#BookReview: 29 seconds by TM Logan @TMLoganAuthor
Hi everyone. Today, I have a book review for an author I discovered via Kindle Unlimited. T M Logan has become a to-check-out author and is well worth a read >>>
About the Book:
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?
‘The rules were simple enough. Don’t be alone with him if you could possibly avoid it. Don’t do or say anything which he might take as encouragement.’
From these opening lines, the story grabbed hold of me and didn’t let up. I absolutely detested the male antagonist, so the author did a brilliant job of characterisation there. And I felt so deeply for the main character.
Apart from numerous comma splices and my personal hate ‘turned into’, the writing is clean and entertaining. The overriding question is, if you could get away with anything, would you do it? No consequences, no getting arrested, no nothing … what would you do?
The main character, Dr Sarah Haywood, has suffered horrendous sexual harrassment from her boss, and he seems untouchable. He has friends in high places and brings in lots of money for the university. Any woman who has tried to report him previously has not experienced a happy ending. At her wits end, Sarah is handed an opportunity to get rid of Alan Lovelock once and for all … with zero repercussions to her. Too good to be true?
Here are a couple of sentences that stood out for me:
‘Then she turned the car stereo up as loud as it would go, gripped the wheel tightly, and screamed. She screamed with frustration and humiliation. She screamed at the injustice of it all. She screamed with bitterness, with helplessness, and with anger. But it was more than mere anger. Much more. It was rage.’
‘Fifteen years on, she had arrived at another crossroads-except all the roads seemed to lead to nowhere.’
While some of the content is painful to read, and I found myself sitting there yelling inwardly ‘no, just no!’, it is fantastic and real and raw. I loved this book. And the ending is viscerally satisfying. Go out and read this book. You’ll love it.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂