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The horrific murder of Colin's wife sends him into a quiet calm. A mind set off by a ticking clock to search into the darkness of his soul... and the clock ticked.

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Fiction » Horror » Crime
Words: 5,980
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466049550
About Jerry McKinney

With the influences of King and Barker, Jerry McKinney lets loose his imagination upon the world. A normal man with a demented mind.

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Review by: Tiffiny Sarradet on Sep. 05, 2012 :
I read my share of horror, but this one really creeped me out!!

Colin has been in a downward spiral for years. A quiet, soft-spoken man who keeps to himself, he's not close enough to anyone for them to have noticed his plight (and possibly tried to help!) Dark thoughts building and left to his own devices, the incessant ticking of a clock infuriates him so much it pushes him over the edge. We continue to follow him as his psychotic break swiftly reaches new levels of depravity. Then, as he is prone to do, McKinney serves up a shocking ending!

This one got to me because, unlike most of this author's stories, it smacks of possible reality. There have been people set off by less who have done more! I wonder if there's a Colin in my neighborhood just waiting for that switch to flip...

Thanks for reminding me to keep the doors locked, Jerry!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)

Review by: wistfulskimmie on July 06, 2012 :
This is the story of Colin. He has lost his wife, is having nightmares and has developed a clock phobia. Slowly over the course of the story his life unravels to the point where he can no longer continue.

This was slightly longer than some of Jerry's stories I have read and it made for a nice change. I felt I really got to know Colin through the course of the story and his slow but sure mental decline. The story was quite sad in a way, but as is usual with Jerry's stories there was a twist. Once that twist was revealed, my feelings changed somewhat! The ending was quite sudden and unexpected, but was brilliant in its shock value.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: Malina Roos on Feb. 27, 2012 :
Very creepy little tale. What's really weird is how I never noticed my living room clock, until now.

Colin is tired. Can't sleep, can't get along with the boss and missing his dead wife. Nothing is going right for Colin and now the clock won't stop ticking....anywhere.

Another intriguing read from a master story teller.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on Feb. 07, 2012 :
This is a wonderful horror suspense book. Poor Colin, he has a lot going on in his mind, between missing his wife and not liking his job he can't get the tick of the office clock out of his head. This causes his to do some very extreme things.
Once again Jerry McKinney takes you straight into his world of words where you are held in awe until the book is finished.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: vix kirkpatrick on Feb. 01, 2012 :
and I thought it was only me that was driven bonkers by ticking clocks....
a relentless story of Colin going bonkers... although he didnt have to go to far!
anyone who has felt true rage will understand how Colin feels. Its just a bit spooky to have it written down for you!
Jerry has a way of writing that leaves your nails bitten to the pulp and he then finishes the story by sprinkling salt on just to set the hairs on fire too....
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sandy on Jan. 11, 2012 :
It gets on your nerves and the more you try to ignore it the more it drives you crazy, it's the ticking of a clock. The constant ticking, the tick, tick, tick. Colin has this constant ticking droning on and then with his wife at his side, he is living quite the life. I guess I should mention that his wife is dead. I loved how Colin is consumed in this book and how he deals with it. The ending was great!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Jackie Williams on Dec. 22, 2011 :
This is indeed an excellent story, gripping. I was drawn in from the start and taken through twists and unexpected turns. Clocks can be hazardous to our health. The imagination of Jerry McKinney knows no bounds.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lori R. Lopez on Dec. 21, 2011 :
TICK, TICK, TICK. Clocks that beat like a pulse through the day are like metronomes underscoring, perhaps directing, the rhythms of our lives. When you can't shut the sound out of your mind, it can be annoying. On an office wall, it can be distracting. Or far worse. It's a good thing digital clocks are silent. "Tick" is another psychological twistful thriller of a tale by Jerry McKinney, an author whose imagination knows only leaps, no bounds, and whose talent for storytelling -- as well as writing prowess -- keeps me and other fans lining up with hungry eyes for more. Will Colin be driven insane by the murder of his spouse and the ticking of the clocks? Only Time will tell . . .
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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