Dave’s Top Ten Books of 2015

Hi everyone,

Dave Hardy is the latest addition to Bibliophile Book Club as a guest poster whenever he has time! Yay! 😊

This evening, he is sharing with us, his top ten reads of the year, in no particular order I’m told!!! 😉

The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul Hardisty

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson


Prayer For The Dead by James Oswald

Dead Man Walking by Paul Finch

You Belong To Me by Samantha Hayes

Escape to Perdition by James Silvester


The Lie by C.L Taylor


Murder in Malmö by Torquil Macleod


How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst

The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto

The Girl With A Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson Mini Review


I’ve had this book on my shelf at home for ages and finally decided to read it last month! I tend not to read reviews on books I want to read as I’m wary of spoilers so I went into this only knowing what was written on the back cover!

Amazon.com describes the book as follows:

“Already optioned for film, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is Peter Swanson’s electrifying tale of romantic noir, with shades of Hitchcock and reminiscent of the classic movie Body Heat. It is the story of a man swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears.

On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss’s comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, a woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago.

Liana Dector isn’t just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn’t quite forget. She’s also a dangerous enigma and quite possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she’s back—and she needs George’s help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money . . . and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.

George knows Liana is trouble. But he can’t say no—he never could—so he makes a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal, and murder from which there is no sure escape.

Bold and masterful, full of malicious foreboding and subtle surprises, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is an addictive, nonstop thriller—an ever-tightening coil of suspense that grips you right up to its electrifying end.”

The above is a fairly accurate synopsis but I still felt a bit let down by the book while I was reading it! While there are a few twists and turns that may be deemed unexpected by some, I found that it just didn’t grab me in any way! There were a few predictable moments in it and very few genuine shockers.

Also, I found George to be a bit irritating as a character! Worse still was his behaviour in relation to this woman who has come back into his life! No questions asked, she says ‘jump’ and he says ‘how high?’ basically! I caught myself thinking more than once that he needed to man up!!!

Without giving anything away as regards how the book finishes, I was left expecting more! It’s quite an easy read but I doubt I’d be recommending to many people!