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The Clock Strikes Midnight by [Curtis, Joan C.]
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Janie Knox wants nothing more than to live her life quietly in Savannah, Georgia and never return to her hometown of Atlanta. At age 17, a week after a jury convicted her stepfatherof killing her mother,she packed all her worldly possessions in a single duffle bag, hopped on a bus, and vowed never to return. But, when she learns that she’s got three months to live, she journeys back home to finish what she couldn’t do when she left--kill her stepfather.

As the clock ticks away, Janie’s uses the last days of her life to right the wrongs that have haunted her for 20 years. She faces more than she bargained for when she discovers her sister’s life in shambles. Meanwhile her stepfather, recently released from prison, blackmails the sisters and plots to extract millions from the state in retribution.

The Clock Strikes Midnight is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This is a story about unleashing the hidden truths that haunt a quiet Southern family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 359 pages
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  • Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (Nov. 25 2014)
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  • Language: English
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I just started this book a day ago. I am thrilled with it, a great mystery and suspenseful. I am not quite half done, and can hardly wait for the ending. Also, at this point I really have no idea what it could be. It will be a late night tonight!

This is a heart wrenching story about 2 sisters Jani and Marlene growing up and their tragic childhood. Circumstances cause them to go their own separate ways. Jani returns with a plan in mind as suddenly as she disappeared and nobody knows why she disappeared and now out of the blue she returns. You are kept on the edge with their existing problems now and learning about their past and how it affects their lives now. You don't find out until the last pages, any of the answers.

This book was amazing in keeping you turning the pages late into the night. Great for anyone wanting a mystery, that's heart warming with romance, and suspense to the end. Thanks Joan
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Janie ran away after the death of her mother, Eloise. Her Stepfather, Ralph Cooper, was in prison having been charged with her murder. Janie was seventeen. Life out on her own, even at that tender age, had to be better. The memories associated with her life in Atlanta were too burdensome. She’s now been away twenty years and has become a successful business woman in Savannah with fifteen salons. But she is sick. A cancerous tumor threatens to take her life in three to six months. She had to return to make things right. She packed – plans had already been made years ago — and left to return home and to her sister, Marlene (Marly). Ralph was now out of prison and living back in the same house; he has an agenda of his own.

Marly is the older sister and she’s not been without her own issues. But her running away was in the form of a bottle. She stayed drunk most of the time but kept declaring to her husband that she was not an alcoholic; she could quit anytime she wanted to. “I love you and I’m sorry” is the note she wrote and left for her husband with his suitcases in the foyer. She doesn’t want Peter to leave, but he’s tired of being her enabler.

This novel was very engaging. The reader could clearly see the character’s feelings through their actions. The ‘clock’ in the title is fitting as Janie is rapidly running out of time. Reading this can be compared to wandering through a heavy mist. You can see little of what’s really going on. Then, just like the sun dissipates the mist, each chapter moves the reader forward to a clearer understanding. Part II takes us back to Eloise’s past beginning with her senior year at Dexter High School in 1969. It’s here that we begin to understand far more about her two daughters, and gain insight into that climatic night when Eloise died. There were a few spelling errors but not enough to interfere with reading enjoyment. I rated the novel at 4.5 out of 5.
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HASH(0xa455f81c) out of 5 stars Great southern fiction.... Nov. 25 2014
By Rabid Readers Reviews - Published on
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There is a feeling of the great southern author, Fannie Flagg, in The Clock Strikes Midnight. Janie is living in Savannah with her partner running a successful business when she gets terrible medical news. The clock is now ticking for her to finish business relating to her mother’s murder and the recent release from prison of her stepfather, the man convicted of killing Janie’s mother. Janie’s sister, Marlene, stayed in Atlanta after the murder. She married and built friendships and tried very hard not to be the girl whose suffered such a painful and violent loss. The Clock Strikes Midnight is a complex story that transcends generations.

For much of the novel we know that Janie has a secret about her mother’s death. That perhaps she knew more than she ever told the court or her sister. Early on we learn what Marlene knew and never saw the need to say but Janie’s secret is more mysterious and is the driving force behind her return. Curtis’ writing plays well to maintaining the suspense of this long held secret. The smooth execution of the well-planned plot line never had me wishing she’d just get to the point. The sub-plot featuring Ralph Cooper, the husband jailed for murdering his wife, is well written.

The setting is very much the American South. This story could not take place anywhere else. When you live in the south and move somewhere else there is only one goal, to return one day. That Janie would find the people she needs so easier and that the people looking for her would find her, struck me as very authentic.

I really enjoyed The Clock Strikes Midnight by Joan C. Curtis. It’s a story of the love of children for a parent, loss, dealing with adversity and trying to rise above. It’s a story of how our past frames us and asks the question if we can change our future. The Clock Strikes Midnight is an American drama with a southern flare. If you like Fannie Flagg, Melissa Foster or Jodi Picoult, purchase this wonderful work of fiction today.
HASH(0xa455f870) out of 5 stars Fast Moving Mystery April 17 2016
By by MJ LaBeff - Published on
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Author Joan C. Curtis is a master at mystery. A suspicious cast of characters will keep you engaged as you try to figure out who murdered Eloise. The story is written in 3 parts, and Curtis is brilliant at revealing each character’s back story by saving the big reveals during parts 2 and 3, ratcheting up the suspense surrounding each. As if she didn’t already have me turning pages- by the time I entered part 2, I couldn’t read fast enough. I don’t want to spoil the story by discussing the characters. All I can say is: if you’re a mystery reader, The Clock Strikes Midnight will keep you guessing until the very end.
HASH(0xa455fb4c) out of 5 stars A captivating read March 9 2016
By Bookfan - Published on
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When Jamie Knox is told that she has a terminal illness and doesn’t have long to live, she knows she has to return to her home town of Atlanta to face her past and try to make things right.

The plot is made up out of three parts. The first and third parts are in the present and tell the story of Jamie and her sister Marlene. You get a good insight into both characters as the story is alternately told from Marlene’s and Jamie’s point of view. This gives you a good idea how their troubled and tragic childhood, living with an unhappy alcoholic mother and her subsequent murder at the hands of their stepfather, affected each of the girls differently and how those events still impact their lives today.

The second part of the book goes back in time to tell the story of the girls’ mother Eloise and the events that led to her becoming the unhappy person she was.

This is a highly emotional but also suspenseful story with some twists and turns as we discover the truth about the murder of Eloise. The characters are described in great detail which makes it easy to empathise with their tragic story. They deal with real issues such as loss, the need to find closure, love, regret, revenge but also secrecy, trust and betrayal. This made them true to life.

Overall this is a captivating read, hard to put down once you start. If you enjoy women’s fiction with a bit of mystery and suspense, you will like this book.

Review copy provide by Reading Alley in exchange for a honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb41fa084) out of 5 stars Janie and Marlene have had a terrible childhood: when they were small in a bad ... Dec 2 2014
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Janie and Marlene have had a terrible childhood: when they were small in a bad car accident have lost their beloved father. Growing up have made force helping each other. The situation is worsened when her mother remarried with Ralph, a man who eventually had rescued the day of the accident. Their life becomes hell until the day when Ralph killed their mother. Janie decides to escape the city and not to become more alive with anyone, not even with her sister. She tried to build a better life and succeeded both professionally and romantically. One day, however, turns out to be seriously ill and have a few months to live. Must realize revenge waiting for over twenty years, but can not do it without Marlene. Back in Atlanta and asks for her help. But even her sister is living a bad time: she was just left by her husband.
Marlene is really bitter with Janie, she felt abandoned. She had to face alone the chatter of the people after the death of their mother, was not even present at her wedding, she was all that remained of her family.
Alternating between past and present are revealed little by little the secrets surrounding this family.
I really liked the alternation of the story from the point of view of Janie and that of Marlene, (and also of their mother in the second part of the book): allows the reader to emphasize more with the main characters.
It 's a truly engaging thriller, full of suspense, to be read in one breath because once you start you can not leave it until the end.
I loved everything about this book: the gripping storyline, the characters very realistic and well characterized and especially the city where everything happens, Atlanta.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb41fa09c) out of 5 stars The Clock Strikes Midnight Nov. 25 2014
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Janie finds out she has a fast growing tumor. The doctor tells her she has anywhere from 3 months to a year at the most to live. Janie realizes that she has things to do that she has put off for to long. She heads back to her hometown and her sister, Marlene. Janie left Atlanta when she was seventeen years old and has not been back since after the murder of her mother. Her stepfather Ralph has just been released from prison for the murder. Janie finds Marlene has turned into their mother. She is an alcoholic and her life is falling down around her because of it. Ralph is harassing them to retract what they said in court so he can sue the state for retribution. Everyone seems to be hiding secrets and the secrets are coming out.
This was a page turner. I had a hard time putting this book down. All the characters were very well written. Joan Curtis would reveal just enough of a secret to keep you reading to find out more. Marlene's character could be so frustrating with her drinking problem even though she thought she did not have a problem. You wanted her to be a stronger person. Ralph was such a jerk. It was impossible to understand why their mother had married him. You never really knew what Janie's plan was through out the book. Just that she wanted Ralph to pay for what he had done to their family. You hoped that the sisters could forgive each other for the things they had done twenty years ago and understand why.
I would definitely read another book by Joan Curtis. I would recommend this book to any one who loves mystery books.