July 14, 1997 12:00 PM

by Thomas Baum

Beach Book of the Week

DENTON HAKE IS FACING THE DEATH penalty for a murder he didn’t commit—at least not that he can remember. But over the years there have been a disturbing number of things the young Tacoma man can’t recall, starting with his father’s suicide. And now what he doesn’t know just might kill him.

Is Hake simply experiencing dissociative breaks, his mind refusing to recognize the brutality he inflicts? Or does something much eerier explain his increasingly vivid sensation of traveling outside his body? The answers make for a chilling, twilight-zone thriller, one subtle enough to seduce even those who normally shun the paranormal. (St. Martin’s, $22.95)

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