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The Thirteenth Chime

(Sense of Truth #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  380 ratings  ·  66 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
Paperback, 238 pages
Published August 13th 2010 by Bokheim Publishing (first published August 10th 2010)
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Aug 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ghosts, supernatural, lulz
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
Jul 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
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 (storybookend)
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
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Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Cathy  Keaton
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
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Pixie/PageTurners Blog(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
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Kaitlyn Francis
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, own, favorites
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
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
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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!
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I have to admit, the cover is what really got me into checking this book and also the title. But I liked the story, it was original and really nice but I think the pacing was really slow. The book started really well, I was hooked in the story and I was excited to find out more. It was kind of creepy but it lacks more scare factor. Well, what can you say? Another way to write a creepy story is to add some antique stuffs like the grandfather clock but don't you ever forget to add an odd house whi ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Destiny meets up with friend Steph for a relaxing vacation by the sea. Unfortunately, on their first night Steph and Steph's mom, Leslie, get attacked. Instead of contacting her fiance, Scott, for help, Destiny call's her ex, David, who is always good at solving problems. The police think it's a normal break-in but Destiny knows otherwise.

She witnessed some sort of presence come out of an antique grandfather clock and assault the women. While she's worried she sounds crazy, David is open to the
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
Sam at A Journey Through Pages
Review from A Journey Through Pages

The Thirteenth Chime is the first of a series involving the idea of "imprinting" in the supernatural, haunted house, ghostly way. The focus of this story is very intriguing. The thought of a grandfather clock that might just be haunted, and in a very dangerous way, is scary and made me wonder. The back story and history of both the building and clock were very well done as well, and I liked how the information was released intermittedly.

On the other hand, thoug
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
This is another book that I'm torn about how I feel about it. I really liked the idea behind it and I liked how the mystery of the clock was tied up but I wasn't invested in the story until David started uncovering answers and things turned sort of macabre. What can I say? I like creepy, bloody, dangerous things.

As far as the characters go (and I'm going to be a bit vague so I don't spoil anyone), I was expecting more of a connection between David and Destiny. They're relationship is complicated
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewd, horror
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
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts, mystery
This is a creepy, spooky story centring on ex-couple – Destiny and David. Destiny calls David to help explain what she saw the night that her friend and mother were attacked. Although they haven’t spoken in over a year, David is the first one Destiny thinks about calling – even more so than her own fiancé. There are two elements to the story – the vestige of the relationship between the two and the mystery surrounding the house and what happened that night. I really liked David – he was heroic a ...more
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
"The Thirteenth Chime" is the first book in the exciting new Sense of Truth series. After reading the summary and looking at the gorgeous cover, I had to research the book further. I quickly learned that the ratings and thoughts on the book were split 50/50. Some reviewers loved it while others not so much. I knew that I had to see what I thought about it for myself.

It starts off with a freakish attack in the night, a weird green light, and an enormous old clock. From there, it only gets increas
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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