Friday, 19 December 2014

Book Review -- The Clock Strikes Midnight by Joan C. Curtis

The Clock Strikes MidnightThe Clock Strikes Midnight by Joan C. Curtis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a powerful tale that weaves an emotional story on a thriller - mystery premise. Janie, living a happy and blissful life in Savannah, is devastated to learn that she has a terminal illness, a malignanty tumour. Having been told that she has just 3 months to a year left to live, Janie decides to put the rest of her life to good use. She has an unshakeable purpose in mind - avenging her mother's death and making the killer pay for the misery he caused. She heads back to her home town to confront the killer, her step dad Ralph, who has recently been released from prison for the crime. Janie is in for a rude shock to discover how her sister Marlene has now morphed into who her mother once was - with a serious drinking problem and her entire life in ruins. Meanwhile, Ralph starts threatening Janie and Marlene to make them take their words and evidence againts him back. Does Janie manage to sort Marlene out and handle Ralph, is what the book takes us through.

Although the primary theme is that of a thriller, the emotional elements in the book are heart-wrenching. Janie's characterisation was fabulous. Although broken herself, when seeing that her sister is shattered and wasting away, the way she quickly bundles up her sorrows and takes charge is remarkable. The character was strong and fragile, brave and scared, all at once. The pace of the book kept the reader's interest alive.

Overall, this was a remarkably good book and I would recommend this to lovers of emotional dramas.

My rating for this book: 4.5 stars

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