Review - 29 Seconds by T.M. Logan #readinginsidersclub

29 Seconds by T.M. Logan
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
Date Read: September 1, 2019
Length: 368 pages
Source: Publisher
From the bestselling author of LIES comes 29 SECONDS, a sensational new thriller that explores what happens when a split second thought of revenge takes on a life of its own.

“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. The beloved professor 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, she’s 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 lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid. In the only way he knows how. The man 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. 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?
My Review

I thought that this book was really good.  I thought that the premise of the book was fantastic.  Imagine if you had the ability to make that one person that has made your life a living hell go away...forever.  Nobody would ever know.  You just have to say the word and it is done.  Would you do it?  I spent this entire book trying to figure out what I would do in Sarah's place which made this into quite the page-turner. 

Sarah works at the university as a lecturer.  She would like to become permanent staff but there is one thing standing her way.  Or I should say, one person, Alan Hawthorne.  Mr. Hawthorne is the kind of boss that makes me appreciate my workplace.  The men on his staff are treated much better than the women.  That isn't even the biggest problem.  He expects sex from some of the women under his authority, including Sarah.  Sarah is trying to balance her problems at work with issues at home that have left her caring for her two children alone with help from her father. 

Sarah is dealing with so many things in this book.  I felt bad for this lady and I thought that she held it together so much better than I would have been able to in her place.  I thought it was pretty exciting to see how she would handle all of the situations that she found herself in.  I loved the fact that there were some pretty big surprises in this story.  I the big twists in the story were very well done and added a lot to my overall enjoyment of the story. 

I would definitely recommend this book to thriller fans.  This book deals pretty heavily with sexual harassment which might bother some readers.  I found this to be a very enjoyable read that was hard to put down at times with some pretty impressive twists and turns.  I wouldn't hesitate to read more of T.M. Logan's work.

I received a free ARC of 29 Seconds by T.M. Logan from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author

T.M. LOGAN was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Hmm, would I? I have no idea either! I would really have to dislike that person

  2. Wow... Thrillers are not usually my thing, but I am very much intrigued by this one... I have a couple of people in mind, haha!
    Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed this too. Wasn't Hawthorn just awful?! Great review!

  4. I feel like this guy needs to make himself disappear! What a jerk. If he expects sex from his employees, I feel like they should notify the authorities, right? Someone somewhere with the power to make his life miserable?

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

  5. This sounds like my kind of book. Excellent review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  6. This sounds so good! Revenge seems to be the hottest trend, and this one of all the ones I have been hearing about as of late is one I feel like I MUST read. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  7. That's an intriguing question and the rest of the story sounds good, too.

  8. Interesting premise. The problem is, I'd know and would I be tempted to wish it again...LOL

  9. I love thrillers and this sounds like a rollercoaster!

  10. I’m intrigued, thanks for sharing your thoughts

  11. How tempting to take up that offer! A proper moral dilemma...


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