39. The Girl With A Clock For A HeartThe Girl With A Clock For A Heart
by Peter Swanson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Peter Swanson’s intriguing novel has at its core a femme fatale reminiscent of some Hollywood classic such as Double Indemnity
or Body Heat
. George Foss has for many years carried a torch for a young lady he met in college, whom he encounters once again as a middle-aged man. She asks a favour of him which he agrees to do, dragging him into an escalating series of crimes and mystery that threatens to engulf him.
The thing is, George just does not convince as somebody who would either attract the interest of such a woman or be capable of doing the things he does in this story. He’s a bit of a wuss really, certainly no leading man, and this is a fatal flaw in the novel. When you have a plot that is as twisted and complex as this one, you need to ground it in believable characters, or the whole thing just becomes over the top. Unfortunately that is what happens here. Shame, because Swanson’s idea is basically a good one that could have been a lot better realised.View all my reviews