“29 Seconds” opens with a dilemma; Sarah has to provide a name, and if she does, there is no going back. It is a deal with the Devil that immediately drives readers to desperately turn pages. Sarah works at a university with an abusive lecherous pervert, and women are just the collateral damage. He is a repeat offender who refuses to promote her unless she sleeps with him. Sarah is not the only one who has had problems with her boss; others have as well. Readers listen in on conversations between Sarah and the people she meets.
“’Your wonderful colleague here, Alan Hawthorne, had the university get rid of me when I complained about him. After he spent a year harassing me, stalking me, and finally sexually assaulting me on five separate occasions. And now,’ she opened up the folded paper and flourished it, ‘having tried and failed to ***k me, he’s ***ked my career instead.’”
Something unexpected happens that changes everyone and everything; Sarah saves a small girl from being hit by a car. Nothing will ever be the same again. Sarah has a chance to provide a way out for everyone, an irreversible, a tragic, and a final way out. Will she do it?
Logan creates a desperate situation for Sarah with an unbelievable premise that keeps readers turning the pages, unable to believe what is happening and yet compelled to continue. Sarah has one disposable phone, with one number, and makes one call, 29 seconds long at 5.27 p.m. that takes her down a path of revenge and retaliation. Nothing goes exactly as planned for Sara, and readers follow Sarah as she tumbles into a dark abyss, wondering if she will survive. She did a bad thing, and it is payback time. The pace is frantic and the action non-stop, as everything for Sarah begins to unravel. There is no time to stop, because hesitation brings more and more complications.
“29 Seconds” is a wild ride from the first page, distressing, and intense; the pace never lets up. I received a review copy from T. M. Logan and St. Martin’s Press. I recommend that readers plan their time carefully because once the first page is read, it is impossible to turn the pages fast enough.