The Clock Strikes Midnight Book #Review and. #Giveaway

The Clock Strikes Midnight is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This is a story about hate, love, betrayal and forgiveness.
If you found out you had only 3 months to live, what would you do? That’s the question Janie Knox faces in this fast-paced mystery full of uncertainty and tension that will surprise you until the very last page.
Hiding behind the façade of a normal life, Janie keeps her family secrets tucked inside a broken heart. Everything changes on the day she learns she’s going to die. With the clock ticking and her time running out, she rushes to finish what she couldn’t do when she was 17—destroy her mother’s killer. But she can’t do it alone.
Janie returns to her childhood home to elicit help from her sister. She faces more than she bargained for when she discovers her sister’s life in shambles. Meanwhile her mother’s convicted killer, her stepfather, recently released from prison, blackmails the sisters and plots to extract millions from the state in retribution. New revelations challenge Janie’s resolve, but she refuses to allow either time or her enemies to her stop her from uncovering the truth she’s held captive for over 20 years.
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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Janie and Marly had a happy childhood, that is, until the tragic car accident that took their father away from them.  That's when their lives were forever changed.
Janie Knox spent most of her life running away from her past.  But when her doctor diagnoses her with inoperable cancer, Janie drops everything and returns to her hometown of Atlanta to tie up loose ends.  Her family is surprised to see her, she had left after her stepfather was convicted of murdering her mother, planning never to return.  She had basically abandoned her sister and never kept in touch.
When she arrives in Atlanta, she reaches out to her sister.  Not only is she not greeted warmly by Marly, but Janie can see that she's clearly drunk.  Marly tells her that their stepfather was released from prison two weeks earlier and he's been harassing her for information on the night of the murder.  The night she still doesn't remember anything about.  The part that upsets them both the most is that Ralph has taken up residence in the old house; their dead mother's home.
As Janie keeps her illness secret, she sticks to her plan to put things in order; she also becomes determined to exact revenge on the man she feels responsible for her mother's demise.
As The Clock Strikes Midnight is a gripping suspense novel that has you at the edge of your seat the entire time.  My heart broke for both Marly and Janie as the story of their past began to unfold.  Some of it hit home and i found myself tearing up a bit.  Madly and Janie could easily be a friend or even a neighbor, this was a story about family secrets and how they can destroy us.
About the Author:

Award-winning author Joan C. Curtis will release her first mystery, The Clock Strikes Midnight on November 25, 2014. She has also authored four business books published by Praeger Press numerous stories.
Her first place writing awards include: Best mystery manuscript in the Malice Domestic Grants competition, best proposal for a nonfiction piece in the Harriette Austin competition, and best story, Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar in the Cassell Network of Freelance Writer’s Association.
Other Books:
Hire Smart and Keep ‘Em: How to Interview Strategically Using POINT, Praeger Press, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA 2012.
The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media, Praeger Press, 2010, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA
Managing Sticky Situations at Work: Communication Secrets for Success in the Workplace, 2009, Praeger Press, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA.
Strategic Interviewing: Skills for Savvy Executives, 2000 published by Quorum Books, Greenwood Press.
Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, memoir and nonfiction. Joan says, The Clock Strikes Midnight is exactly the kind of book she loves to read.
“I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman’s point of view. Characters drive my writing and my reading.”
Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the southern traditions with the eye of a northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Georgia.
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