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A man wakes up, naked and cold. Alone 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 vehicle 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 cops that kick in the door of his dingy motel, their guns drawn. Lost and alone, 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?


"[Sakey] is a modern master of’re instantly hooked...can be counted on to keep you up nights until you know the whole story."
Chicago Sun-Times

"Confirms Marcus Sakey’s place as one of our best storytellers. A terrific read."
Michael Connelly

"An unpredictable suspense novel that keeps the reader guessing to the end...a full-throttle thriller."
New York Times

"It's 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."
Lee Child

"Call him the anti-Ambien. Start one of his books at bedtime and you can forget about slumber."
Chicago Tribune

"Part dazzling California noir, part dark American road trip, part psychological thriller—and entirely ingenious."
Gillian Flynn

"The tension is nearly constant, and there are more twists than a double helix. A possible threat to readers’ cardiac health."
Library Journal

"Its intricate storyline—with its shifting perspectives, multiple identities, unexpected twists, and violent mayhem—is so ingeniously concocted that to discuss just one aspect of the novel risks revealing all its secrets."
Chicago Magazine

"Sakey's crime fiction is absolutely brutal."
New York Daily News

"Amazingly visual it feels like Cameron Hollywood and so rawly emotional it feels like a Morrisette ballad. Reaches for the moon and attains true stardom."

"A real mind bender of a read...[with] the best kind of clean, muscular American prose. The thoughtfulness he brings to the explication of memory, desire, love and loyalty only add to its depth."
Ann Arbor Journal

"The guy’s a fucking fantastic storyteller, able to keep you rooting for the characters and keep your ass in your seat for long stretches. With each book his craft gets better."
Spinetingler Magazine

"A contemplation of the aftermath of a traumatic event, a cat-and-mouse game, and a love story of ever-shifting dimensions...It's a twist-a-thon of massive proportions."
The Oregonian

"Marcus Sakey wastes no time plunging readers into the action in his thrilling new novel...[don't] miss out on Sakey's sharp, vivid prose."
Shelf Awareness

"Starts with a bang and never lets up for a second...Amnesia has been done countless times, but Sakey unveils a fresh spin on it."
Romantic Times

"Sakey ups the insightful, emotion-packed, suspenseful, and genuinely riveting thriller."

"A premise that, as they say, grabs you from Page One."

"Another exhilarating crime thriller filled with exciting characters and intricate plot devices guaranteed to captivate readers first page to last -- and the ending provides a superb twist."
Fresh Fiction

"A seriously good thriller...[packed with] edge-of-the-seat, smack-to-the-forehead pleasures of every nasty twist and turn."