There are very few books that are simultaneously easy to read as well as being a genuinely gripping thriller - but Peter Swanson has nailed that completely with The Girl With A Clock For A Heart. It's not a thriller that seems heavy, or too much to read in one sitting; it's one that had me reading it in a single sitting without accurately guessing all of the plot twists (and that's something, seriously.) This is one book I'd say would appeal to the young adult audience, but will also find it's way onto the bookshelves of many a mature reader.
The way Peter Swanson writes nearly entirely makes this book what it is - we see the present day and George as a struggling man coming to grips with meeting once again with the love of his life who is, for reasons unknown to us as readers at this point, wanted for past crimes. Intertwined, we also see George when he met her to begin with in college, struggling with his first love and coming to terms with being left behind when a suicide occurs. It's heartbreaking and emotional and so beautifully written that it's hard not to get emotionally invested within the book, and that's part of it's charm - we are blinded in the same way that George is and that puts us truly in his shoes.
The book is an easy read, and yet it's challenging and interesting and all in all, it just really will keep you guessing until the very end. I tried to explain the story to Katy and just came across as absolutely crazy with all the twists and turns, and yet I didn't find it difficult to read and so it gets a huge thumbs up in my eyes.
This is definitely one to take away on your holidays and, although it's not my favourite book, I'd definitely buy Peter Swanson's newest offerings.
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