It was essentially the college-years section of the book. My agent was the one who suggested that it could be turned into a book. The whole process probably took about two and a half years. You are writing sonnets for all of Alfred Hitchcock's films.
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Is that project complete? All the sonnets are written, although a few them definitely need to be tweaked, or even re-written. What impact did Hitchcock's work have on your writing in The Girl? Out of his 53 films there are at least ten or so that I re-watch frequently so they just seep in. I was thinking about the difference between going to college now and going to college when I did, back in the s.
Nowadays, most teens have an established online identity. When you arrive as a freshman and meet someone new you probably run back to your room and look them up on facebook and find out everything about them. But in the olden days all these kids arrived in college, and they had a real opportunity to reinvent themselves. No one knew anything about anyone. That was the spark that led me to wondering how far a freshman year re-invention could go.
When you were writing did you have particular faces in mind, people you know, relatives, neighbors, actors? Usually, when I start writing a character, I picture what they look like, often using actors, but as I keep writing that connection seems to fade. Short blonde hair, glasses.
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart
I work at home in the morning, on my computer. I write words a day on whatever it is I happen to be working on. I write my words and then I quit.
In that case there are a lot of us who are incredibly productive. Thanks so much, Peter, for so generously offering your time. Best of luck with The Girl. I hope a lot of people get a chance to read it. Movies seen. View all 55 comments. Two of his books have been optioned for film, including this one. His newest book All the Beautiful Lies is due out April 3, I have the galley sitting on my Kindle and cannot wait to dive in!
Swanson tends to write very strong female characters into his tightly woven stories and this is no exception. In this case, we have a kind of bumbling, sleepy protagonist, George Foss, who somehow has to get himself out of a messy entanglement with his ex-college girlfriend. Liana Decter is no ordinary ex either. You might look at her as a black widow who changes her appearance and her identity whenever necessary and uses men for her own gain. Or is she really a misunderstood, hot date that our boy George has always dreamed about meeting again? George does, indeed, get caught in Liana's web of lies and it is so much fun trying to figure out this sticky story.
The even pacing of the mystery had me flipping the pages like fire. I've read some interviews with the author and he says that Hitchcock films are one of his great loves. You can really feel the Hitchcock vibe in this timeless story with a definite Swanson twist. Totally engrossing, I inhaled this book. As with all Swanson books, I adore the cleverly worded title. I literally was reading the end over and over I'm really not a fan of that kind of ending.
Curious, now? No more hints, you gotta check it out yourself! View all 19 comments. Jan 26, Holly B rated it liked it Shelves: favorite-author , a-bit-bored-with-it , psychological-thriller , read-in I did enjoy this one, just not as much as his others that I've read 3. I love the way Swanson writes suspense and have read all his novels except Her Every Fear, which I plan on reading.
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I was invested enough to finish, but the story became a bit too bogged down with the past story of Liana. I felt it slowed the pace and wasn't holding my interest. I wanted to now what was happening NOW. Be sure to check out the author's newest book, Before She Knew Him. It was a five star for me! View all 27 comments.
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May 30, Debbie "DJ" rated it liked it Shelves: thriller-mystery , fiction. I'm sure fans of mysteries will really like this one.
I think I'm getting an education on mysteries vs. I've discovered I prefer the latter, so for me, I was happy to finish this one. I will say the plot was a good one, and the characters were well drawn out. Overall, though, it felt too drawn out, as characters were described right down to the clothes they wore. Also, the story was told to me, instead of giving clues for me to figure out. I suppose that is what a I'm sure fans of mysteries will really like this one.
I suppose that is what a mystery does though. It is an engaging read, but I found the ending to be somewhat lacking. Mystery fans View all 20 comments. Aug 16, Christine rated it liked it Shelves: new-authors. Peter Swanson's The Girl with a Clock for a Heart grabbed me right away because of the cool title and the fascinating blurb. When it came up for a group read in one of my Goodreads groups, I happily jumped it ahead of others on my to-read list.
It took me a few chapters to get into the book, as I wasn't initially connecting with the protagonist, George. He seemed rather phlegmatic and downright boring.
I guess that was because that is how George felt until things started to click. It soon Peter Swanson's The Girl with a Clock for a Heart grabbed me right away because of the cool title and the fascinating blurb. It soon became clear that George was really a decent soul who bit off more than he bargained for. It was imperative that I liked George as there were not a lot of likeable characters in this novel.
His friend Irene and Roberta James, who was a woman detective, were also appealing, but they were minor role players. I never connected with Liana, but maybe the reader wasn't supposed to, I'm not sure. Once the story got going, I was really enjoying it.
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
I couldn't wait till it was time to read. I was engaged by the author's strong character study of George, and there were some good creepouts along the way. As things built to a crescendo in the second half of the book, I kept reading just one more chapter, one more chapter, one more chapter. In the last 2 chapters, however, the story fell apart for me.
I ended up being really disappointed. I do not want to ruin this for anyone so will leave it at that. The reviews are all over the place on this book, and many readers really loved it. For that reason, I encourage people to read it for themselves if they find the blurb enticing. Would I read another book by Mr. I would consider it as I was very entertained by the "meat" of the book.
Because of that, I struggled between 2 and 3 stars.
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