I think I read more books than most people, which can be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that I'm exposed to a lot of different writing; the curse is that I'm also exposed to a lot of the same writing. Among the many thrillers I read, it gets harder and harder for one to stand out. For example, Rick Mofina's Six Seconds is a decent suspense novel; if you don't read that many books in the genre, it will probably be a thrilling read; on the other hand, if you're really familiar with the genre, you'll find it offers not much that is new, even if it is a pleasant diversion.
The hero of Six Seconds is Daniel Graham, a recent widower who bears a degree of responsibility in his wife's death. Graham is on leave from his job as a Canadian Mountie when he almost saves the life of a little girl trapped in a raging river. She dies, but her dying words hint that the event that killed her family was no accident but murder. For Graham, clinging to any reason to go on, this gives him a mission that borders on obsession, as he tries to determine what happened.
Meanwhile, Maggie Conlin is also on edge; her husband, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a stint in Iraq, has disappeared along with their young son. He has hidden out in Montana with a new woman, Samara, who once saved his life. Samara, however, has an assassination plot in mind, one that involves the Pope's upcoming visit to Montana. It will take a while, but eventually, these two storylines will intersect.
For suspense novel veterans, a lot of the standard devices are here, and Mofina does an okay job with his material. There is nothing really wrong with the story and it moves along (even if the story is mostly suspense and very little cliffhanging action), but it also lacks anything that makes it truly special. If you don't read many thrillers, this is worth the read; if you do, it may still be worth it, but don't expect too much.