The 13th Hour

The 13th Hour

A Thriller

Book - 2009
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At 9pm on July 28th, Nick Quinn is given an extraordinary opportunity, a chance to rewrite history and save his wife Mary's life. With each hour that Nick journeys back in time, he finds more clues to the identity of Mary's real killer, but he also discovers that his actions in the past have unexpected repercussions on the future.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439147917
Branch Call Number: FICTION Doetsch Richard
Characteristics: 338 p. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Thirteenth hour


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May 23, 2018

A good mystery with a rather unusual approach by the author. Going back in time to change something really does have far reaching effects beyond what any person could understand. The reader has to keep shifting to realize the time frame he is in or there can very real confusion.

howardpoole Apr 05, 2013

Maybe it was just me, but I had a hard time getting into this one. Certainly a different concept.

Apr 10, 2012

I opened this book three times and read approximately 100 pages. Once I open a book I read cover to cover whether I like it or not but this book just wasn't worth the effort.

Jan 12, 2012

A great premise that keeps the reader on edge. I couldn't stop reading and found it addictive. Can't wait to watch the movie.

Mar 19, 2010

Very interesting premise, but I just couldn't bring myself to finish it.
Also, the author had such a pretentious way of say everything, which just really irritated me!

Feb 01, 2010

Travelling back in time. It's as old as the start of human story telling. Cosmologists still have scientific fun theorizing about this, and generally it is recognized that it is not possible, although not universally accepted, but alluring nonetheless. And, I am sure that it fluctuates whenever they meet and the drinks become aplenty. Unlike other backward time travelling stories, this one works in stages. The hero has a unique opportunity thrust to him by a stranger, that is beguiling and unbelievable, during a break while being roasted in an intimidating police interrogation. He can re-live the last 12 hours, from the most recent to the earliest, in one hour stages, to prevent his wife from being murdered, and framed for it. But, it comes with conditions, and as he does this, he learns his limitations while wasting that particular hour, but he gets smarter as he gets younger! He also uncovers that his actions cause other events to change in the past.
The plot is thick with intrigue, the twists are untangled in each chapter (which start at 13 and work backwards), only to be entangled again, with a new clue and a new twist, but it all fits perfectly and deftly. The events are very plausible, well-crafted, well-written, and do not be surprised if you want to read this in one sitting (without wanting to personally travel back in time to recover those hours!!).


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