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Stop the Clock

Stop the Clock [Kindle Edition]

Alison Mercer
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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"A lovely absorbing read, so evocative of student life. Alison Mercer really captures the passion of falling in love for the first time." (Alice Peterson on After I Left You)

"Alison Mercer has expertly spun an engrossing story about love, secrets and second chances." (Tamar Cohen, author of The Mistress's Revenge)

"Effortlessly readable and sharply realistic, this is grown-up chick-lit at its very best." (Closer)

"Funny and moving, this is a fab debut from Alison Mercer." (new!)

"Mercer has a satirical eye which she puts to good effect in describing such cornerstones of middle-class life as private antenatal classes and bitchy newspaper columnists. A funny, promising debut." (Daily Mail)

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A sharp, amusing and brilliantly observed novel about women’s lives and friendships, this is a fantastic debut from a talent who’s one to watch.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (16 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552778184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552778183
  • ASIN: B008NA5ZMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Alison Mercer lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, the poet Ian Pindar, and their two children. Their son was diagnosed with autism in 2011, about a month after she landed her first book deal.
Alison was born in Reading in 1973 and first tried writing a novel at primary school. She went on to study English at University College, Oxford and did a diploma in journalism at Cardiff University. She worked as a reporter at The Stage and was a features writer at the WI magazine, where she witnessed the birth of the nude calendar phenomenon.
She began work on her first published novel, Stop the Clock, after starting a family, and wrote the first draft in monthly instalments for a fellow working mother. Alison's new novel, After I Left You, was inspired by 90s nostalgia, going back to the place she lived in when she was younger and never quite having outgrown her inner twentysomething.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop the Clock to read this! 22 Sep 2012
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Three friends, Lucy, Tina and Natalie have been close for years, and one New Years Eve share their life plans with each other - their hopes, dreams and ambitions for the future, and hope that they will all get exactly what they want and need. Fast forward ten years, and things are very different from how they were a decade ago, but have each of the women got what they crave? Lucy craves stability and a happy home and family life, Tina wants success in her career and to be an independent woman and Natalie just wants to meet Mr Right and settle down and live a happy life with the one she loves. Will any of the women have got their happy ever after ending?

I really liked the way this book was written. Mercer makes sure to divide the story equally between the three women, and weaves them together in such a way that they stand alone as their own stories, but at the same time relies on the friendship of the women to bring it all back together again and be a cohesive story. We meet the women when they are in their twenties, and all hopeful for what life has ahead of them. When we meet them later, things have greatly changed in different ways, and so has the women's friendship too, a fact which felt realistic as of course no matter how close we are at one point in our lives, things change as we all move in our lives in different directions, and this part of the book felt extremely well put together.

I liked each of the characters for different reasons, and the strength each of them found to overcome the various obstacles within their stories - I'm not going to reveal a lot about what happens to them because I think it's more fun to read about the things happening as you go through the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good chic novel 23 Jun 2013
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love this book. was a lovely story that kept me gripped throughout. i found the 3 different women strory line really intresting
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Stop the Clock begins with a prologue. It's New Year's Eve 1999 and we find out about Lucy, Tina and Natalie's dreams/ambitions.

Ten years later it's Spring 2009. We begin with Lucy, who is meeting Tina and Natalie and feeling faded and worried that she's not as glamorous as her two friends. It is Tina's column on The Post that causes friction and Lucy returns home sooner than planned. At home she finds something that turns her world upside down.

Next we spend time with Natalie. She's off to antenatal class to meet Richard (the boyfriend in the blurb who is now her husband). Later on in the story, it is someone at these classes whose actions cause a life changing evaluation to be made.

Finally we spend time with Tina. We learn about her career, her colleagues and her love life.

In alternating chapters we spend time with each character as they confront hidden fears and live their lives. It's not until our characters are together at New Year's Eve ten years later that they finally confide in each other and share what's really happening to them.

The characters are stereotypical and the narration of third person enables the reader to identify with each character when they are apart and when they are together. My favourite has to be Tina. Although Lucy and Natalie have their own demons to confront and each grow and learn to live in the world as who they are, Tina is the one who I felt was the most honest with herself.

We witness some traumatic scenes as we journey through their lives. Natalie's birth experience and Tina's immediate decision and change of mind spring to mind. Their own parents play a part too not only in the time of their lives now but also the role models they were in childhood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop the clock 11 Nov 2012
At first I thought the book was going to be disappointing as the start was slow and the story line quite predictable, however the pace quickened and the characters and their individual lives became much more interesting & realistic, I didn't want the book to end. Good debut novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop the Clock 4 Sep 2012
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This is a book which needs your undivided attention! Very difficult to put down even at 1am! Gripping and often messy real life adventure of 3 friends in their thirties, beautifully written. Funny, sad, uplifting, honest insights to their lives, loves and losses. Some difficult issues faced head on and handled sensitively. Looking forward to next novel from Alison Mercer, until then, this debut novel will find its way in to Christmas stockings for all my friends and family this year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ 30 Aug 2013
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This is the first Alison Mercer book I have read. The lives of 3 friends are interwoven very interestingly and combine to produce a good storyline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy true to life read 15 Aug 2013
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Enjoyed this book easy to read and true to life. Well written and was a book I looked forward to picking up
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Stop the clock Follows the lives of three best friends during the most testing times of their existence so far. All secretly struggling and scared to tell each other the truth. After Lucy, Natalie and Tina give each other their 10 year plan, will they have stuck to it.

I have to be honest and say at times this book did drag for me. It seemed to lose its way a bit during the middle. It did pick up again though and I was happy to continue with it and enjoy it. The plots are good and the characters strong, reliable and extremely different which brings a lot of diversity into the plots. They have been divided enough so you get to know each of the characters personally and as a trio.

Overall the book is a nice, straight read with a few twists along the lines.

I recommend this book if you enjoy romance, struggles and friendship.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Chick book
A chick book- enjoyable but not taxing and a little sugary sweet for me
Published 3 months ago by juggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! This author will go far!
I loved this! Alison Mercer's first novel and read after enjoying her latest book After I Left You, (after she kindly gave me a copy). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Molyneux
3.0 out of 5 stars How things change!
It was good to see how the ladies' lives changed over time and throughout the book. A bit predictable and unrealistic in parts, but still a page turner.
Published 19 months ago by Jade
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab read!
Thoughtful, insightful & very enjoyable. Modern day relationship ups and downs considered and written beautifully. No shocking twists or turns but unpredictable all the same. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Miss Kelly Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Best debut novel of 2012
This is for me the best debut novel of 2012. The writing style, superb editing and the three interwoven stories of Lucy, Tina and Natalie are wonderful. Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. A. Bollongino
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit with heart and soul
Alison Mercer's debut novel is my favourite kind of first book: fun and fast paced, with heart (and, as is rarely the case, soul). Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Lovatt
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, and one that makes you think
As a 20-something with friends focusing on their careers, weddings and growing families, I found Stop the Clocks a great read. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Really!
I bought this book after reading through the reviews on this site. Seemed a good idea at the time. Lots of good ratings, lots of lovely comments on how 'unput downable' it was. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kickingback
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