Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Girl With a Clock for a Heart

Wow, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart, definitely turned into something more than I thought after the first bit.  George Foss is a single man in his early 40s who lives a very predictable life.  He does the same things, works the same job, drives the same cars, is on and off with the same woman, he’s stable and predictable.

“I’m not.  I get what you are saying.  You’re saying that as we get older have the opportunity to become the people we were meant to be.  I just think, in general, that people who try to escape from their past, or try to divorce themselves from their parents, they’re kidding themselves.  It doesn’t happen that way.  Maybe on the outside, maybe in the way that others see them, but down deep everyone is the product of their past.”

Liana Decter is anything but the same. 

They met as freshmen at Mather College and fell into a young love together.  A love that George has held onto for 20 years, even though she disappeared and he knew she was trouble.  When she reappeared magically at his favorite local bar, he accepts it and goes back to where they were, without any hard questions.

The thing about George is that he’s reliable and gullible.  He believes the best when he really should be leery.

This book had many twists, many OHHH GEORGE moments and lots of suspense.  It even ends in suspense.  It’s a smart suspense book that keeps you hooked.  I also enjoyed that it goes back and forth from present time to 20 years ago in college so you slowly learn Liana and George’s whole story.

The only nitpicking is that I felt tying the name of the book into the text was a little I don't want to say cheesy, but it didn't seem write the one time and I feel like at one point the author took the time to spell out the differences and the person they both were when his writing had already done that for him.  But that is very nit picky but just something I thought as an afterthought.

Description: 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...

Do you think people change or do you think in the end they stay the same? Would you be willing to help out someone from your past who lied and you hadn't seen in 20 years?
I received this book from TLC Tours.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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