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Marcus Sakey
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6 Dec 2012

It starts with you waking on a Maine beach, naked, half-drowned and very, very cold.

Your name is Daniel Hayes. At least, you think it is. That's the name on the insurance card you find in the BMW parked near you. How did you get here? And why?

All you remember is a woman's face. So you set off to the only place you might find her.

But this raises the most chilling question of all: what will you find when you get there?

From Lee Child . . .

"Like any reader, I love old favourites . . . but I love new voices too, and I especially love it when a new voice starts to become an old favourite. It doesn't happen often, but right now it's happening with Marcus Sakey. He's got it all. he writes like a dream, he creates characters exactly like people you know, he scares you, and above all keeps you turning the pages.

But most of all he does the 'what if' thing better than anyone in the business.

'What if' questions power a lot of plots, but Sakey is special. He doesn't just check a box or construct a neat twist for the sake of it. Reading him between the lines, I guarantee he lives this stuff. . . he thinks it through and sweats it out, probably for weeks at a time. I can see him, looking around at all the things he loves, looking at his house, turning and looking at his wife, asking himself, 'What if? What if I had to put all this at risk? Would I? Could I? How would it feel? What would be the effect on me?'

It's that kind of depth and intelligence and passion and emotion that sets Sakey apart. These are not just clever plots. These are real people with night sweats and wide eyes and everything to lose.

The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes takes 'what if' in a new direction and to new heights. Every writer muses, 'What if the reader isn't sure whether the husband killed his wife, or not?' That's a basic whodunit. But Sakey asks, 'What if the husband isn't sure whether he killed his wife, or not?' That's a terrific premise, and it boosts an already-terrific thriller plot into the stratosphere."

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 055216545X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552165457
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Confirms Sakey's place as one of our best storytellers" (Michael Connolly)

"A full-throttle thriller" (New York Times)

"A brainy, twisty, sometimes twisted mystery - part dazzling California noir, part dark American road trip, part sly psychological thriller-and entirely ingenious" (Gillian Flynn, author of Sharp Objects)

"Clever, taut and twisting" (The Times)

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A thriller that will shock, excite and terrify even the most hardened thriller reader.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgetable Thriller 14 July 2012
By Marleen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
On a cold and abandoned beach a man comes to. He is naked and throwing up seawater. He is very cold and has no idea who he is, where he is, why he is there or why he is not wearing clothes. All he knows is that he will have to get warm or he will die.
Dragging his exhausted body across the beach he stumbles upon a beautiful and unlocked BMW. He gets into the car, manages to turn it on and with the heater at full blast slowly gets his body temperature up to a more normal level.
In the trunk of the car he finds clothes and shoes that fit him perfectly and a look through the contents of glove box uncovers an owner's manual for the BMW in the name of Daniel Hayes as well as a black semi-automatic gun.
Since the man can't remember who he is no matter how hard he tries he decides that since the clothes fit he might as well assume he is this Hayes person.
The man checks into a cheap motel in the hope that a good sleep will restore his memory but when he wakes up he still has no idea about his past. He does have a strong impulse to turn the television on at six which brings him to show called Candy Girls and the character called Emily; a girl who brings out strong emotions in him although he doesn't know what the emotions are or what they mean.
When a policeman, his gun drawn, comes looking for Hayes in his motel room he makes a run for it. And since Hayes has an address in Malibu according to the manual and the BMW has California plates that is where the man sets off for. But while he hopes to be travelling towards answers and clarification he will find himself entering a nightmare, shocking revelations and more questions once he arrives in Los Angeles.

I would absolutely love to be able to share more about the plot in this book but I can't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 28 Feb 2013
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Usually only read at night but this had reading mornings and afternoons too.
I will be looking for more from this author.
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I enjoyed this book a look. Granted - I got it as the Kindle version but in a way that's better because the quality of the hard copy, from a marketplace seller saying it's in "very good" condition, is not really that reliable.

Anyway, I digress. The point is, this book is a real page-turner. There's a bit of the Bourne trilogy in it (well - the first one anyhow) but there are so many twists & turns as well as surprises, that I really liked it. The fact that the protagonist appears as bemused as the reader makes it truly brilliant.

I'd not heard of Marcus Sakey before now but I'll certainly be looking out for him.

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this was an exceptionally clever plot. it kept one guessing and surmising throughout. Will look forward to reading further novels by this author.
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Great read with enough twists n turns to make you dizzy. Marcus Sakey is the one I tell my friends about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller 5 Nov 2013
By Mandias
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This is the second of Sakey's books I've read and have thoroughly enjoyed them both. It's got plenty of twists and turns and a story that gets you hooked right from page one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original- 10 Oct 2013
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- to me anyway. I enjoyed the style of writing and the plot. A good read, I look forward to more
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good 20 Dec 2012
By I. B. Pitbladdo VINE VOICE
I really enjoyed this one, it piques your interest from the word go and cleverly holds your attention throughout. On the first page a man wakes naked and freezing on a beach with no memory as to how he got there, from then on who could fail to be hooked?
This was my first Marcus Sakey story but it won't be my last...recommended.
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