"Half-Past Dawn" (Atria), by Richard Doetsch: Richard Doetsch delivers one of the best thrillers of the year with "Half-Past Dawn," a gut-wrenching read.
Jack Keeler, a district attorney for the city of New York, loves his job and his family. He and his wife, Mia, have two beautiful daughters. Jack wakes up one morning to an empty house. He has a stitched-up bullet wound on his chest and a bizarre tattoo covering his arm. Jack has no memory of what happened, so he decides to call his wife, who is an FBI agent, at her office.
Before he can pick up the phone, he sees the front page of the newspaper with a headline and photo that chill him to his soul. The story is about a vehicle crashing and falling over the side of a bridge. The photo depicts a bridge with a missing guardrail. The headline reads: "New York District Attorney Jack Keeler Dead."
The newspaper article says Jack's wife is dead, but he cannot shake the feeling that she's also alive. With the help of people he can trust, Jack begins a desperate mission to restore his life and find answers to what has happened.
Doetsch has written a thriller that has a terrific hook to lure the reader into the story quickly, and the eventual payoff will exceed everyone's expectations. The constant shocks and twists will delight the most seasoned fan.
A riveting and emotional journey filled with hope and faith, "Half-Past Dawn" is probably how late one will stay up reading this amazing book.