Sunday, December 6, 2009

Review #30: The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch

Title: The 13th Hour

Author: Richard Doetsch
Publisher: Atria (Simon and Schuster)
Format: Hardcover Advanced Reader's Edition from Publisher
Genre: Thriller
ISBN: 978-1-4391-4791-7

Release Date: December 29, 2009

Rating: 5/5 !

My Review and Description:

Folks, what we have here is a knock-down, drag-out, dirty, heart pounding thriller. What intensity this book had! I mistakenly would read it before bed and images would fill my head and I wouldn't be able to sleep.

The 13th Hour has a unique spin to it. Nick is a loving husband and successfull in his career. He is married to Julia, also successful in her career. Together they are the "perfect" couple. Together since they were 15, they have built their life the exact way they've always wanted. The dream house, the nest egg, the plan for a family.

Then Julia is murdered.

And they think Nick did it.

But then a stranger shows up with a gold watch and instructions for Nick on how he can save Julia's life. At the top of every hour, as long as he keeps the watch on him, he goes back in time two hours. He has a total of 12 hours to solve his wife's murder. If he gets to The 13th Hour without it solved, she dies.

Sounds confusing and completely tantalizing? A little bit of both, right? The going back in time takes a few chapters to get into and understand but once you do you really get hooked. You are behind Nick all the way as he takes bit and pieces of information, and evidence and photos each hour to stay ahead of the murderer.

The writing is sharp and clever. Doetsch really builds up the suspense and fleshes out all of the characters. You have no idea who to trust, even having a few moments of suspicion towards Nick and Julia. It read like a movie but in this case, that was okay. This would be the kind of action movie I would like to see. It's the believable unbelievable. (that's a mouthful!)

The ending leaves you hanging, making me think there may be more coming from this author. This would be his third book, though they are not connected.

You have to wait a few weeks for this one but if any of you get a Gift Card to a bookstore this holiday, it is due out December 29. Place your money on this relatively new mystery author. As you are recovering from too many cookies, curl up next to a fire, maybe with a stiff drink and watch out!

Thank you to Wendy at Simon and Schuster for sending this to me!

Happy Reading.

red headed book child


Marce said...

That is a great review, I love a great thriller. Will add to the 2010 TBR list.

Jan said...

Wow, this sounds like a great book and thanks for the awesome review. I agree with MarceJ, and I will have to add this to my TBR list as well.

Lisa said...

I have this one too! And it was going to be my next read after Leviathan, but I may have to read it instead!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Janet Ruth and Lisa, I really thought it was fun. I was totally in the mood for it too!

StephTheBookworm said...

Looks awesome! I am definitely adding this to my TBR list! Thanks!

Jenny said...

Sounds great! I will definitely look out for this one.

Ryan said...

Sounds like a book right up my alley. I will have to put this on my list. Thanks for the review.

Lori Johnston said...

This books sounds incredible - - I am going to my TBR list right now.
Thanks for the great review!

Unknown said...

Great review! My adrenaline was building while reading it. I will add this to my TBR list for 2010.

Alyssa Kirk said...

This looks absolutely awesome. Just reading your review had me revved up! I'm going to have to read this one!

Celticlady's Reviews said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my family... Your review is great, I will have to look for this one!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow...this does look like a good one!

Amy J said...

Great, my wallet is groaning now. LOL..another book to add to my growing wish list!
I so wish I could get hooked up with Simon and Schuster...LOL

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Thank you all for commenting on The 13th Hour!!! It is so worth it to check it out. When you are in a cookie coma after the holidays...I'm telling ya...roll yourself to a bookstore and find The 13th hour!! :)