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29 Seconds

Narrated by: Jane Slavin
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Summary

A dangerous offer. A terrible choice. What would it take to make you a killer? 

This is my offer: all you have to do is give me one name. And I will make that person disappear.

When Sarah Haywood rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her instinctive act of bravery puts her in the debt of a powerful and dangerous man, and he has other ideas. 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 an impossible situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that could turn her life around and 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? 

©2018 T. M. Logan (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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A Logan Berry Smoothie?

When I read T.M. Logan's first novel on Audible, LIES, I enjoyed it but thought it a bit mechanical and bordering on being a by the numbers style of thriller. Perhaps oddly given its name 29 seconds is something different, smoother and more organic in its development. I liked the characters, it fed into current trends about the nature of crime in Europe and it had an ending I particularly enjoyed. It kind of jolted but definitely kept me guessing. Neatly done.

Like most thrillers it does lean on its readers buying into certain things, the key points here being whether you believe in the mysterious powerful figure and his motivations and indeed the predatory Professor Lovelock, who is Sarah's boss. If you buy into these and the deal that is offered then the rest should be enjoyable, if you don't then you're unlikely to change your mind later on.

The narration by Jane Slavin is fine and well-suited to the book though Sarah's closest work colleague seemed to slip in and out of accent from time to time. A minor criticism for a very decent performance.

There are some tough scenes and subjects covered within. Much like Sarah Vaughan's excellent Anatomy of a Scandal this book delves into misogyny in elite academia and the nature of the seedy old boys networks within that social strata. Lovelock is hard reading for us men in some ways but we can't pretend such predators don't exist just as we know we aren't all cut from that same soiled cloth.

Very enjoyable overall and for me at least a genuine improvement on the story in the author's previous book.

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Two dimensional characters in a terrible plot

What a tedious book! It’s supposed to be a thriller, but drags on and on. There is no subtlety- every point is hammered home and all conversions are stilted and repetitive. People in this book seem incapable of expressing concern beyond repeated ‘are you ok’? I could not get to grips with Sarah’s character, I emphasised but she also really frustrated me. The plot was so das fetched that I got bored rather than excited by the twist. ***spoiler alert seriously, a baddie with a big scar, is this a children’s book of clichees? An a powerful yet incompetent mobster? I gave up with about 3 hours to go.
The narrator overemphasised too many words in every sentence, which also got on my nerves.
Disappointing!

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Brilliant

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, simply the the best.
Didn't want it to end.
Narrator excellent thoroughly recommend

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Slow, Drawn Out and Repetitive

This was so long and drawn out. I stuck with it but the story did not pick up until the last 15 minutes. I felt that a lot of the writing was just words that were repeated over and over again to fill up space.

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  • 13-04-18

Excellent

A brilliant story with a nerve ending finale well told. I would highly recommend it to story fans.

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Edge of seat stuff!!

Gripping story right to the very end. Wonderfully narrated and totally believable story. Would give more than 5 stars if possible.

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29 Seconds

What made the experience of listening to 29 Seconds the most enjoyable?

The thriller element - it was quite literally, unputdownable!

What other book might you compare 29 Seconds to, and why?

Other thrillers and crime novels.

Which character – as performed by Jane Slavin – was your favourite?

The main character, Sarah, but also her father.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope, but it was a great listen.

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builds tension well

This book is definitely a page turner, you find yourself needing to know what is going to happen next. I thought the story was really good and at half way I had no idea how it was going to continue. Logans built tension well and keeps you guessing.

The characters are a mixed bag, Sarah is okay but felt a little weak at times. Alan is a brilliantly written villain,an absolute pig and I hated him, so so much. Overall my favourite character was Roger, Sarah's dad, he just gave me all the feels.

I didn’t expect the end, and I really liked it.

4 stars!

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Addictive!

Another great T M Logan book! I could not tear myself away from this one. Completely Gripping!

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  • 11-01-19

Good book, a bit too long start

I liked the overall story but the build up part was a bit too long. At times I felt like forwarding to the next part. Overall a good book.

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