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The Thirteenth Chime (A Sense of Truth) Paperback – August 5, 2010
About the Author
Emma Michaels has shared her love of books through blogging since 2009 and in 2010 made the change from being the one writing about other authors, to being one of them. With her debut novel, The Thirteenth Chime, she hopes to be able to reach out to other bloggers who strive to become published authors and to let them know that it is possible. She had the goal of one day making it to the top 100 New York Times Bestsellers List and firmly believes that anything is possible if we all work together to make it happen. Living with her small Chihuahua and her fiancé on an island off the coast of Washington State, she hopes to be able to help others through her writing, the way that reading helped her. Contact Information To see Emma Michaels book reviews and more visit: EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com EmmaMichaels.com TheThirteenthChime.com http://m.wbx.me/mobile-site-emichaels Emma@EmmaMichaels.com Look for more books by Emma Michaels coming soon!
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Top Customer Reviews
The book centers mainly around Destiny and David so you get to see both of their point of views which I love. I think multiple points of view always add depth to the story since you get multiple angels. Anyway, Destiny and David dated for 4 years, but an accident shook both of them up and when David asked Destiny to marry him she said no. A week later, she met Scott who asked her to marry him 6 months in and she said yes. I don't know about you, but I still think there are some unresolved issues there that Destiny needs to deal with before she can marry this new guy. I also happen to really like David and wish that something would spark again between him and Destiny, but we don't really get to see Scott that much so maybe I am not giving the guy a fair shot. Not so sure, but I will be interested to see if that comes up later down the line. On the same note, Stephanie, Destiny's friend, starts to develop a little crush on David and I for one do not like it. I guess I am one of those people who thinks you don't date your friends ex's no matter what, but that is just me. I think this also might come up later down the line but we will have to wait and see.
The mystery in this story revolves around a grandfather clock that is in an old Victorian style house. This cryptic clock only works some of the time and has a tendency to chime thirteen times when there is about to be trouble. On a side note, I have a grandfather clock in my house and I find myself listening very carefully when it goes off now because I am worried I am going to hear that thirteenth chime. I don't even want to look up at that clock, I am actually thinking about silencing it :) I know it is just a story, but I really got into this one, so it is kinda staying with me. I think that is a sign of good writing though, Emma has me all freaked out about the object that causes so much mayhem in her book.
I would classify this book as a mystery, but there are definitely some paranormal elements in there. There are no vamps or fey or anything like that running around, but that does not mean it is not obscure and that is what I like about it. I also like that there is no fluff! Thank you Emma for writing a great story and not putting in any of the nonsense. The book is 240 pages, but you are always moving forward and getting new pieces to the puzzle which kept me very interested. The Thirteenth Chime is a mystifying read that will captivate you so quickly you won't even realize it has happened. If you have not read it put it in your "to be read" pile! I know I loved this book!
Destiny, like most of the characters in this book was a little flat for me. But I don't think she is the real protagonist, David is. The story really revolves around David, who is dynamic and the perfect example of what every character in this book should have been. I just hope to see more development in the future books. I am totally team Scott, by the way. I want Stephanie to end up with David.
One thing that makes this book so cool is that it is written by a book blogger. My new inspiration, Emma Michaels definitely knows how to write a book. The writing was fast paced and never gave you a breather. You had to know what creepy thing would happen next. The dialogue, however doesn't seem very natural. The things they say don't sound like things people would actually say in real life. I can't wait to see where she goes in the future Sense of Truth novels, as I am sure they will be even more amazing than this one.
This book definitely knows how to be scary. I read it late at night and was terrified to get out of bed when I finished, as I felt like something was going to grab me and pull me under. Yes, this book reduced me to a terrified little baby. If you decide to read The Thirteenth Chime, which you should, definitely don't go looking for a light read because The Thirteenth Chime is definitely not light, it is dark, very very dark.
I can't get across enough the fact that you need to read this book for it's cast of characters that take a backseat to the creepy plot, great writing, and terrifying story. Did I mention this book is scary yet? No, well it definitely is. But that doesn't take away from the fact that this book, the first book I have ever read in one sitting, is one that I will soon be recommending to everyone I know and everyone I don't. Friday the Thirteenth is a day you should remember because after reading The Thirteenth Chime, it is a day that you will never forget.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little elementary in its dialogue and plot.