The Thirteen Chime by Emma Michaels

This is a book I heard about on twitter and purchased a few years ago. But I didn't read it till a couple months ago (review is a bit late compared to when I finished it).

About the book: Hatred never dies...

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 hospital.

Alone, and without any help from the police, Destiny has no choice but to turn to the one man she had left behind a year ago - her ex-boyfriend, David. Together, they must solve the riddle of the thirteenth chime before the clock strikes thirteen again. Yet as they face their own past and hearts, a trap over half a century old is waiting for them to become its prey.

For revenge, fifty years is never too long...

The Thirteenth Chime (A Sense of Truth)

There are some books you know from the beginning sort of what to expect because it's similar to other types of books you've read before. This one wasn't one of those for me. I liked the title and thought I'd give it a read, not really knowing what the story would entail when I opened the pages. Overall, it was a good read. The story had very interesting twists and the plot kept me going. I wanted to find out what happened in the house with the clock when it chimed thirteen.

Character wise... I have a few things both good and not so good to mention. This is one of those times where advice I have given other amateur writers looks questionable because to me this book did something often said as a no-no. This book had a bit of head hopping in it. The main two points of view are Destiny and David. Most of the time there is a pause or a chapter change for the differing viewpoints. However, that isn't always the case. Some of the chapters jump in viewpoint between Destiny, David and the friend Stephanie. And speaking of point of view and character... I have to admit that while the story started focusing on Destiny, I was glad when David came into the picture and focus. I liked him a whole lot more.

At first I had trouble getting into the story. Something about Destiny annoyed me a little. But the more I read, the more I became interested in the story. David's viewpoint helped a lot though I felt really bad for him at the end (won't say anything more though cause you'd have to read the book to understand why).

Those interested in supernatural stories with a little bit of a strange mystery to solve who don't mind a little head hop every now and then will enjoy this book. It's decently written, has a good plot and some interesting characters and the twists will come as enough of a surprise without coming off as too out of left field. Check it out.

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