Published in the US, September 10,2019! Happy Book Birthday T.M. Logan!
Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . .
When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. 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 a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will 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?
Sarah Haywood is a professor, a wife( to a currently MIA husband), a mother, a daughter, and a good friend. She enjoys her work and hopes to be given a permanent position. Only one thing stands in her way, Alan Hawthorne, her boss, who could be on a poster for the # MeToo movement. Everyone knows that he has a roving eye, but he holds a position of power, and no one is willing to rock the Alan money train. The women in his department know to never be alone with Alan, and those he has cornered alone, well, if they complained about his behavior, suddenly, they have no job and their future career aspirations are shattered.
When Alan sets his sights on Sarah, she doesn’t know what to do. He makes it clear that if she sleeps with him, she will get her promotion, and if not, well, she can always try again next year. With the fear of losing her job hanging over her head and Alan’s demands, Sarah is not in a happy place. After she intervenes in the abduction of a child, her life is about to become much more complicated, as the grateful father lets her know he owes her a favor, one favor. Sarah can give him a name, one name of someone she would like to disappear from her life, and then they will be even. With Alan’s harassment hanging over her head, will she choose to give him Alan’s name or figure out a solution on her own?
Anyone who has ever had to face sexual harassment and a boss like Alan, might be tempted to have her problem solved, ‘just like that’, but will Sarah? I was furiously flipping pages to see what she would decide and how this story would end.
For me, 2019 will be the summer of no rain, sunny weekends, a productive garden, and unbelievably good books. Lies by T.M. Logan was one of my favorite books by a new author, and 29 Seconds did not disappoint.