Review: The Clock Strikes Midnight

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Book Synopsis

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.

BookCover_TheClockStrikesMidnightThe 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.

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About the Author

AuthorPhoto_TheClockStrikesMidnightHaving 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.


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13 Responses to Review: The Clock Strikes Midnight

  1. Thank you for hosting the review tour today. I the time it takes to read a book and then review it. If you have any questions you’d like to ask, I’ll gladly respond.

    For your readers who may be interested, I’ll share that this book was a long journey. The characters developed over time as I worked. They became richer as the story unfolded. I had not expected to give Eloise a chance to share her story, but she “insisted.” That’s one of the fun things about creating fiction. Even the author doesn’t know what’s going to happen next. 🙂

  2. kp

    thanks for the chance!

  3. stacey dempsey

    Thank you I enjoyed the excerpt

  4. Karen H

    The story sounds like it is very intense.

    • Hi Karen,

      I don’t think it’s too intense. The characters have real struggles but they deal with those struggles. Most readers say it’s a thrilling story that keeps them reading. Intense? well, maybe more so than a cozy mystery but not like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

  5. Rita Wray

    I liked the review, can’t wait to read it.

    • Hi Rita,

      I do hope you will read the book and if you do, maybe writer your own review. Hope to see you at the other stops where you can check out more reviews.

  6. Jess1

    Very good review. Was it difficult to live in the mind of such a truly evil person for the stepfather?

    • Hi Jessi. Great question! But, I didn’t actually get in Ralph’s head. I wrote from the point-of-view of both sisters and the mother for a short while. The mother wasn’t a great person either so being in her point-of-view wasn’t easy. But, I guess I knew her so well, it just flowed. And, actually that section was fun to write.

      I’ve read books where the author gets into the evil person’s head. I think I could do it because it’s like you are no longer yourself, but someone else. Nonetheless my books have been from the POV of the protagonist versus the antagonist or villain.

      Thanks for your question!

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