Peter Swanson’s ‘The Girl With A Clock For A Heart’

Review – The Girl With A Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson

the girl with a clock for a heartGeorge 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. The Girl With A Clock For A Heart was sent to me before publication by the lovely folks at Waterstones. Thank you! (:

George is left devastated after the girl he had a fling with commits suicide whilst on break from college. Fast forward to twenty years later, and there she is, sat in a bar opposite him.

I simply did not like this book. George felt wimpy and unrealistically trustworthy of the girl who had apparently faked her own death. That girl had so many name changes that I couldn’t keep up. Half the time, I had no idea what was even going on or who was involved. There are characters who have the same name but are different people, or the same person with different names. Jeez, it got complicated.

The story is told through flashbacks – entire chapters in italics. I think it would have been better to give the chapters dates so that half of the entire book isn’t italicized. The structure made the book very disjointed. Halfway through an action packed scene, it’d cut to a flashback and when that was finished, the tension and supposed impact of the scene was completely gone. Plus, the ending is really ambiguous and open, and doesn’t resolve a lot.

I found it really hard to finish this book. I sat reading it in my kitchen and at times, I’d put it down and say out loud, “I can’t read anymore!” Sigh.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


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