Stop the Clock Paperback – 16 Aug 2012
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
I finished reading it with a smile, a tear and a strong desire to move back to the South coast. Having had the pleasure of meeting the author, it also inspired me to pick up a pen and start writing again. Modern life is incredibly busy but we should all allow ourselves the time to pursue our dreams whether that's having 2.4 children and a rich husband, the best and most demanding job in the world or a writing desk by a sunny window.
At 27, I think I'm probably a little younger than the target demographic but I still found the characterisation to be incredibly true-to-life. Following hot on the heels of dedicated career women 10-20 years our seniors I find that most young women I know have done a 180 degree turn and aspire to be stay-at-home mothers and have children before 30. I often question this trend and hope nobody minds if I'm a bit selfish and keep my husband to myself for more than one year. Torn between wanting to "have it all" or revealing a secret desire to either work full-time forever or give up work completely at the first sign of a positive pregnancy test, I think most of my peers would enjoy this too. It may not change their lives, but it should make them stop to think and maybe even wish to stop the clock themselves.
If this review tempts you I recommend ordering two copies: one for yourself, and one for everyone who asks to borrow it!
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.Read more ›
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I was capture by the wonderful writing and interesting characters Highly reccomended, just couldn't put this book down. A++++++++++!Published 11 days ago by Mrs. E. M. Kurash
Not as good for me as her second book, rather too much about babies etc but I guess this would appeal to a lot of people,just not mePublished 20 months ago by Marie Cornford
A chick book- enjoyable but not taxing and a little sugary sweet for mePublished on 20 Aug. 2014 by juggie
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 morePublished on 24 July 2014 by Molyneux
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.Published on 30 Aug. 2013 by Mrs. V. Jeffery