From T.M. Logan, 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, Hawthorne 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, Sarah is 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 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. All it takes is a 29-second phone call.
Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?
Given the opportunity to make someone permanently disappear with no repercussions, would a decent person take it? That's the question posed by this uneven thriller from British author Logan (Lies). London literature professor Sarah Haywood, who's married with two young children, has been working toward a full-time teaching position at Queen Anne University for years. The only thing standing in her way is her lecherous department head, charming and charismatic Alan Hawthorne, whose fame and position have allowed him to assault women for decades with no consequences. When Haywood is given the chance to have the man who's destroying her career killed, she takes it but the results of her decision are unanticipated. Though short chapters help sustain the brisk pacing and nonstop action keeps tension high, the contrived story line (particularly how Haywood gets the chance to strike back at her harasser) and clich d characters (Hawthorne is Harvey Weinstein in corduroy trousers and a cravat) make this a predictable and less than satisfying reading experience. Hopefully, Logan will return to form next time. 100,000 announced first printing.