Book title: Six Seconds
Author: Rick Mofina
Publication year: 2009
The opening prologue of Six Seconds will give you chills and sets up the novel for a relentless, mind-blowing and captivating resolution into a detective action to uncover some highly sensitive suicidal causes. Six seconds, ticking fast, so fast very fast so many lives are attached to it for survival or death, vengeance, religion or even in the case of redemption. Just in short lots of lives seems to be at stake.
The sudden disappearance of both husband and most especially her son wouldn’t give Maggie Conlin a senior associate bookseller peace until she gets to the root of the sudden disappearance of his spouse and son. The story unfolds into a detailed exploration of detective findings on crime and searches into causes of murder. In unveiling the whereabout of her son’s disappearance, Maggie Sort for help from different places, few helped, and some gave up along the way while others refused to. But above all, she never gave up believing her son is alive, likewise nursing the hope that she can save her marriage despite finding out he (her husband) might be cheating on her.
Daniel Graham, a cop detective who just lost his wife and unborn child was planning to take his own life. He believes he killed his wife by sleeping on the wheel while they were returning from the theatre and now he seems guilty of the death of his wife and wouldn’t be focused on his detective assignment and most especially when he’d lots of cases to deal with. Having to meet with Maggie was a bit of a twist to this narration. Maggi’s husband is missing and a nine year old son is nowhere to be found, also we have here Detective Daniel Graham whose wife is dead alongside an unborn child. The two cases bring to mind a close similarity when also bringing Samara’s ordeal with the Iraqi terrorist who abused her. It is of some sort a good threesome which was in a way related to each other in building up the plot in this story. If we’re to examine the cases of unborn child dead (Detective Graham), a missing child and husband (Maggie Conlin), and the case of Samara’s immediate family, one will think Rick Mofina did a good job. And now bringing Samara to the case, we can say categorically that the tension builds up well into a suspenseful fiction.
In writing a thriller and most especially a detective crime fiction, an author has got to know his or her onions well before diving into it. Having a good knowledge of crime and detective terminologies in analyzing causes of crimes, causalities and attack or even death makes crime fiction juicy and appealing to the eyes for reading. It makes every pages of the crime fiction stand out. In cases of wanting to uncover the secret to a crime committed, the author himself became the crime in question in order to get to the root of the matter. Rick’s inquisitive order of drawing on his hypothesis helped the mind of his reading audience get to understand the nature of certain casualties of crime committed. Without doubt, you will all agree with me that, questioning is all what detective operations is all about, and getting to the root of a story, case or crime, whichever is most appropriate, a detective’s mind has always been consciously programmed to ask questions. And here is what we have Rick Mofina establish in this six seconds of grueling but choice making Six seconds encounter with life and death when Graham was keeping records at the Tarvers campsite.
The beauty of this book lies in the author’s ability to take his reader on a precise journey, though that which they (readers) know not the destination. How? His unique use of words and the gradual unexpected unveiling of actions arrested the mind of the readers, leaving them to want to know what comes up next. You call that suspense right? Of course, it is.
In a nutshell, this work is a terrifying novel that cuts across a group of people, countries and continents. Six Seconds is a story of war, vengeance and terrorism. It explores terrorism in Iraq and its damaging affect on everyone involved from soldiers to terrorists to the innocent and the repercussions that are felt long afterwards. It is the story of painful loss, guilt and redemption sought by people who are worlds apart and separated by culture and personal beliefs. Do you want a rollercoaster –like a suspense thriller, and here you have it six seconds, a perfect prescription where your salivating reading pleasure is concerned.