Blurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.
A mesmerizing thriller — told in reverse “The 13th Hour” is the story of a man given the chance to go back in time in one-hour increments to prevent a vicious crime from destroying his life.Nick Quinn is being held in jail, accused of the murder of his beloved wife, Julia. He knows she’s dead; he saw her bloody corpse, shot in the head at point-blank range. The police tell him they found the murder weapon with his fingerprints on it in the trunk of his car. Nick is confused, grief-stricken — “and completely innocent.”
At 9 p.m. on July 28, a gray-haired gentleman visits Nick in the police interrogation room and asks him a simple question: “”If you could get out of here, if you could save her, would you?”” He hands Nick a golden talisman that allows Nick to go back in time, one hour at a time, for a total of twelve hours. With each hour that Nick travels back, he finds more clues to the identity of Julia’s real killer, but he also discovers that his actions in the past may have unexpected repercussions in the future.
In his race against time to save the woman he loves most in the world, Nick will find that friends become enemies, old loyalties are tested, and Julia’s murder is part of a larger scheme that has its roots in greed and vengeance. Nick has the ability to save Julia, the chance to put his own world in balance, but he is venturing down a precarious route. If he hasn’t set things right by the thirteenth hour, his desperate attempts to save Julia’s life may lead to a far greater catastrophe than he could have ever imagined.
A surprising and utterly original thriller, “The 13th Hour” is pure page-turning suspense — full of double crosses, cliffhangers, and shocking revelations.
This is the third book I have read by this author and I really enjoy his books.
Wow I though this was brilliant, what a great idea. I couldn´t get enough of this and wanted more. Such a fast pace, with loads of thrills, action and suspense, the writing is so different as it is written in reverse but it totally makes sense. Nick is totally in love with his wife and wants nothing more than to save his life but as he goes back in time, each little thing he does changes the future, of course, but he doesn´t realize that to begin with. Not sure I actually liked either Nick or Julia though, such perfect people, perfect couple with a perfect life, all too perfect for my liking.
Top marks for the way the book has been written.
Spoiler. The only point I might add to the review is the ending, the watch, the item that enables Nick to return in time is suddenly not the only one, now there are two, if this is the case, that after having been used it replicates itself then there should be loads of them in the world having been used loads of times in the past, but the author gives no explanation of this.
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