Review: 29 Seconds

Are you ready for the #metoo thriller of the year?


“Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear.”

Sarah is a young professor struggling to prove herself in a workplace controlled by the charming and manipulative Alan Hawthorne. A renowned scholar and television host, Hawthorne rakes in million-dollar grants for the university where Sarah works—so his inappropriate treatment of female colleagues behind closed doors has gone unchallenged for years. And Sarah is his newest target.

When Hawthorne’s advances become threatening, Sarah is left with nowhere to turn. Until the night she witnesses an attempted kidnapping of a young child on her drive home, and impulsively jumps in to intervene. The child’s father turns out to be a successful businessman with dangerous connections—and her act of bravery has put this powerful man in her debt. He gives Sarah a burner phone and an unbelievable offer. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that can make all her problems disappear.

No consequences. No traces. All it takes is a 29-second phone call.

Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?

My thoughts:

When I first read this premise, I knew I needed to read it. The story cuts to the heart of the #metoo movement, showcasing a narcissistic and powerful man using his influence to get whatever he wants from the women who work under him.

Sarah is a sympathetic, likable character with loves her kids, loved her job, and desperately wants to succeed on her own merits–and not because she provides “personal favors” to her boss. The story started a little slowly for me, but once the story gets rolling, it doesn’t let up until the end. Crisp, sharp writing, excellent pacing, and some nice twists and turns combined to make this a serious page-turner.

I admit I’m pretty tough on male authors who write from female perspectives because I’ve read too many who wrote women in a demeaning or flat-out ridiculous manner. I was thrilled to see how well Logan captures Sarah’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions. In fact, I mistakenly assumed the author was a woman until I read his bio at the end!

To summarize: A twisty, suspenseful page-turner, highly recommended for fans of female-driven thrillers and those who’d love to see men like Hawthorne get what’s coming to them.

Releases in the US September 10!


(Note: I received an advance copy courtesy of St. Martin’s Press. All opinions are my own). 

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