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Preview — What the Clocks Know by Rumer Haven
What the Clocks Know
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 ...more
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While the concept of the book is extremely interesting, there ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
A gentle love story with ghostly happenings; not my usual read as I prefer more gore and scares but I wo ...more
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 ...more
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.
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...more
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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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more