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The Thirteenth Chime (Sense of Truth #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  332 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews

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

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Published (first published August 10th 2010)
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Jan 14, 2012 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lulz, supernatural, ghosts
After careful consideration, I’ve decided to publish my review of The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels. For a while I was very torn. After I finished reading it, I had my opinions which went against, literally, every single review out there. No, I wasn’t worried about what the author might think. When has that ever stopped me? What made me hesitant was what my fellow book bloggers might think as Emma Michaels was/is a book blogger.

There seems to be this feeling of unadulterated support for her
Jan 23, 2011 Realteenreviews rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Large Grandfather Clocks
The Gist:

Destiny only wanted a vacation. Just a simple week away from the pressure of school and the thought of getting married. When her friend Stephanie invites her to her mother’s new seaside home, Destiny takes her up on it. She goes for a week of relaxation and fun. But on their first night there, they are attacked. In the middle of the night the grandfather clock on the landing (which creeped Destiny out when she first saw it) chimed thirteen times. Suddenly, Leslie (Stephanie’s mom) is gr
Erica (daydreamer)
Wow, creepy. I loved it!

The Thirteenth Chime was a thrill of a ride. In the over two hours that I read it, it gave me an eerie, adrenaline pulsing, spooky feeling. I became so intrigued with the story, and just couldn’t wait to find out the mystery behind the clock. I loved the plot, and how it all unfolded. It was very well researched and executed. The writing was nice. Maybe a little simple, but I liked it. Emma wrote great details, and the dialogue and scenes flowed along very well. The char
Alex Bennett
Aug 13, 2010 Alex Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The moment I got this book, I started it. And I never stopped. Not once. I read this book in one sitting, which is more than I can say for any other book. This may be because there was something about it that made it impossible to put down. The Thirteenth Chime is action-packed from the first page and never slows down.

Destiny, like most of the characters in this book was a little flat for me. But I don’t think she is the real protagonist, David is. The story really revolves around David, who is
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Jul 14, 2010 - - rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, wish-list
Bokheim selected a few bloggers to review the e-ARC for The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels. And I got sent a copy.

The Thirteenth Chime being another one of my most anticipated books this year as I’m sure you’ve all heard me blab about it at some point or other. So I’m very excited that I got to review it.

I just want to start off by saying that from the cover, and the teasers, and doing my interview with Emma, and becoming really good friends, I got really excited about this book because it
Jul 13, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aug-2010, own-ebook
HOLY SHIT that is one scary, book...

I HATE biting my nails, but I have to admit I was tempted, my worry stone got a work out while reading though.

WOW, full review to come!
Cathy  Keaton
Mar 28, 2012 Cathy Keaton rated it liked it
Plot: Destiny and her roommate Stephanie are staying with Stephanie's mother in an old Victorian house on the coast of a small Washington State town for the summer. An old grandfather clock has been part of the house since long before any of them ever set foot in it, and it has the tendency to chime thirteen times out of the blue. One night when that thirteenth chime rings out, Stephanie and her mother end up in the hospital. In a panic, Destiny calls her fearless ex-boyfriend, David, out from C ...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
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 readi
Aug 18, 2010 Meaghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book when I was online one day and saw the trailer on someone’s blog. The trailer is awesome and I was immediately intrigued and started searching online to try and pre-order this book. Sadly, it was not available for pre-order so I had to wait it out, but its ok because I have my copy now! The cover looks even better in person by the way, the eye is even darker and inside the pupil are the numbers for a clock face. The only thing I found strange is the roman numeral for “4″ used on ...more
Sep 21, 2010 Lisarenee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, books-i-own
While on break from college Destiny and Stephanie take a trip to the West coast to spend time at a house Stephanie's mom is renovating. Before even spending one night in the house Stephanie and her Mom are viciously attacked. It all happened after the thirteenth chime of an antique grandfather clock. Destiny witnessed the whole event, but can't come to grips with what she saw and is afraid no one will believe her. She calls her ex hoping he can help. Looking for clues to the house's past in the ...more
Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C.
A unique, mind-bending debut from Emma Michaels; The Thirteenth Chime is an edge of the seat thriller woven together with a tragic love story. Emma does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. I was a little bit confused at first; I had a hard time understanding Destiny - but once she finally opens up, the pieces start to fall into place.

Emma waste no time getting to the plot, an unexplained accident happens in the first few pages - that will leave you searching for answers all the way
Nov 05, 2010 Kylie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I marked this book as to-read, hearing all this great stuff about it. I had pretty high expectations. Sigh.
The writing itself was pretty bad. I'll leave it at that and try to be nice.
The characters were stiff and awkward most of the time, but David (who was the only character that really made any sense to me) was okay overall.
The plot was average. It was alright. Not terrible, but not amazing.
I hate saying bad things about the book because the author seems really nice and this is her debut novel
Sep 25, 2010 Stray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zzz-2010, in-english
So... I finished reading THE THIRTEENTH CHIME 10 days ago and I'm just writing the review now because I was very busy with coming back to school and whatnot...Anyway, here it is.

This is a really nice story. The concept is quite original, and though you don't understand very well what the book is about in the beginning because the synopsis doesn't give much away, the story is quite entertaining, though not one of the best out there.

I don't usually talk about the way the book looks like because it
Kaitlyn Francis
Feb 20, 2013 Kaitlyn Francis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites, reviewed
When it comes to books that knock you out with every word there are just a few words that most authors look for is greatness. Without a doubt this had me guessing to see where the lines connected. By the time I finished the last line I wanted more, this book left me speechless and I had to tell myself that number 2 is out soon. Emma has given all bloggers out there hope of being published I love the fact she introduced me into this world (which I am now afraid of clocks and wondering what is ins ...more
Highly creepy but highly enjoyable! Can't wait to read more!!

Destiny planned a fun break with her best friend Stephanie, but her plans are ruined when Stephanie and her Mother are attacked in their house with Destiny watching. Not knowing what to do, Destiny calls her ex-boyfriend, David, to come out and help her solve this weird occurrence. Because Destiny knows this wasn't a normal attack. Together David and Destiny have to figure out what happened in that house, that fateful night without get
Oct 27, 2010 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first thought of this book was wow, what a beautiful cover. It's mysterious and creepy and just perfect for this book. I was excited to read a book about a grandfather clock, because I love them. My grandparents have had the same grandfather clock for as long as I can remember and I just love to look at it. The look and the sound of it is beautiful, and thankfully, theirs only chimes twelve times.
Anyways, the book starts off well. Right away we are introduced to Destiny and Stephanie, who the
Nov 30, 2010 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really don't want to review this, only because of all the not necessarily nice things I'm going to say. I wanted to like this so badly. This author seems like a genuinely nice person and really enthusiastic about their debut novel, but the truth is that it read more like the very first draft of a debut novel instead of the final shelf-worthy draft. There were a lot of "I am" instead of "I'm", and "do not" instead of "don't". And that right there is the only reason that this book is 2 stars ins ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read for me! The action started right away and never stopped until the end, and even then it left your mind wondering. When an old, seemingly antique, Grandfather clock chimes more times than it should, chaos breaks loose! Stephanie and her Mother are attacked and left in the hospital and Destiny is left wondering if she really saw what she thinks she saw. She calls the one person she knows will be willing to help her no matter what their past together was like, David, her ...more
Jul 13, 2011 Patty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...this was not a good reading experience...this author is a lovely person...I am sure of it...but she needs to grow as a writer. Every predictable awful cliche of a paranormal was in this book. The actual writing was awkward and did not flow. I speed read through this one without caring one iota for any of the confused and unlikeable characters...even the dialog between Stephanie and Destiny was stilted and not normal.

It was not a good experience for me. There are so many amazing books in th
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This is a brilliantly written book with a cast of great characters, a wonderful setting and did I mention it's creepy? I'll totally admit, it freaked me out. It's one of those stories you'd listen to sitting around a camp fire with your friends, you know the type you don't want to admit you're freaked out about, but you're totally engaged with the story that you want to know what happens next, so you keep sitting there, listening to the story. Not to mention you'll be jumping every sound! Yep. T ...more
Mary  (Biblophile)
I know this book is for young adults, but did a 8 year-old write it? From the beginning I felt like a child wrote the story and an adult forgot to edit it. Very amateur. I kept hoping it would get better. Because I couldn't get beyond the juvenile sentence structure and incessant paragraphs, I just couldn't connect with the characters. After all the hype from other reviewers, I was really disappointed in the book as the premise held such promise.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Emma is a great story teller. I enjoyed this book.

I struggled during the first half of the book thinking about what I would rate it. The editing leaves something to be desired. There are bits that are very choppy and the first page has the word "especially" twice.

I am very glad that I stuck with it, it was worth it. Congrats, Emma, on a first publication and I do look forward to the sequel. I will be reading it.
Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)
I think this book was a fascinating, extraordinary and mystical read that will attract countless of readers to this wonderful book!
Jan 10, 2011 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. That was a kickass ending!
Lindsey (Babies, Books, and Beyond)
Couldn't finish.
Feb 13, 2014 CJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
"The Thirteenth Chime" by Emma Michaels is a suspense/paranormal story about a girl named Destiny who seems to be a little emotionally damaged from a past relationship with David and is now engaged to be married to someone else, Scott. However except for the very end, the reader doesn't even get to meet Scott, the fiance. Destiny goes to a friend's home for a little down time but gets thrown into a vengeful ghost's step into the present. Her friend and her friend's mother are hospitalized and De ...more
Oct 31, 2011 CrystalBookSnob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, reviewd
The Thirteenth Chime is a great mix of history, an old island prison and straight up creepyness. I'm so glad I read this around Halloween! I also enjoyed this book a lot because it doesn't fit into the normal YA mold. All the main characters are college students instead of high schoolers and most of them already know what they want to do with their life.

The beginning of the story finds the main character Destiny driving to a remote town with her roommate, looking for a relaxing getaway. She als
While staying in a strange old house on the west coast with her best friend Stephanie and her mother Leslie, Destiny is the only witness to an unsual attack that leaves both Stephanie and Leslie hospitalized. With no one else to turn to, Destiny seeks the help of her ex-boyfriend David to help unravel the mystery surround the house and the events of that dark night.

Kudos to author Emma Michaels for being able to create a creepy mood. In fact a few years ago I would have happily devoured this b
Jul 15, 2012 Cassandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Thirteenth Chime in one sitting, mostly because I knew that if I went to bed midway through the books that I would probably have creepy/nightmarish dreams about the book. The story itself was pretty creepy - the old lady and little girl totally creeped me out. The Thirteenth Chime would be a perfect episode for Supernatural. I did enjoy the book it kept my attention and I was totally thrown off on where the story was going which I enjoy. I don’t like being able to guess where a story ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would like to say that the IDEA for the story was very good and piqued my interest. However, there were some fatal flaws with this book, which made me not care too much that I had misplaced it for a month in the middle of reading it.

First of all, the characters were not fully fleshed out. I did not feel any sort of attachment or even like most of the characters, with the exception of David.

There was a sad lack of contractions. To the point where I felt that it was done on purpose to make the
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