Publisher: Bookouture | Publication date: 9th October 2015 | Edition: Kindle (review copy, via Netgalley)
It’s ironic to start a book called 24 hours and finish it within that exact time frame. It wasn’t intentional, yet that’s precisely what happened. With such an intriguing opening and emotional trauma throughout, I found it impossible not to tear through the pages of this twisty thriller.
After experiencing the aftermath of a separation from her unstable husband and famous artist, Sid, Laurie Smith was taking a much needed break with her best mate in Cornwall when all hell breaks loose.
We first meet a shocked Laurie standing in scene of carnage being herded like cattle to seek medical attention. She can’t find her best friend. No one has seen her. But worst of all people think that it’s Laurie who is dead, perished in a fire at their hotel.
Hearing her own demise on the news and considering the sourness of her previous turbulent relationship, she is determined to reach her daughter in London before her husband discovers that Laurie still has a pulse.
Her grief for her friend can wait, as can her own safety. Over the next 24 hours we see her making an emotional scramble to get home and protect her child, appealing to strangers for help, while trying to make sense as to why inexplicable events are happening along the way heightening her fear.
It’s easy to follow events as they unfold, as each chapter is entitled with the number of hour about to pass where we’ll see her stumbling from one crisis to another. Sandwiched between them is a revisit to her past, which offers an insight into how her world was demolished by hostility. As the layers begin to peel we get to the core of why she’s so anxious when we re-join her in the present tense (or the tense present) and the hours tick on.
This story will have you hanging on to the coat tails of a desperate mother, while confusion, mistrust and raw emotion brew to create a tense and suspenseful journey of survival where things are not as they first appear. It’s one of those plots where you feel a genuine contempt for the behaviour of a few of the characters, while a stranger’s intervention may take you quite by surprise.
And you’d be forgiven for thinking: exactly how hard can it be to make your way across the country to hold a loved one without bumping into trouble along the way? Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Not on this watch.
Compelling reading, guaranteed.
(Huge thanks to the Bookouture team for providing space on the blog tour and for the digital copy of this book via Netgalley for review. Much appreciated, as always.)
My best friend, Emily, is dead – killed last night in a hotel fire.
But it was meant to be me.
Now I have 24 hours to find my daughter.
Before he finds out I’m still alive.
24 Hours is a fast-paced, intelligent psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.
*** HERE’S WISHING A VERY HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO CLAIRE SEEBER! ***