets girl. They fell in love. Boy marries girl. It lasts five years and then girl goes missing on their fifth anniversary. Coincidence? I think not. Nick becomes prime suspect and everyone believes that Nick killed her…but Amy and Nick’s troubled marriage is the real answer that lurks behind Amy’s disappearance. Continue reading “Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn”