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29 Seconds: From the million-copy Sunday Times bestselling author of THE HOLIDAY, now a major TV drama Kindle Edition
What if a single 29 second phone-call could change your life forever?
'Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . .'
When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid - in the only way he knows how.
He offers Sarah a way to solve a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will make all her problems disappear.
No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.
All it takes is a 29 second phone call.
BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS A NAME TO GIVE. DON'T THEY?
'Amazing!The feeling of powerlessness builds almost unbearably. Prepare for gnashing of teeth and nail biting till the bitter end' Liz Lawler, bestselling author of DON'T WAKE UP
'A first-class thriller, every bit as good as Lies' Simon Lelic, author of THE HOUSE
'A moral dilemma + a pacy plot = one gripping thriller. I stayed up far too late reading this one!' Louise Jenson
'An impactful, topical thriller with a plot that provokes emotion whilst keeping you guessing. TM Logan will welcome a new army of fans with his brilliant second book' Phoebe Morgan, author of THE DOLL HOUSE.
More praise for T. M. Logan, the master of the everyman thriller
'Assured, compelling, and hypnotically readable - with a twist at the end I guarantee you won't see coming' Lee Child
'A tense and gripping thriller' B A Paris, bestselling author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
'So gripping I genuinely found it hard to put down' KL Slater, bestselling author of BLINK
'A compelling, twisty page-turner, and that's the truth' James Swallow, bestselling author of NOMAD
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Praise for 29 Seconds:
"Logan spins out suspense to the final pages in this timely #MeToo thriller." --Booklist
Praise for Lies:
"Assured, compelling, and hypnotically readable--with a twist at the end I guarantee you won't see coming." --Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Line
"A tense and gripping thriller." --B.A. Paris, bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors
"Just when you think things can't possibly get worse...they do. And then some. Lies is positively riveting, from the captivating first scene to the shocking twist at the end."
--Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seeing Red
"A tense suspense thriller with a surprising and satisfying ending, a whodunit of the best kind as it twists and turns...Lies will keep you guessing until the very end." --Shelf Awareness
Logan's debut races readers through a fast-moving joyride of nerve-wracking suspense and intrigue that will challenge and surprise even the most devout enthusiasts of psychological thrillers.--Library Journal
"Gripping...full of unexpected twists and turns, this psychological thriller will leave readers eager for Logan's next book."--Publishers Weekly
"British journalist Logan's first foray into crime fiction is an adrenaline-fueled page-turner that explores the fragility of domestic bliss."--Kirkus Reviews--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B071X6WZ2T
- Publisher : Zaffre (25 January 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 6397 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 434 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1785770802
- Best Sellers Rank: 15,626 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately there are many similar holes in the story. I found the main character annoying and frustrating. The long internal monologues were tedious.
The book had a lot of potential but did not quite deliver
Pushed to the limits by a sexually harassing professor with total power over her career and her future, historian Dr. Sarah Haywood is at the end of her rope when a good deed done without expectation of reward puts a powerful man in her debt. His offer? A name. All she has to do is say a name and that person will disappear, forever.
In this age of #MeToo, this is a sobering look at what women have been facing, are still facing, the world over, day in and day out. Protected by an old boys’ network, men in positions of power put women like Sarah - by no means a doormat - through awful situations like this and leave them pushed into corners from which the only ways out are unpalatable at best.
I’d probably have made that 29-second phone call a lot earlier than Sarah did, is all I’m saying.
Things don’t pan out the way Sarah expects from there on, however, and the situation actually devolves further. I won’t spoil it, but I genuinely wondered how and even if it could possibly resolve well for her, but Sarah is nothing if not smart and set up revenge on her own terms which was utterly and totally brilliant.
The writing throughout the book is flawless, Sarah is a fantastic and relatable protagonist, and though the harassment she endures is painful to read (and must be trigger warned for) the end of the book is just deeply and viscerally satisfying in the level of poetic justice which is finally achieved.
Five stars for a timely, superbly written story I know I’ll be thinking about for a long time to come.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review via NetGalley.
Our main protagonist is Sarah, an accomplished academic in her early thirties, whose career is being thwarted by members of the “old boys club” at the university she is working at. Her boss is a sexual predator of the worst kind, lording his power over all female employees and exploiting his position to garner sexual favours. All the women know it, but unless they want to jeopardise their careers they feel powerless to do anything about it. The last woman who lodged a complaint with HR lost her job, her reputation and her sanity. Sarah, who has been hoping for a well-earned promotion, has so far successfully avoided being in that position, but lately the man has made it clear that he expects some favours from her as well. How can she say no and still keep her job? Who can she turn to when everyone is in his pocket? Something needs to be done. And sometimes help comes from the most unexpected direction ....
Logan does well to get the reader emotionally involved in the story, and I felt an intense burning anger a few pages into the book, as it becomes clear that Sarah has her back against the wall. Slowly stoking the fire with mounting injustices, the story may have been off to a bit of a slow start with its direction a bit unclear – until BAM! – there it was, the big twist that made the story both original as well as very intriguing. With my boiler already on full red alert I experienced the same gut reaction Sarah must have felt when confronted with her unusual situation. And just to make it all more interesting, there are a few ethical dilemmas along the way. Have I wetted your appetite yet? No, I will not say any more about the plot, except that the 29 seconds of the title may change Sarah’s life. 29 second of what? You will have to read it to find out. It does rely a tiny bit of the reader’s ability to suspend disbelief, but then again, we live in a strange world where strange thing happen, so who says it’s not possible?
29 Seconds may be a bit of a slow burner at the start, but don’t be fooled – this is a very clever and original thriller that will have you questioning a few ethical and moral dilemmas along the way. It took a few unexpected turns that had me on edge, wondering how it would turn out in the end – and then I was still wrong in my guesses. This is the perfect book to pick up if you want a thriller with an original premise and some clever twists!
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Sarah has a job as an academic at a university but her boss is a sexual predator and he makes it quite clear to her that unless she plays ball he will ruin her career. She believes that her talent will show through despite this odious Professor but he has made it his business to protect himself with others secrets and lies and there is no one who will stand up to him or go against him. All the female staff know exactly what he's like and they devise a set of rules when dealing with him, never be alone with him, don't encourage him, keep your distance when you can and never be with him when he's drunk as he's unpredictable and could be violent.
Naturally then when she is given an opportunity to be rid of him forever after much soul searching she makes the 29 second call to the Russians.
It does not turn out how she had hoped it would and when things go wrong she is forced to take matters into her own hands. Helped by her friend and her dad she has once last chance to free herself from Prof Lovelock for good.
Good characterisation and short sharp chapters kept up the pace and suspense. I did guess in part what would happen but it does have a couple of twists I didn't see coming. Nicely written (my first book by this author) and a good easy read well worth 4 stars and I look forward to reading more of T M Logan's work in the future.
The ending is really clever and very satisfying and Sarah’s Dad is fab. This is probably my favourite book so far this year.
T.M Logan’s first book was good but this second one is great and I can’t wait for his next book!