Review | What The Clocks Know by Rumer Haven (@RumerHaven)

20 March 2016


Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing
Pages: 264

Twenty-six-year-old Margot sets out on a journey of self-discovery – she dumps her New York boyfriend, quits her Chicago job, and crashes at her friend’s flat in London.

Rather than find herself, though, she only feels more lost. An unsettling energy affects her from the moment she enters the old Victorian residence, and she spirals into depression. Frightened and questioning her perceptions, she gradually suspects her dark emotions belong to Charlotte instead.

Who is Charlotte? The name on a local gravestone could relate to Margot’s dreams and the grey woman weeping at the window.

Finding a ghost isn't what she had in mind when she went ‘soul searching’, but somehow Margot's future may depend on Charlotte's past.

Woven between 21st century and Victorian London, What the Clocks Know is a haunting story of love and identity.

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know that I am a big fan of Rumer's books. Her debut, Seven for a Secret is listed on my favourite books page and I really enjoy her writing so it was a no-brainer when she got in contact and asked if I would be interested in reading her newest release. 

I don't know how Rumer does it but she has such a way with words and descriptions and melding the past with the present and visa versa. When the book first open, we meet Margot, a young American in a volatile relationship who decides to take a massive leap into the unknown and relocate to London to stay with a friend. She ends her relationship, packs her bags and heads across the pond but before she does her and her friends sit down and play with an Ouija board and therein begins the mystery...

After that point, Margot has a riddle to solve and everything proceeds from there. I loved the mystical element of this book as well as the paranormal. You couldn't get a book more up my street if you tried! 

I knew as soon as I read the Ouija scene I knew that it was all change from there and I think Margot did too, deep down. Once she has moved and settled in she starts to sense and see things in the flat she is living in with her friend Rand. I loved the way Rumer wrote these scenes. You really feel what Margot is going through and you see it too. I had a perfect representation of the space in my mind, I just had to close my eyes and I could see it all.

While we see Margot's life in the modern day, we also see the life of the person who Margot is connected to in the past. I loved the scenes set in the past, in the house that now houses the flat that Margot lives in and my favourite one was at the end when everything came together and we finally saw the story for what it was and how everything was connected to Margot. It was beautifully written and really gave the perfect closure for the book.

Rumer does what she does best in this book: telling the stories of two timeframes in an utterly perfect way and I really can't wait to see what she writes next but I know one thing for sure: I will be reading it. 

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