The Girl with a Clock for a Heart

This is another pager-turner by Peter Swanson.  This is his first book and had I read it first, I most definitely would read his second book. (Which I read first!)  The main character George Foss seems like quite the likable fellow.  Probably has done most everything by the book in his life, until he gets to collage.  Has some drama in collage but for the most part, goes by all the rules.  And then someone from his past re-enters his life.  Gives him the drama he secretly desires but along with a lot of risk.

“Already optioned for film, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is Peter Swanson’s electrifying tale of romantic noir, with shades of Hitchcock and reminiscent of the classic movie Body Heat. It is the story of a man swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears.

On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss’s comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, a woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago.

Liana Dector isn’t just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn’t quite forget. She’s also a dangerous enigma and quite possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she’s back—and she needs George’s help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money . . . and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.

George knows Liana is trouble. But he can’t say no—he never could—so he makes a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal, and murder from which there is no sure escape.

Bold and masterful, full of malicious foreboding and subtle surprises, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is an addictive, nonstop thriller—an ever-tightening coil of suspense that grips you right up to its electrifying end.”

Peter Swanson is a writer that keeps it going on every page right up to the end.  You will not be disappointed if you love a good mystery.  Plus, I’m so excited that this is going to be made into a movie.  I think the characters are more appealing that those in Gone Girl.  You can’t help but root for George Foss.



The Kind Worth Killing

I just finished the book “The Kind Worth Killing” by Peter Swanson.  This is Swanson’s second book and after finishing this one, I immediately ordered his first book “The Girl With a Clock for a Heart“.  If that one is half as captivating as this one, it is a winner in my book.  In “The Kind Worth Killing” Ted Severson meets Lily Kintner and fueled by alcohol reveals that he wants to kill his wife and Lily agrees to help.  Right from  the  first line, “Hello there” it keeps your interest right to the last word. Many twists and turns keep you wondering how it will end.  And I didn’t check out the ending (like I usually do)!  If you love mysteries, this one is highly recommended.

My next book “A View from the Interior” by Susan Riseling.  This is written by the Chief of Police, University of Wisconsin-Madison about policing the protests at the Wisconsin State Capital four years ago.  I met the author at a conference in Trego, WI that the was held for the Northwest Region of the University of Wisconsin Extension.  Her session was on working with difficult volunteers/employees.  She was an excellent speaker, thus I became interested in her book.  I followed all of the protests four years ago as it did impact me since I am a county employee.  I don’t know if I want to relive this.  In my mind it is a sad era of Wisconsin history.  I just may get my next book that Peter Swanson wrote and have to set it aside to read that one.  Who knows?

Till next time…

All About Me!

I love books!  I love to give my opinion and believe that everyone has an opinion but are not always willing to share it!  What will happen here is pretty simple.  I read and then I tell you what I think about the books I read.  My opinion is not always right, but it is my opinion! And, if I don’t like a book, I don’t finish it!  My mother was a lover of reading books.  If she was reading a good book, sometimes cleaning took second place (I find I’m more like her in that respect).  But, she always finished books – even if she didn’t like them.  I can’t do that so I really admired her perseverance!

Currently I’m reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  I have to say that I really dislike the main characters Nick and Amy.  The more I read, the more I dislike them.  But, it’s still compelling enough to continue to the end.  I don’t mind that I don’t like them, but it does make it harder for me to continue reading.  Sometimes you get that book that you can’t put down.  This one I can put down, mainly because I can’t believe the dysfunctional marriage of Amy and Nick.  I have to say that I haven’t seen the movie.  I might after I read this book but sometimes the book is ruined when you see the movie and vice versa!

I am more than 2/3 done with this book but hope to finish it this weekend (probably another weekend that cleaning doesn’t get done!). I have a couple of other books checked out from the library that I am itching to start.  Yes, I said checked out from the library.  There was a time that I wouldn’t go to the library.  There was something about reading books that others had touched.  But, I have realized how many books I have purchased over the years (probably could have bought a car), and then there’s the issue of getting rid of them :).   I have donated many to our local library in my home town and the town where I work. Frankly, I’m getting older and hauling those books around is not an easy task!  Our local library has a wonderful system that I can order any book I want.  It may come from our library or from over 25 other libraries in the area.  It’s just great! And I can order on line, check the status on line and they send an email when it is ready to be picked up.  What could be easier.

I hope you have enjoyed my first post.  Let me know your opinion!