The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes is the first book by Marcus Sakey that I have read, but research tells me that several of his books have been optioned for movies and I should probably read them all.
This book is a page turner from the start. A man wakes up naked and cold on a beach with no idea who he is or where he is. He finds an empty car that he figures out must be his car and soon enough discovers that he is in Maine. He stumbles upon the realization that he is being sought by the police, but he does not know why. What follows is a cross country trip focusing on police evasion and a man with amnesia trying to figure out what drove him to leave Los Angeles and end up in the cold waters of Maine.
What is not clear from book blurbs – I don’t think I am spoiling anything – is that the plot centers quite a bit around Hollywood and celebrity type personalities. Interspersed with the normal narrative, the story is sometimes told in the form of a television or movie script.
This is the book equivalent of a popcorn movie. The story is exciting with twists and turns that keep you turning the pages. Then the end throws the reader for a loop. I can definitely see why some of Sakey’s books have been optioned for movies. If The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes were a movie, it would be just the kind of movie I would want to sit down and lose myself in on a Sunday afternoon.