Sunday, July 10, 2011
The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch
Author: Richard Doetsch
Recommended To: Thriller fans, People who can't read clocks.
I feel a little bad giving this book a C, but I give way too many B+'s and honestly I liked this book, but it has an audience that is limited to fast-paced thriller fiction.
This book starts out with the last chapter and works its way backward into time and the story. The premise is very fresh, which was why I liked this book so much. The main dude is at home and sees his wife get murdered right in front of him. Then, as he is being questioned as the murderer, a mysterious man appears and gives him a watch that makes him go back in time an hour at a time until he figures out who killed his wife.
This book has a lot of action and a lot of twists and turns that are totally unexpected. I liked that the premise was original. And, instead of a story that just goes in "forward" motion - this book kept me thinking about what had happened previously and this meant that I couldn't just veg out while reading.
I recommend this book to anyone that likes thriller/action books. I checked out Doetsch's website and evidently he is an extreme sports enthusiast who enjoys "100 foot drops into water without anything to slow his descent." Crazy. But, he writes well - so hopefully he doesn't kill himself before coming up with something else captivating.