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The 13th Hour
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Reader's Choice July-October 2010

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Sep 06, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Brilliant suspense, but a bit corny. The author is obviously very talented with plot and action sequences, but he's clumsy in the details and shallow in the relationships. His frequent use of cliches and trite desciptions continually kicked me out of the story. But I kept picking it up again because the suspense was so good. If it had had a better editor, I'm sure I would have given it 5 stars. However, if you are not as senstive as I am to writing style (I'm assuming that's 99% of the planet) a ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
Recommended to Nancy by: Cheryl
Fascinating story and interesting idea of telling it in reverse as Nick travels back in time one additional hour every hour for 12 hours. (That sequence of words just sounds weird....) I liked the characters and I thought the author did a great job at keeping things straight and not getting too caught up in the complexities of time travel. The author also maintained a good sense of suspense throughout.

Why only 3 stars? Too much profanity. I read a fair amount and I read books that contain profan
Despite a couple lapses in the plot details, I thoroughly enjoyed this unique time-travel thriller! The book starts with Chapter 12, as the protagonist is given the opportunity to go back through time - one hour at a time - to prevent the murder of his wife. By the 13th hour - Chapter 13 - it will be too late!

I've posted additional thoughts on my book blog.
Sep 11, 2010 Vicki rated it really liked it
Okay, this book was pretty suspenseful. (I only put it down to read Mockingjay!) The characters were well developed. The story made sense (I was a little worried as it started with chapter 12 and went backwards). The story line was well thought out. I highly recommend this book!!!
Jun 19, 2010 Danette rated it really liked it
I loved the unusual concept of going back in time hour by hour--Nick has to figure out how to save his wife by reliving the previous hours before her brutal murder.
Jun 27, 2010 Patty rated it really liked it
Shelves: reader-choice
I loved this book. I loved how it starts with the 12th chapter. I love it making me guess till the end. I loved that it was fairly gentle while being adventurous.
Aug 28, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it
What are the consequences of time travel? Can you follow a story that is told backwards? A great concept for a book and a fun read. Not literary but engaging.
Sep 18, 2010 Lark rated it liked it
When a man's wife is killed, he is able to go back in time one hour at a time. It was an interesting read.
Robyn Bave
Can you say wild paradox? I did figure out a couple plot twists. It was very good.
Britt, Book Habitue
Jul 27, 2010 Britt, Book Habitue rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reader-s-choice
Starting with chapter 12, this book takes you backwards through time as Nick tries desperately to save his wife.
Such an interesting way of doing it-- starting near the end and heading back through the story.
Really enjoyed it. Wondering if there will be a sequel? There doesn't have to be, but there could be...
May 15, 2012 Utahhornbakers rated it really liked it
Nick gets the chance to go back in time and alter the course of events to prevent his wife's murder. Really clever plot line and quite a page-turner.
Aug 11, 2010 Katt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reader-s-choice
Great book
Jul 27, 2010 Christen rated it liked it
This book was a little annoying, but you had to see it through to the end.
Sep 02, 2011 Havilah rated it really liked it
This book grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go! The story takes an interesting approach by starting at the end of the story and going back one hour each chapter to solve the crime/mystery by the end of the book. Recommended!
Sep 17, 2010 Marsha rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, time-travel
Apr 12, 2010 Jennifer marked it as to-read
May 01, 2010 Jake rated it it was amazing
Feb 12, 2010 Kelly marked it as to-read
Jun 09, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readers-choice
Dec 06, 2010 Mindy marked it as to-read
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Aug 30, 2010 Kirsti rated it liked it
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Jul 07, 2010 Kathy McCullough marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Feb 22, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok
Jan 12, 2010 Kathy marked it as to-read
Shelves: i-have, audio
Jan 20, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
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