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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  47 reviews
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? Thats the question Janie Knox faces in this fast-paced mystery full of uncertainty and tension that will surprise you until the very last page.

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Kindle Edition, 359 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by MuseItUp Publishing
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Bernadette Boas
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a writer, I spend most of my time writing, not reading. But, The Clock Strikes Midnight had me glued to my chair, until I finished it, which is very unusual for me. The characters, story, and the suspense was exciting while at the same time tormenting. Marlene, Janie, and even the setting, Atlanta, pulled me in! I wanted to learn more about them. You will love it!
Stuart West
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Curtis's book, The Clock Strikes Midnight, is a very compelling, well-written read. While I wouldn't necessarily categorize it as a mystery, there are plenty of twists and slow-burning suspense. But what really grips the reader and won't let go are the characters. I have to admit they weren't very likable. But the deeper one goes, peeling back layers of time and events, things become clearer, defining how the two protagonists, siblings Janie and Marlene, ended up the messes they are today. ...more
Pratr- Authors
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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5 Fangs

Janie finds out she has a fast growing tumor. The doctor tells her she has anywhere from 3 months to a year at the most to live. Janie realizes that she has things to do that she has put off for to long. She heads back to her hometown and her sister, Marlene. Janie left Atlanta when she was seventeen years old and has not been back since after the murder of her mother. Her stepfather Ralph has just been released from prison
Maggie Thom
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book. Its really a heart-wrenching story of two sisters clinging together as children, torn apart as teenagers and trying to find their way back to each other as adults. Janie and Marlene are each running from a past that haunts them. Theyve each chosen different ways that ultimately hurts the other. Janie and Marlenes struggle of wanting to get back at someone who has hurt them vs just wanting to forget it and make it go away is something I think many will be able to relate ...more
MJ LaBeff
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Author Joan C. Curtis is a master at mystery. A suspicious cast of characters will keep you engaged as you try to figure out who murdered Eloise. The story is written in 3 parts, and Curtis is brilliant at revealing each characters back story by saving the big reveals during parts 2 and 3, ratcheting up the suspense surrounding each. As if she didnt already have me turning pages- by the time I entered part 2, I couldnt read fast enough. I dont want to spoil the story by discussing the ...more
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Many thanks to author Joan C. Curtis for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Janie Knox wants nothing more than to live her life quietly in Savannah, Georgia and never return to her hometown of Atlanta. At age 17, a week after a jury convicted her stepfather of killing her mother,she packed all her worldly possessions in a single duffle bag, hopped on a bus, and vowed never to return. But, when she learns that
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Clock Strikes Midnight is a well-written and fascinating story with plenty of twists and revelations that will have your mind wondering whats next while questioning what has been revealed. Joan C. Curtis presents an entertaining and dramatic journey into the lives of two sisters with a tragic and complicated past that they wish they could forget but cant move beyond.

Warning there are some sensitive topics that are discussed in the storyline involving things pertaining to sexual abuse,
Sunshine Somerville
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book Ive read in a while that I couldnt put down. As a woman, its always wonderful to find a story full of complex female characters who think about, care about, and do things that really matter rather than just constantly talking about men and romance. This book involves deeply troubling issues abuse, murder, rape, alcoholism, disease, etc. and how the characters deal with all these issues feels very realistic. The relationships between the characters, especially between the ...more
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Emotional Stars

This book was given to me for my honest review

A blanket can be made from just about anything our hearts truly desire. It is meant to keep us warm, safe from the cold, a snuggly warm wonder that protects us from our fears. It can also be a beacon that holds us firmly on our path. Looking more into the blanket itself we can see that when one is made for us by a special person it comes from love. The heirloom it represents is more than the heart can fathom. A generation of love
Diane Coto
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Janie ran away after the death of her mother, Eloise. Her Stepfather, Ralph Cooper, was in prison having been charged with her murder. Janie was seventeen. Life out on her own, even at that tender age, had to be better. The memories associated with her life in Atlanta were too burdensome. Shes now been away twenty years and has become a successful business woman in Savannah with fifteen salons. But she is sick. A cancerous tumor threatens to take her life in three to six months. She had to ...more
Kathy Wideman
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: danger
This book was different from my normal read but well worth it. It is a story about closure and how finding out you dont have as long to live as you once though changes your way of thinking. Things you have wanted to do you suddenly need to do. Sometimes those things are more important than finishing a bucket list. Things like making sure the person who tormented you and your sister is punished and the truth comes to life. Janie left Atlanta after her mother died and hasnt been back since. She ...more
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, state, 2014
Janie and Marlene have had a terrible childhood: when they were small in a bad car accident have lost their beloved father. Growing up have made force helping each other. The situation is worsened when her mother remarried with Ralph, a man who eventually had rescued the day of the accident. Their life becomes hell until the day when Ralph killed their mother. Janie decides to escape the city and not to become more alive with anyone, not even with her sister. She tried to build a better life and ...more
Just another reader
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a powerful tale that weaves an emotional story on a thriller - mystery premise. Janie, living a happy and blissful life in Savannah, is devastated to learn that she has a terminal illness, a malignanty tumour. Having been told that she has just 3 months to a year left to live, Janie decides to put the rest of her life to good use. She has an unshakeable purpose in mind - avenging her mother's death and
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you found out you had only 3 months to live, what would you do? Thats the question Janie Knox faces in this fast-paced mystery full of uncertainty and tension that will surprise you until the very last page.

The Clock Strikes Midnight is a thriller that is hard to put down once you start reading. Joan C. Curtis has written a wonderful mystery that will live on in my mind for a long time. She tackles some difficult subjects with a wonderful understanding of how trauma can affect a person's life
Julia Damatto
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A powerful thriller, full of mystery, with heartbreaking situations.
The author introduce us to a family with big secrets, you follow the story of two sisters who had a terrible childhood , the plot is full of twists and turns, once you start reading it there's no way to stop, a real page turner.
The characters are very realistic, the narrative is excellent, the amount of mystery made me bite my nails so hard, my fingers still hurts!!
Higly recommended for mystery book lovers!!

*I received a copy in
Patricia Gligor
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are many ways to create suspense in a novel. In "The Clock Strikes Midnight," Joan C. Curtis has effectively utilized the element of time.
The main character, Janie, has a terminal disease with only three months to live and she is determined to right the wrongs of her past before her time runs out. In order to do that, she leaves her happy home in Savannah, Georgia to go back to Atlanta, her childhood home. What she encounters there, will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Karen Ingalls
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A page turning book that is well edited and has an amazing storyline. I liked how the author weaved each character in and out, and moved to different time periods without confusing me. Marlena and her sister Janie grow up with an alcoholic mother who had so many opportunities to be a stable and happy woman. An untimely pregnancy and her inability to accept her fate led her to drinking. After he husband dies she marries a less than stellar man who is abusive to everyone in the family.
I will
Aanandita Maitra
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
An unusual suspense..........
Gripping, engrossing and compelling in it's course, Joan Curtis' The Clock Strikes Midnight, leaves a trail of plaintive regrets, unappeased thoughts, and unsated dreams, in a tale where the ashes of the past rise up to unsettle the present predicament.
A suspense story at it's heart, it possesses hair raising thrill, as well as a twisted storyline to carry it forward. Starting out through the character of Janie, the story later, diversifies it's chart, to leap into
Brian O'Hare
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly Written Tale of Lives Laid Bare

Having read the jacket blurb for The Clock Strikes Midnight, I anticipated something of a hard-bitten thriller. This was not quite my experience. That is not to say that the book is not a very enjoyable story. It is, and it is written by a writer who is both skilled and comfortable with her craft. That is evident from the first page.

While the book does have its thrilling moments, they come in the latter stages of the story. For the most part, this is a
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I gave this book 4.5 stars.

I don't remember ever reading a book quite like this one. It is the journey of a family, torn apart by betrayal and secrets. It has elements of romance, suspense, and mystery, but not so much so that you could easily categorize this book as any of those three.

Janie has been hiding family secrets for her entire adult life. Now, she is also hiding her own truth, that she is going to die. She seeks resolution of her past, to make things right before she leaves this
Rabid Readers Reviews
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
There is a feeling of the great southern author, Fannie Flagg, in The Clock Strikes Midnight. Janie is living in Savannah with her partner running a successful business when she gets terrible medical news. The clock is now ticking for her to finish business relating to her mothers murder and the recent release from prison of her stepfather, the man convicted of killing Janies mother. Janies sister, Marlene, stayed in Atlanta after the murder. She married and built friendships and tried very hard ...more
Tia J. Lee
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Clock Strikes Midnight by Joan C. Curtis is a heart-wrenching story of two sisters and how tragedy, betrayal and secrets tear their family apart.

The events and trauma of the past are overwhelming and to escape it, Janie runs away. Once she left the town, she never looks back. Instead, she starts a new life and in the process abandons her sister. Marlene stays in the same town and tries to make her life work. But, she has issues. The release of their stepfather from prison and a ticking time
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2015
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Janie and Marly had a happy childhood, that is, until the tragic car accident that took their father away from them. That's when their lives were forever changed.

Janie Knox spent most of her life running away from her past. But when her doctor diagnoses her with inoperable cancer, Janie drops everything and returns to her hometown of Atlanta to tie up loose ends. Her family is surprised to see her, she had left after her
Sara Townsend
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
When she finds out she has three months left to live, Janie Knox returns home, and faces the past she has spent so long running from, to try and put right some wrongs before it's too late.

As the story unfolds we learn more about Janie, and her sister Marlene, and the appalling past that has left them so damaged. The book is divided into three parts. The first part alternates between Janie's point of view and Marlene's, and reveals how damaged each of them actually is. The second part takes us
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A captivating read
When Jamie Knox is told that she has a terminal illness and doesnt have long to live, she knows she has to return to her home town of Atlanta to face her past and try to make things right.

The plot is made up out of three parts. The first and third parts are in the present and tell the story of Jamie and her sister Marlene. You get a good insight into both characters as the story is alternately told from Marlenes and Jamies point of view. This gives you a good idea how their
Rita Sheppard
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a poignant story of how alcohol ruins lives but it can be overcome.

Mystery surrounds the death of Marlenes and Janies mother, Eloise. Janie found her mothers body when she came home from school followed later by Marlene. Janie testified that her stepfather, Ralph Cooper, shot her mother although the gun was never found. Now Ralph has been released from prison and seeking to prove his innocence no matter what.

Janie has just learned that she is dying from cancer and decides to go back
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good mystery with fantastic cliff-hanger chapter endings. The action alternated between the sisters, so a chapter would end with a major cliff-hanger, then the next chapter would be about a different character and situation, keeping the reader engaged to find out what happened next.

There were some inconsistencies and questions. For example, one chapter was devoted to a flashback of the girls' mother when she was pregnant with the oldest daughter. She tried to get an abortion and
Matthew Peters
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Clock Strikes Midnight by Joan Curtis tells the story of Jamie Knox, a young woman with only three months to live, who sets out to right the wrongs of her traumatic childhood. When her stepfather is released from prison for killing her mother Jamie returns to her hometown of Atlanta, and reenters the lives of her sister, Marlene, and her Aunt Sarah. What follows is a race against time and an attempt to prevent the stepfather from clearing his name for the crime.

The Clock Strikes Midnight is
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
:It has been a few years since I have read any mystery books. It is also the first book from this author that I have read. It was an amazing book where the action started from the very first chapter. The entire time I was reading it, like any good mystery book, the author had me guessing as to who could be the serial murderer, and of course, they all have their quirks. No one has been raised perfectly, but I was always wondering who
Becky Willis
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading a fast paced mystery, suspenseful book is right up my alley. Joan C. Curtis is able to immerse you into the storyline and keep you wanting to read more. While dealing with the past of losing her mother at the hands of her step-father is the past that has had to live with. But what if she doesnt?

This story-line is one of the best mystery/suspenseful stories. I have read many, but this one made me want to route for Janie Knox from start to end. She has been dealt with a rough life but when
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Joan is an award winning writer who has published 7 books and numerous stories. THE CLOCK STRIKES MIDNIGHT won FIRST PLACE Royal Palm Literary Award, e-Murderer won the GOLD in the Global e-Book Awards for 2016. Murder on Moonshine Hill won the BRONZE for Reader's Favorite and the SILVER in the Global e-book Awards 2017.

Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all

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