Image of The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes


Image of The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

Sakey’s fifth novel starts with a bang and never lets up for a second. The main premise of a character with amnesia has been done countless times, but Sakey unveils a fresh spin on it. The protagonist and villain are both stellar. Though the atmosphere reads a bit dark at times, readers will find they like spending time with both Daniel Hayes and Sakey.

A man wakes up on an isolated beach without any memory of who he is or how he got there. An unlocked car reveals a driver’s license with his face and the name Daniel Hayes. He begins trying to unravel his past and decipher not only who he is, but also how he ended up in Maine when his driver’s license says he lives in Los Angeles. After a cop tries to arrest him for murder, Hayes decides the answers he seeks are in Los Angeles and drives across the country while trying to make sense of the images flashing in his mind. And why is he seemingly obsessed with an actress on a nighttime soap opera? (DUTTON, Jun., 400 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jeff Ayers