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The 13th Hour

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,822 ratings  ·  581 reviews
At 9pm on July 28, Nick Quinn is given an extraordinary opportunity, a chance to rewrite history and save his wife Mary's life. At 9pm, Nick is being held in jail, accused of Mary's murder. He saw her bloody corpse; he knows that she is dead. That's when a grey haired gentleman presents him with a talisman that allows him to go back in time, one hour at a time, for a total ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Atria Books (first published November 1st 2009)
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Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not bad for a summer beach read. But the characters were all too idealized (every good person was handsome or pretty and virtuous and wealthy, while the bad guys were all ugly, inside and out). Also, the contradictions to scientific time travel reasoning really piled up. In the end it is decided that all the misadventures were in alternate time streams, but everything is ducky in the one that matters. As a reader I have to wonder why I should have cared about any of the prior incarnations of the ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Read this on a recommendation of a friend even though I'd disliked another of this author's novels...I went ahead and read it because I thought the concept sounded good. Herein lies the problem...Richard Doetsch comes up with great concepts that could create a great novel, but the execution is lousy. The characters are not well rounded and dialogue is painful at times. It's a shame because there was real promise with the concept. However, if you don't care about the characters, it just doesn't m ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: come-at-me-2015
Alright. So.

What to say about this one?
Let's start with the fact that if I ever read the phrase "gun at the small of his back" one more time, I might hurt myself. And if anyone EVER describes someone else as beseechingly like, looking at the clock, or desperately wondering if there will ever be enough time to save those they love, I might vomit. This book was just RIDDLED with the same phrases over and over and over again, and had a whole lot of really horrible metaphorical and long-winded bits
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
Very thrilling - that's as succinct as I can say! I was glued to this book for a day and finished it quite fast.

My opinion
The 13th Hour starts with Nick and Julia having a minor disagreement, before Julia sets off to work and Nick spends his day working from home. At almost 7 pm, Julia is murdered and Nick distraught. In the background of this story, a plane has crashed causing the death of all 212 passengers. With all the police at the crash site aiding with relief efforts, only 2 are spared fo
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Well . . . if you're looking for a book with great characters - this isn't it. They're all very stock - perfect couple, loyal friend, evil bad guy, etc. There will be no shades of gray, no depth, no internal conflict.

If you're looking for a book that's well-written - this isn't it. The writing is clunky, and even the basic grammatical editing was poor. There are missing prepositions, articles, "then" was used instead of "than," etc. I can forgive a few editing errors, but this book seemed rife w
Wouldn't have read it, if it wasn't for the bookclub. What I don't like about these Thrillers is that you never get close to any emotions of the charakters. It's only one fact after the other. It doesn't touch me and that bores me really fast. The time travelling fact kept me stick to it. I guess it would work for me as a movie. ...more
3.5 Stars! I was excited to read this. I really liked the layout of the book. It was a very cool idea that since the story was about falling back into the past at the start of every hour and each chapter delineated the start of a new hour, why not list the chapters in reverse order? I hadn't planned to read this book immediately, but an author can get me every time when he begins his novel with a personal note to his reader.

I was intrigued enough with the plot: a distraught husband trying to sol
Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
The 13th Hour is a well-written, fast-paced thriller with a very interesting and well thought out concept that seems a bit hokie at first, but really draws the reader in and doesn't let go!

The cool thing about this novel is that it works basically in reverse. The main character moves backwards in time throughout the day, one hour at a time, while trying to solve a series of crimes and other circumstances that keep leading to the deaths of those that he cares about.

This is a fairly riveting nove
Jun 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book. In fact I didn't even finish it! I found the details of the book to be cheese ball.....their marriage was perfect, their house was perfect, their dreams of the future were perfect. Good guys were good looking and perfect, bad guys were ugly and horrible. It felt like a high schooler wrote it. ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The backward timeline was a different approach and it made an average story interesting. Changing the future has unintended consequences. Nick could've taken the long approach instead he tried to end the case at every turn and that made for plenty of adventure. It's true characters were simple but that's ok it's not a character study. ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Page turner! I had never read anything by Richard Doetsch and I look forward to more!
Giovanni Gelati
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Oh, the books of summer fun. The 13th Hour is a very unique and satisfying novel for many reasons. Can I say this is a thriller, a paranormal novel, romance, who-done-it, action /adventure? Why bother to categorize it? Let’s just call it fun and imaginative. If your spouse was killed would you go back in time and save them if you could? Rarely do I like to do things backward, but Richard Doetsch has us do just that, one hour at a time.
The 13th Hour is a very unique read. The plot itself is not s
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: group read
The idea of a book told in reverse really appealed to me and this one didn't disappoint. From the first note by the author, to the last chapter, this book is full of exciting twists and colorful characters. Nick Quinn is the ultimate hero as he races against time to save his wife's life. The life starts with a hook, Nick's wife is murdered, and he is charged with the crime. From there on the crime is pealed back layer by layer as Nick tries to find out who is really behind his wife's death, for ...more
Paul Pessolano
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think all of us would like the ability to change something that has happened in our past. Nick Quinn gets that chance.

Nick and his wife, Julia, both have good jobs and are happily married. They have been saving and planning for the time that they can have children and start being a family.

All of these hopes and dreams come crashing down around them when Nick finds Julia murdered in their home.

At 9 pm on July 28th, a gray-haired gentleman gives Nick a talisman that will allow him to go back in
Cait S
Nov 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Another absolutely outrageous disappointment. Please explain to me how you can have such a cool premise for a story and fail it so utterly. How is this book so mind numbingly boring? How is that possible? I'm so FRUSTRATED right now.

First of all, the writing is awful. Nick and Julia are just picture perfect. They're both beautiful and in shape and rich and smart and friendly and just la-dee-fucking-dah everyone god damn loves them because they're Jesus reincarnated and split in two. They have th
Bethany White
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was the coolest concept as the story is literally told in reverse. Nick Quinn is given a talisman which allows him to go back twelve hours in time to solve his wife Julia’s murder and clear his own name in the process. This must be done by the thirteenth hour or else he will return to the present, still framed for the crime. It is during this journey that Nick realizes that Julia’s murder is not completely random; he learns the real truth about some of his supposed friends and cow ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Estephanos by: Goodreads
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Ronald Roseborough
Nov 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Nick Quinn is in a holding cell, accused, by two hard nosed detectives, of killing his wife. Left alone for a few minutes, he can only focus on the gut twisting sight of his wife shot through the head, lying on his garage floor where he found her just hours before. Suddenly, a well dressed stranger intrudes on his thoughts, offering Nick a seemingly impossible chance to go back, one hour at a time and save his wife. Thus begins the strange 13 hour journey which turns time on it's head. What if y ...more
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The worst part of this book is that it had to end!! I was pleasantly surprised by how well written and entertaining Mr Doetsch writes.

The story starts with our hero, Nicholas Quinn who is accused of murdering his wife Julia with his prints all over the gun that is in the trunk of the car. While being interrogated a mystery European man arrives and gives Nick a letter and a gold pocketwatch that allows Nick to magically relive the past 12 hours hour by hour. The story ingeniously starts at Chapte
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I hate reading, it is not one of my interests. I find that i rarely have time for it and I could never find a good book that i can drown myself in. Well, the Thirteenth hour has done it. I could not put it down, I read it from start to finish in two days, my record i must say. The story follows Nick Quinn, a man whose wife, Julia, was brutally murdered and he has been blamed. Nick goes back in time in one hour increments in order to solve the murder and to get his wife back. This book was very o ...more
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This novel is a fresh addition to the Time Travel Genre. The book opens with the lead character, Nick Quinn, being interrogated by the police for the brutal murder of his wife. Quinn didn't do it, most of the police force is crooked, and involved in a multi-million dollar home invasion, and the crash of a commercial jet liner is also woven into the plot. And, next we learn that Quinn is in possession of a watch which allows him to relive the last twelve hours-running backwards, one hour at a tim ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
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Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense-fiction
A memorable novel, mostly because it was told in reverse! At the opening (Chapter 12), the protagonist, Nick Quinn is being questioned at the police station as a suspect in his wife's murder. He is given the opportunity to travel back in time, in one hour increments, in order that he might save her.
A fascinating premise, it took the author only 30 days to complete the novel! Although there was a lot of repetition in the book, it was necessary due to the time travel element. I was quite surprised
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Nick Quinn is being held in jail, accused of the murder of his 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,
Jon Spoelstra
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quirky
The 13th Hour starts with Chapter 12 and counts down to Chapter 1. The final chapter is 13.

In Chapter 12, we find that Nick Quinn's wife has been murdered and that the cops grab him for it.

Next is Chapter 11. Quinn is visited in jail by a stranger, purported to be his attorney, who gives him a antique watch. This watch will allow Quinn to change the past by sending him back, one hour at a time, for half a day.

I didn't know if the author could pull this off, but each trip back provides more sur
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
A man finds his murdered wife in their house and is arrested as a suspect. While in the interrogation room, a strange man comes in and gives him a watch and a letter, and tells him he can go back in time and save his wife by finding the true killer, but he only has 12 hours to do so. It was an entertaining concept and the structure was as well; chapters in the book started with 13 and worked backwards to one. Nick, the main character, had admirable love and devotion to his wife. I felt like it w ...more
Jay Goemmer
Jul 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
I picked this up as part of my local public library's summer reading program. Unfortunately, the author mentions a “dark-haired man,” goes on to describe the gun on the table, mentions the man again, and then suddenly drops the names of two different characters. Are there three men in the room with the gun? It's nearly impossible to say, and all this happens in just the first two pages.

By page seven, the author randomly tosses in an arbitrary flashback of gratuitous sex. Already? What about the
Ginger Brown
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to get a hardcover advanced reader copy and let me be the first to say this book is going to be HUGE! The concept is incredibly original and it is chock full of action and suspense. The characters are rich and just when you think you know what will happen to them...well you just don't. The 13th Hour will be the talk of the town and Nick and Julia Quinn will, I predict be back for a sequel. This book,this author and these characters took me away for the first time in a lon ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mys-sus-thril
I liked the format of the book. You start at chapter 12 and each chapter takes you back an hour as a man tries to stop his wife's murder. But I think it would make a better movie. It didn't feel like a "thriller" to me and you know he is going to keep getting it wrong until chapter 1. It reminded me of watching the movie "Clue" with the alternate endings and I kept thinking of a cat with 9 lives. ...more
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
my dad gave me a copy of this book last week, saying "it's one of the best books i've read in years. please promise me you'll read it." i looked at the cover and read the blurbs and am dubious, but i have to trust his advice as this is the same man who told a much younger me that he would give me $50 if i read and disliked the lord of the rings and stranger in a strange land. i never received that $50 as i loved both reccys, so we'll see about this one. ...more
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