Tuesday, August 2, 2011

In Case You Missed It - The Thirteenth Chime, by Emma Michaels

Published: August 2010
Publisher: Bokheim Publishing
Pages: 238
ebook:  My own
Summary: Goodreads

Destiny has finally found the life that she has always wanted. She is about to finish college, has a fiance that loves her, and a great summer on the West Coast planned with her friend, Stephanie. But her world is turned upside down when an antique clock mysteriously chimes thirteen times and someone attacks them, sending Stephanie and her mother to the hospital.

Alone, and without any help from the police, Destiny has no choice but to turn to the one man she had left behind a year ago - her ex-boyfriend, David. Together, they must solve the riddle of the thirteenth chime before the clock strikes thirteen again. Yet as they face their own past and hearts, a trap over half a century old is waiting for them to become its prey.

For revenge, fifty years is never too long...

I rather enjoyed The Thirteenth Chime.  It was a great mystery, with a fair bit of excitement and just a little bit of the supernatural.  Destiny finds herself in the middle of some rather strange goings on when she goes to visit an old friend in Washington State at her mothers new inn, and  hears an old clock strike 13 times.  When an accident occurs shortly after this, Destiny calls her old boyfriend, David, to come and help her out. David is an EMT, writing his thesis on emotional residue (that's an over simplification, but basically means he's trying to explain ghosts). David seems like such a genuinely caring person.  I loved his character.

As the story unfolds the relationship between Destiny and David works very well, but I must admit to being surprised at the end - things didn't turn out the way I expected.  There is a marvellous mystery that has to be solved before David and Destiny can discover the reason for the weird things that are happening and there are lots of surprises and a few twists and turns that could have been confusing, but weren't. 

The Thirteenth Chime was a very clean read and altho' the main protagonists are adult, this would be a great cross-over novel for older teens.  If you like your mysteries with a supernatural twist, give this one a try.

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