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The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch


“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.”


I’ll put this book in my re-read shelf, the characters are so engaging and the situations are so intense that made me sit on the edge of my chair.

The way Richard Doetsch wrote the book is simply amazing, I know that he’s not the first one who uses this kind of writing, but the other authors may have the tendency of spoiling the story and the suspense factor is being spoiled because sometimes they gave away all the answers in one blow. The difference of this book is that Richard didn’t let me stop thinking and guessing for the answers, he will let the readers to devour the book until the end and suddenly telling them that their guesses are wrong.

The big question is, can Nick defy time to save the people he loves from death?

This is what I’m looking for in a mystery/suspense/thriller books and I’m looking forward to reading his other books sometime.

Take Note: There will be a lot of deaths in the book…

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