Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

The Two Deaths of Daniel HayesThe Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey

As if dying once is not enough. The life we live is totally based on our perception and experiences. Birth and death are relative....right?

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A man wakes up naked and cold, half-drowned on an abandoned beach. The only sign of life for miles is an empty BMW. Inside the expensive car he finds clothes that fit perfectly, shoes for his tattered feet, a Rolex, and a bank envelope stuffed with cash and an auto registration in the name of Daniel Hayes, resident of Malibu, California.
None of it is familiar.
What is he doing here? How did he get into the ocean? Is he Daniel Hayes, and if so, why doesn't he remember? While he searches for answers, the world searches for him-beginning with the police that kick in the door of his dingy motel, with guns drawn. Lost, alone, and on the run, the man who might be Daniel Hayes flees into the night.
All he remembers is a woman's face, so he sets off for the only place he might find her. The fantasy of her becomes his home, his world, his hope. And maybe, just maybe, the way back to himself.
But that raises the most chilling question of all: What will he find when he gets there?

As if waking up naked on a cold, lonely beach is not enough; imagine finding out that you are wanted for a murder that you're not sure that you committed. But you can't be entirely sure that you are not capable of murder because you don't remember who you are.  So begins, The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes.
Driving clear across the country with the hope of finding an actress that he's seen on television, "Daniel" makes his way to California - home of the rich and famous.  All the while discovering bits and pieces of his former life.  He realizes that he speaks and understands Spanish, he's no stranger to wielding a hand gun, and apparently he's a writer. Trying to stay one step ahead of the police is one thing, but as his great luck would have it, there is someone else looking for him and this guys is dangerous.
The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes is crafty, the story flows effortlessly, despite it's complexity.  The characters have so much dimension, I was able to understand what made them tick, but they still managed to catch me by surprise.  I read each page anticipating the next, so many revelations.  I can't say enough about this book.  If you like page-turning suspense, I suggest you pick up a copy!

I give this book:
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I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Marce said...

I enjoyed this one also, it had a lot going on. I enjoyed the chase.

Frugal in WV said...

Thanks for the review, I love finding new books to review! New follower from the weekend hop, have a great evening! you can find me at

Courtney said...

I started following you from the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop - Week 21! I am a part of the blog hop. :)
I'm following your site, Google Friend Connect, Facebook, Twitter, Networked Blogs, etc. if applicable!
I hope you had a great weekend!

-Courtney P.

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

This definitely sounds like an interesting book!

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