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I would like to thank Bonnier Zaffre for my review copy of this novel. This review is my unbiased opinion.
Title: 29 Seconds
Author: T. M. Logan
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Format: NetGalley e-ARC
Number of pages: 320
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?
What are 29 seconds?
Enough to finish your glass of water.
The time you pretend to laugh at a joke with everyone else.
The heart-stopping steps of the surgeon just out of the OR and slowly moving towards you, sitting in a gloomy waiting room.
29 seconds feel like nothing but they can change everything.
For Sarah, 29 seconds mean a decision that will have tremendous consequences. A single decision taken out of anger and despair. It is all it takes. 29 seconds and a name.
I was hooked from page one! A few sentences, a dangerous situation with barely any explanations before jumping back two weeks earlier? Obviously, this book was for me. I felt the glorious sting of trepidation I don’t get so easily. The tingling and goosebumps from a narrative brilliantly executed. I knew I was in for a dark ride, and I couldn’t have been more right!!!
Spouse-less since her husband decided he needed ‘some space’ (We all know what that means), Sarah puts her heart and soul in raising her two children while maintaining a demanding job in a faculty. I rooted for her right from the start. Was it the men-are-jerks environment, the fact the main character had worked so hard to get where she was and that everything was put in jeopardy because of a single person, or simply because Sarah sounded just like someone I could be friend with? Probably a mix of everything.
The more I got to know about her through each chapter, the closer I felt to her. What do you consider a desperate situation? What would you be willing to do to save what you have? Those questions hovered over Sarah’s head and mine as the story unfolded. From regular issues to something much more dramatic, the way was smooth and despite knowing something was coming, I couldn’t help but feel all the emotions make my heart beat faster. So fast it could have burst! Why? Because 29 Seconds deals with power, and those who use it to get what they want. Men versus women. Despite the evolution of society, we are far from escaping this kind of situation and if a subject makes me jump and bite, it is THE ONE!
The author masterfully plays with his characters, giving them the perfect cliché and then surprising you with details, pushing the protagonists to the edge to make things right. Or not. Danger is written all over the book! I have felt helpless at times in my life and this is not a feeling I appreciate so it only made me read faster, biting my nails to make sure the cat wouldn’t eat the mouse!
If Sarah’s life was complicated at first, it is a random accident which pushes her to a hazardous place. Dealing with people from the dark is a no-no. But what can you do when your back is against the wall and you get offered a chance to make your worries disappear, no questions asked?
I spent a lot of time wondering what I would have done in Sarah’s situation and I am not ashamed to say I have no idea if I’d had the courage to use those 29 seconds.
Falling with Sarah down this tailspin was painful but addictive. I couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel, but T.M. Logan imagined one of my favorite endings. Can I say I was totally surprised? No. But it was plausible, good, and absolutely satisfying, leaving me with a smile on the face and the belief karma is indeed a mean thing that comes back to haunt you.
Sarah’s bravery, simplicity and determination won my heart, and the plot won over my brain. I definitely recommend 29 Seconds to anyone looking for some intense psychological battles!
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