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What the Clocks Know

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Suffering a quarter-life crisis, 26-year-old Margot sets out on a journey of self-discovery—she dumps her Boston boyfriend, quits her Chicago job, and crosses the ocean to crash at her friend’s London flat.

Rather than find herself, though, she only feels more lost. An unsettling energy affects her from the moment she enters the old Victorian residence, and she spirals into
Paperback, Second Edition, 318 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Fallen Monkey Press (first published June 6th 2016)
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Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Similar to Rumer's debut novel, What the Clocks Know features two time periods. In this book, the reader is submerged into both the 19th Century and the present day. Moving back and forth between contemporary times and the distant past can be a tricky task for an author, but this is one of Rumer's real strengths. She is able to provide a distinctive voice to each era, allowing the characters to act and react appropriately to the circumstances of the world in which they reside.

Just in case you fi
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Margot is visiting her boyfriend, whom she lives with in Chicago and who is working in New York, she realizes he has no intentions of ever making their relationship more permanent so she ends the relationship and returns to Chicago where she promptly quits her job and makes arrangements to move to London where she will live with a friend hoping to start a new life. When she arrives at the London flat she swears she sees a woman in the window crying and then the story begins. The flat is an ...more
Shani Struthers
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story as beautiful as it is haunting - weaving between modern London and Victorian London as two souls (or is it the same soul?) connect again through the ages. Margot moves to London from America to do some 'soul searching' after breaking-up with her boyfriend, Rand, but that soul searching takes on a whole new meaning as another life reveals itself bit by haunting bit to her, causing her to think at first that she has declined into madness. What the Clocks Know is superbly written, it's almo ...more
This story has many great points. The characters are really well-developed and they effortlessly lead the plot throughout, and I love the fact that the narrative switched from Victorian London in the 19th Century to London in the 21st Century as it really added to the overall effect. I also enjoyed the small excerpts of poetry dotted throughout the novel as they helped to build up the sense of mystery surrounding Margot and Charlotte.

While the concept of the book is extremely interesting, there
Katie Warburton
I received this book as an ARC from THE Book Club on Facebook (TBC). While I enjoyed reading this book, I did find it hard going at times, it didn't grab me and on occasion I had to make myself pick it up. The story flowed quite well, and the characters were interesting, the story splitting into two time periods was an interesting factor too.
Tracie Delaney
I was gifted a copy of this book by THE Book Club (TBC) on Facebook in exchange for an honest review.

When twenty-six year old Margo becomes disenchanted with her life in Chicago, not to mention with her boyfriend as well, she decides to travel to London on a student visa. She crashes at a friend's flat, Rand, who she used to work with and begins her college classes where she meets Chloe, a French student who seems more than a little odd at first, but who Margot soon warms to.

But all too soon, Ma
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What the Clocks Know

First of all, I loved the title and the cover of this book. This is a character-driven novel with each of the characters feeling fully realised and very human with all their faults. The setting was wonderfully realised. The alternative narrative was exciting and provided the main suspense to fuel the narrative.

Of the characters, I liked the London flatmate a lot. I also liked his largely-absent and clearly very understanding girlfriend. None of the setting or the peripheral
Luanne Bennett
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give the book three and a half stars. It deserved more than three, though, so four stars it is. Rumer Haven is a talented writer who is perfectly capable of beautiful words. For that reason alone I enjoyed the book.

The problem I found with the book was that the “ghost” element seemed secondary to the overall story. Margot is a young woman who moves to London after a difficult breakup with her boyfriend back in the US. She moves into the haunted flat of a friend, but for me the hau
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am always up for a good paranormal romance. What the Clock Knows was a really well written paranormal romance. The main character, Margot, decides she needs a fresh start after a break up with her boyfriend. She leaves Chicago and heads to London where she plans to get away from life for awhile at the flat of a friend/mentor. Little does she realize her life is about to go from mildly complicated to strange and possibly maddening. Rumer Haven has a beautiful writing style that instantly captiv ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Thank you to TBC and the publisher who gave me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Interwoven between two timelines, 'What the Clocks Know' is a beautifully written and haunting paranormal story that moves seamlessly between Victorian London and the present day. Although the majority of the action does take place in 21st century London, the connection between Margot, 19th century Charlotte and the atmospheric Victorian era is palpable.

The story has twists and turns that keep you
Natasha du Plessis
This is the first book by Rumer Haven that I have read.

This book was 'n slow starter for me. Margot descends in some kind of depression after her arrival in London. I expected a bit more of this book after reading the blurb although the book did pick up some speed at around 55% it did not do so well for me. For me not a lot of attention was given to the 19th century characters and at times I struggled to grasp the story, it was maybe a bit to dark for me.

Even though this was not what I expected
D. Messing
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***** I received this ARC for free from TBC on FB in return for an honest review *****

This was a very thought provoking, intriguing novel. I decided to give it four stars because nothing of any note actually happened until the very end of the book. It was intensely written, beautifully detailed, and the historical details were very good. I will admit to reading the entire story in just three sessions over a couple of days, just wondering what else was going to happen. Though slow to get moving,
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What the Clocks know is a story of love lost and love found. The story is set between Margot in modern day London and Charlotte in the 19th century. Margot leaves the life she knows in America and ends up crashing at a friend's house in London. Upon arrival things begin to get a bit strange and mentally she begins to decline...but there is a chance there is more than her mental health at risk.

A gentle love story with ghostly happenings; not my usual read as I prefer more gore and scares but I wo
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set over two time periods, the present day and the 19th century, I thought this book might be a little hard to follow, but I have to say that the author switched seamlessly between the two and it flowed really well with everything gradually starting to fit into place and make sense as the story went on.

Beautifully written with great attention to detail, I really enjoyed this somewhat haunting paranormal love story that kept me turning the pages.

My thanks to TBC for an ARC of this book in return
Katrina Bowlin-MacKenzie
I was gifted a copy of this book by THE Book Club (TBC) on Facebook in exchange for an honest review

The characters were all well formed and the book was well written, that said, I found the book difficult to get into and to follow. I just kept putting it down.
Simon Leonard
the idea was very interesting where it switches between the current and past and it is very well written but at times I struggled with it and it didn't really hold my attention all the way through but it was worth reading to the end and I enjoyed the characters and the mystery of it all.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can read my full review here. ...more
** I received a copy of this book from Netgally and Crooked Cat Publishing in exchange for an honest review**

Warnings about this book: Alcoholism, non-explicit sexual content, men in relationships flirting with single women, single women flirting with men in relationships, stalker jokes, xenophobic stereotypes, Romani stereotypes, fatphobia, the g-slur (used in place of Romani), the main character pees on the floor at a point

Overall Feelings: I thought I could push past this book, but I honestly

Karen Eisenbrey
I won this book in a drawing, which probably predisposed me to like it even though I was unfamiliar with the author and didn't know what to expect. This is a book that resists categorization; for me, this works in its favor. Romance is handled realistically and doesn't take over the story. Physical or psychological explanations could explain all the supernatural aspects of the plot. Above all, the writing is excellent, creating a moody, haunted atmosphere without laying it on too thick.

Main char
Jeremy Reppy
This was a decent read. The author has created enjoyable characters with depth. The book starts out a little slow, but the book is full of twists and mysteries that keep the reader engaged. The plot line of having people from different centuries interconnected was creative and the author did a good job of slowly unraveling the mystery.

Unfortunately, this book was not really for me. While I think the book is well written and there are books with paranormal themes that I have enjoyed, this one wa
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
I enjoyed this unique novel- a pairing of history, realistic fiction, and a ghost story. I can honestly say that I have never read anything quite like it before. Overall, I liked this book- the story development was unique, characters were well written, and there was a good amount of suspense & romance. I also liked the inclusion of other literary works throughout the book as well. I struggled a bit early to get into the novel, but once I got past page 100 or so it was hard for me to put down (I ...more
Cyrene Olson
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uncaged Review: Set in present time and crossing over to19th century Victorian time, we meet Margot who is fleeing from America to London after a split with her boyfriend James. Staying at her friend Rand’s London Victorian resident she begins to encounter strange ghostly visions.
This is a story filled with love, betrayal and the dabbling of spirit boards.
This is my first read by Rumer Haven and I found myself caught up with Margot’s story and 19th century Victorian London. Reviewed by Jennifer
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The nuanced lesbian interest did not appeal at all.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margot is changing her life: she's dumped her boyfriend, quit her job, and has moved to London in search of herself, unsure of what her next move should be.

This question is answered for her as the old house settles in around her (or, does she settle into it?) and brings with it strange dreams, other lives, and a ghostly possibility.

It's not unusual to find a ghost story couched in the broader tale of a lifestyle change; but what brings What the Clocks Know to real spooky life is its ability to
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Mysterious Orbs! Strange shadows! Gruesome dreams! Ghastly ghosts! Margot experiences all these and more on her journey. She takes a hiatus from Chicago, and her ex-boyfriend. The plan is to spend summertime in London with her friend Rand, at his Victorian flat. While in London, Margot becomes unbalanced. The vivid crazy dreams she begins having become debilitating. Then shadows, stalkers, and orbs become part of her daily scenario. Was something or someone attached to Margot, and making her act ...more
Haunting and a bit dark

After the recent emotional break up with her boyfriend, Margot needs a break. She decides to trade in her familiar life in Chicago for a summer in unfamiliar London. Margot hopes that her time away from home will help her clear her mind and get her life back in order. What she never expected was to feel more confused and lost than ever before. As soon as she arrives at Rand’s place, her colleague’s apartment in an old Victorian building, her life slowly starts to spin out
Vera Lanhydrock
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty-something Margot leaves Chicago, family and friends for London to join a summer course and moves in with her friend Rand, once her mentor in Chicago. Just before she heads to Jolly Old Britain she and her friends find her long forgotten Ouija board. At that evening they are not aware of opening doors to a world they can’t fathom. Arriving in London, for Margot things change. She gets lost. Struggling with her emotions, she starts to dream. Weird dreams in which she seems to live another p ...more
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After splitting up with her boyfriend, Margot decides to start over. She leaves the USA to attend university in London. Moving in with a friend seems to be a good solution. But soon she feels lost in this new and vibrating town. Instead of going to school, she remains more and more at home and gets more isolated from day to day. When she starts feeling the presence of a ghost and strange things happen to her, she slowly starts to question her own sanity – and her friends become aware of her deve ...more
S.J. Francis
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Seven for a Secret by Rumer Haven, I couldn’t wait read her next work. When I saw this one available for review at Reading Alley, I immediately requested it. What the Clock Knows begin a bit slowly, but speeds up quickly and holds a steady pace until the ending. Two from told different timelines, the 21st Century and alternating in 19th Century London could be confusing and disorienting if told by another author. Haven makes the transition smoothly. Being a long-time Anglophile an ...more
Nicki Elson
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cover and title do an excellent job of conveying the emotion and mystery of this novel. As thought provoking as it is entertaining.

This starts out as the realistic tale of a woman at a crossroads - and wonderfully depicts the confusion, insecurity & doubt that goes along with it. Bit by bit we see that there's more going on here than your typical life transition. The author creates some truly eerie scenes that'll have you supernatural senses pricking.

I'm amazed at the richness of the Victo
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Rumer Haven is probably the most social recluse you could ever meet. When she’s not babbling her fool head off among friends and family, she’s pacified with a good story that she’s reading, writing, or revising—or binge-watching Buffy. A writer/editor hailing from Chicago, she presently lives in London with her husband and probably a ghost or two. Rumer has always had a penchant for the past and p ...more

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