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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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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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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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interesting story.

I enjoyed this book. it had a definite twist at the end. not the most enthralling but certainly interestung.

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Excellent

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

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Brilliant

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