The Clock Strikes Midnight is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This is a story about hate, love, betrayal and forgiveness.
If you found out you had only 3 months to live, what would you do? That’s the question Janie Knox faces in this fast-paced mystery full of uncertainty and tension that will surprise you until the very last page.
Hiding behind the façade of a normal life, Janie keeps her family secrets tucked inside a broken heart. Everything changes on the day she learns she’s going to die. With the clock ticking and her time running out, she rushes to finish what she couldn’t do when she was 17—destroy her mother’s killer. But she can’t do it alone.
Janie returns to her childhood home to elicit help from her sister. She faces more than she bargained for when she discovers her sister’s life in shambles. Meanwhile her mother’s convicted killer, her stepfather, recently released from prison, blackmails the sisters and plots to extract millions from the state in retribution. New revelations challenge Janie’s resolve, but she refuses to allow either time or her enemies to her stop her from uncovering the truth she’s held captive for over 20 years.
Author Joan C. Curtis / Review by Felita Daniels / 359 Pages
These characters are SO well written. If you have encountered alcoholism in your friends or family there are passages that may be uncomfortable to read. Their past and current day obstacles keep these women from healing. Mothers and daughters, family dynamics and secrets are all jumbled into a ball of heartache.
The sisters have to face long ago trauma head on and be honest with themselves. Others in their lives struggle to understand their actions. They are frustrated with the women’s reluctance to share their troubles.
I didn’t find it to be especially fast-moving, or action-packed, the pace was even. But it was wanting to know why these characters behaved the way they did that kept you turning the pages. All through the book there were hints that the mother’s death and trial afterwards were not in the history books correctly. You want to know the truth.
The author doesn’t give us perfectly loveable characters here. Instead they are real people with skeletons in the closet. You aren’t sure just how far they will go to accomplish their agendas. The bad guys are truly awful to be around. This book is for those that take on reading about real women with real troubles. You may want to have some tissues near by.
About the Author
Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the southern traditions with the eye of a northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Georgia.