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Review - The Thirteenth Chime - Emma Michaels

The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels
Published 2010 by Bokheim publishing

No one knew of its existence until it was removed from the attic upstairs. In a beautiful house that overlooks the sea, an antique clock has the power to change the course of their lives. The power the clock resonates will not only force Destiny and ex-boyfriend David on a journey into the depths of one man's mind long dead, but into the mind of a man filled with hatred and bent on revenge. With the only clues to the nature of the clock having disappeared into the sea, Destiny and David must retrace the steps the man had taken into the darkness, before they fall prey to the trap he had set in motion over half a century ago. Hatred never dies

I enjoyed this book and it certainly had its merits. I enjoyed the overall premise of the story and the whole mystery surrounding the Grandfather clock. The books was fast paced at the end as the whole mystery unravelled itself and I thought the way it resolved itself was good in the end. I will certainly be interested to see were the story goes if a sequel is published and there is a lot of ideas I would like to see developed further.

I did however think the book lacked something. As I was reading it I got a similar sort of feeling I got when I watch early episodes of my favourite TV shows - you enjoy them but they aren't quite polished enough quite yet to be really good viewing. I simply didn't get the whole deal between David and Destiny and I actually thought her motives throughout the story were quite selfish. The writing style was quite simplistic at times and needed fleshing out. The first part of the story was very slow and not a lot happened at all. I also found that there weren't any characters I could particularly warm too.

Overall all in all definitely one to look out for despite the flaws in it. I hope that as the author progresses through the series her writing will get stronger and stronger. The idea behind the story certainly have potential to make an awesome series.


Nina said…
Great and honest review. It sounds like a book that I might love. The description of it sounds really good. Let's hope the characters develop more and that you warm up to one of them. :)
Anne R. said…
I featured this book on my latest book spotlight :)) Really honest nice review <3 I'm still looking forward to reading this despite of the 'flaws' <3