This is not an easy book to read. There are a lot of disturbing passages describing violence upon women. It’s not that Ms. Orford is subjecting you to extremely graphic descriptions, it is more that the characters so easily slough off the events as though they are commonplace, everyday occurrences. This is what is so disturbing. The matter-of-fact way that violence to women is portrayed tended to upset me and then I had to put the book down for a bit. The whole gritty portrayal of South Africa was hard to take. It felt quite real, but not a reality that I wanted to have to live in.
I realize that South Africa is not the United States, and that there is a whole different cultural attitude towards the role of women in many areas of Africa, Ms. Orford exposes those abuses. She shows the casual attitude that some criminal elements have towards human trafficking and kidnapping. This book punches you in the face, and says “Wake Up”. There are a lot of abuses that need to be exposed, and changes that need to happen.
This was a well written book. Sometimes the South African words, or style of writing, or something mentioned confused me, but I usually was able to get the idea of what was meant. I would like to read more in this series, — just not right away. I give Like Clockwork 4 Stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up. This is a dark story and may be disturbing, but it is worth reading.
I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.
Release date: April 22, 2014
When a beautiful young woman is found murdered on Cape Town’s Sea Point promenade, journalist and part-time police profiler Dr. Clare Hart is drawn into the web of a brutal serial killer. As more bodies are discovered, Clare is forced to revisit the brutal rape of her twin sister and the gang ties that bind Cape Town’s dark crime rings. Is her investigation into human trafficking linked to the murders, or is the killer just playing a sick game with her?
Like Clockwork is a dark and compelling crime story that will thrill fans of Deon Meyer and Tess Gerritsen.
File Size: 417 KB
Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Witness Impulse (April 22, 2014)
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
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Lending: Not Enabled
About the Author
Crime novelist, who is already an award-winning journalist and film director, and author of children’s fiction, non-fiction and school text books. Born in London, she grew up in Namibia and South Africa. While at the University of Cape Town she wrote for Varsity and was detained during the State of Emergency in 1985. She wrote her final exams in prison. After traveling widely, she studied under J M Coetzee, and worked in publishing in the newly-independent Namibia, where she became involved in training through the African Publishers Network. In 1999 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and while in New York she worked on a groundbreaking archival retrieval project, WOMEN WRITING AFRICA: The Southern Volume. Her latest non-fiction project Fabulously 40 and Beyond: Women Coming Into their Own (Spearhead/NAB, 2006). She lives in Cape Town.
The book description is from Amazon. Like Clockwork: A Clare Hart Mystery (Dr. Clare Hart)