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Half Past Monday by M. Erpenbeck revolves around Dr Dominic Rivera and his wife, Clarissa, and their little daughter, Savannah. Clarissa had worked as a part-time physician at a local health-care facility prior to becoming a mother. She ran the house with detailed precision and Dominic envied her ability to manage a home and career together effortlessly. Dominic first met Clarissa when he moved to Arizona and he found her gorgeous. His friend, Thomas, told him that she had inherited a crazy gene from her mother and was nuts. That did not stop Dominic from falling in love and making Clarissa his wife. Things took a different turn that Halloween morning when everything looked strange for Dominic while going to work, and when he got back home too. He found out that his daughter was missing. Would Dominic be able to find a way to save both his daughter and his wife?
The story is amazing yet at the same time frightening. It is filled with intrigue, suspense, and grief. The plot has many twists and turns and the author manages to maintain the tempo till the very end. The narration is detailed and readers can feel the fear and creepiness as the plot progresses. The main characters of Dominic and Clarissa have been well portrayed and Dominic's angst and pain are palpable to readers. Be it Clarissa’s past, her mother Mary, his friend Thomas’ drug abuse, Dominic’s marital problems, and time travel, the author knits them all together masterfully, making this a compelling read.
- Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The author REALLY knows her stuff! As a prosecutor, I often find myself being distracted and disappointed by the inaccurate details in many crime thriller books. But this book is different! It's obvious that Ms. Erpenbeck did extensive research before writing her book. This book gave me goose bumps, and I could not put it down. I even surprised myself (and my husband) by yelling out while reading it. This book is a "must read" for anyone who likes dark, crime thriller stories!
- Kerry Boyle, June 30, 2018
"Loved it! Great read. Couldn't put it down."
- Debra Barone, January 13, 2018
"I read this book last month and initially not what I was expecting, but oh my I could not put it down. This was a book that held my interest I could not wait to get home from work to see what happened next. Very suspenseful, sad and refreshingly different. The author provided great detail for investigative writing. I highly recommend this book if your looking for an intriguing mystery filled with action and unfortunately...a little reality."
- Lynette Bradley, May 28, 2018
"Almost everyone has a moment in time in which they wish they could go back and change; this story explores what happens when the lead character does just that and the "butterfly effect" of that action. I really enjoyed reading this book and felt that it moved at a good pace. I also enjoyed the author's descriptive narrative and felt pretty creeped out by some of the scenarios in the novel - so much so, I now look at nooks and crannies along my commute in a much different, sinister way! The story has good twists and turns, and just when I thought I had something figured, out, I was proven wrong as I read along. I don't want to give anything away and would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good, suspenseful novel. Furthermore, I would definitely read whatever this author publishes in the future!!"
- Beatlegirl, November 26, 2017
"I couldn't put this book down and finished in two days. I knew the story would be good from the heavy descriptions in the first chapter. I love a good mystery and this thriller did not disappoint. A haunting thriller that keeps the reader guessing at every page turn. Very unique and creative storyline. Excellent debut from this author!"
- Crystal Brown-Tatum, August 24, 2017
"Really good, especially for a first book! The ending was a little hard to follow. I hope you write another book soon."
- C. Willenburg, June 11, 2017
"Extremely well written. More twists and turns than the road to Jerome. Imaginative. Can't wait for the next book ☆☆☆☆☆"
- Linda B., August 21, 2017
A rapidly changing mixture of time travel, mental illness and marital issues, kept me glued to this thrilling story as it revealed a frightening saga.
- Joanne Flexser, July 23, 2017
This book kept me on my toes the whole time. The whole story is very well written with unexpected twists throughout. I couldn't put this book down and finished it quickly because I was so drawn in. Amazing plot!!
- Sara E., June 17, 2017