April 28

Like Clockwork by Margie Orford

Like ClockworkLike Clockwork by Margie Orford
Published in 2010 (Originally published in South Africa, 2006)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Genre: Crime Thriller
Pages: 314
Source: Bought as a gift and then borrowed
When a beautiful young woman is found murdered on Cape Town’s Sea Point promenade, 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 memories of the horrific rape of her twin sister and the gang ties that bind the city’s crime rings. Are the murders really linked to human trafficking, or is the killer just playing sick games with her?


Like Clockwork is Margie OrfQuote1ord’s debut novel and all I can say is WOW! I was engaged from the very first sentence where the scene is set and you immediately get a feel for what’s to come.

Like Clockwork is set in the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town with a lot of the exciting things happening in and around the Sea Point and Waterfront areas. Orford describes these areas so vividly that even if you haven’t been there in the last few years, you would still be able to imagine its beauty. And best of all… It is riddled with bodies.

Dr. Clare Hart is working on a human trafficking documentary when a body is found almost on her doorstep. With the possibility of a serial killer at large, Dr. Hart is once again asked to assist the police in their investigation as a criminal profiler. The investigation leads her into the dark underworld of sex, Quote2pornography and human trafficking. Her personal life also intertwines with the investigation as we learn about her twin sister’s dark past and the possible involvement of a current person of interest.

Leading the criminal investigation is Captain Riedwaan Faizal, who has worked with Dr. Hart on a previous occasion. Apart from having worked together previously it would appear that there is a personal history as well. It is also evident that the events of Daddy’s Girl precede the events in Like Clockwork as reference is made to Faizal’s daughter having moved away as a result. Orford suggested reading Daddy’s Girl first, via a quick chat on Twitter, for the start of Dr. Hart’s personal life.

The plot is so well thought out and developed that I was completely enthralled without ever wondering: “when will it end?” I loved the suspense and visiting all the dark places, places which I would neveQuote4r visit in my waking life. Just one of the many reasons I love to have my fictional worlds filled with crime and suspense.

What more can a person want from a crime thriller? Like Clockwork had a serial killer with interesting fetishes, an underground pornography syndicate, human trafficking and a beautiful setting with loads of suspense. I would suggest reading any of Orford’s novels and she is definitely on my list of favourite authors. I’m definitely going to buy myself a copy and while I’m at it, the whole Clare Hart series!

Have you read a Margie Orford yet? What did you think?

Happy Hunting!

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Posted April 28, 2015 by Natasha B in category "Margie Orford", "Mystery Book Club", "South African Authors

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